aero instruments and avionics employees standing in front of new building in depew new york

Our Facility

Our new state of the art facility is located in the heart of Western New York, just minutes away from the Buffalo International Airport. It houses some of the most advanced avionics testing and repair equipment in the world. The building includes independent standby power and UPS protection to service and protect the facility from the northern winter climate. We have highly trained certified technicians and continue to grow our team. We update our facility and increase our capabilities as more companies are realizing the advantages of working with AERO.

Our Focus

Established in 1968, Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc. we proudly celebrate over 50 years as the leader in test and repair of Instruments, Avionics and Accessories. Our focus is on commercial air transport and regional category aircraft. Our extensive experience and superior capabilities offer you a reliable, cost-effective alternative to other avionics repair services. As the avionics industry has advanced, we have continued to acquire and use the industry's most advanced testing technology to maintain our level of excellence with the latest instrumentation and avionics. This philosophy has led to our worldwide reputation for quality services, rapid turnaround, and fair prices.
FAA Approved Station No. NC1R343K
EASA Approval Certificate No. EASA.145.4037
Instrument Class 1-2-3-4 * Radio Class 1-2-3 * Accessory Class 2-3

Our History

Aero Instruments and Avionics, Inc. was founded in 1968 in a small shop at the Niagara Falls International Airport. In the early years the company concentrated on the repair and overhaul of aircraft instruments used in general aviation aircraft.

In the 1970’s as the business continued to grow, the company moved twice to larger quarters in the Tonawanda’s on Hackett Drive, and then on to Ward Road. As the industry entered into a new era of airline deregulation and overnight freight service, this location soon became too small for the increasing business.

In 1983 the company moved into a location on Nash Road in the Town of Wheatfield where it occupies 55,000 square feet. During this period of growth, the company further broadened its repair and overhaul into avionics, autopilots, and aircraft accessories. As its service capabilities broadened, so did its market penetration. The customer base was expanded to the new segment of Regional Airlines. Ultimately AERO's market segment included commuter, regional, commercial airlines, and airfreight operators.

In 1996, AERO acquired the Martron ATE Division from Lockheed Martin. Martron produced automatic test equipment for commercial airlines and the military. AERO continues to support this equipment today for airlines around the globe. In 2008 the Portable and Shop Data Loader product lines (formerly Qualtair) were purchased from Interface Displays & Controls.

The company continued growing steadily and has earned a reputation for unparalleled quality, technical expertise, and customer service, thus developing a worldwide customer base.

During his tenure as Vice President then President and CEO, John E. (Jack) Blickenstaff led Aero Instruments and Avionics to become the largest aviation employer in Niagara County. Jack Blickenstaff, formerly with Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory is credited with the creation and operation of the superb test labs that enable AERO to service such a broad range of aviation equipment, and is the holder of US patents for engineering work performed at the Calspan Corporation.

Upon the retirement of Jack and Rose Blickenstaff in 2005, the company ownership was transferred to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in which all of the employees participate.