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Texas Skyways, Inc. was incorporated in 1985. The name was selected because of the relationship with the original Western Skyways of Troutdale, Oregon. Texas Skyways was appointed as a distributor for the engines produced by Western Skyways.
Texas Skyways, Inc., Jack Johnson, and wife, Mickey operated successfully until Western Skyways ceased operating on August 10, 1987. Having customers but no engine supplier, Texas Skyways approached Piedmont Aviation in Winston Salem, N.C. A deal was made and Piedmont became the supplier of overhauled engines for distribution by Texas Skyways. Soon after the deal was made with Piedmont Aviation, US air purchased Piedmont. Again the supply of engines to Texas Skyways was disrupted.
Disgusted with disruptions, in 1990 Johnson purchased a 1976 Cessna with the intention of installing a more powerful engine. The Cessna 182 was selected because of previous experience with a Cessna 182 when Johnson was a traveling salesman for Chrome Plate Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.
The Cessna 182 was a fine airplane for the job, however if it was faster it would give more time for selling. This thought had been with Johnson for over fifteen years. After consulting with engineers and other colleagues, an engineer was selected and aircraft engine upgrades began.
The first engine modification and installation Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was issued to Texas Skyways, Inc. in 1994. Since that time, Texas Skyways, Inc. has continued to work on STC’s for Cessna aircraft. Not all of the engineering work and flight tests have been just for Texas Skyways, Inc. STC’s for the present Western Skyways, Inc. of Montrose, CO. were developed regarding the Cessna 421 and its engines.
Another STC was developed in conjunction with South Dakota State University for the use of Ethanol fuel in Cessna 180 and 182 aircraft up thru the 182R model.
Spending a large percentage of its annual income on engineering and testing, Texas Skyways, Inc. has obtained forty-seven STC’s to date, with more nearing completion and on the drawing board.
The company remains small, operating from a privately owned airport, “Boerne Stage Airfield” located in the Hill Country northwest of San Antonio, Texas. The goal of Texas Skyways, Inc. remains the same, make airplanes perform better and safer at a price that can be afforded.
The company slogan “Serving to Serve Again: seems to be working. Customers that come to Texas Skyways, Inc. for engine conversions often return to Texas Skyways, Inc. for routine inspections and repairs.
To date, over six hundred conversions are operating in the United States and several foreign countries. Most conversions are for higher horsepower engines and better performing propellers.
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You are the most important person in our business, not an outsider.
You are not dependent on us. We are dependent on you.
You are not an interruption of our work. You are the purpose of it.
You do us a favor when you come in or call. It is our privilege to serve you.
You are not just money in our cash register. We realize you are a human being with feelings, like our own.
You deserve the most courteous attention we can give you, for you are the life-blood of this and every business. You pay our salaries.
Without you we would have to close our doors.
A wise man once said…
“No one likes to pay too much, but what’s worse is paying too little.
When you pay too much, all you lose is a little money.
When you pay too little, sometimes you lose everything because the item you bought could not perform the intended purpose for which it was bought.
The common law of business balance will not allow a high quality item to be produced and sold for a low quality price.
If you intend to buy the lower priced item, you should add something extra for the risk you are taking, and if you do, you will have enough to pay for something better.”
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