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Zephyr Celebrates Twenty Years

Top Quality Engine Overhaul at Affordable Prices Since June 1992

Zephyr Aircraft Engines Inc. opened it’s doors in June 1992 located on the Zephyrhills Florida municipal airport (KZPH) in the location of predecessors Zephyr Engine Service and Zephyr Aviation thus continuing a tradition of quality aircraft engine overhaul in that location back to the ‘60’s. President and co-founder Charlie Melot started a forty year career in the engine business at the well known Mattituck engine overhaul company in 1972.

Leaving there as sales and production manager twelve years later in 1984 to spend 4 years as general manager of G & N during the Van Dusen and Aviall ownership.

Upon sale of G & N by Aviall to it’s original owners Charlie joined Penn Yan Aero in Penn, Yan N.Y. as managing partner. Herman Vollrath, Zephyr V.P. and Shop manager started with Zephyr Aviation in 1975 while in high school then went on to Zephyr Engine Service as lead mechanic. He has since assembled approximately 2,800 engines. Jay Earnest came to Zephyr from a south Florida competitor in 1998 and has assembled around 2,400 engines. Cylinder shop manager “LJ” Warren has run the cylinder shop for 12 years recently orchestrating the purchase and installation of a Rotler SG-8 “state of the art” seat and guide machine.

Building on Charlie’s 20 years of management and high quality customer service combined with Herman’s near genius mechanical abilities their goal was to create a boutique shop offering the best possible quality and service at affordable prices. Since opening Zephyr has produced in excess of 2,000 engine overhauls and teardowns. While more than half of these are in Florida Zephyr has shipped engines to California, Washington, England, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

All Zephyr overhauls are performed strictly to the manufacturers new parts limits and meet or exceed manufacturers mandatory parts replacement requirements.

Overhauls bear a 2 year 500 hour then prorated to TBO limited warranty.