Business serve Te Anau for more than 30 years

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Jeff Ludemann (left), Fiord land Aero Maintenance chief engineer for 30 years, new owners Debbie Gamble and Paul Preston, who will be trading under the name of AeroFix Fiordland, and (front) Russell Baker, owner of Fiordland Aero Maintenance for the past 30 years. Photo: Julie Walls

RUSSELL Baker signed off as owner of Fiordland Aero Maintenance last month after more than 30 years in the business.

The new owners, Paul Preston, originally of Central Southland, and Debbie Gamble, of Tuatapere, will trade under the name of AeroFix Fiordland.

Mr Preston worked for Fiordland Aero Maintenance for 10 years and Ms Gamble worked for the company for six months.

Mr Preston has 15 years’ experience in the industry, serving his apprenticeship with Air New Zealand on ATR 72s, Boeings and Airbus Airliners. He then spent time in London and Northern Ireland with London Helicopters before returning to New Zealand to work with Jeff Ludemann at Fiordland Aero Maintenance in 2010.

Ms Gamble spent seven years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as an aircraft engineer working on P3 Orions and Seasprite helicopters. After leaving the air force she contracted in England on 737s and 757s and also in Spain for Airbus Military on an upgrade programme for P3K Orions.

After more than 30 years in the business, Mr Baker decided it was the right time to pursue other interests and adventures. He has a wealth of knowledge in the aviation industry and will still be a familiar face around the hanger to ensure a smooth transition of the business takeover.

“I am proud of the company and my staff member Jeff Ludemann, who is an excellent engineer.”

New business owners Paul Preston, originally of Central Southland, and Debbie Gamble, of Tuatapere, and will be trading under the business name of AeroFix Fiordland.

Preston and Gamble have worked for Fiordland Aero Maintenance, 10 years and 6 months respectively.

Preston has 15 years’ experience in the industry, serving his apprenticeship with Air New Zealand on ATR 72, Boeing and Airbus Airliners. He then spent some time in London and Northern Ireland with London Helicopters before coming home to work with Jeff Ludemann at Fiordland Aero Maintenance in 2010.

Gamble spent seven years in the RNZ Airforce as an Aircraft Engineer working on P3 orions and Seasprite helicopters. After leaving the Airforce she contracted in England on 737s and 757s and also contracted in Seville, Spain, for Airbus Military on an upgrade programme for P3K Orions.

After more than 30 years in the business Baker has decided it’s the right time to pursue other interests and adventures. He has a wealth of knowledge in the aviation industry and will still be a familiar face around the hanger to ensure a smooth transition of the business takeover.

He would also like to thank you for the loyal support that has been given to Fiordland Aero Maintenance over the years.

“I am proud of the company and my staff member Jeff Ludeman who is an excellent engineer.”

Baker said he would hope that the airport management can get the airport up and running to the benefit of the community.

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