Hangarnetwork – Southend Corporate Airpark, cont’d
Mr. Wenrich mentioned some of the other factors driving the success at Aurora and Southend. These include the tax advantages in Oregon, which has no state sales tax and no personal property tax on aircraft, and there are no landing fees and no port fees at KUAO.
A number of high-profile companies providing high-paying jobs to the community call Aurora home. Van’s Aircraft, the world’s largest kit-plane manufacturer, has been present on the field since 2000. Columbia Helicopters and Helicopter Transport Services are two of the largest rotary-wing operators in the world. (As a side note, in 2009 Aurora was designated as Wes Lematta Field in honor of the founder of Columbia Helicopters.) Columbia provides lift service to the forestry, construction, and petroleum industries as well as disaster relief and firefighting. Helicopter Transport Services provides heavy lift capabilities for the same types of industries.
More companies located at KUAO are: FLIR Systems, which designs and develops thermal and visible-light imaging technologies; Wilson Construction Company, specializing in towers and lines for electric transmission and distribution; Metal Innovations Inc., an industry leader in sheet metal and composite materials for the fixed- and rotor-wing markets; Keystone Aviation, the factory distributor for Daher-Socata in the Pacific Northwest region and maintenance services for Piper, Cirrus, Hawker, and Cessna aircraft.
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