At first glance, the square-footage it occupies at Addison Airport seems out of scale of the product that is part of its name, and that might be true if that was the only aviation service DFW Instrument Corporation provides. The repair and overhaul of precision aircraft instruments is where the FAA Repair Station started in 1990.
It embodies the aviation diversity of instrument sales, exchange, and support, and avionics installations and repairs. It manufactures, repairs, and calibrates flight line test equipment for aircraft pitot/static systems, the source of critical altitude and airspeed information. And when a general aviation or business aircraft cannot fly due to inoperative equipment, its Field Support Team can troubleshoot and repair most avionics squawks anywhere in the greater DFW area.
These services, provided by 25 employees led by James Zollo, president, who founded the company with his wife, Nina, fill every corner of the company’s 20,000-square-feet on Addison’s Hangar 2. Repair, engineering, and shop space account for 7,400 square feet, administrative areas occupy another 3,100 with the remainder dedicated to aircraft undergoing work.
Filling a forest of shelves, a vast inventory of rotable equipment stand ready to replace inoperative instruments and avionics equipment needing repair so an airplane can keep flying. It has relationships with a broad spectrum of equipment manufacturers, including Aspen Avionics, Garmin, Honeywell, and Universal Avionics. DFW Instrument recently became an authorized Rockwell Collins dealer, which further expanded its ability to better support aircraft operators.
And what it does for civilian general aviation and business aircraft, DFW Instruments government division does for those in government service, from U.S. and foreign military organizations to law enforcement and other government agencies. With an average of 20 years of experience, as a group the company technicians possess more than two centuries of hands-on knowledge. And everyone at the company, said Zollo, is committed to providing every customer with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional support.