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service. Dawson Aircraft's vision is to
offer anyone needing used aircraft
parts an easy, fast and convenient
way to get the right parts 24/7.
Recently, Patricia Luebke, Avionics
News contributor, spoke with Alex
Kienlen, salvage manager for Dawson
Aircraft, to learn more about his
work and life outside the office.
You don't sound like
you're from Arkansas.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Philly, but moved to
Arkansas 30 years ago as part of an
airplane business. I married a local
girl 25 years ago last year.
And how long have you
worked at Dawson?
for Dawson Airc
Alex Kienlen, sa
awson Aircraft Inc.
in Clinton, Arkansas,
specializes in aircraft
salvage for the general aviation
market with an extensive online
presence. For more than 20 years,
pilots, mechanics, aircraft owners
and operators all count on Dawson
Aircraft to deliver hard-to-find
used, serviceable aircraft parts,
including Cessna, Beechcraft and
Piper, at affordable prices and in
a timely manner with personal
I've been here full time since
2008. Will Dawson started the
business 25 years ago, and we met
when we were both working for a
shop at the Little Rock Airport. I
helped him part time for 25 years.
And when did you
switch to full-time
When the recession hit, my job
in software went away, and Will
needed someone who knew the
computer business and airplanes.
We're proud of our online presence,
and we make it very easy for people
to purchase parts online.
Your title is salvage
manager. What does
Once an airplane is released to
salvage, it's my job to oversee its
inventory. Salvage is a large part of
our business. I make sure parts are
inventoried correctly in an orderly
fashion. The airplane could have
been involved in a minor incident,
had windstorm damage or been
involved in a hangar collapse.
Whatever reasons the insurance
company has to total the aircraft,
we assess what's useful and what's
not on each salvage machine that
arrives. You can imagine some
of these airplanes have a lot of
different parts, so we need to
know the differences among all
the models, how to price the parts
fairly and which components are
worth putting into inventory.
How many employees
work for Dawson
We have 10 at Clinton Municipal
Airport located in the town of
Clinton, out in the country. There's
some confusion because Arkansas
renamed the airport in Little Rock
as Bill and Hillary Clinton National
Airport. Without fail, every year,
someone will timidly come into
our hangar and ask where the
airline flights are, and we tell them