Avionics News December 2014 - 37
WHAT THEY DO: They sell, service and repair
instruments and avionics systems.
FACILITIES: Two locations with
9,900 square feet total
FOUNDED: 1980 by Charlie Turner
CURRENT OWNER: Ted Marcinek
AEA MEMBER SINCE: 1982
Top photo provided by MerrillField Instruments; Bottom photo provided by Visit Anchorage/Nicole Geils
Technicians use a specially built tow truck to pull a ﬂoat plane from Lake Hood and transport it to the shop's nearby hangar. A long, heavy lift with
wheels extends oﬀ the front end of the truck, and is positioned under the airplane.
Super Cubs to Beechcraft 1900s, as well as business jets
in need of RVSM checks, depend on the nearly 35-yearold service center. The company's new location at Lake
Hood allows Merrill Field Instruments to better serve
"Both locations are capable of helicopter service,
but our Lake Hood shop is uniquely set up to deal
with all things rotorcraft," said Brian Marcinek. "They
have helicopter-specific high-temp wire and FM test
equipment, for example."
Ten employees between the two facilities help
keep the family business buzzing. Brian shares shop
space with his brother, Joe, and their father, Ted, who
purchased the service center in 1980.
"We can do it all," Marcinek said. "We're a sales and
service facility. We can troubleshoot and repair gauges
or install a whole new avionics system. We always look
for the best and most cost-effective solution for the
customer. We ask about their flying, what they're doing,
where they fly. Maybe they don't need an expensive
avionics system. Maybe they just need a good comm
radio and a handheld GPS. We do what makes sense."
Merrill Field Instruments is one of only 14 MidContinent Instruments and Avionics distributors in the
world. Together, MFI and Avionics Specialists of Alaska
represent most major avionics manufacturers. Both
facilities feature showrooms where customers can try a
variety of systems.
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