Sparkchasers Aircraft Services Appoints New President

Sparkchasers Aircraft Services appoints new president for North Carolina operations.

SMITHFIELD, North Carolina, October 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sparkchasers Aircraft Services was founded in 1989 and has earned a reputation for reliable, high-quality aviation radio (avionics) repair, overhaul and installation solutions. Based at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield, North CarolinaSparkchasers continues to provide valuable equipment update, maintenance and repair services to keep an aging general aviation fleet well equipped for the modern aviation system.

In 2021, Sparkchasers attempted to expand to the new Blue Line Aviation facility at the airport. That expansion turned into a move when the Airport Authority suddenly, and for no apparent reason, failed to renew its lease on the facility it had occupied for decades.

Despite the challenges, Sparkchasers remains fully operational and serves a large market of aircraft owners. As he approaches his 33rd anniversary, Sparkchasers is still focused on growth, innovation and efficiency despite the economic and supply chain challenges plaguing our country. Sparkchasers continues to hire exceptional people from the community to learn how to work on these valuable systems. Training and certification are provided, so no experience is required.

In preparation for the next phase of growth, Sparkchasers is pleased to announce the hiring of Ray Walters to be its new president. Ray has over 40 years of aviation experience including as a private pilot, commercial pilot and flight instructor. Ray worked at the SAS Institute for over 20 years in various roles including project management and worked over 5 years in the aviation industry at Blue Line Aviation in various management, safety and compliance roles.

“Ray’s diverse background in management, project management and aviation makes him uniquely qualified to take on this challenge. We welcome him to the Sparkchasers family and look forward to seeing him setting up Sparkchasers for decades of success,” said Trey Waltersson of Ray and shareholder of Sparkchasers.

“I am grateful and delighted to have the opportunity to lead Sparkchasers and I am grateful for the confidence Trey has placed in me by taking me on to this position. I also look forward to meeting and interacting with the pilots and aircraft owners that this company has served for decades and continuing the great work that Sparkchasers is known for,” said Ray.

Sparkchasers Aircraft Services, Inc. is an FAA approved repair station founded in 1989 that performs valuable repair and upgrade services, including installing new Garmin and Avidyne Avionics systems. For more information, please visit our website (

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