Aviation & Aerospace
Kerrville is a growing center for aerospace industry and recreational aviation. With the Kerrville Airport located at Louis Schreiner Field is a mere 10 miles from downtown. Louis Schreiner Municipal Field is a public-use general aviation facility with hangers, storage facilities, and long term parking. Located at the airport is Mooney International Corporation, Dugosh Aviation (aircraft maintenance), the Hill Country Aviation Flight School, Aeromax USA (aircraft appraisal), and Air Evac EMS.
The Kerrville aviation sector is also home to Mooney International Corporation, an aircraft manufacturer based at Louis Schreiner Field. Mooney first moved to Kerrville in 1953 and has never left the area. Mooney Aircraft is a local standard in aircraft construction and has numerous awards in speed and altitude records.
Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing
KMM announced its expansion into Kerrville in August 2020. Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing has grown into a business that employs almost 300 people in Killdeer, Dickinson, Regent and Hettinger, and supplies gear to Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and other prominent aerospace companies. Their Kerrville location across from the Kerrville Municipal Airport will employ 400 over the course of the next 20 years. They will continue to supply their existing companies with Fiber Optic Bundles, Circuit Card Assembly, and Commercial & Military Cables.
Gulf Avionics announced the relocation of their Harlingen operation to the Kerrville Airport in March 2021. They are full-service avionics maintenance and repair operations (MRO), which has located its headquarters and operations at the Kerrville/Kerr County Airport in Texas Hill Country region, which runs between the state’s central and southern sections. The company will service aviation clients from the greater San Antonio area and plans to create 50 avionics and aerospace jobs in the next five years.
After a year-long site selection process, the MRO chose Kerrville and has moved into 7,000 square feet of space at one of the airport’s hangars.
Gulf Avionics, an official dealer for manufacturers including Garmin, Honeywell, Trans-Cal, and PS Engineering, will be offering inspection and general maintenance assistance to hundreds of aircraft owners and operators as it grows its presence in Kerrville and throughout the Austin-San Antonio corridor, home to 4.5 million people.
The new Kerrville headquarters is now servicing tenants on the field and having customers fly in from nearby areas. The company has started the process of recruiting talent and hiring local employees. The new jobs, specifically the avionics technicians, will earn upward of $75,000 in annual wages, which will infuse more than $16 million into the local economy.
Mooney Aircraft is well known throughout the Hill Country and aviation community for their quality, handcrafted single-piston aircrafts, made right in the United States. Their Texan-crafted airplanes are popular in niche aviation communities, resulting in a loyal fan following. Their fleet has accumulated over 40 million flight hours, a testament to the company that has been around for more than 70 years. Throughout their history, Mooney Aircraft has been known as a leader in aviation innovation. Their recent change in ownership has provided Mooney International the opportunity to cater to existing Mooney Aircraft owners to assist with parts, service, and upgrades.