J.A. Air Center was formed on a basis of providing dealership-caliber service to aircraft.
J.A. Air began with a brief partnership in 1965 between Charlie Parker and Jack Goeken. Parker later teamed with an airline pilot to found Joliet Avionics, a small avionics shop at Joliet Airport in Joliet, Illinois. The company enjoyed substantial growth throughout the late 60′s. In 1975, with only 10,000 square feet to its name, Joliet Avionics opened its doors at DuPage Airport as strictly an avionics shop.
In 1982, Joliet Avionics added maintenance and fuel capabilities, with an eventual evolution into larger aircraft. Joliet Avionics expanded its hangar and office space in 1986, purchased Avionics Associates, Inc., and began doing business under the name J.A. Air Center.
Since then, J.A. Air Center has diversified and expanded to better serve its customers:
- In 1991, J.A. Aero, Inc. opened a full-time office to purchase, sell, and broker single engine aircraft to executive jets. J.A. Aero is an authorized sales representative (ASR) for the Cessna Caravan.
- In 1995 an alliance with a local upholstery shop, Cameron Aircraft Interiors, was formed to help give J.A. a full-modification center appeal.
- In 1995, J.A sold its fueling rights to the DuPage Airport Authority and became a major stockholder in DuPage Airport’s largest charter company, Planemasters Ltd.
- In November 2004, full-service fuel operation at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB) opened, approximately 25 miles west of DuPage Airport.
Today J.A. Air Center occupies more than 85,000-square-feet of hangar; 10,000-square-feet of office space; and employs more than 85 people. Thanks to the dedication and expertise of its employees, J.A. is now one of the Midwest’s most-complete avionics, maintenance and modification centers – and still is growing!