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Park Rapids Aviation expands

This Kodiak plane was finished in Park Rapids. The planes are built in Idaho and painted in Park Rapids. It costs about $2 million.

By Anna Erickson

Park Rapids Aviation has expanded its airplane painting business at the Park Rapids Municipal Airport.

Jeff Voigt said he is expanding the paint shop so more planes can be worked on at a time. The Park Rapids paint shop is one of only a few in the entire Midwest so business is booming, he said.

Many of the aircrafts are coming out of Idaho. A Kodiak plane was finished earlier this summer in Park Rapids. It costs about $2 million. Planes are shipped across the country.

A recent plane was a single engine turbo propeller that held 10 passengers.

They had been painting about three of them a month. It takes about three weeks to paint one of the planes.

Aviation paint is specially formulated and is quite expensive. It can cost about $1,000 per gallon.

Voigt is looking to expand and was hiring more people to paint.

Park Rapids Aviation specializes in Aerocet float planes. They have a full aircraft paint, avionics and interior and maintenance facility.

They also perform repairs, upgrades and interior refurbishment and other improvements.

For more information call Jeff at 237-8528.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
(218) 631-2561