Photo by Rose Dorcey
Scott Wick assists Doug Garin of Alexandria, Minnesota, with
headset selection. Wicks Aircraft Supply is expanding its pilot
supplies inventory, as well as dozens of other inventory items, as
part of its growth after 35 years in business.
August 2, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Scott Wick, president of the 35-yearold, family-owned Wicks
Aircraft Supply, says the company is returning to its roots.
“The aircraft kits are what got us going,
and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Wick says. To carry that out,
the company has expanded its inventory of Sitka spruce and plywood, along
with parts for composite, metal, and tube and fabric airplanes.
In addition, Wicks will re-establish its
aircraft workshops, beginning next month when Poly-Fiber’s Jon
Goldenbaum will visit Wicks headquarters in Highland, Illinois, to present
a Poly-Fiber covering class. Metal, woodworking, and TIG welding classes
are in the works, with discounts offered for EAA members.
Wicks will also expand the number of pilot
supplies. “We want to offer headsets and other items to the people
we’ve worked with on their airplane projects,” he explained. Wick has
been building relationships with customers since 1986, when he began
working for this father, Martin Wick, who passed away in 2003. He’s been
coming to AirVenture since he was 10-yearsold, and he is excited about
continuing the family business and perhaps passing it on to his five
The family business isn’t the only thing he
wants to pass on. As someone who was inspired by Oshkosh visits as a
youngster, including one that included a ride with EAA Founder Paul
Poberezny in his P-51, Wick would like to see his passion for aviation
carry forward in the next 35 years. Not just in the business that he
operates with his brothers and sisters, but in the young people who are
interested in aviation.
Wicks Aircraft has donated supplies to EAA’s
KidVenture program so that kids can build a wooden wing rib. Wick’s
satisfaction with the program is evident. “They have been just swamped
over there at KidVenture, and it’s so exciting to be involved in helping
the next generation get involved in aviation,” he said.