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Past, Present, Future

For more than half of a century, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has been an industry leader in the overhaul/exchange, repair, design and manufacturing of aircraft instruments, avionics and advanced power solutions.

Founded in 1964, Mid-Continent began as a small repair station for Wichita’s growing aircraft industry. Acquired by John Winter in 1980, the company expanded its services to include manufacturing and quickly earned a reputation for highly responsive, one-on-one customer service that continues to this day. With the 1991 addition of the Van Nuys, California facility and the new direction provided by current President and CEO Todd Winter, the company strategically expanded its service capabilities, innovative product lines and international reach.

Mid-Continent went on to identify a new segment within the aviation industry with enormous growth potential: power management. The company positioned itself as a leader in this segment by establishing its True Blue Power® division and the True Blue Power product line. True Blue Power products include USB charging ports, inverters, converters, emergency power supplies and advanced lithium-ion batteries. Select products feature A123 Systems’ proprietary Nanophosphate® cell chemistry, including the FAA TSO-certified TB17 and TB44 Advanced Lithium-ion Batteries — the first lithium-ion engine start batteries for business and commercial aviation to receive this certification.

In 2012, in an effort to better describe the company’s avionics capabilities and underscore its commitment to provide a full range of avionics services, Mid-Continent Instruments officially changed its name to Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. Since that time, the company has steadily increased its capacity in the repair and overhaul of avionics products, including weather radars, Mode S transponders, emergency locator transmitters (ELTs), and other navigational and communications systems. Mid-Continent has been selected as an Authorized Repair Center for Honeywell BendixKing, Trig Avionics, Kannad and United Instruments.

Today, Mid-Continent proudly serves 57 countries through two locations: Wichita, Kansas and Van Nuys, California. With the skilled expertise to overhaul nearly 6,000 different products, Mid-Continent operates one of the largest instrument overhaul and exchange programs in the world, supporting a customer base that includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), fixed base operators (FBOs), instrument and avionics shops, flight schools and government agencies. The company manufactures more than 20,000 units per year and processes more than 15,000 units in its overhaul/exchange and repair operation, including gyros, altimeters, HSIs and autopilot systems.

Mid-Continent designed products are found in most Cessna-built airplanes, Beechcraft, Cirrus, Diamond, Piper, DAHER-SOCATA, Robin, Sikorsky, Nextant Aerospace, Aviat, Mooney, Maule, Air Tractor, Vulcanair, Quest, Tecnam, Robinson Helicopter, Airbus Helicopter, Bell Helicopter, and MD Helicopter.

“We are extremely grateful to our customers for their loyalty and support over the last 50 years. As technology and market demands have changed, we have adapted and innovated. Our product lines and list of services continue to expand. Our expertise continues to grow. Even our name changed slightly. But, our priorities haven’t — and they won’t. When it comes to quality, service and integrity, our next 50 years will be just like the last. We will continually strive to push the standard by which our industry is measured.”

– Todd Winter, President and CEO