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Rectrix acquires AirFlyte, expands local services

Date: 2/1/2013

By Carley Dangona

WESTFIELD — Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services (RECAS) announced that it acquired AirFlyte Inc., a full-service executive flight terminal at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport.

RECAS acquired AirFlyte for an undisclosed cash sum in December 2012.

RECAS President and CEO Richard Cawley said, "The site was the perfect solution to our expansion in the Northeast. By taking these two elite companies and putting them together as one, we can only expand our services to our hundreds of customers."

According to RECAS, Gary Potts, founder of AirFlyte, will remain as its president.

AirFlyte offers executive flight services, aircraft maintenance and hanger storage.

Cawley explained that the AirFlyte location would remain the primary facility for Federal Aviation Administration Part 145 certified repair station, despite the expansion of its operations at the Worcester Regional Airport this summer to include repair services.

RECAS also has a site in Bedford that provides mostly hanger space in a 60,000 square-foot facility.

He added that the procurement would provide a wider variety of services to clients, enabling the site to expand its customer base. Cawley also said that local jobs wouldn't be threatened, but created by the increased clientele base that encompasses the "hobbyist through the commercial customers."

Cawley stated, "We are always looking to expand. Eventually we hope to provide service to the major airlines. The sky is the limit."

The Rectrix slogan is "Aviation, Commerce, Community."

Cawley said, "You can't have one without the other. We have a responsibility to our employees in aviation [to look out for their best interests]; we have a responsibility to commerce [to uphold its standards]; and we have a responsibility to be a good neighbor, to participate in the community."

He added, "We're not an ostentatious company; we will never forget where we came from."