About Us

Dedicated to providing professional service to you and quality repairs to your airplane. Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc. is a privately owned corporation established in 1974 in Jackson, TN., that specializes in major structural repairs to single engine and piston twin-engine aircraft. Our specially trained, certified, and experienced staff perform all manner of repairs from minor hangar rash to belly landings to off field accident damage.

Company History

In the 1960s, Joseph New began rebuilding wrecked airplanes as a hobby. A few years later, he moved to Jackson, TN, with his wife Mary and teenage son Paul to convert the hobby into a full time business adjacent to McKellar Sipes Airport. Working with his dad after school and summers, Paul learned the details of structural and engine work that few mechanics have the opportunity to experience. Paul went on to get his college degree in Avionics, worked with a commuter airline in Illinois and then a FBO in Kentucky as an avionics manager. In 1986, Paul and his family moved back to Jackson, partnering with Joe and Mary to continue the family aircraft rebuilding business. The name of the company was changed to Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc., and over the years, the scope of the business has expanded to include general maintenance and structural repairs.

Paul New

Paul New

Owner

Paul New began working on airplanes as a child helping his dad with their latest hobby airplane restoration project. Paul soloed the day after his sixteenth birthday, completed his private pilot’s certificate when he was seventeen, added the multi-engine rating that same year, and later the instrument rating.

Paul completed the avionics curriculum at Southern Illinois University (SIU), earning his degree in Applied Science – Avionics Technology in 1981. While attending SIU, Paul started and managed the avionics department for a commuter airline. In 1983 he started and managed an avionics shop for an FBO in Kentucky. In late 1986 Paul moved to Jackson, Tennessee, and began working again with his father in the airplane restoration business. He purchased Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc. from his father in 1989 and transitioned the business to specialize in structural repairs and include routine maintenance.

The company is also a Cessna Authorized Single Engine Service Station and began working on the Columbia series as soon as it was added to the Cessna product line. Soon after that, approval for Cessna composite structural repairs was also added to Tennessee Aircraft Services’ capabilities.

Paul holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certificate with FAA Inspection Authorization. He was an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative for a few years as well. In 2007 he was selected as the FAA National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year. He was an original account manager for Savvy Aviation Maintenance Management and still manages a number of clients. Paul also provides technical support for the members of the Cessna Pilots Association and writes monthly articles for the magazine.

Helen New

Helen New

Owner

Helen New has worked alongside Paul in one capacity or another since 1978 when they married in the summer after Paul graduated from high school. They have three terrific children, all now grown, and a wonderful little grandson and two granddaughters. After teaching in the public school system for many years, she left that career in 2012 to take on more of the bookkeeping and administrative responsibilities here. While Paul hasn’t talked her into learning how to fly, she’s always enjoyed getting to travel with him, especially if there’s family or a beach in the destination plans.

Doug Kail

Doug Kail

Position

Doug Kail joined Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc. in August 2004 after 20 years with the U.S. Air Force in aircraft maintenance career fields. He has been an A & P mechanic since November 2000 and an IA since February of 2013. “Working with our team here is very rewarding. Paul is a great leader. There’s never a dull moment in this environment with quality as job one.”

Doug has been married for over 24 years with three grown children and one terrific grandson.

Blake Sides

Blake Sides

Position

Blake began with Tennessee Aircraft Services, Inc in February 2014 as an airframe mechanic.  In June of 2017, he obtained his powerplant license. He is married, and they welcomed a new son into their family in the summer of 2017.

Nat Crenshaw

Nat Crenshaw

Position

Nat Crenshaw is a life-long Jackson resident and has been working with us since October of 2016. Nat is and A & P, a commercial rated pilot, and owns an AgCat which is flies in his agricultural spraying business.

Nick Rook

Nick Rook

Position

Bio coming soon.

Hunter Graves

Hunter Graves

Position

Bio coming soon.