Dallas-based ShipitAOG is not a shipper. It is a clever organisation that supplies parts and equipment to the business aviation community. Chief financial officerKaren Winterrowd says the privately owned company has $20 million in inventory of parts, tooling and test equipment and ground support equipment in its warehouse and generated $7 million in sales last year, largely to operators of Bombardier aircraft. Sales in ground support equipment have been hot lately, says ground support equipment adviser Philip Anders, most likely because ofoperators bringing their maintenance work in-house to save money.

The company's inventory often comes from non-traditional sources. Most recently, they bought a warehouse full of Falcon 900 parts that were put up for sale by telecommunications company Sprint when it closed its flight department operations near Washington DC in the wake of intense public scrutiny over perceived waste in using business aircraft rather thancommercial airlines.

Also popular is a programme where operators can exchange their used aircraft wheels for reworked units.

Source: Flight Daily News