Tim Archer Takes Over Superior Air Parts

A familiar face in the aero-engine industry, Tim Archer, has taken been appointed CEO of Superior Aviation and Superior Air Parts. Archer was President and CEO of Superior until just before the bankruptcy in early 2009. For the last year, Superior has been rebuilding with investment capital from a Chinese conglomerate.

Archer will be responsible for both Superior Air Parts in Coppell, Texas, and Superior Aviation in Beijing. According to a press release, "Archer will oversee all day-to-day operations including directing the completion of the 14,400 square foot (1340 square meter) state-of-the-art piston engine production facility in Beijing, China. Once the facility is operational and personal training is completed, the facility will manufacture Superior Air Parts' line of XP-Series of noncertified, sport aviation engines for the Chinese and Asian markets. The company will also be the selling arm of Superior's Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) piece parts and components for these markets."

Archer also said that, "When the current ownership group purchased Superior Air Parts, they had a clear vision of the growth potential for Superior's family of general aviation engines, components and piece parts in the growing Chinese and Asian markets. My goal is to ensure their vision will be realized. Kent Abercrombie (Superior's President) and the team at Superior have done a great job of seeing the company through its recent bankruptcy issues," Archer said. "Now that the company is fully funded and poised for a bright future, our goal is to quickly reestablish the company as the leading provider of FAA PMA'd aftermarket cylinders, components and piece parts, as well as the Vantage and XP engines. Once that is done, we can begin an aggressive new product development program."

"Let me be 100% clear on this point," Archer said. "Superior Air Parts U.S. is the flagship of this organization's global efforts. Superior's U.S. headquarters will serve as the central point for the engineering, development, FAA certification and production of our new-generation engine products. Superior's ownership group doesn't only want to be involved with general aviation, they want our engines and components to set a new standard for innovation, performance and efficiency. Our long range plan is for Superior Aviation, Beijing and Superior Air Parts, Inc., to be a true industry innovator."

For more information, visit Superior's website.

KITPLANES Editor at Large Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for 23 years and in magazine work for more than 25. He is a 4500-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glastar Sportsman 2+2.

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