Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma Inc. was founded in 1959 by WWII aircraft repair specialists Jay L. Gentry and B.H. “Pop” Popplewell. Focusing on General Aviation, they soon established a reputation for quality work, short turn times and a solid warranty program.
Originally operating out of an old house converted into a shop, the partners soon realized they needed to expand, and in 1963 they built a larger facility. This facility allowed for more equipment and expanded capabilities. By 1969, word spread and Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma Inc. came to be known nationally. The increased demand for services required another expansion.
In 1972, Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma became a corporation owned by “Pop” Popplewell and his two sons, Richard and James “Pete” Popplewell. Richard and Pete began working with their father in the shop at age 15. They both received additional vocational and business training to complement their experience.
In 1973, Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma purchased Martin’s Aircraft Fuel Metering Service. This acquisition expanded the company into carburetor and aircraft fuel injection system overhauls. After receiving factory training, Pete managed the fuel shop and trained new technicians. An addition was required to facilitate the new “Aircraft Fuel Shop”.
During the 1990’s, Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma enlarged their footprint on the industry by expanding their product line to include turbine prop governors. The company entered into distributorship agreements with Weldon Pumps and Rapco Fleet Support to compliment the existing aircraft fuel boost pump segment of the business. Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma soon became one of Weldon’s largest aviation distributors.
In 2001, Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma became a distributor for Kelly Aerospace. While still overhauling components “in house”, the company was able to provide a full line of factory overhauled aircraft starters, aircraft alternators, and aircraft voltage regulators as well as other units in the Kelly Aerospace product line.
In 2009, we celebrated 50 years of business and continue to grow with new customers added daily both nationally and internationally.
Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma is an FAA approved repair station (#RV3R829L) rated in Class I and Class II aircraft accessories. It also has a limited rating for aircraft propellers and NDI. Located at 2740 North Sheridan Road in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma has grown to facilities covering approximately 10,000 sq. ft. with the finest technicians and equipment for repair, overhaul and exchange of aircraft components.