Aviation for Women

JUL-AUG 2018

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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 15 COURTESY ART CRAF T PAINT COURTESY DEAN BALDWIN PAINTING / HARMON PHOTOGRAPHY In 2012, the company add- e d a f a c i l i t y i n G o o d y e a r, A r i z o n a , a n d c o m p l e t e d a deal for a st ar tup operation in Per u, I nd ia n a , dou blin g t he size of t he compa ny. A s p a r t o f t h e d e a l , a n e x i s t- ing 95,000-square-foot han- gar was expanded to 155,000 square feet and was convert- ed to a state-of-the-art facility capable of large body aircraft such as Airbus A330, Boeing 777, 747, or 787s. It opened in 2013 in tandem with Bald- win being awarded a new liv- er y contract wit h A meric a n Airlines. Other customers read like a who's who list in the airline industr y including Sk yWest Airlines, UPS, Air Canada, Ex- pre ss Jet , Spir it , Me s a , ATI / ABX, and others. "We have been blessed with great, long-term customers and some new customers a s well," she says. "We hope they keep coming." Barbara and her husband, Larry, purchased the compa- ny in 1978 from original own- er s , D e a n a nd O pr a h B a ld - win. Larry ran the paint crew, while Barbara ra n account- ing, purchasing, and market- ing. W hen her hu sba nd re - tired in 1995, Barbara became majority owner and CEO re- sponsible for t he entire op - eration. Today, the company employs 400 and has annual sales in excess of $30 million. "I have been managing this company for over 35 years," Barbara says. "I would say that many years ago it made a dif- ference t hat I wa s a female. I believe that not only have I ear ned t he respect of t hose who know me, but also peo- ple see and feel the passion I have for this business sector. I strongly believe those days are gone, and all women are respected in the positions they hold through all sectors of aviation, and all business for that matter." CO L O R I N G O U T S I D E T H E L I N E S T hree gener at ion s of A r rendondo women represent the quintes- sential success story of people who dare to dream and had the courage and fortitude to make their dream a reality. It started in Mexico with a widow and mother of nine children, who was determined to build a better life for her family. She com- pleted the paperwork to enter the United States to find employ- ment with a goal to establish herself and to bring all of her chil- dren to the U.S. "She worked for 15 years to get my mom and her siblings resi- dency visas," says Esmeralda Arrendondo-Mendoza of her maternal grandmother. "She was able to bring them all legally." Esmeralda credits her mother and her grandmother, who only attended school through the third grade. "I wouldn't be the person I am if I hadn't seen the struggles of my mother and grandmother in my life," Esmeralda says. Her mother, Teresa, arrived legally in the U.S. at the age of 15 and began working in the strawberry fields. By the time Teresa was 19, she had leased two parcels of land and became a grower. She also pursued an education studying electrical engineering and math at the Center of Employment Training in Santa Ma- ria, California. "She was very entrepreneurial," Esmeralda says. "When she was in the fields she decided she wanted to run her own company. She went to college, learned English, and earned a technical degree." Today, the family owns and operates Art Craft Paint, where Teresa started as an assistant upholsterer. The company han- dles essential aircraft refurbishment both inside and out on mid- size corporate jets, general aviation aircraft, and helicopters. The company employs a 16,000-hour ATP pilot to pick up and deliver aircraft for service. "We do the whole spectrum," Esmeralda says, adding the company is looking to expand, eyeing a facility on the East Coast. P A I N T I N G B I G B I R D S B Y T H E N U M B E R S Aircraf t operators go to great lengths to cover all areas exposed to the el- ements to avoid expen- si ve r ep air s that c o ul d occur from rust and corro- sion. Barbara says during the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a shift to- ward more environmen- tally friendly coaƟngs and chemicals, from low sol- ids to high solid coatings, chromium free primers, and most recently base coat clear coatings. Here are some of the numbers they work with: • Commercial aircraŌ with heavy use may need new paint jobs every six to eight years • A Boeing 767 or wide- body can take up to 150 gallons of paint and primer and another 15 to 20 gal- lons for the livery colors • A smaller regional air- craŌ takes about 40 to 50 gallons of primer and paint • Start to finish may take 10-12 days to complete, while a larger B-747 may take 14 to 16 days • Because of added pro- cesses, an aircraŌ such as a B-737 in a VIP livery could take 30 to 35 days

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