1969 – 1974 | Start of King’s Avionics
Butler Avionics, Inc. began in 1969 under the name of King’s Avionics. Founded by Steve Hayden to fill a need for avionics in the Kansas City metro area, the business started in Johnson County, Kansas.
1974 – 2010 | Growth and Expansion
In 1974, Dave Hayden (Steve’s brother) and Gary Morris came on board bringing their expertise in avionics repair. Dave and Gary became the owners and operators Kings Avionics.
After several years, Butler Avionics expanded to it’s own facility. A hangar was built at the New Century Airport specifically to house Butler Avionics, which continues to serve as Butler Avionics’ base of operations.
2010 – 2017 | Continued Growth Under
Acquisition byButler National Corporation
In September 2010, Butler Avionics, Inc. was acquired by Butler National Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of support systems for “Classic” commercial and military aircraft. Clark D. Stewart, President and CEO, stated, “The acquisition of Butler Avionics, Inc. provides Butler with a greater presence in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market to better support our special mission and classic aviation customers.”
The business has continued to grow under the new guidance of Butler National Corporation.