ComAv Technical Services earns Exemplar Award

MDAQMD at its Sept. 28 Governing Board meeting presented ComAv Technical Services with the 2019-20 Exemplar Award. Shown in this photo, from left to right: MDAQMD Board Member and Hesperia City Councilman Bill Holland; Board Member and San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor Dawn Rowe; ComAv Director of Environmental Health and Safety David Murphy; MDAQMD Board Member and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood; ComAv Executive Vice President William Tollison; ComAv CEO Craig Garrick; MDAQMD Executive Director Brad Poiriez; Board Member Barbara Riordan (back); MDAQMD Vice Chair and Barstow Mayor Pro tem Carmen Hernandez; Board Member and Victorville City Councilman Jim Cox; and Board Member and Apple Valley Town Councilwoman Kari Leon.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)— ComAv Technical Services, an aviation company, has taken home the prestigious 2020 Exemplar Award for their efforts to reduce or prevent air pollution. This is the top honor covering the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s expansive jurisdiction.

The Victorville-based logistics magnate has been instrumental to its client based in numerous ways. For some, it’s working on the problems with the Boeing 737 Max. For others, it’s simply offering a place to park jets in light of pandemic-related reduced air traffic and sales slumps.

“ComAv has been a part of the MDAQMD for over 22 years. As one of the largest employers at SCLA, we are committed to environmentally responsible practices for our community and continued sustainable processes within the aviation industry,” said Craig Garrick, ComAv CEO and President. “As most of our employees make their home in the High Desert communities, we want to ensure that we are doing our part to create a better environment. We are so grateful for this award; we want to thank MDAQMD for this recognition, and our hard-working teams that have made this happen.”

Nominations are sought annually from the community and MDAQMD staff on local organizations and individuals excelling in efforts to reduce emissions. ComAv has undertaken a large-scale transition to environmentally friendly equipment and practices. This includes replacing two 1976 diesel tugs with new, low-emission equivalents that reduced emissions output by more than 2.5 tons per year. The company is also retiring an older piece of equipment for every new eco-friendly it puts into operation.

“Hats off to all of our nominees this year, but a special thanks to ComAv for making our jobs in managing our air quality a little easier,” said Brad Poiriez, Executive Director of the MDAQMD. “There are few things more rewarding than seeing local companies take initiatives to reduce air pollution.”

ComAv took advantage of grant funds available through the District for some of these projects. They plan to continue with more projects planned for the future including an electric, zero-emission mobile staircase that is currently being designed.

ComAv Technical Services, a certified global airframe, and powerplant support provider, is an FAA 145 Repair Station and EASA certified aircraft and engine short or long-term storage, transitional maintenance, heavy maintenance disassembly service organization. ComAv supports both end-user and MRO customers with a major workforce of full-time licensed airframe and powerplant mechanics and world-class airport facilities. ComAv is the most experienced company globally for aircraft storage and transitional maintenance, having transitioned over several thousand aircraft and engines over 22 years.

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