Kent McIntyre, owner of Bevan-Rabell in Wichita, an avionics and aircraft repair shop, was named 2013 Member of the Year of the Aircraft Electronics Association at its annual awards luncheon in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
The award honors an individual from an AEA member company.
The organization’s Associate Member of the Year award went to Sandia Aerospace of Albuquerque, N.M.
Winners are elected by their peers for their service and participation in the industry and in the association, according to information from the AEA.
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Bevan-Rabell is a Federal Aviation Administration-certified repair station at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
The company repairs radios, autopilot equipment, weather radar and communications equipment from customers around the world.
McIntyre, who grew up on a farm near Wellington, became interested in aviation during the 1970s after flying with his uncle, a World War II pilot.
In 1976, McIntyre began taking flight lessons. Not long after, he began working at the Wellington airport.
McIntyre attended Southwestern College in Winfield and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Newman University.
He went to work for Mike Kelley Aircraft, now Air Plains Services, before joining Bevan-Rabell as shop manager in 1989.
At the time, he had virtually no avionics experience except for his flying, according to information from the AEA.
Bevan-Rabell was started in the early 1950s by Ralph Bevan, who worked out of a station wagon at the former Wichita Airport.
In 1954, he moved Bevan Radio Co. to the then-new Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.
In the early 1960s, Bevan opened a second avionics repair shop, Rabell Electronics. The two companies merged in the early 1970s.
Longtime employees Gilbert Mitchell and Bob Patterson bought the business in 1982. In 1987, Mitchell sold his part of the business to Patterson when he retired.
McIntyre bought the business from Patterson in 2002.
McIntyre has been an AEA member since 1986 and has served on its board of directors.
Other nominees for the 2013 AEA Member of the year included Stewart Dimon of Texas GYRO, David Loso of Jet Aviation, Dan Rice of Flightcraft, Mark Wilken of Elliott Aviation and Greg York of Pippen-York.
Sarah Nublik, Bevan-Rabell director of marketing, also was awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the AEA and Sporty’s Foundation at the AEA awards luncheon on Wednesday. The award is to be used to pursue a recreational pilot’s certificate.