Champion Air

The customer

Founded in 1989 by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., Champion Air LLC is an FAA Part-125 contract air services operator in Statesville, North Carolina. The company owns and operates three Embraer ERJ 145s and a Bombardier Learjet 31, formerly Mr. Earnhardt’s personal aircraft. The 50-seat 145s are configured for executive shuttle missions.

Given its unique pedigree in the NASCAR community, Champion Air has long served NASCAR teams who travel extensively around the country. More recently, Champion Air has also developed an expertise with teams in other sports.

The challenge

Scott Peterson, Champion Air’s Director of Maintenance (DOM), has 37 years of industry experience and has been in his current role for the last two years. As DOM, Scott is responsible for the maintenance and airworthiness of the aircraft in his fleet.

“Before implementing TRAXXALL, we were using a mix of Flightdocs Enterprise and spreadsheets developed in-house. One of my first objectives when I came on board,” explains Scott, “was to improve and refine our systems. I wanted to accurately calculate the cost of maintaining our aircraft – per year, per month or per hour. After a transition period, TRAXXALL has enabled us to understand what we spend, where and how. For example, we carry more than $200,000 in spare parts inventory. We are now able to fully appreciate the value of our inventory and instantly see when more parts may or may not be required. Keeping our inventory optimally stocked is essential to avoiding unscheduled and costly delays. Previously, that type of clarity was simply not possible.”

“TRAXXALL centralizes all major Director of Maintenance responsibilities – inventory management, purchase orders, flight logs and work orders. Everything interoperates seamlessly. It’s customizable and it generates standardized reports. It makes a big difference to the overall efficiency of our operations…”

– Scott Peterson, Director of Maintenance