Busi­ness­man’s goal sky high

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Sjanna San­dalova

An avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast with 38 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try is strug­gling to find some spare time af­ter his new busi­ness opened with a bang.

Paul Dray­ton is the owner of Wa­gin Aero Ser­vices, an aero­plane main­te­nance work­shop at Wa­gin Air­field, which has been open for just three weeks.

Mr Dray­ton, who flies to and from work ev­ery day from Boyup Brook, said he had been in­un­dated with cus­tomers.

“I’ve been in the in­dus­try since 1975 and I’ve al­ways had a good fol­low­ing,” he said.

“A lot of the peo­ple who come to me now have fol­lowed me wher­ever I’ve worked.

“I haven’t had a mo­ment to scratch my­self — it’s just been full on.

“I’ve got work booked out to the point where I don’t know when it’s go­ing to slow down.”

Mr Dray­ton’s ser­vices range from plane in­spec­tions, re­builds and restora­tions to post-flight main­te­nance and re­lo­ca­tion flights. Mr Dray­ton prides him­self on safety and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

“If the owner of the air­craft dic­tates main­te­nance to me and won’t let me do it to the nth de­gree of safety within the bounds of the rules and reg­u­la­tions, I’m not in­ter­ested in look­ing af­ter the air­craft,” he said.

“I’ve got one guy who comes down twice a year from Roxby Downs in South Aus­tralia — he won’t let any­one else main­tain his aero­plane.”

Mr Dray­ton said the cen­tral­ity of Wa­gin and the ameni­ties avail­able made it the ideal lo­ca­tion to open his work­shop.

“The po­si­tion­ing of the town is close for peo­ple to walk, so if they want to leave their aero­plane here and go into town, it’s only a short walk,” he said.

“Both run­ways have run­way light­ing, pilot ac­ti­vated. We’ve got fuel avail­able here as well.”

Mr Dray­ton cred­its the suc­cess of his busi­ness to the years of skill and knowl­edge ac­quired through­out his avi­a­tion ca­reer.

“I’ve been check en­gi­neer at two com­pa­nies at Jan­dakot Air­port and I was the fore­man for four years and I’ve just fin­ished at the Royal Aero Club, where I was act­ing chief en­gi­neer,” he said.

“I’ve taken the best ideas out of all those three lo­ca­tions and in­cor­po­rated them into this busi­ness.”

Paul with his per­sonal air­craft that he flies to and from Wa­gin in.

An over­head view of Wa­gin.

One of the air­craft’s Paul has worked on at his work­shop in Wa­gin.

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