LookUp Aviation, an aircraft building company, plans to open at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem in the first quarter of 2021. The company will be the exclusive East Coast distributorship of South African company Sling Aircraft. LookUp Aviation has committed to $100,000 in upgrades to 26,298 square feet of the space, which will include sales and administrative offices along with assembly and ramp areas. The company plans to create 12 jobs within the first two months.

LookUp Aviation is led by Winston-Salem native and entrepreneur Max Maxwell, who said that he chose Smith Reynolds Airport in part because of its proximity to the Forsyth Technical Community College Mazie S. Woodruff Aviation Technology Lab. The lab’s aviation systems technology program will provide requirements necessary to qualify for an aircraft mechanic’s certificate with airframe and/or power plant ratings. The Aviation Electronics Technology program will provide training in the operations, repair and overhaul of general avionics, electrical and electronic systems, practical wiring, navigation, flight management and communications equipment. All are skills LookUp Aviation will need for the two-person crews needed to assemble Sling planes. Maxwell said hiring will begin while renovations are underway.

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