Since he was a young boy, Corey Starnes has been involved with repairing airplanes working side-by-side with his dad and uncle in Memphis, Tenn.
At the age of 21, Starnes earned his certification as an airplane mechanic and two years later obtained his inspection authorization.
Starnes moved from Memphis with his wife, Nazie, to Fredericksburg in 2009 after she accepted a position in a corporation as a dentist.
Starnes established his business in Manassas in a little T-Hanger. When the fees increased, he began looking for an alternative area. That is when he contacted Bill Fosdick, the former airport manager at Freeman Field, and transitioned to Louisa in May.
Starnes said that the business-friendly Louisa airport has done a lot to help him and his business.
Custom Aero is a full-service maintenance shop that provides everything from preventative maintenance, annual check-ups, interior replacement and paint touch-up.
Currently, Starnes and aircraft technician Diego Noquez are rebuilding a Cessna 172 that had been stored outside with no maintenance for six years. They are also rebuilding the interior of a Piper Archer.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 29 edition of The Central Virginian.