Paul Gardner began his career serving in the United States Navy from 1978 - 1982. As a sailor, Gardner learned to work intermediate level maintenance, working on a bench, troubleshooting, isolating & replacing defective components down to the board level on automatic flight control systems for one of the U.S. Navy's most advanced electronics aircraft of the time, the EA-6B Prowler.
The Grumman EA-6B Prowler was an electronics jamming aircraft with the squadron VAQ 136 which, at the time was stationed in Whidbey Island, Washington. Early in 1980 the whole squadron was moved to Yokosuka, Japan onboard the aircraft carrier the USS Midway (CV-41) replacing VMAQ-2, a marine squadron, where he spent the next 2 1/2 years.
"After the Navy I went to work in freight, working out at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan for different freight operators including Bill Rosenbalm, Rosenbalm Aviation, which had a DC-8 contract with Emery air freight, Connie Kalitta, Kalitta Aviation, who mostly had DC-8's, with DC-9's & 727's, and Zantop Airlines, another freighter with DC-8's, DC-6's, Convair 640's and a lot of Lockheed Electra L-188's. "FREIGHT IS GREAT" was the motto in Ypsilanti!...
...After moving down to Texas in July 199I I went to work for various corporate operators working on Bombardier Challengers, Gulfstreams, Dassault Falcons and Hawkers mostly with different era avionics packages installed, from VLF/Omega systems & ADF's to triple GPS', triple Laser Ref's with triple dedicated Flight Management Systems." --- Paul Gardner
PDG Services was started in September 2003, after working though personal problems by the grace of the Lord, settling down at Lancaster Airport in January 2004. By November of 2004 PDG Services was granted a Certified Repair Station license (C.R.S.) with limited instrument & limited radio capabilities, (CRS G49R038Y).
Having earned a F.C.C. General Radio Telephone license in 1987, and later both the Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) licenses, and eventually receiving the Inspection Authorization (IA) license, and now with the FAA CRS license, there is very little that cannot be worked out.
Maybe you just need someone to manage your airplane, PDG Services has the experience to do that as well from corporate size and larger to general aviation. Paul has managed most types of corporate aircraft Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker, and has dealt with both Rockwell Collins and Honeywell.
As our family has grown up, each has made an impact in making PDG Services a true service to the aviation community in the north Texas area! After filing the certifications work orders for the required 2 years, Julie Gardner, my wife, takes the work orders and sends out the reminder cards with them. My daughter Carrie, has been a big help in inventory control and of course the new web pages. My son Michael, when he can, likes to go out on the certifications.
God Bless & We Thank You,
Lancaster Regional Airport
670 Ferris Rd. #104
Lancaster, TX 75146