Islip Avionics, Inc. was formed and incorporated in October of 1986 by Matthew Randazzo and Ralph Fisch. These two men were pilots and aircraft owners and were searching
for a decent, reliable avionics shop local in the Long Island area to service their needs. Since there was not one available at the time, they decided to open Islip Avionics.
They purchased inventory and equipment from several former shops and rented hangar and office facilities from Mid Island Air Service at the Long Island MacArthur Airport.
On December 3, 1986 the shop was approved by the FAA as a certified repair station. The shop and its following of customers quickly grew. Islip Avionics was soon recognized
by the avionics equipment manufacturers, and were granted dealership status.
By the spring of 1990, the company out grew its facilities. By this time the staff increased to 4 full time technicians. The company moved into a new custom facility built
for them by Mid Island. This new facility had 2500 square feet of hangar space and 1100 square feet of office and technical space. Later in the same year, both partners
became restless and decided to sell the company.
In December of 1990, they entered into an agreement to sell the business to the present owners, Patricia and Fred Kattermann. Fred had several years experience in the
avionics trade, along with many additional years experience in the electronics and electrical field. Much like the company founders, Fred is a commercial rated pilot and
aircraft owner. Fred also had worked for many years in a family owned business and had gained a great deal of business knowledge.
Additional staff was hired, and more equipment was purchased. More dealerships were added. Islip Avionics, Inc. has become recognized in the avionics industry as a leader in
service and technology.
In February of 1994, the company leased a second hangar adjacent to the existing office to allow for further expansion. In March of 1994, Islip Avionics, Inc. purchased the
equipment and inventory of Precisionaire Instruments, Inc., a local aircraft instrument shop. A new custom facility was constructed within the existing leasehold. The
instrument shop facility was opened in June 1994 and licensed by the FAA as an independent repair station. The instrument shop is operated as the Precisionaire Instrument
division of Islip Avionics. In 1999 the two repair stations were merged into one FAA approved facility.
The total company staff has increased to 11 full time and several additional part time employees. All of our technical staff are certified as A&P mechanics and/or FAA
Repairmen. We have become an industry leader in the design, approval and installation of custom panel upgrades for older aircraft. Sales have grown to over $1,000,000.
Additional dealerships have been added, along with expanded service capabilities. Our market place has expanded to Connecticut and New Jersey. We have been aggressively
expanding to the turbine and light corporate jet marketplace.
We are very excited about the future of Islip Avionics. Islip Avionics is the only avionics shops serving lighter general aviation aircraft on Long Island. We feel that
general aviation, both as a recreation and as a business tool is a very important asset to the Long Island community. As aviation continues to grow and prosper, we intend
to do the same.