As a pilot you come across many interesting people during your career, and for me one of the most interesting I ever met is Maurice Hovious.
I remember the first time I met Maurice over in Kalamazoo just after our company had purchased an early model Turbo Commander that used hydraulic pumps for pressurization. The aircraft we had purchased came from Africa, and we had continual problems with Skydrol hydraulic leaks until we finally converted the airplane to bleed air pressurization.
Of course that is when we discovered a large African ant hill inside the aircraft!
But, no matter the day or hour Maurice was always there to help keep our flight operations going and making sure we could complete our flight schedules on time. Not only is Maurice extremely knowledgeable about all things aviation, but he has this unique ability to see how to fix or repair an aircraft that no one else seemed to be able to figure out.
Hov-Aire, Inc. in Vicksburg, MI
Maurice started his business Hov-Aire, Inc which quickly became the go-to place for exotic aircraft repair and recovery for the aviation insurance community. No matter what the problem Maurice would always figure out how to fix it.
One of the things Maurice is most known for is his ability to build Ford Tri-Motor aircraft, essentially from scratch. These projects take years to complete, and require a real artist’s touch to make them turn out right. So, if you have a few million dollars to spare and want your very own Ford Tri-Motor, Maurice is your man!
The Michigan Aviation Hall Of Fame
The Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHF) is a volunteer organization that was incorporated in 1987 to recognize men and women who have made significant contributions to aviation. Located in the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame each year provides an event to honor each years inductees into the MAHF.
This year’s event will be held on May 19, 2012 and will induct 8 new members including Maurice Hovious. The 2012 inductees are:
- Maurice R. Hovious (1937-);
- Major General William A. Henderson;
- Colonel Cass S. Hough;
- Dr. Richard Upjohn Light;
- Preston S. Parish;
- 1st Lieutenant Karl W. Richter;
- Lieutenant Colonel Washington D. Ross;
- Lieutenant General Donavon F. Smith.
You can read more about each of these fine gentleman at the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame page.
Maurice R. Hovious, 2012 Inductee Into The Michigan Aviation Hall Of Fame
Maurice R. Hovious served in the U. S. Air Force from 1956-1960 as crew chief of Boeing B-47 bombers. He moved to Kalamazoo and became the corporate pilot for Lakala Aviation, purchased it, and then merged with Kal-Aero. Hovious formed Hov-Aire, Inc., specializing in major repairs and restorations of Ford Tri-Motors and Piper Malibu/Mirage aircraft, as well as other piston aircraft, warbirds, and corporate jets.
Way to go Maurice!
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