Lane Aviation, Inc. is excited to be celebrating its 75th year in business. Our company prides itself on maintaining ethical business practices that translate into integrity for every facet of Lane Aviation. We believe this honesty is what has gained the trust of so many valued customers and allowed us to become the leading Air Tractor distributor for sales, service and support. Without you, the customer, we would not be here today. For that, we want to say “Thank you” from everyone here!
Lane Aviation’s association with agricultural aircraft sales began with George Lane and Leland Snow in College Station, Texas in 1957; Leland was demonstrating the S-2A. George gave Leland a deposit on one of the first five built! Shortly thereafter, Lane Aviation became a dealer for Snow Aircraft. Therefore, when Leland Snow developed Air Tractor, Lane Aviation’s business relationship with Snow was already well established. In 1974, Lane Aviation was selected as the first Air Tractor dealer and has since sold more than anyone else in the world, over 1,000!
Lane Aviation has always been a family-run company. George’s sons are both still actively involved in the company. Grant Lane serves as president of Lane Aviation and Mark Lane as a pilot, both relocating aircraft and as a relief pilot during the season.
Grant’s son, Logan Lane, represents a third generation in this family business. In 2013, Logan graduated from Texas A&M University and began learning the ropes at Lane Aviation. In addition to being an Instrument and Multi-engine, Commercially-rated pilot, with experience ranging from Air Tractors to cabin-class aircraft, Logan manages much of the daily operations at the airport. While Logan’s fresh perspective lends itself to innovation, he is also learning from Grant’s life-long experience in the agricultural aviation business. In particular, Grant’s highly personalized customer service has become a cornerstone that customers count on and value. Whether an operator is making a transition to Air Tractors, moving from radials to turbine powered aircraft, or updating their current fleet, Grant and Logan will be there to offer help and advice along the way.
Lane Aviation operates from its airport in Rosenberg, Texas (T54), Lane Air Park. The maintenance facility is capable of handling nearly every type of Air Tractor maintenance. This includes annual and periodic inspections, major airframe repairs and engine exchanges. The ability to perform up to and including hot section inspections, as well as great business relationships with dedicated engine shops, keeps the customer well taken care of. With Air Tractor factory training and multiple FAA-certified A&P and IA mechanics, the highest quality work can always be expected.
Also located at Lane Air Park is the fully stocked parts department of Lane Aviation, the largest stock of Air Tractor spares outside of the factory. Not only is it essential to have parts on hand to facilitate repairs made in the maintenance shop, but it’s paramount to have an extensive inventory readily available to ship to our customers.
Lane Aviation maintainted a Part 137 aerial application operation for 70 years. That taught us how to best respond to ag operators’ needs, it also helped us understand what it means to be AOG. Lane Aviation works diligently to make sure our customers get their required parts as quickly as possible. Whether a customer is two towns over or on another continent, Lane Aviation has the experience and expertise to get them back in the air.
Lane Aviation, Inc. will be proudly exhibiting at NAAA’s Ag Aviation Expo in Savannah, Georgia, December 7-10. We invite everyone to stop by booth #XXXXX for a drink on us and good Texas conversation. Be sure to ask about our special convention sale prices for our industry-leading Lane brakes and fans. The Lane brake and fan combination for spray pumps has been proven to be as rugged and reliable as they come. See y’all in Savannah!