Howard Aircraft is a long-established general aviation maintenance and repair facility. It was founded in 1956 by Russ Howard, my grandfather. His motto was "honest service at a fair price." My partner Calvin Kief and I operate Howard Aircraft the same way today. We serve our customers, not scalp them.

You can tell from the photo that our hangar on the Martinsburg Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport (KMRB) is clean and well-equipped. We can repair and maintain nearly every piston-powered GA airplane made, including Light Sport aircraft and Rotax engines.

Our hangar is NOT a shiny multi-million dollar edifice with expensive glass and chrome everywhere. We don't provide plush waiting rooms, free snacks, smiling receptionists or a well-staffed billing department. We don't employ a "service advisor" who stands between you and the A&P who has his hands on your aircraft. You talk to us directly.

Also, we don't charge $300 for an oil change or $2,000 for a Cessna 172 annual inspection. Our shop rate is $80 an hour and we guarantee our work. That's us, Howard Aircraft: honest service at a fair price. Give us a call or come visit. We're here Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4 PM and Saturday from 7:30 AM to 12 noon.

What We do

Howard Aircraft Typical costs for Annual or 100 hour inspections*


  • 152
  • 172
  • 182


  • PA-28
  • PA-28R
  • PA-32
  • PA-31


  • Bonanza A-36
  • Baron B-58


  • DA-20
  • DA-40


  • M-20

*Inspection costs are based on time required at shop rate of $80/hour. Needed parts or repairs extra. Initial inspections require time for AD compliance checks.