Our history started in the early 1980s with founder Kevin McKown who earned his pilot license & started his Aviation Career. By 1988 McKown gathered a group of Aviation engineers and enthusiasts and started a company, Airflow Composite Group.
This company’s ambitions were to develop a 6-seat, twin-engine, 3-surface, pusher type aircraft, with trailing link landing gear and 68 Liters/pr hr fuel efficient Diesel Engines. Named the 600-6, the 482/kph aircraft was Expected to enter the Experimental aircraft market in the early 1990s. With experimental certification gained, the road to full FAA certification.
This aircraft design was the First Twin Engine "Diesel" powered aircraft post World War ll. The aircraft drew worldwide attention within the aviation community! In the late '80s, the plug was pulled to a lack of funding.
By 1999 McKown established an FAA aircraft import and export company, South Aircraft. During this time, making frequent trips to Eastern Europe searching for museum-quality aircraft, McKown met officials at the Polish aircraft manufacturing company in Warsaw, Poland, from EADS-PZL. PZL consulted with McKown and decided for South Aircraft to manage marketing throughout North, Central & South America.
The task was to export from Poland and import to North America PZL's product line, then establish an aircraft dealer network to distribute to general aviation. The Aviation uses for these aircraft were airborne law enforcement and military and private aviation within the USA, Canada, and Central & South America.
Wilga Aircraft (A 4-Seat STOL Aircraft) primary purpose is law enforcement and border patrol. Kruk Aircraft (A 500-Gallon agricultural aircraft) and other aircraft built in Poland at the EADS-PZL factory. To this day, McKown continues in good standing with PZL aircraft manufacturing in Poland.
In 1999, McKown founded, with Partner Don Mickey, a general aviation magazine Southwest Aviator.
The magazine was published from 1999 to 2006 and can still be found online, <www.swaviator.com>.
McKown test-flew aircraft for magazine content, collected story information, directed distribution, and gathered advertising sales. The magazine was primarily circulated over seven years, during which the magazine grew to supply over 1500 airports, FBOs, airport lounges, restaurants, and aviation schools throughout the nine southwestern states in America.
In 2008 McKown made his first visit to China on an exploratory aviation Interest visit. During this 2008 visit, McKown agreed with his Chinese hosting partners that as China moves into the 21st century, aviation will play a huge role in China's Future. Aviation will employ millions of people and create new General & Corporate Aviation minded companies. In 2017, McKown formed AASW.