A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft)

A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft)

Another airplane manufacturer relocates to Arlington airport

Vashon Aircraft, which produces a sport plane, is consolidating work previously done in Woodinville and Everett.

ARLINGTON — Vashon Aircraft, which produces a lightweight two-seat airplane, is relocating manufacturing and assembly to the Cascade Industrial Center in Arlington.

The move consolidates a manufacturing facility in Woodinville and an assembly and delivery center at Paine Field in Everett “under one roof,” said Kurt Robertson, Vashon’s sales and training manager.

Vashon expects to complete the move to new quarters at Arlington Municipal Airport later this month.

The company joins a small but growing squadron of airplane and component manufacturers in Arlington. Eviation Aircraft, the developer of a twin-engine electric airplane called Alice, relocated from Redmond to three hangars at Arlington last year. Arlington Municipal is also home to kit-airplane maker Glassair.

Vashon employs more than 25 people.

The Arlington location will help streamline and step up production of the company’s Ranger R7, a light, all-metal sport aircraft powered by a Continental 0-200 aircraft engine, Robertson said.

Vashon has been building the airplane in Woodinville and trucking components to Paine Field for final assembly and delivery.

“Here,” Robertson said of Arlington, “the airplane comes off the production line and the runway is right there.”

Founded in 2012, Vashon Aircraft has been building the Ranger R7 for eight years.

In 2018, the aircraft made its debut at the AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin, air show, Robertson said.

“Orders are coming fast and furious since the Oshkosh event,” Robertson said. Moving into a larger building at the Cascade Industrial Center will allow the company to increase production from three or four airplanes a month to more than five a month.

There are 50 Rangers in the field right now with more ready to be delivered. The airplane’s avionics are made by Dynon Avionics in Woodinville.

“With the strong support of airport director David Ryan, the Arlington Municipal Airport, and the City of Arlington, as well as the vibrant pilot and aviation community at the Arlington Municipal Airport, it was inevitable that Vashon Aircraft would choose to come home to Arlington,” the company said in a statement.

Janice Podsada; jpodsada@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3097; Twitter: JanicePods

Talk to us

More in Herald Business Journal

Striking Starbucks employees talk to a woman who wanted to use the drive-thru but was turned away due to the strike on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, on Broadway in Everett, Washington. Workers at the 37th and Broadway store spent their morning picketing because a fellow employee had been fired the previous day in what the workers believe is an act of union busting. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett Starbucks workers go on strike after employee fired

The employee and her fellow union members claim she was fired for supporting the union. Starbucks denies it.

X
Property values soar 32% in Snohomish County due to hot housing market

Assessed values are up all across the county since last year. The impact on tax bills won’t be known for a few months.

Everett
Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

Holly Burkett-Pohland, the owner of Burkett’s Home & Gift, outside of her new store front on Friday, June 17, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
New Everett gift store debuts in former J. Matheson space

For years, Holly Burkett-Pohland wanted to expand a business founded by her mother in 1978.

A Kenmore Air Cessna 208 Caravan. (Kenmore Air) 20220613
Kenmore Air to start daily flights from Paine Field to San Juans

Service begins July 14. Flights to Friday Harbor and Orcas Island airports take about 25 minutes.

Seattle Space Needle sues coffee chain over use of logo

The logo for Local Coffee Spot features a mug of hot coffee whose rising steam bears striking resemblance to the iconic tower.

Logo for news use, for stories regarding Washington state government — Olympia, the Legislature and state agencies. No caption necessary. 20220331
Foes of state’s capital gains tax drop plans for initiative

I-1929 sponsors say they are confident a lawsuit challenging the legality of the tax will be successful.

Arlington
Smoother sailing: Arlington airport gets grant to fix runway

A $2.3 million federal grant will pave the way for a project to resurface the airfield’s main runway.

Workers build the first all electric plane, the Eviation Alice, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  The plane is designed for regional travel and to carry nine passengers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Eviation moves tests of electric passenger plane to Moses Lake

The Arlington company said a bigger runway and flatter terrain are better suited to early testing of the commuter aircraft.

An artist's rendering of the new Funko warehouse in Buckeye, Arizona. (Funko) 20220407
Funko warehouse layoffs begin this week in Everett, Puyallup

The layoffs, announced in April, are part of a plan to move distribution operations to Arizona.

Rendering of the front entrance of Spruce Elementary School in Lynnwood. (Edmonds School District)
Police: Edmonds schools sent $2.7 million check to fraudster

Police say the fraudster posed as a contractor for a new elementary school. A bank caught it at the last second.

Looking north, an aerial view of Paine Field in Everett. (Paine Field / Snohomish County) 20220605
Paine Field development plan envisions an expanded terminal

Once Sea-Tac Airport reaches capacity, the Everett airport is on the short list to absorb unmet demand by passengers.