Antilles Air Boats' maintenance department consisted of 3 locations (St. Thomas, St. Croix and San Juan, P.R.), 50 licensed and unlicensed mechanics and included various shops (engine overhaul / fabric). This page will focus on the people and criteria to maintain the AAB fleet.
photo credit Tom Anusewicz
Developing additional database for Antilles Air Boats aircraft information which will include FAA Major Repair & Alteration / Form 337 , supporting documentation, registration, ownership and other related information.
Grumman Goose G-21A
Claude Austin, Maintenance Supervisor and Charlie Freehling, Chief Inspector... the very best in the business.
Grumman Mallard G-73
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A
Shorts - Sunderland / Sandringham - S.25
Aviation Mechanics Journal - July 1980 advertisement
Grumman Albatross HU-16
above letter sent by Don "Bucky" Dawson
Dean Franklin Aviation Enterprises
Grumman Seaplane /Parts Dealer
photo credit Jim Flanagan
A busy ramp in St. Thomas. A great photo of numerous AAB aircraft in maintenance. The photo includes VS-44 (out of service), Super CAT/PBY, 2 Gooses and a Cessna 185 (N169E) on floats registered to Don Schell and Bill Sorren, pilots at AAB.
Senior maintenance supervisors, Claude Austin on left engine and Victor Pinheiro on the right. with pilot Bill Sorren walking across the ramp.