J. Kevin Lacey
Kevin’s aviation career began in 1973. He earned his Private Pilots license in 1974 and repossessed his first airplane in September 1975.
He earned his Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics license and an Associates Degree in 1976 through Spartan School of Aeronauticsand
While working as a Director of Maintenance for a FAR Part 141 Flight School, he went on to earn his advanced flight ratings and then moved to a Director of Maintenance and reserve pilot position for a FAR Part 135 operator hauling cancelled checks at night.
In 1979, Kevin moved to a Maintenance Crew Chief position in a FAA Part 145 Certified Repair Station repairing and maintaining corporate type jets. This position ultimately led him to the cockpit of a Cessna Citation as a corporate pilot and then on to a variety of bigger and faster aircraft operating both FAR Part 91 & Part 135.
In the late 1980's, a downturn In the economy caused the aviation industry to fall flat causing a rise in aircraft repossessions and the need to support the long term storage, maintenance, and re-marketing of high value aircraft.
With 2 re-possessed Learjets and a hangar in bankruptcy, Kevin created a full service FBO, earning a FAR Part 145 Certified Repair Station certificate to support the aircraft that he was repossessing and the creation of a FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate operating corporate jet aircraft. After serving as General Manager and Director of Maintenance for 10 years, it was time to move on.
In 2005, Kevin expanded into transitioning Commercial Aircraft such Boeing, Airbus, and CRJ's. He has traveled the world assisting with Lease Returns, Deliveries, Re-Deliveries, Repossessions, Shop Visits, Preservation Programs and much more.
This unique combination of skills, experience, qualifications, and dedication make Kevin and Texas Air Fleet an invaluable resource for the aviation finance and leasing community.
FAA Certificates & Ratings
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization
Airline Transport Pilot
Type Ratings: B737, BE400, CE500, DA10, DA20, LR-Jet, MU300
Single Engine Seaplane & Certified Flight Instructor