In the late 1950s, Dal-Tex Aviation moved from the old Highland Park Airport in Dallas, Texas, which was located just off of what is now Interstate 635 (LBJ Freeway) and Coit Road, and relocated their business and hangar to the Addison Airport. The hangar was reassembled just south of what was then the Addison Airport terminal building and was referred to as Hangar 4. Dal-Tex employed several mechanics and performed all mechanical and structural sheet metal work. Their business included an avionics shop, which was then run by Jack Noble, and one of the employees was Randall Pledger. In 1962, Dal-Tex went out of business, so Randall Pledger along with H.O. Wright and Ted Cooper formed a partnership and started Flite ELECTRONICS, Inc. Over time, Randall Pledger bought out his partners and became the sole owner of Flite Electronics, Inc.
In the next few years, Flite ELECTRONICS, Inc. shared Hangar 4 with several other businesses, including C & C Aircraft Services, 5 Star Enterprises, Aircraft Interiors, Omni Air Instruments, a flight school, and others. Flite ELECTRONICS developed a reputation for doing the highest quality avionics installations, as well as having the ability to repair anything in the avionics field. We also were known for maintaining our focus and catering to customers with smaller, privately owned aircraft. Flite ELECTRONICS remained small throughout the mid-1980s and usually employed 1-3 high-quality employees. A few of the employees during this time were Randall Pledger, Bill Carter, Jon Pomeroy, Mark Pledger, Ron Martin, and Jim McKee. Then, in the summer of 1979, tragedy struck. An unknown arsonist set a fire inside the Omni Air instrument shop late at night on June 2nd. The fire spread rapidly and soon engulfed all of Hangar 4. The hangar, all the businesses, and all of their contents, including 5 aircraft, were a total loss.
One week after the tragedy, Flite ELECTRONICS and C & C Aircraft rented a small “T” hangar and started rebuilding their businesses. At that time, the Stern Air hangars had just been completed on the northern end of the airport. Both Flite ELECTRONICS and C & C Aircraft rented space, moved in, and started back to work. The Stern Air hangar was a temporary location for about a year while Hangar 4 was being rebuilt. Soon, both businesses moved back into the newly rebuilt Hangar 4, which became our home for the next 5 years. In 1985, Randall Pledger, Mark Pledger, and Jim McKee made the move to our current office location.
In 1989, John Peterson joined Flite ELECTRONICS. Randall Pledger started to turn over sales and installations to Mark Pledger in the early 1990s and turned over all shop duties in 1996. In the mid-1990s, Flite ELECTRONICS started to grow and, in 1996, built a new 7,200-square-foot hangar next to the existing office. At this time, the Flite ELECTRONICS employee roster is five, with Mark Pledger as president, John Peterson as avionics service manager, Michele Meyers as office manager, and Milto Salazar and Glender Morales as our avionics installers.