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July 20th, 2016
Dear Aircraft Cover Customers:
A new design for an Empennage Cover for a Cessna 320, a Canopy Cover for classic Davis D-1, and a cockpit Cover a Saab 340 in Puerto Rico. These are a few of the design projects I'm working on this week with my team, and that typifies the nature of our day to day work.
At our company we're all about cover design, both maintaining the nearly 12,500 products we've already developed, and creating new ones almost every day.
12,500 products? Really? I know it's hard to believe that so many products could be available just to cover and protect airplanes, but it's true. The amazing thing to me though, is that we're still coming up with new designs to satisfy our customers' requirements worldwide. From the front office, to the design center, to the factory floor; exciting things are happening inside these four walls.
Our company is now proudly in it's 37th year, and we're busier than we've ever been before. Come on in, take the virtual tour, meet some of the team, and see what makes our little factory hum. We hope you like what you see as much as we do.
Bruce Perch, President
Bruce's Custom Covers and Aircraft Covers, Inc.
My background is in manufacturing and flying. A long time ago my dad Irv manufactured travel trailers, and he used a series of company planes to get around to his plants, dealers and customers. My mom Jan learned to fly at that time, and eventually bought a brand new Cessna 182 in 1968. That's the same plane I fly today. Later Dad collected antique airplanes, and that's about the time I decided to learn how to fly. I was 18, had a brand new pilot's license, and began building time in a number of antique and homebuilt airplanes.
I started my business in late 1979, in a garage in Palo Alto, California. I was 26. At first I worked alone, developing patterns and making covers for the thousands of small planes at San Francisco Bay Area airports. My little company was busy all the time, so it soon outgrew the garage. Then it outgrew the 2nd floor walkup. Then it outgrew the five classrooms in the converted elementary school. After growing some more we ended up here: We now own a lovely and well cared for commercial building right in the heart of Silicon Valley.
I would say that my company has matured nicely, and is operating in the prime of its life. We work in several teams led by highly experienced individuals. Together we are always striving to improve our processes and products. Believe it or not, we're constantly talking about you: The Customer.
So, how are you doing?
In the early ‘80‘s Bruce and I were young and happily running our little canvas shop in what was becoming the computer capital of the world: Silicon Valley. Our shop was in an old elementary school that had been turned into small units for manufacturing.
One hot and gorgeous summer day at the school yard, I was walking by our little truck and thought: “You know what? That mylar fabric would be great for putting inside the windshield of the truck while it’s parked! It would be like those cardboard ones, but we could pattern these to fit the windshield exactly!” The Heatshield was born!
I went out to introduce them to the world for the first time and picked a local dealership. The manager saw its potential right away and blew me away by ordering 20 cases! I almost fell over trying to hold my composure. I went back to the shop in a state of excitement and fear. Now we had to produce them!
Some 30 years later, we are still going strong. We have over a thousand patterns for cars from around the world.
To make the best aircraft covers.
That is, to advance the science and art of cover design in service to the demands and expectations of our customers worldwide.