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SEP 2018

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Owners David and Penny Shaw founded Flying S as an engineering company whose manufacturing solutions for aviation and aerospace components are supported by complete machining and fabricating capabilities. MMS SEPTEMBER 2018 88 mmsonline.com CAD/CAM David and Penny Shaw are confident people. Meeting them for the first time, you sense that they are sure of themselves and that they are sure of what their aerospace design and manu- facturing company, Flying S Inc, can do. And what Flying S can do is impressive. It has designed, engineered and produced a variety of parts for prototype aircraft projects, including those for space projects and the defense industry. The firm's ISO 9001 and AS9100 certifications attest to the shop's prowess in this field. To be sure, there is no cockiness behind this self-confidence. The Shaws, a husband-and- wife team, make decisions based on experience, careful study and prudence. They do not take unnecessary chances. This pattern is evident in the history of Flying S, which the Shaws founded in 2001 on their family farm in rural Illinois after first gaining years of experience in the aerospace industry. Flying S started fabricating its own designs with advanced equipment, including multi-axis CNC machines, on site once it was clear that this development would give the company tighter control over quality and lead times. In 2012, the design and manufacturing team of 15 moved to a new facility across the road after the original location, a "house-barn-hangar," was out of room for additional manufacturing processes Managing Risk Is This Shop's Bold Strategy Flying S routinely makes bold moves in how it processes machined parts and pursues business growth. This boldness comes from carefully minimizing risks. MARK ALBERT | EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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