Desert Rat Aviation, LLC is a family owned and operated business. We've built our business based on a few core values; honesty, integrity, quality craftsmanship, reasonable rates, and the anticipation of a client’s needs and wants.

After years of working as a partner or an employee for other companies, Andy Estes took his love and passion for creating beautiful handcrafted planes into his own hands. Andy opened Desert Rat Aviation in November 2006, working out of a small Quonset hut until the business grew, needing a much larger facility. Andy moved Desert Rat Aviation to our current location at the Ak-Chin Regional Airport (A39) in June 2009.

Andy is also an active flight instructor for our sister company, Desert Aero Club. Andy and his partner, Kevin Gallagher, take great pride in passing along their old school hospitality and teaching others how to fly!


We have learned through experience that the ability to provide our clients with quality aircraft repair and restoration comes from an intense focus on the values that guide our actions. We treat our highly skilled employees with great respect and believe that qualified individuals, who are treated with respect and are given responsibility, respond by working hard and providing quality workmanship that is passed along to you and your aircraft.

Through a culture of innovation, quality, dependability, and customer care, Desert Rat Aviation delivers the finest aircraft restorations today, coupled with expertise and technicians who provide old-world value. Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs.