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Paris Air Show, La Bourget 2019

Bon Voyage! We’ll see you there. Booth 3-BC7 at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2019

Skybolt announces their participation at the 53rd International Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2019.  Partnering with Enterprise Florida, this marks a huge milestone in our ability to meet directly with international customers in our Tier I, II, and III partnerships.

“It is important for the future of Skybolt to establish our company as a true innovative manufacturer of panel fastening devices”, says Ned Bowers, founder and President since 1982.  “The international stage is not new to me following 37 years of international flying for names like Pan Am and Delta”. “In fact, Skybolt feels right at home with our growing list of international customers”.  This opportunity is evidence of our devotion to do business on a world stage”, says Bowers.

SKYBOLT Completes Airbus Tier 1 Supplier Training – Toulouse, France

President, Ned Bowers and Vice President, Debra Bowers recently attended the Airbus Academy Training for Tier 1 Suppliers in Toulouse, France.  This intense course is designed to establish the expected standards of acceptance for quality and on time supply of critical aerospace hardware to Airbus.

“I’ve been through some of the best of the best training programs in the world, from NASA to several airline pilot training courses and I have to say, this is was a top shelf learning curve in quality standards”, stated Ned Bowers.  “Just when I thought I had a clue, at this level, a clue is just a learner’s permit”.

We bring back the lessons of this course to our everyday business with a new perspective on world class quality programs and expectations.

“One important eye opener is the cost of a quality program on the level of Airbus; but the cost to not be on that level is even higher”, said Bowers.

Ned Bowers, President of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners at Airbus Academy
Debra Bowers, Vice President of Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners at Airbus Academy

Skybolt achieves AS9100D ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Leesburg, Florida – The journey to AS9100 standards began in 2011 when we wrote our QMS Manual as a dual AS9100 and CFR21.137, approved by the FAA. The final step to AS9100 was certification from the International Aerospace Quality Group and NSF International. In 2017, we began a very methodical and focused effort to achieve this certification. The entire Skybolt team played a role in this process. We are proud to also say, this process has improved substantially, our entire quality focused efforts; the ultimate benefit is our customer.

Skybolt announces CLoc® Titanium (Camloc compatible)

Skybolt now offers CLoc® (Camloc compatible) 2000 Series and 4000 Series fasteners manufactured in 6AL-4V Titanium.  Designed specifically for composite structures.  Unheard-of weight savings.  Standard and Extended Grip 4000 Series Grommets available in Titanium.  Contact Skybolt Engineering to discuss your requirement.

Skybolt announces ALoc® Torx® for King Air

Skybolt ® announces new ALoc® Series King Air Nose Panel Fasteners in T25 Torx® …The advantage and finish of machined 303 stainless with the anti-galling property of a Torx® versus a slot.   Ask your Skybolt salesperson about our Kit# KA90NP1 that includes SK294186-2-180T,  -200T, and -240T along with required pins.

Winner of 2017 Florida Companies to Watch

We are honored to be named one of the winners of the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch. Our teams dedication and founders innovation has helped us grow as a leading aerospace fasteners manufacturer.


Ned Bowers, co-founder of Skybolt Aeromotive Corp., made his hobby his business. As he learned more about the aerospace parts business, he innovated the business model to develop a strong competitive advantage over the rest of the industry. “Skybolt was originally formed by my dad and me. We both came from an aviation background and we came up with the idea to create an aircraft parts distribution company, which quickly came to be focused on aerospace fasteners,” he said. “We quickly whittled that into something more in demand which was quarter-turn fasteners. Because we had such a difficult time sourcing parts that were common to everything that was built to fly, that led us blindly into making it ourselves. We had to learn how to go from distributor to manufacturer. We started learning at the lowest levels how to manufacture parts and 30 years later we’re still learning and continually improving.”

Debra & Ned Bowers

Skybolt perfected its manufacturing process so much that its lead time is only six days compared to 16 for the rest of the industry. “What makes us truly different is that we are innovators,” Bowers explained. “We have always searched for better ways to do things. We took the design of 50 and 60-year-old aircraft parts and improved them substantially so they are more user friendly. Our automated manufacturing process has resulted in very fast lead times and allows us to set up and run quantities to fit our customer’s needs instead of running 100,000 units to deliver 50,000.”

Bowers appreciates the added credibility that comes with being named as a Florida Companies to Watch. “We are so honored to have been selected as a Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. We’ve worked hard, we are growing, and it’s incredible,” said his partner, Debra Bowers. “The credibility this gives us, especially in the aerospace industry that is very regulated, is invaluable. One of toughest things we face as a small business trying to get to next level with large companies, like a Boeing company, is establishing our credibility. This is another feather in our cap. We are so honored to be a part of GrowFL. This will really help us when approaching large companies, and the value of just that is paramount.”

Bowers’ advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to prepare to have adequate capital and gain as much knowledge and experience as you can before launch. “Do your homework, come up with a number of what it’s going to cost to form that business and how are you going to accumulate the capital to cover that cost and as soon as you figure out the number – then double it,” he said. “We learned our industry on our own dime making rookie mistakes that were costly. Before venturing off to run your own business, educate yourself as much as possible on what’s involved in running a business. There’s not enough information you can absorb before you start operating and spending money.”

Skybolt Aeromotive Corp is a member of the GrowFL CEO Roundtable Program and a past participant in the GrowFL Strategic Research Program. GrowFL’s support of Florida manufacturers is a partnership program of FloridaMakes. – See More about Florida 2017 Companies To Watch