BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
Published: 14 June 2012 09:34 PM
One of the last remaining companies managed by Scot Spencer at San Bernardino International Airport that isn’t in bankruptcy has given up its federal certification to repair airplanes.
Without it, SBAM Technics LLC can’t perform its only function — maintenance work on aircraft.
A spokesman representing the company says the certificate was surrendered by a former executive who didn’t have the authority to do so and that company officials would attempt to regain certification.
The company was one of the two remaining tenants in a large hangar at the airport, paying rent to Norton Property Management Services, another Spencer firm. The property management company sought bankruptcy protection last December after the airport’s government authority attempted to evict it for not paying rent.
In the past year, Spencer has gone from being a developer, manager and landlord at the airport to someone clinging to the buildings he still leases while the San Bernardino International Airport Authority attempts to evict his companies.
Spencer, whose companies were awarded no-bid contracts to develop the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport, was the subject of a harsh grand jury report and an FBI-led search of airport offices last year.
The hangar his company leases also has been the site of an aircraft hostage situation, according to one customer. Just before SBAM Technics gave up its certification, it had been working on a plane for another company, Aerospace Technologies & Services. The Boeing 767, valued at $2.1 million, has been parked in the hangar since Feb. 9 while the owner and the company tussle over payment for repairs.
The owner, El Management LLC, sued Aerospace Technologies in federal court on May 7.
SBAM Technics surrendered its Federal Aviation Administration certificate on May 29, but it was unclear why that happened.
Aerospace Technologies & Services, established in Montana on Jan. 31, 2012, had applied for its own certificate and was planning to lease space in the hangar occupied by SBAM Technics.
Aerospace Technologies was expected to pay $71,919 in the first year of a five-year rental contract, according to a sublease that was submitted to the airport authority for approval. Authority staff, who have said they suspected the company was affiliated with principals from other Spencer firms, never signed off on the agreement.
Coby King, a spokesman representing investors in the Spencer-managed companies, said the lease is no longer in the works.
SBAM Technics and Aerospace Technologies & Services shared an executive.
Jim Thompson was listed as CEO of SBAM Technics, according to FAA records, and more recently president of the company. He also was executive vice president of Aerospace Technologies & Services at the same time.
King said Thomspon no longer works for SBAM Technics.
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