This year 2011, marks our 33 consecutive year of commercial aircraft operations! Ken Squires
was the first individual in Louisiana to establish, maintain and prove the concept of
stand-alone helicopter crop operations in Louisiana to be viable enough that such an
operation could financially sustain itself. Ken is the first to admit that it was not easy, but he
believed in the concept of higher quality crop work for farmers possible with helicopters and he
stuck with it, through thick and thin, feast and famine.
Now there are approximately 6 helicopter crop-duster operations in Louisiana, some are
ex-student pilots taught by Ken Squires himself.
Ken believes so strongly in the concept of crop-work by helicopter that he has assisted many
airplane crop-duster pilots and owner operators thereof with custom training courses to
convert to helicopters.
U.S. Immigration approved to issue M-1 Visas
Penn-Tex has extraordinary aircraft maintenance, overhaul, and alteration capability at its
Jeanerette facility. One of the major foundations of the Penn-Tex 20 year survival is directly
attributed to these unique repair capabilities. Our tooling and testing capabilities are
matched only by much larger aircraft organizations.
The President of Penn-Tex, Ken Squires is a general aviation industry veteran. Ken is 57
years old and holds 10 FAA licenses and ratings and has accumulated 19,000 flying hours.
Ken is flight instructor rated in both airplanes and helicopters and holds the Airframe and
Powerplant mechanic license with the Inspection Authorization.