In December 2003, Columbia Avionics’ lease expired (within Sierra Industries Facilities) and Manuel opened RizoJet Avionics International. RizoJet received its Repair Station Certification from the FAA on December 16, 2004 and soon gained dealerships with avionics manufactures to include Garmin Avionics, L3 Avionics, Sandel, Shadin and Universal Avionics.

Manuel continued growing the company over the following years and expanded its business offerings beyond avionics installations on aircraft Manuel had experience working on to include King Airs, LearJets, and Hawkers.  

RizoJets customer base grew and in response to customer request, they added trained and experienced employees allowing for greater airframe capabilities to include turboprop and jet aircraft maintenance, light interior refurbishment work.

RizoJets success in maintenance and inspections lead to additional training at well renowned training facility programs offered by Flight Safety International. Manuel also attended two to three week long courses for each aircraft that was added to the FAA Repair Station including the Cessna Citation 500 series and the Cessna Citation CJ trough CJ3 series.

RizoJet listened to their international customers’ needs and in an effort to improve their services, retain loyal customers, and attract new customers from Mexico; RizoJet obtained Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC Mexico) certification. DGAC Authorizationas are identical to its FAA Operational Specifications and Capabilities List.

RizoJet Avionics Internationals continued success is due to Manuel and THE TEAMS continued passion with continued visitation of its MISSION STATEMENT, VISION and CORE VALUES.

The result of years of hard work, determination and loyal customers: Customers could now come to a single location for avionics, maintenance and inspections.​

RizoJet Avionics International, LLC is located at Austin Executive Airport with ICAO identifier of KEDC.  We are physically located at Hangar AC103, Suite A, on the southern part of Runway 13/31 near the beacon and Henrickson Jet Center FBO.  We are conveniently located 90 minutes North of San Antonio International Airport and 30 minutes North of Austin -Bergstrom International Airport. Our international customers generally clear US Customs in Austin-Bergstrom, San Antonio, Laredo and Brownsville, Texas.

Our FAA Repair Station Ops Specifications allows for RizoJet to operate on a non-continuous/permanent basis in the nearby surrounding AUSTIN AREA; as far as San Antonio, Houston and Dallas areas. 

KEDC Austin Executive Airport

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Manuel Rizo - owner

rizojet history

Manuel enrolled in the flight training program at SWTJC in Uvalde, Texas in 1990 and worked fueling aircraft on the weekends at the local FBO. In 1993, Manuel received a two year degree in Applied Science and a Commercial Pilots License with Instrument Rating. Manuel married Julissa in May 1993 and soon moved to Dallas where he attended Texas Aero Tech and later International Aviation Travel Academy.

Immediately after obtaining FAA A&P Mechanic certification in 1996, Manuel, Julissa and their son, Aaron, moved back home and worked at South Star Aircraft Interiors as an interior installer and structural modification technician and later assumed inspector responsibilities.  

In 1998, Manuel was offered an apprentice install technician job at Columbia Avionics satellite facility in Uvalde and worked his way up as an avionics installer, troubleshooter, chief inspector, and ultimately became the assistant avionics manager.

While at Columbia Avionics, Manuel received FAA Inspection Authorization and was tasked with making airworthiness decisions. He was directly responsible for completing complex avionics projects on Legacy Cessna Citation aircraft that have flown around the world, including an extensive avionics project for former astronaut Col. Frank Borman.