Our Heritage – How We Got Our Name

Flight Systems started over 40 years ago developing and producing then "state-of-the-art" electronic controls used in the aerospace program.

Our equipment flew aboard Apollo 11 when Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon, Apollo 17 with Gene Cernan and the Lunar Rover, and several later Skylab missions.

Apollo XVI Astronauts and Moon Rover

Flight Systems Milestones

1970 – Launched forklift solid state control services and spare parts, now a separate organization – www.fsip.biz

1985 – Earned American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Certification for the Engine Saver.®

1972 – Received Fairchild Quality Award for Skylab

1988 – Received a contract to remanufacture Chrysler vehicle electronics

1973 – Received U.S. Government Defense Electronics Award for Quality and On-Time Delivery

1991 – Received the first of seven Chrysler Outstanding Supplier Awards for quality and delivery.

1978 – Began servicing generator electronic controls for dealers servicing Publix and Winn Dixie supermarkets

1993 – Received U.S. General Services Administration approval for our generator regulator controls

1980 – First installation of the Engine Saver® in Palabora mines in South Africa

1997 – Earned QS-9000 Quality Certification

1982 – Began servicing automotive electronics - now a separate organization - www.fseg.net

2002 – Earned ISO14001 Environmental Certification


2003 – Earned TS16949 World Standard for Quality Certification

Our Products and Services

For over 30 years we have supplied new replacement parts and rebuilt electronic controls for all types of gen sets. That includes regulators, start/stop controls, automatic switching controllers and engine monitors. We are the largest and longest established independent rebuilders of Generator Controls and we are proud of it.

We offer dealers toll-free technical assistance on Onan®, Kohler®, ASCO®, and Generac® gen set and ATS control applications – 800-403-3728 (8am-4:00pm, ET, M-F) or via e-mail at Dealer/Professional Inquiry.

In January of 2013 we moved our operations from Lewisberry, Pennsylvania to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Come visit us at our new facility: 207 Hempt Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17050! Our new plant provides us with room to expand our control board repair and replacement services.

For over 25 years we've supplied controls that protect engines by detecting problems caused by oversight, abuse, neglect, overwork and normal wear & tear. Our Engine Saver® has many hundreds of satisfied users who have saved thousands – in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars – because the Engine Saver did its job and prevented a small developing problem from causing consequential engine damage and lost productivity.

In Memory of Bob Shaffner
Chairman/CEO 1937 – 2012


In 1968 Bob Shaffner and Robert York co-founded Flight Systems Inc. in Mechanicsburg, PA. The company’s earliest products included communications relays, and as an approved NASA supplier Flight Systems’ equipment flew on the Apollo and Skylab missions.

Throughout the years, Flight Systems has ventured into many areas of electronic controls including those used in forklifts and other electric vehicles, generators, and monitoring/protection for industrial and marine diesel engines. Other successful ventures over the years include an architectural steel fabricating company and cable TV and internet service.