Located at the New Bedford Regional Airport (KEWB) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Sandpiper Air was founded in 1998 by William N. Whelan.  He and his son, William M. Whelan, are successful and established business professionals as well as avid pilots with more than 50 years of aviation experience between them.  The Whelan's knowledge of the needs of the aviation community comes from first hand experience.


Sandpiper Air is dedicated to providing unmatched customer service, responsive ground support, and skilled maintenance. We take pride in our name and strive to accommodate all of your flying needs. Our professional staff are here to provide you with a seamless and comfortable experience whether you are visiting for a day or here to stay. 

Our Team.

Melissa Frappier - Office Manager​

Melissa oversees our front office and accounting.  Melissa has been with Sandpiper Air for more than a decade both on the ramp and in the office. When you give us a call it is more than likely Melissa will answer! 

Mark Cordeiro - Director of Maintenance


Mark holds an A&P I/A with 28 years of aircraft maintenance experience and has also taken the Garrett TPE 331 line maintenance training certification. Mark is also a certified Rotax engine mechanic. With each project Mark will work with his customers to get them flying again quickly and safely. Mark is a Private Pilot and avid motorcycle enthusiast.



Adam Nowicki - Line Service Manager


Adam is responsible for our aircraft ground support services.  When you visit our facility, Adam or a member of his team will be on hand to assist you with fuel, hangar or ramp space, lavatory and water service, catering, and more.



Garrett Costa - Aircraft Mechanic & Inspector (A&P / IA)


A graduate of Nation Aviation Academy, Garrett has been a valued member of the Sandpiper maintenance team for almost 10 years.  Garrett is a manufacturer trained ICON service tech and experienced with a wide variety of GA aircraft.