Garcia lives by the AEVEX “WHY” – Empowering people to make the world a safer place

Solana Beach, CA, April 8, 2020 – AEVEX Aerospace employee Jason Garcia was diagnosed with the coronavirus and recovered has donated his plasma to help others fighting the potentially deadly virus.

On March 6, Jason Garcia noticed he had a mild cough and some congestion.

The 36-year-old aerospace engineer from Escondido, California, didn’t think that much of it. But later while on a work trip, he noticed a headache had begun accompanying his cough. Within a day, he also had a fever and body aches that quickly came and went. Then he began experiencing shortness of breath.

Garcia called his doctor and based on his symptoms was told to go to the hospital and get tested for coronavirus.

A positive test result

He was sent home and received a call on March 14 letting him know he had tested positive.

“They said stay isolated,” Garcia said. “That’s what I did.”

He spent nearly 10 days inside his home, confined to his office or his guest room, staying away from his active-duty Navy wife and their 11- month-old daughter.

He started to feel better and on March 18, he said, he considered himself “symptom free.”

He received a letter from the county of San Diego saying that it was safe for him to come out of isolation and rejoined the world on March 23.

Garcia said although the protocol for coming out of isolation was 72 hours without symptoms, he wanted to be extra careful. “I decided to do five days just to be safe,” he said.

Victory over the virus

To celebrate his recovery, he posted on social media to let his friends know he had been infected with coronavirus and was better.

Garcia said he wrote: “I claimed victory over this deadly virus. I won over Covid-19.”

Around the same time, health officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange County, California, also took to social media to say they were looking for someone who had been diagnosed with coronavirus and had recovered to help with an experimental treatment to potentially save the life of another coronavirus patient.

A friend who saw both social media posts reached out and the hospital called Garcia just a few days after his quarantine had ended, he said.

A potentially lifesaving donation

They asked him for a plasma donation to be given to a coronavirus patient who was in dire condition and unresponsive to other treatments, Garcia said.

He said yes. “This can be turned into a lifesaving opportunity for someone who can’t fight off this disease,” Garcia said.

The plasma donation will allow the current coronavirus patient to receive antibodies from Garcia, a recovered patient, to help fight the disease, Wendy Escobedo, director of nursing for renal services at St. Joseph’s Hospital said in a video provided by the hospital.

On April 1, Garcia donated his plasma for experimental transfer into three patients.

As of Sunday, he said, doctors told him that all of his plasma has been donated. The patient who was in the worst condition has since improved, Garcia said doctors told him.

The patient was taken off some medication, is healthier in terms of oxygenation and is doing incrementally better day by day, a spokesperson for the hospital told CNN in an email late Sunday night.

“When I was diagnosed, the feeling of dread and fear, the fact this was a positive,” Garcia explained. “This thing ended up possibly saving someone’s life.”

Although Garcia doesn’t know how he became infected with the virus, he’s glad he might contribute to a treatment until a vaccine is ready.

“If this works there’s going to be an awesome chance for people to save a lot of heartache for others and fight the fight for their lives.”

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Last weekend, a forward-deployed AEVEX Aerospace team member took part in a humanitarian mission to support an orphanage in Niger. After loading six vehicles full of volunteers, supplies and limitless compassion, the group headed to the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Niamey. This poverty-stricken area, where buildings are often constructed of blankets and thatch, is in desperate need of vital resources, particularly for children. 

The volunteers handed out a variety of critical supplies including water, rice, flour, batteries for solar panels, and hygiene products.  The team also contributed soccer balls, books, snacks, and toys for the kids, often donated from their own personal care packages to the 50-plus children in the area.  The reception was overwhelming and the volunteers were deeply moved by the joy of the children singing and dancing in appreciation. “I was humbled to have the opportunity to help this community and proud to represent AEVEX’s core value of Service.” said the AEVEX team member.

AEVEX is committed to continuing this vital local support in Niger and elsewhere as they execute their Department of Defense missions around the globe.

Our AEVEX sensor operators support the USFS NightWatch program with our onboard GeoFOCIS software suite and dissemination tools to provide both real time answers to personnel on the ground and post mission intelligence to the agency assets. Here is a glimpse of the Saddleridge Incident, one of 8 missions flown by this 24 hour availability asset. This fixed wing aircraft, whose integration was design by AEVEX E&T, has the long range, agile response time equipped with the right tools that the Forest Service needs to provide quick intel on these high risk areas, especially with elevated wind events that can change the fire dynamic instantly.

AEVEX GeoFOCIS seamlessly integrated hardware and software systems provide real-time, actionable intelligence where and when it’s needed most.

California State Fire Marshall, Thom Porter has praised AEVEX’s infrared mapping combined with fire spread modelling as the future for saving lives and property. AEVEX airborne surveillance and AI capabilities provides crucial information in countless environments.

AEVEX’s position as a leader on the cutting edge of the aerospace industry allows delivery of operationally relevant airborne intelligence solutions along with trusted confidence in their rapid service.

Volunteers from the AEVEX Intelligence Solutions Business Unit Helped Pack 800 Toiletry/Hygiene Packs for Elementary & Middle School Students

Fayetteville, North Carolina, September 20, 2019 — Volunteers from AEVEX Intelligence Solutions gathered with other volunteers recently to help military children at Fort Bragg, NC. The group helped pack 800-toiletry packs or “Bird Bath Kits” as part of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers Community Leaders Program.

The goal of the program is to help supply personal care items to Fort Bragg students who do not have consistent access to these products. The children privately received the kits to provide them with the help they need, without any embarrassment. The kits contained a toothbrush, floss, lip balm, hand sanitizer, tissues, deodorant, hair ties, a small comb and Band-Aids.

As an official sponsor of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, AEVEX is part of the Community Leaders Program. The program facilitates the team’s investment of time, energy, and resources in support of youth sports and military service members and their families. The program relies on its collaboration with local and national corporations, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, and the Astros Foundation. The Fayetteville Woodpeckers have modeled the Community Leaders Program after the award-winning initiative of the Houston Astros official team charity, the Astros Foundation.


About AEVEX Aerospace
AEVEX’s vision is to be the recognized leader in full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions. They take a long-term view of their relationships, collaborating with customers to rapidly identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements. Their culture attracts and retains elite talent who thrive in dynamic mission environments. Whether providing flight test support for a new collection aircraft; operating a high-priority deployed unmanned aircraft system; or providing post-mission collection analysis for special operators, AEVEX delivers high-end results to empower their customers for consistent mission success.

AEVEX has offices in Solana Beach, CA, Tysons Corner, VA and Fayetteville, NC. It currently consists of over 500 employees across more than a dozen locations around the world.

For more information visit: www.aevex.com

Earns Rank of 1,197 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List with Over 345% Three-Year Revenue Growth

Solana Beach, CA, August 19, 2019 — AEVEX Aerospace, a full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions company, today announced it has been named to Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list with a rank of 1,197. The Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“AEVEX is honored to be part of the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fasted Growing Private Companies,” said Brian Raduenz, CEO of AEVEX. “Through innovation, vision and hard work, AEVEX has experienced incredible growth. We look forward to continued success as we partner with our customers to rapidly identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor-in-chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can make that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About AEVEX Aerospace
AEVEX’s vision is to be the recognized leader in full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions. They take a long-term view of their relationships, partnering with customers to rapidly identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements. Their culture attracts and retains elite talent who thrive in dynamic mission environments. Whether providing flight test support for a new collection aircraft; operating a high-priority deployed unmanned aircraft system; or providing post-mission collection analysis for special operators, AEVEX delivers high-end results to empower their customers for consistent mission success.

AEVEX has offices in Solana Beach, CA, Tysons Corner, VA and Fayetteville, NC. It currently consists of 500 employees across more than a dozen locations around the world.For more information visit: www.aevex.com

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

Solana Beach, CA, July 19, 2019 —AEVEX Aerospace, a full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions company and Trive Capital portfolio company, announced that it has entered into a new $160 million credit facility led by Bain Capital Credit (“Bain”). The recapitalization of the business will help facilitate continued growth and investment in industry-leading capabilities to better support its customer community.

Trive Partner David Stinnett said, “We believe AEVEX has built a leading reputation within the intelligence community and has assembled a talented team and culture capable of scaling to meet its customers’ growing requirements. The recapitalization of the business will help support future growth, including potential acquisitions.”

AEVEX CEO Brian Raduenz added, “AEVEX’s end-to-end service offering and value proposition has yielded strong growth in recent years, and we look forward to continuing this momentum. The Company will strive to offer continued mission focus and operational expertise to enable the success of our partners in the intelligence and special operations communities.”

About AEVEX Aerospace
AEVEX’s vision is to be the recognized leader in full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions. They take a long-term view of their relationships, partnering with customers to rapidly identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements. Their culture attracts and retains elite talent who thrive in dynamic mission environments. Whether providing flight test support for a new collection aircraft; operating a high-priority deployed unmanned aircraft system; or providing post-mission collection analysis for special operators, AEVEX delivers high-end results to empower their customers for consistent mission success.

AEVEX has offices in Solana Beach, CA, Tysons Corner, VA and Fayetteville, NC. It currently consists of 500 employees across more than a dozen locations around the world.

For more information visit: www.aevex.com

About Trive
Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm managing over $2 billion in capital. Trive focuses on investing equity and debt in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. We seek to maximize returns through a hands-on partnership that calls for identifying and implementing value creation ideas.

The Trive team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals who have been involved in over 70 middle-market transactions representing in excess of $6 billion in revenue across Trive’s targeted industry sectors and situations