AEVEX Continues to Enhance Its Suite of Full-Spectrum Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Solutions

Solana Beach, CA, October 6, 2020 — AEVEX Aerospace announced today its acquisitions of IKHANA Aircraft Services and Geodetics Incorporated. IKHANA Aircraft Services, headquartered in Murrieta, California, is a full-service provider of aircraft engineering, modification, and maintenance solutions. Geodetics Incorporated, headquartered in San Diego, California, designs, develops, and manufactures commercial high-precision positioning and assured navigation products and solutions..

“We are thrilled to welcome both of these great companies into the AEVEX family,” said Brian Raduenz, AEVEX CEO. “Each brings unique, world-class capabilities that are consistent with our strategic vision to offer our customers the full spectrum of airborne ISR solutions—from systems engineering and technology integration to mission operations and data collection, analysis, and dissemination.”

IKHANA has a long history of engineering, modification, and certification of both jet and turboprop aircraft with extensive experience on a variety of commercial and special-mission aircraft. Geodetics builds a suite of low size, weight, and power (SWaP) products for high-precision, assured positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) that are readily adaptable to any system requiring high-fidelity solutions. Additionally, Geodetics produces application-specific LiDAR mapping and photogrammetry solutions.

“When we looked at how to take IKHANA to the next level of growth, AEVEX was the obvious choice,” said John Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “The capability and cultural fit are compelling, and our combined expertise will offer unmatched agility and tailored support to a wide range of customers.”

“The demand for our solutions is growing dramatically, and a combination with AEVEX is the logical next step for us,” said Dr. Lydia Bock, President and CEO of Geodetics. “AEVEX shares our passion for quality and performance and provides unique insights and access for the continued evolution of our solutions to meet the needs of both civilian and national security customers.”

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP served as legal counsel to IKHANA. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP served as legal counsel to AEVEX in support of its acquisition of IKHANA.

KAL Capital Markets served as financial advisor and Boyle Law served as legal counsel to Geodetics. Alston & Bird LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP served as legal counsel to AEVEX in support of its acquisition of Geodetics.

About AEVEX Aerospace
AEVEX Aerospace, headquartered in Solana Beach, California, supports the U.S. national security mission around the world by providing full-spectrum airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions. The company’s capabilities include custom design and engineering, sensor integration and sustainment, aircraft modification and certification, mission operations services, advanced intelligence data processing, exploitation, and dissemination solutions, and tailored hardware and software mission-system tools. With over 600 professionals, AEVEX uses agile and customized approaches to rapidly define, develop and deliver specialized solutions for airborne intelligence requirements to DoD, other government agencies, and commercial businesses. AEVEX has major offices in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

About IKHANA Aircraft Services
IKHANA Aircraft Services is a leading provider of DESIGN-BUILD-FLY solutions for jet and turboprop aircraft and specializes in the complete design, manufacture, installation, and certification of complex modifications and major repairs. Headquartered in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA and TCCA Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO) authority as well as FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (FAA PMA). Working with both the FAA Aircraft Certification and Military Aircraft Certification Offices, IKHANA has designed, installed, and certified numerous aircraft modifications and repairs for both Part 23 and Part 25 aircraft, including Gulfstreams, King Airs and Twin Otters. IKHANA holds over two dozen significant Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).

About Geodetics Incorporated
Geodetics Incorporated is a leading provider of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) and sensor fusion technology solutions. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Geodetics has a deep engineering team with decades of experience in solutions design, engineering, prototyping, customization, and production backed by an extensive IP portfolio. Geodetics’ expertise in sensor fusion, inertial/relative navigation, interferometry, mobile mapping, LiDAR electrical/mechanical engineering, artificial intelligence, and fuzzy logic produces high quality, innovative solutions for both commercial and military applications.

Berg transitions within AEVEX with a proven record of business development experience.

Solana Beach, CA, September 18, 2020  AEVEX Aerospace a full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions company, today announced the promotion of Meredith Berg within the organization to the role of Capture Manager. Berg is a skilled professional with a proven record of support to the AEVEX Business Development team. At AEVEX Intelligence Solutions, she will continue to leverage her combination of drive, talent, and professional acumen to help create new business opportunities throughout the DoD market space.

“I am extremely excited that Meredith is joining the Intelligence Solutions team.” said Jamon Osborne, Vice President for Business Development and Strategy. “Meredith possesses a unique mix of talent and fierce determination that makes her a great fit for our Fayetteville office. AEVEX is headed to great places in 2021…and I’m confident that Meredith will be a big part of how we get there.”

The AEVEX Aerospace Business Development team provides support across three separate business units – Engineering & Technology, Flight Operations, and Intelligence Solutions. Meredith’s new role with the Intelligence Solutions team in Fayetteville, NC will augment a high-performing team focused on both ISR and Intelligence support services.

“AEVEX Intelligence Solutions has always been on the cutting edge of intelligence support services.” said Berg. “I am proud and honored to be part of such a unique, dynamic team where I can help AEVEX empower people to make the world a safer place.”

About AEVEX Aerospace

AEVEX Aerospace, headquartered in Solana Beach, California, supports the U.S. national security mission by providing worldwide full-spectrum airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions. AEVEX’s capabilities include design & engineering, aircraft modification & certification, sensor integration & test, mission operations & sustainment, intelligence services & exploitation, and advanced hardware & software systems. With over 650 professionals, AEVEX rapidly defines, develops, and delivers custom solutions, specializing in turn-key Contractor-Owned, Contractor-Operated (COCO) and Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) services.

AEVEX has major offices in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia. For more information on AEVEX Aerospace, please visit www.AEVEX.com.

Perkins transitions within AEVEX with a proven record of programmatic experience.

Solana Beach, CA, September 1, 2020  AEVEX Aerospace, a full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions company, today announced the appointment of Emma Perkins to the AEVEX Intelligence Solutions Business Development team. Perkins is a former U.S. Army intelligence professional with a proven record of operational and analytic support to both the Special Operations and National Intelligence communities. At AEVEX, she will leverage her unique intelligence background and leadership experience to help create new business opportunities throughout the DoD marketspace.

“We are honored and excited to have Emma join the AEVEX Intelligence Solutions Business Development team.” said Jamon Osborne, Vice President for Business Development and Strategy. “She is a proven performer and her unique mix of talent, expertise, and professionalism make her a perfect fit with who we are at AEVEX and where we are going in the future.”

The AEVEX Aerospace Business Development team provides support across three separate business units – Engineering & Technology, Flight Operations, and Intelligence Solutions. Emma’s addition to the Intelligence Solutions team in Fayetteville, NC will provide proven talent to a high-performing team focused on both ISR and Intelligence support services.

“AEVEX Aerospace has a long history of providing support to both the Special Operations and National Intelligence communities,” said Perkins. “I am very excited to be joining such a unique, dynamic team where I can continue to serve the nation’s finest!”

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. Its 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; Dayton, Ohio; and Fayetteville, NC. It currently consists of 565 employees across more than a dozen locations around the world.

For more information visit: www.aevex.com

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.