Field Aviation Inc. Acquires ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support from Rockwell Collins
(Source: Field Aviation Inc.; issued Mar 10, 2015)
CINCINNATI, OH. --- Field Aviation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Field Aerospace, a privately held U.S. company, has completed the acquisition of ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support (ASES LLC) from Rockwell Collins.

ASES LLC, operating as ARINC Aerospace, provides aircraft modification, integration and maintenance services, as well as logistical and sustainment capabilities for Department of Defense (DoD), government, commercial, business, and private customers. Following completion of the acquisition, ASES will operate as Field Aerospace.

With the completion of this acquisition, Field will have over 500 highly skilled staff in North America based in hangar and production facilities totaling over 350,000 square feet. With hangars at Will Rogers World Airport Oklahoma City, OK, USA, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto ON, Canada and an aerospace parts manufacturing facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Field is well positioned to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.

ASES’ primary focus has been on larger airframes, including the C-130, KC 10, KC 135 and E-6B. Field Aviation’s focus has been on regional aircraft of less than 100,000 lbs., including maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA), based on the Challenger 605 platform and the classic Dash 8. The two companies will benefit from leveraging the natural synergies that will result from the acquisition.

“The acquisition of ASES is an effective complement to our Canadian modification operations,” said Field president and CEO John Mactaggart. “When we purchased Field Aviation in 2012, we wanted to use the company as a launching point for further acquisitions, particularly in the United States. Today marks the first such purchase. The combined capability will allow Field to expand its product offerings from a small turboprop all the way up to the largest of jet aircraft.”

“Combining Field Aviation’s international experience with ASES’s familiarity with the U.S. market was a key factor in our purchase decision,” said Field chairman Dan Magarian. “Expanding into the U.S. market was always a primary objective, and this purchase begins that process in a way that supports our current operations as well as our strategic growth plans. We are excited to begin a new chapter in the growth of Field Aviation.”

Jennifer Smith Field CFO, added: “With the acquisition of ASES, we gain a tremendous workforce and world class facilities. We project the effect of this transaction to be accretive within the first twelve months.”


Field Aviation is recognized internationally for its design, engineering, integration and certification of kits and modifications designed to enhance the operational utilization of a wide range of commercial aircraft used primarily in special mission applications. Field Aviation deliveries of modified special mission aircraft rank it amongst the top companies in the world having this specialized expertise.

ASES’ capabilities encompass a diverse and adaptable skillset. The facility in Oklahoma City is an FAA Certified Repair Station and a key supplier for Rockwell Collins aircraft installation and modification programs.

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications.

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