When John Adams proclaimed, “I believe in a government of laws, not of men,” he couldn’t have imagined just how many laws—or how much legal mumbo-jumbo—his descendants would have to endure. In his day, after all, people didn’t do things like put an empty sheet at the end of the Constitution labeled, “This page intentionally left blank.”
BBA Aviation’s Ontic division is rapidly developing a new source of growth, the support of legacy electronics products. Ontic is an aerospace manufacturer that focuses on making parts and components that other original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) don’t want to make or can’t make efficiently anymore. The U.S. company also operates repair stations to support the products that it makes.
Ontic has expanded the electronics manufacturing area at its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. The expansion adds more than 5,000 sq ft of floor space dedicated to mature avionics and electronics manufacturing and support. “This expansion allows us to further support mature avionics and electronics on established platforms.
Electronics specialist Ontic (Booth D63) is to open a center of excellence here in Singapore this year. It will be the fifth location of the BBA Aviation subsidiary, as Ontic support facilities can already be found in Texas and the UK, in addition to its Chatsworth, California headquarters.
Ontic has entered into an agreement with Honeywell, extending a 28-year licensing relationship. The agreement calls for the new manufacture and repair of 300 products that will transition to Ontic from eight Honeywell divisions in the U.S. The products include electronic assemblies and microcircuits, electro-mechanical assemblies and mechanical assemblies. Ontic will support the products from its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. Aircraft platforms that use the products include Boeing F/A-18 A/D Hornet, Boeing B-1B Lancer and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.
Ontic, a provider of OEM legacy products and systems, will now offer MRO support for the King Air through its Houston facility. The move is part of parent company BBA Aviation’s intent to further expand Ontic’s presence in the business aircraft market.
When Peg Billson first was approached about the opportunity to take over leadership of BBA Aviation’s Legacy Support division and its Ontic subsidiary, it took her just a few minutes to understand the unique nature of the company’s business model.
“Despite the economy there are still companies looking for pilots and OEMs looking to fill all sorts of positions, from pilots to sales reps to maintenance personnel,” Jodie Brown, president of Summit Solutions, told AIN. “And I can tell you that we really need leadership and management abilities in this industry, but the jobs are going to those who are qualified, do their homework before an interview and present themselves properly.”
Since Honeywell launched its Web-based e-Engine program three years ago, more than 3,000 users have signed up. They represent some 1,350 owner-operators of business and regional aircraft and 254 service providers. The program integrates information from several aircraft data systems and provides operators with engine condition trend monitoring, technical publications and engine/GSE software downloads.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has never had more work on its plate and the industry has never had a greater need for the group’s lobbying efforts on its behalf. This was the headline message from EBAA chief executive Brian Humphries as the 2007 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) prepared to open.
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