Legacy avionics repair and manufacturing company Extant Aerospace broke ground on Tuesday for a new 54,000-sq-ft expansion project that will more than double the space at its Melbourne, Florida campus. The company’s new manufacturing and repair building is expected to open early next year.
According to Extant president and CEO Jim Gerwien, the additional facility will support the company’s growing product portfolio and accommodate future growth in its “high-mix, low-volume” product lines and services. This currently includes some 2,500 different legacy avionics products for business, general, airline and military aviation airplanes and helicopters.
Extant has acquired the intellectual property for these avionics units and systems from OEMs. Earlier this year, it added the Teac Aerospace mission data recorder line from UTC Aerospace Systems and a series of cockpit display and control panels from L-3 Technologies.
Annually, the company repairs more than 5,000 line-replaceable units (LRUs) and manufactures several hundred LRUs, Extant senior vice president of corporate strategy and development Gary Boekenkamp told AIN. He said Extant plans to announce more product additions in the coming months.