HAI Convention News

Ontic Acquires Supply Chain for Legacy Helicopters

 - March 7, 2017, 12:19 PM

Ontic is highlighting its recent acquisition of a portfolio of legacy avionics products from GE Aviation this week at Heli-Expo, Bob Sadler, director of business development for Ontic, told AIN.

The agreement for the acquisition, announced in November, comprises avionics parts for both military and civil aviation aircraft, including electro-mechanical, barometric, gyroscopes and electronics products. Helicopters covered include the Sikorsky Sea King, Leonardo AW101 and AW109 and Bell 204, 205 and 212. Fixed-wing aircraft in the agreement include the Boeing 737, Lockheed C130/J and BAE Hawk.

“We are extremely pleased with the acquisition of the GE Aviation’s legacy avionics parts,” Gareth Hall, Ontic president and managing director, said when the acquisition was announced. “Ontic has been leading the way in supporting the maturing aerospace platforms, and this acquisition allows us to expand and to provide sustenance in legacy avionics products to these platforms.”

Ontic (Booth 7608), a BBA Aviation company, provides “extended life solutions” for OEM legacy products. What Ontic does, Sadler explained, is assume the responsibility for sustaining the supply of parts for older, legacy aircraft that OEMs still want to be supported for their customers, but for whatever reason, prefer to have this done by a third party. “We sustain the supply chain,” Sadler said, “but we never compete with the OEMs. We support the legacy products for as long as customers need them.”

Ontic’s business model is working. For more than 40 years, Ontic has licensed or acquired more than 4,500 top assemblies from the leading aviation OEMs. Ontic’s extended life solution is provided to more than 3,000 customers worldwide, the company says.

Sadler said Heli-Expo attendees are welcome to a reception at Ontic’s booth (7608) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on March 8.