Tailwind Technologies, the parent company of Hartzell Propeller and Hartzell Engine Technologies, has acquired Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA), an aftermarket distributor for general aviation accessory manufacturers. Tailwind plans to retain QAA’s current leadership team, including president Brett Benton.
“QAA will enhance Hartzell Engine Technologies' aftermarket presence by providing a strong distribution capability and the direct ability to serve maintenance professionals and end-users of HET’s products,” said Tailwind President James Brown III. “Moreover, QAA’s focus on the aftermarket along with its exceptional e-commerce skills will be a platform for future industry growth.”
In addition to Tulsa, QAA operates a second location in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is an FAA Part 145 Class 1 and Class 2 repair station for piston engine and aircraft accessories. Its relationship with accessory manufacturers includes Champion, Dukes Aerospace/Aero Fluid Products, Weldon Aerospace, Precision Airmotive, Marvel Schebler, Tempest, Ametek/Drake Air, Lamar, Rapco, Aerospace Turbine Rotables, and Kelly Aerospace.
“As a part of Tailwind Technologies, QAA will be able to take advantage of our new parent company’s expertise in improving operations through a focus on critical metrics,” QAA’s Benton said. “In addition, we see opportunities for the future by strategically developing content offerings.”