Field Aviation Becomes a U.S. Company
In early 2012, Field Aviation was acquired by senior managers of the company who formed Field Aerospace, Inc. This move established a U.S. parent company and transitioned Field into a North American company. The acquisition and entry into the U.S. market was seen as a vital move to support our growth.
Field Completes Acquisition of ARINC Aerospace from Rockwell Collins Commencing U.S. Operations
In March of 2015, Field Aerospace successfully acquired ASES, LLC d/b/a ARINC Aerospace from Rockwell Collins marking yet a new milestone in our history with our first U.S. operations facility. The history and experience of ASES brings a complimentary business to the rich history of Field Aviation and one that fulfills our strategic intent to expand our presence in North America and worldwide.
Supporting the Department of Defense and U.S. Government for over 25 years
In 1990 ARINC established offices in both Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Warner Robins, Georgia to support Contractor Logistics Support programs. The early 90s provided opportunities for growth for this business unit, known as ASES, in the areas of installation of the first FAA approved military GPS receiver and Flight Management System in C-5, C-9, E-4, and KC-10 aircraft as well as engineering support opportunities with the C-130 and KC-135 Program Management Office.
By 2001, ASES had opened its first hangar facility at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma to perform NVIS modifications and a cockpit upgrade on aircraft for South America. In 2003 ASES provided international support on avionics modernization for the Netherlands KDC-10 tankers to meet European Airspace Requirements, and due to growth in other programs moved to a larger hangar at Sundance Airpark to modify Cessna Citation and C-26 aircraft. By 2007, as aircraft related business expanded, a newly constructed hangar facility was built at its current location, Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City, OK.
Since then, ASES has built a second hangar facility, and doubled its ramp size. With more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering systems engineering and systems integration solutions that improve avionics, satellite, and other advanced technology systems used by government and industry, we are excited about our future.
ASES Re-brands as Field Aerospace
With the acquisition, ASES, LLC, will do business as Field Aerospace. This move will allow us to leverage our rich-history spanning over 65 years and better position us to the global aerospace industry across all sectors of our operations from aircraft modification to design engineering as well as aerospace parts manufacturing and avionics service repair.
Sure to Set the Standard for Years to Come
From our simple start in maintenance support more than 65 years ago, Field has grown to be an undisputed leader in the aerospace and defense industry. As a market innovator, we’re committed to constantly meeting new requirements and technological opportunities – always adapting to embrace the dramatic changes the world of aviation has undergone.
Founded in 1947 Field Aviation was originally located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada – established to provide maintenance support to aircraft operators performing aerial survey and mapping operations over Canada’s vast territories. Another area of focus was converting former Canadian military aircraft into planes designed for civilian roles.
Soon thereafter, in the mid-1950s, we opened facilities at the international airports in Calgary and Toronto. Our Calgary facility provided maintenance and support to the growing number of aircraft used in oil and gas explorations, while our Toronto facility specialized in taking standard transport aircraft and modifying them for special-purpose applications such as aerial photography and geophysical survey.
Expanding into Aircraft Sales
In the 1950s, Field expanded into aircraft sales, becoming the official Canadian sales representative for the Beechcraft Corporation (now Hawker Beechcraft). Since then, we’ve continued that concentration with the sale of numerous individual aircraft and fleets. Our customers range from private owners, flight training establishments and commercial operators and corporations, to provincial and federal government agencies including Transport Canada, The RCMP and Department of National Defense.
Aircraft Modification Becomes Our Cornerstone
Each decade has brought new capabilities for Field. Throughout the 70s and 80s, we became internationally recognized as the foremost expert in reclaiming and repairing accident-damaged aircraft – performing salvage operations on every continent from Canada’s high Arctic to South America and Africa. In the 90s, our innovative aeronautical engineering capabilities came to the forefront through the design and installation of fire-fighting systems for both land-based and amphibious aircraft.
Our capabilities were soon expanded by taking our Aircraft Modification services to the next level – delivering a range of restorations, cargo conversions and interior reconfigurations, as well as major air frame inspections and complete aircraft painting.
Modifications now compromise a majority of our business, a niche that has increasingly become and imperative in our industry. By providing upgrades and conversions to all types of operators, we help them enhance their aircraft productivity, keep up with the new technology and adapt to changes in the regulatory environment.
Parts Manufacturing Rounds Out Our Capabilities
Field Aviation began parts manufacturing in 1989, with a focus on supporting the out-of-production de Havilland Caribou (C4) and Buffalo (C5) aircraft. Today, we manufacture airframe parts and accessories for current-production aircraft including the Bombardier Dash 8 Q 400 and the new Viking Twin Otter 400. We also continue to support numerous out-of-production aircraft by manufacturing hard-to-find parts and specializing in one-off components. Plus, as an accredited AMO, we have the capability to repair and overhaul these components as well.