BBA Aviation’s Ontic Strengthens MRO Support
BBA Aviation’s Ontic (Booth No. N3505) is growing. The company, which specializes in transitioning legacy parts manufacturing and distribution from OEMs to its own aftermarket production, has expanded both physically and through its range of products and services. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony September 25 it opened a new MRO facility in Singapore’s popular Seletar Aerospace Park, co-located with BBA Aviation’s Dallas Airmotive, which has established a Singapore Regional Turbine Center.
A satellite of Ontic’s Cheltenham, UK facility, the Singapore site focuses on Boeing, Fokker and Airbus fuel measurement system product repairs and assemblies for both current and classic aircraft. “This facility supports the fuel measurement systems products we acquired from GE Aviation Systems in May 2011,” said Gareth Hall, president of Ontic.
On the other side of the globe, Ontic’s Houston, Texas site is adding new oxygen system capabilities and part numbers under license from Kidde Graviner, a Hamilton Sundstrand company, for business aviation platforms as diverse as the Hawker 800 and BAe 146. Services include full cylinder re-certifications, hydrostatic testing and valve overhaul, customized pick-up and drop-off services and ATA crate loans.
Ontic’s Houston base has also acquired more than 44,000 parts and exchange units, from landing gear, ailerons, elevators, rudders and tabs, TKS panels and structures including leading edges and wing surfaces for all Hawker series aircraft.
Finally, Hall noted, “We’ve signed a third license agreement with Curtiss-Wright Controls in the last nine months, providing solutions for the continued support of their mature, legacy, non-core products, creating lifetime support to their customers.” This agreement is for products used on military aerostats, blimps and Patriot and Aegis missile systems, among other platforms. The products will be available at Ontic’s Southern California facility.