BBA Aviation’s Ontic division is rapidly developing a new source of growth, the support of legacy electronics products. Ontic is an aerospace manufacturer that focuses on making parts and components that other original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) don’t want to make or can’t make efficiently anymore. The U.S. company also operates repair stations to support the products that it makes.
Ontic has expanded the electronics manufacturing area at its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. The expansion adds more than 5,000 sq ft of floor space dedicated to mature avionics and electronics manufacturing and support. “This expansion allows us to further support mature avionics and electronics on established platforms.
Electronics specialist Ontic (Booth D63) is to open a center of excellence here in Singapore this year. It will be the fifth location of the BBA Aviation subsidiary, as Ontic support facilities can already be found in Texas and the UK, in addition to its Chatsworth, California headquarters.
Ontic has entered into an agreement with Honeywell, extending a 28-year licensing relationship. The agreement calls for the new manufacture and repair of 300 products that will transition to Ontic from eight Honeywell divisions in the U.S. The products include electronic assemblies and microcircuits, electro-mechanical assemblies and mechanical assemblies. Ontic will support the products from its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. Aircraft platforms that use the products include Boeing F/A-18 A/D Hornet, Boeing B-1B Lancer and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.
Ontic, a provider of OEM legacy products and systems, will now offer MRO support for the King Air through its Houston facility. The move is part of parent company BBA Aviation’s intent to further expand Ontic’s presence in the business aircraft market.
A group of brokers have formed the Air Charter Professionals Association (ACPA) to define a set of standards and a code of ethics for their industry. The announcement follows the recent demise of online charter broker FlightTime.com, which left the scene allegedly owing thousands of dollars to several of its charter customers.
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
The FAA recently received several requests for interpretation of FAR 135.263(d) and 135.267(b), (d) and (e).