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Field Aviation Inc. Acquires ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support from Rockwell Collins

Purchase of ASES business unit expands company’s modification, maintenance and sustainment capabilities

Cincinnati, OH, March 10, 2015…. Field Aviation Inc., (Field), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Field Aerospace, a privately held U.S. company, has completed the acquisition of ARINC Aerospace Systems Engineering and Support (ASES LLC) from Rockwell Collins.

ASES LLC, operating as ARINC Aerospace, provides aircraft modification, integration and maintenance services, as well as logistical and sustainment capabilities for Department of Defense (DoD), government, commercial, business, and private customers. Following completion of the acquisition, ASES will operate as Field Aerospace.

With the completion of this acquisition, Field will have over 500 highly skilled staff in North America based in hangar and production facilities totalling over 350,000 square feet. With hangars at Will Rogers World Airport Oklahoma City, OK, USA, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Toronto ON, Canada and an aerospace parts manufacturing facility in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Field is well positioned to meet the needs of its customers worldwide.

ASES’ primary focus has been on larger airframes, including the C-130, KC 10, KC 135 and E-6B. Field Aviation’s focus has been on regional aircraft of less than 100,000 lbs., including maritime surveillance aircraft (MSA), based on the Challenger 605 platform and the classic Dash 8. The two companies will benefit from leveraging the natural synergies that will result from the acquisition.

“The acquisition of ASES is an effective complement to our Canadian modification operations,” said Field president and CEO John Mactaggart. “When we purchased Field Aviation in 2012, we wanted to use the company as a launching point for further acquisitions, particularly in the United States. Today marks the first such purchase. The combined capability will allow Field to expand its product offerings from a small turboprop all the way up to the largest of jet aircraft.”

“Combining Field Aviation’s international experience with ASES’s familiarity with the U.S. market was a key factor in our purchase decision,” said Field chairman Dan Magarian. “Expanding into the U.S. market was always a primary objective, and this purchase begins that process in a way that supports our current operations as well as our strategic growth plans. We are excited to begin a new chapter in the growth of Field Aviation.”

Jennifer Smith, Field CFO, added: “With the acquisition of ASES, we gain a tremendous workforce and world class facilities. We project the effect of this transaction to be accretive within the first twelve months.”

About Field Aviation

Field Aviation’s key strengths are that as an aircraft modification center of excellence, best known for complex special mission and interior conversions of heavy turboprop and turbofan aircraft, and a world-renowned parts manufacturing facility that specializes in the production of parts and assemblies for the international commercial and military aerospace industry.

As a modification and manufacturing center of excellence, Field Aviation is recognized internationally for its design, engineering, integration and certification of kits and modifications designed to enhance the operational utilization of a wide range of commercial aircraft used primarily in special mission applications. Field Aviation deliveries of modified special mission aircraft rank it amongst the top companies in the world having this specialized expertise.

As a build-to-print manufacturer Field Aviation specializes in the production of parts and assemblies for the international aerospace industry. Capabilities include sheet metal details, major and minor assemblies, conventional and CNC machining, CNC routing, milling, turning and forming, TIG and spot welding, heat treat of aluminum alloys and a full chemical processing and paint line.

Field is proud to be a product distributor for the world’s premier avionics manufacturers.

About ASES

With expertise on more than a dozen key airframes ASES’s capabilities encompass a diverse and adaptable skillset. The facility in Oklahoma City is an FAA Certified Repair Station and a key supplier for Rockwell Collins aircraft installation and modification programs.

Capabilities include heavy aircraft modifications and upgrades, professional project and program management, aircraft maintenance, end-to-end special-mission aircraft services design and, certification utilizing the ASES FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), installation services, logistics, training support and many other custom services.

ASES’s world-class Aircraft Modification and Operations facility gives customers a one-stop-shopping experience—enabling optimal efficiency, convenience, and cost-effectiveness. From structural, avionics, electrical, and systems modification to performing test flights, to training your staff, our state-of-the-art hangar, back shops, and laboratories are designed for virtually any aircraft

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.