John Heiderstadt, an executive with an AGC Aerospace & Defense company called Commuter Air Technology (CAT), recently joined with other stakeholders in the aerospace sector at the International Flight Inspection Symposium (IFIS) at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While there, he worked as a member of the International Committee for Airspace Standards and Calibration to revise current International Civil Aviation organization recommendations related to flight inspection and safety. AGC Aerospace & Defense employs a number of committed experts like Mr. Heiderstadt in its family of companies.

IFIS brings together members of academia, engineers, and other aviation authorities biennially to address issues ranging from navigation database integrity to radio frequency interference. Such nations as Germany, China, and France have hosted the gathering in the past. The next IFIS event will take place in 2016 in partnership with the Serbian Montenegro Civil Aviation Authorities based in Belgrade, Serbia.

For more information about IFIS and to download an informative brochure about the last conference, please log on to the symposium’s website at


Commuter Air Technology (CAT), a company owned by AGC Aerospace & Defense, opened an office at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, in recent months. The provider engineers aircraft technologies such as flight characteristics enhancements, high-density passenger systems, and cargo conversions. The AGC Aerospace & Defense firm focuses especially on improving and servicing King Air model planes.

The company established its new office for the sole purpose of being closer to the United States Special Operations Command, which is headquartered at the base. CAT posted its director of Latin American business development and special operations forces at the location. From the office, the director can more easily interact with the firm’s Special Operations Command clients, which have become increasingly important to CAT.

CAT’s relationship with military organizations and military families extends beyond its business commitments. It actively seeks out veterans and wounded warriors for executive leadership roles.

For more information about CAT, interested parties can visit its website at or contact the firm by calling 405-694-4755.

Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) recently signed an agreement with an AGC Aerospace & Defense Company-owned firm called Commuter Air Technology (CAT) that allows CAT to sell its exhaust gas extractors, air cargo carriers, and tires to a broader marketplace, using PAA’s extensive distribution network to reach more domestic and international customers. PAA’s president believes that the newly sealed partnership between it and the AGC Aerospace & Defense Company subsidiary carries with it great value.

The three products that PAA will distribute include CAT’s line of soft-touch tires, which improve ground roll, safety, and gear performance on Beechcraft King Air airplanes. The agreement also covers its precision-designed exhaust gas extractor, which helps reduce internal turbine temperature, raise fuel efficiency, and eliminate exhaust manifold cracking on three different models of King Air planes. As a result, the product is in demand.

CAT, a business with almost three decades of experience in the aerospace industry, provides certified aircraft modifications as well as technical services like aircraft maintenance and supplemental type certifications process management.

AGC Aerospace & Defense has served as the launch pad for a number of subsidiary companies. One of the companies established by AGC Aerospace & Defense, Veracity Technology Solutions, received the Aviation Week MRO of the Year award from Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine. The award is given to companies that demonstrate superior commitment to the components of MRO: maintenance, repair, and overhaul.

Since the publication of its first issue in 1916, Aviation Week has been a trusted, reputable source for aerospace industry news. Covering topics as diverse as space exploration and commercial flight, the magazine also sponsors events ranging from MRO conferences to aerospace and defense industry supplier conferences. In addition to its MRO of the Year award, the magazine also recognizes the achievements of companies and individuals with its annual Laureates Awards and lifetime achievement in the industry with its Phillip J. Klass Award. It also recognizes future leaders among armed forces cadets and offers special recognition with its Aviation Week Heroism Award.

A global supplier of systems and technologies that support key military and commercial programs, AGC Aerospace & Defense operates in various locations across the United States and abroad. Serving diverse customers within the aviation sector, AGC Aerospace and Defense consists of groups of companies. One of its companies, Integrated Composites, designs and manufactures high-performance structures for aviation defense using finite element analysis (FEA) as one of its processes.

Used to refine existing products and study new products, FEA analyzes and stresses 2-D or 3-D computer models to check for specific results. Through this process, companies can determine if a product can perform to the needed specification. If it can’t, FEA can also determine the necessary modification to meet the required specification.

With the phenomenal advances in computing, this process has been developed to produce very accurate results. For this reason, FEA has become a far more viable way of testing product designs and predicting design failure than building and testing actual product samples.

Airbus, a major aircraft manufacturer supplying the global market, qualified Unitech Composites as a manufacturing supplier to its global supply chain supporting the A350 jet in August 2013. Unitech Composites, which is owned by AGC Aerospace & Defense, provides essential materials for aerospace clients in the military and commercial sectors. Its operational philosophy emphasizes innovation and quality. The company’s general manager stated that the qualification reflects Unitech’s strong reputation in the marketplace.

The qualification will allow the AGC Aerospace & Defense Company to fabricate a range of components for Airbus, including fiber-reinforced plastic parts and parts composed of thermoset pre-preg (pre-impregnated) materials. Specifically, Unitech Composites will craft assemblies to support the A350’s airframe, a complex structure created with aluminum and titanium alloys. The company will begin by developing components for the A350’s fuselage and wings.

Complementing its partnership with Airbus, Unitech will continue to supply assemblies to other companies active in the aircraft marketplace.

AGC Aerospace & Defense is managed by Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm that serves clients in the defense and aerospace industries. Through Acorn, AGC Aerospace & Defense supports military and commercial programs all around the globe. The organization’s services span financing, manufacturing, engineering, producing, and renovating aircraft systems. Clients include governments, manufacturers, and representatives from various sectors of the aerospace industry.

While many people assume that all work involving aerospace concerns the research and development of spaceflight technologies, the more accurate definition is solutions applied to any situation involving flight.

No single corporation or industry is responsible for constructing a vehicle designed for flight within earth’s atmosphere or among the stars. Production programs for aircrafts involve manufacturers and researchers wielding a wide array of specialties. Each contributes different pieces, parts, and systems that gel together to create a functional vehicle capable of taking flight. Some of those specialists do not create physical components. Instead, they concentrate on attaining certification for components or raising funds for development.

In some cases, researchers and manufacturers come together to create projects indirectly related to the act of flight. As an example, researchers from NASA have created materials such as spacesuits as well as bar code scanners able to keep track of parts used in aircrafts.

AGC Aerospace & Defense is a supplier of aircraft technologies working with the United States military. The company also services commercial aircraft in America and around the world. AGC Aerospace & Defense specializes in creative financing solutions for projects that cannot secure traditional funding.

Earlier this summer Hill AeroSystems, Inc., an AGC company, introduced Ron Beigh as general manager of the Enumclaw facility in Washington. Beigh has more than 30 years of manufacturing and leadership experience, and is valued for his highly respected executive background. Before joining Hill AeroSystems, Beigh spent almost 10 years at Helac Corporation, playing a key role in the Value Streams initiative.

Beigh will now be responsible for all areas of operation at Hill’s Enumclaw branch, particularly financial planning and development of strategies to create new business opportunities at the company. Hill AeroSystems focuses on complex metal assemblies and the program management and manufacturing processes required for a successful assembly. It regularly provides materials and resources to Aircraft Structural Fusion Welding.

AGC Aerospace & Defense is changing the manner in which the military conducts mechanical inspections of aircraft. Through its subsidiary, Veracity Technology Solutions (VTS), the firm has created a nondestructive robotic vehicle. This device, known as the Autonomous Ultrasonic Nondestructive Inspection Instrument (AUNDII), has proven to be a valuable tool for the aerospace industry and has cemented AGC Aerospace & Defense’s reputation as an innovator.

Designed to replace the existing semi-automatic track system, the AUNDII uses ultrasonic technology to detect anomalies that undermine the serviceability of aging aircraft. The device received unanimous approval from the Air Force Systems Programs Office after an AUNDII test scan of a plane’s wing skin reduced inspection time by 35%. Not stopping there, the AUNDII surpassed standards by fulfilling 27 items requiring 100% completion. This state-of-the art scanning system eliminates the need for manual inspections with coupling fluid. As a result, stakeholders can extend the life of costly aircraft while lowering costs and eliminating unsafe inspection procedures.