Avionics integrator modifies existing aircraft to meet modern tech requirements.

Avionics integrator Ace Aeronautics designs cockpit upgrades for transport-category aircraft to minimize technological upgrade and obsolescence challenges facing operators around the world.

As a full-service contractor, Guntersville, Alabama–based Ace oversees all aspects of a project, including statement-of-work preparation, system-requirements documentation, system and component design, hardware fabrication, system installation, technical-data generation, ground and flight testing, and maintenance and pilot training.

Engineering and Training Services
Ace’s engineering services support complex modifications to existing aircraft. The team employs experienced aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineers and technicians with an emphasis on model-based engineering/model-based design (MBE/MBD).

To support product development, Ace has invested substantially in a UH-60A flying demonstrator that allows the company to meet modern technology requirements. The demonstrator has an FAA restricted-category type certificate and supplemental type certificates for the core cockpit and various specific mission equipment packages, including an electro-optical infrared sensor (EO/IR) and other mission-specific subsystems. With the support of industry partners, this internal demonstrator helps Ace develop, test, and certify long-term avionics solutions.

Ace offers a one-month new-equipment training course for rated and nonrated aircrew members (instructor pilots, maintenance test pilots, pilots, and mechanics) to familiarize them with the Ace Deck VL-60 digital cockpit.

Manufacturing and Military Support
Ace Aeronautics supports two complementary businesses, Ace DFW and Ace Aeronautics Services.

Ace’s manufacturing division, Ace DFW specializes in the design, fabrication, testing, and distribution of complex replacement and retrofit components for military and commercial aircraft. The company offers an extensive line of products, including airframe parts, night-vision imaging lighting systems, and avionics integration kits.

Ace Aeronautics Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ace Aeronautics, specializes in airworthiness qualification support to the US Army and OEMs. It also provides SETA (systems engineering and technical assistance) support to the US government. To support cross-authority qualifications, the company specializes in “gap” analyses through analytical comparisons of civil and military standards.

Ace owns and operates under an FAA restricted-category type certificate with instructions for continued airworthiness approval and complete technical publications. As such, the company can purchase UH-60As from the US Army and offer them for sale as basic UH-60A aircraft conformed to the certificate or as UH-60A-to-UH-60A+ conversions. The company can also provide full aircraft and avionics depot maintenance support and offers full technical publication support for the H-60/S-70 airframe.

Ace also provides full paint services. Aircraft can be completely stripped of paint and media and repainted to the customer’s specifications. The company’s paint facility accommodates helicopters in size up to the CH-47 and fixed-wing aircraft with a wingspan of 58 ft. or less.

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Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer

Jen Boyer is the principal of her own firm, Flying Penguin Communications. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and holds commercial, instrument, flight instructor, and instrument instructor ratings in helicopters and a private rating in airplanes. She has worked as a professional journalist and marketing communicator in the aviation industry since the early 1990s.