November 12, 2019
DALLAS, TX – Texas-based King Aerospace Companies and Pennsylvania-based The Thurmond Group have formed a strategic partnership that unites two reputable names in aviation. The alliance will enable both companies to grow their support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) specifically and aircraft modifications in general.
“This positioning affords King Aerospace greater exposure within our existing government customer base while expanding ISR-specific capabilities,” says Jarid King, president of King Aerospace Companies. “Combining our joint resources provides a total aircraft maintenance and modifications solution, resulting in lower overhead, reduced turnaround time and overall program cost savings. This will help us pursue more work in government and corporate aircraft avionics and special mission systems modifications.”
The Thurmond Group has built strong relationships with both ISR-focused government and private industry by providing integration services for that include but are not limited to sensors, networking, operation systems and the Federal Risk Management Framework (RMF). Both it and King Aerospace are known for their ISR quick reaction capability (QRC). Maintenance, engineering and FAA-certified modifications will be handled at King Aerospace’s facility in Ardmore, OK, just 90 miles north of Dallas. The AS9110-certified operation accommodates the most common turboprop and jet aircraft for commercial and military/government commercial-derivative applications. This includes Dash 8, King Air, Boeing 737, Citation, Gulfstream and Challenger aircraft. The King Aerospace facility includes a 9,000-foot runway and encompasses four hangars with more than 200,000 square feet of space. It offers a highly skilled workforce that operates on a no-excuses philosophy.
“The fit for our two well-established companies feels right,” says William “Billy” Thurmond. “We both have strong, experienced teams of aviation professionals and stellar reputations for on-time, on-budget services. Our values-based corporate cultures align us even more. We expect good things to result, not just for us, but for our customers.”
About The Thurmond Group Incorporated
The Thurmond Group provides Department of Defense and civilian aviation engineering and software engineering services. It has amassed more than three decades of expertise. It is known for its work in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), business aviation avionics upgrades, project engineering management, design integration, systems engineering , security services and test support. It is both a woman-owned and veteran-owned small business. Owners are the husband-and-wife team of William and Tammy Thurmond and newly joined partner Nadeem Bashir. From the company base in Greencastle, PA, near the Hagerstown, MD, airport, The Thurmond Group supports both fixed-wing and rotary platforms. TheThurmondGroup.com
About King Aerospace
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is a leading one-stop provider of aircraft services with offices and facilities in Dallas, TX, and Ardmore, OK. KACC is a GE OnPoint™ service center. It specializes in aircraft maintenance, avionics design/installation, engineering services, paint, completions and interior design/refurbishment. KACC is an authorized FAA and EASA Repair Station and is AS9110-certified. It also provides aircraft project management, offsite maintenance and other aircraft-related management services. Its sister company, King Aerospace, Inc. (KAI), is a global operation that serves the U.S. military and government to deliver responsive aircraft maintenance and logistics support in some of the world’s most hostile, remote and harsh locations. KAI operates facilities in El Paso, TX; Camp Humphreys, Korea; and 24/7 logistics outposts around the world. In 2018, King Aerospace celebrated its 25th-anniversary as a privately owned company focused on customer and team member satisfaction. KingAerospace.com
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