February 23, 2021
DALLAS, TX – Getting more work is a good thing. Doing it well is even better. King Aerospace President Jarid King has led the significant expansion of the company’s contractor logistic support (CLS) work scope for the U.S. Army’s Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) fleet.
Originally announced in early 2020, the expansion included a single US-based operational location – Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, TX – and internationally, Camp Humphreys in South Korea and multiple deployment locations. By late 2020, the program expanded to include seven additional locations dispersed across the country and four new international locations. King Aerospace’s operational expansion directly supports efforts in the following Department of Defense Combatant Commands, EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, PACOM and AFRICOM.
King Aerospace accepted the responsibility to support an additional 12 locations in only 30 days. King Aerospace leadership visited the new domestic locations in person and, due to COVID-19 protocols, deployed videoconferencing as a means to be virtually present for onboarding of more than 200 highly trained and specialized new hires. Integrating team members from around the world includes a deep dive into the King Aerospace no-excuses culture and helping team members understand their why, or their purpose.
“Our agile operational capabilities enabled us to standup operational support in only 30 days to meet changing needs and requirements for the SEMA fleet,” says King. “Equally important, our focus on building an accountable, efficient team has led to an improvement in aircraft availability and customer satisfaction.”
King Aerospace serves as a subcontractor for Northrop Grumman. The contract provides lifecycle services for a fleet of 68 highly modified King Air (C-12), De Havilland Canada Dash 7 (DHC-7) and Dash 8 (DHC-8) turboprop aircraft used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). The contract was awarded in 2017 with options extending to 2026.
“Specialized logistic support such as for the SEMA fleet directly speaks to our maintenance abilities and passion for service to our country,” says Greg Mitchell, King Aerospace vice president of government services. “We are dedicated to ensuring SEMA aircraft are ISR mission capable today and tomorrow.”
About King Aerospace
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 at Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso, TX; Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM; Camp Humphreys, South Korea; and 24/7 global logistics outposts. Its sister company, 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 avionics design/installation, interior design/refurbishment, engineering services, maintenance and paint. KACC is an authorized FAA and EASA Repair Station and is AS9110C-certified. It also provides aircraft project management, offsite maintenance and other aircraft-related management services. Founded in 1992, King Aerospace is a privately owned company focused on customer and team member satisfaction.