Pats Aircraft Systems is changing its name to Aloft AeroArchitects. While the name took effect on November 18, 2015, the transition process will occur during the balance of 2015. The new company name is the result of a detailed market positioning study.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for us to create a new identity that both maintains the essence of what Pats has achieved in the last 40+ years, while providing focus on the newer growth sections of our business,” said John Martin, president and CEO of Aloft AeroArchitects. “We have made great efforts to pay homage to a heritage of innovative products, an entrepreneurial spirit and customer support, which we’ve nurtured in recent years as PATS Aircraft Systems. Our new identity, as Aloft AeroArchitects, serves as the basis for a renewed focus on a pioneering approach to our opportunities, an exacting execution of our core strengths, and a collaborative approach with our customers and partners, all of which are delivered by world-class employees with passion and integrity.”
Aloft AeroArchitects will continue to deliver on the existing stable of products and services that Pats has delivered across several decades. For example, it offers auxiliary fuel systems, and was recently selected by Boeing to become the supplier of the BBJ Max auxiliary fuel system. In addition to the existing line of applications for the 737NG, 757, 767 and CRJ200, Aloft is also working with several fuel system partners in Europe and Asia to develop solutions to extend the range of its aircraft products.
The Aloft AeroArchitects hangar services business will continue to serve BBJ operators. Aloft currently has three VVIP interior completions in process at varying stages, including two BBJ 2 aircraft and one BBJ. Aloft will also continue to provide aircraft maintenance services, and says it will increase its focus on innovative solutions for interior and systems modifications, aiming to reduce downtime while increasing the capabilities of the aircraft systems to keep up with rapidly evolving technologies for connectivity and regulatory requirements such as ADS-B and FANS.
Aloft will also increase its focus on other products and services. Aloft is the home of the Hollingsead International avionics equipment product line, which includes everything from turnkey equipment racks to ARINC avionics trays, hold-downs and extractors.
Aloft AeroArchitects also offers engineering, certification and ODA services. In the fourth quarter of 2015, the Aloft ODA has 38 STC projects in work, many of which are for third-party customers. In the past year, the company has expanded its ODA capabilities listing to include nearly all modern commercial and most business aircraft, added both amendments Part 27 and Part 29 helicopter capability, and received approval from the FAA to approve ICAs internally and minor STCs within the ODA, on behalf of the FAA. This unit is supporting equipment manufacturers, OEMs and operators in pursuing integration design and STC approvals of new products for airline, business aviation and military use.
November 23, 2015