DART Aerospace Acquires Colorado-Based Aircraft Equipment Manufacturer Paravion Technology Inc. and Century Helicopters Inc.
Montreal, Canada – March 3rd, 2022 – DART Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has acquired the aircraft equipment manufacturer Paravion Technology Inc. and Century Helicopters Inc., its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO)/service center arm.
Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Paravion Technology designs, manufactures, and sells a variety of aftermarket accessories and OEM equipment for a wide range of airplanes and helicopters. Paravion launched in 1985 and today offers an extensive list of products including environmental control systems such as heating and air conditioning, camera mount systems, and its trademark Heliporter® ground handling unit for helicopters. The company holds close to 70 FAA certifications and more than 200 foreign validations including EASA, TCCA, and PMA approvals for replacement parts. This includes environmental control systems certified under OEM type certificates.
“Paravion’s diverse quality product offering, when paired with DART’s powerful global marketing strength, open incredible opportunities to boost Paravion's products and expand DART’s leadership as a one-stop mission equipment supplier” says Alain Madore, DART’s President and CEO.
DART’s acquisition of Paravion will allow the mission equipment and replacement parts manufacturer to broaden and diversify its product portfolio with over 1,500 STC. It will enable DART to offer several exciting new product categories to its global network of OEMs and helicopter operators, including heating and air conditioning systems and the Heliporter® tug.
Century Helicopters has built a reputation of strong completion expertise in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) completion arena. Century’s facilities will remain focused on serving their existing customers and its ISR contracts, leveraging its completion expertise to expand and grow this business segment for DART.
“This is an exciting time for Paravion and our customers,” says Larry Hansen, President and CEO of Paravion/Century. “This blending of capabilities and products will provide increased support and opportunity to our current customers and, through DART’s extensive network, bring quality Paravion products to a larger share of the market.”
For more than 35 years, Paravion has served thousands of operators around the world with a strong commitment to quality and service. Its products meet or exceed safety, quality, and reliability demands within the industry.
Paravion will transition into operating under the DART brand, which with the acquisition expands to nine locations worldwide, including four manufacturing centers of excellence.
Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
About DART Aerospace
With its extensive engineering capabilities and manufacturing centers, DART provides industry-leading design, manufacturing, and market-certified solutions for the helicopter and aerospace industry. With an impressive line-up of over 1,500 STCs, DART offers a comprehensive portfolio of mission equipment and related services, replacement parts, and tooling for civil and military operators, completion centers, MR&O facilities, and all major rotorcraft OEMs. DART's key products include aerial firefighting systems, flotation systems, landing gear, interior and exterior accessories, cargo expansion, cable cutters, and filters. All of DART’s fast time-to-market solutions are delivered with superior customer support in over 120 countries worldwide.
Learn more at dartaerospace.com.
About Paravion Technology Inc.
Paravion® Technology, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of aircraft accessories. In 1985, Paravion introduced its first product, Pneumatic Door Openers for the Bell 206 Series, now a standard part of many helicopters. Paravion’s more than 260 international product certifications and validations include heating systems, air conditioning systems, camera mount systems, and the Heliporter®, the industry standard ground-handling unit for helicopters.
Additional information may be found at paravion.com.
About Century Helicopters, Inc.
Century Helicopters, Inc. is a Bell Helicopter and Robinson Helicopter Customer Service Facility. Founded in 1978 to provide helicopter maintenance services to owners and operators in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, Century has grown to serve customers in 15 states reaching from Minnesota to Arizona. With over 54,000 square feet at three locations, Century has the capabilities to serve most customer requests.
Additional information may be found at centuryhelicopters.com
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