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Aviation Blade Services (ABS), Inc., a worldwide leader in helicopter rotor blade repair, overhaul and modification, announced that it has been acquired by First Aviation Services Inc., a leader in component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for military, corporate and regional aircraft.
ABS, based in Kissimmee, Florida, is best known for its expertise in the UH-60 Black Hawk rotor blade, as well as the Sikorsky S-55, S-58, S-61, S-62, S-64, S-70, H-3, H-34, and CH-54 rotor blades, and Westland Sea King rotor blades. With the most extensive library of Sikorsky rotor blade maintenance and manufacturing technical data outside of Sikorsky, ABS is the world’s premier repair facility for Sikorsky rotor blades.
Leonard Peterson, president of ABS, said: “We are pleased to join the First Aviation Services group of companies with their extensive engineering and certification expertise and we are excited about our growth together.”
Aaron Hollander, chairman and CEO of First Aviation, added, “Len has built a wonderful business with a leadership position in the Sikorsky product line, and the Black Hawk, in particular. We look forward to his continued involvement with ABS and the future growth of the company.”
This is the second investment First Aviation has made in the helicopter market in recent months. In April, First Aviation announced that the company had acquired DART Aerospace in partnership with Greenbriar Equity Group, L.P. First Aviation continues to look for additional investments in the helicopter market.