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works closely with these customers to find unique solutions for them. For example, SEA recently identified a requirement for an aftermarket helicopter mount for vari- ous airframes. SEA was able to engineer a new product from start to finish at a sig- nificant time and cost savings for opera- tors. This process has been repeated for many customers because the company has the ability to engineer, develop and man- ufacture PMA parts that have complex specifications and design requirements. SEA’s machining capabilities allows their fabricators to meet or exceed tight toler- ances with precise repeatability. To put it simply, SEA creates opportu- nity through innovation.


Over the past few years, Southeast Aerospace has completed several large Special Mission projects and government agency programs. Some of the programs involved designing structural and integra-

tion provisions for electronic counter measures (ECM) on rotorcraft that may not have had such provisions in the past. These airframes included the UH-1N, S- 61, and CH-46. Due to their quality work- manship, professional approach, and routine on-time delivery, SEA caught the attention of other organizations and agen- cies who engage in aircraft operations with special and unique applications. As a result of this exposure in the Special Missions world, SEA has added many ca- pabilities, activities, and resources to its portfolio including structural manufactur- ing, laser wire marking, kit design, de- tailed DER engineering, and advanced integration services. Southeast Aerospace understands the critical nature of many helicopter opera- tors and fleets. They also understand that there are specific needs and requirements that a more generalized, traditional avia- tion support provider cannot offer. In the near future, Southeast Aerospace will be offering some of its customized, solution-

oriented products to a much larger sector of the helicopter industry. SEA has uniquely positioned itself to become an alternative to OEMs. Simul- taneously, they are collaborating with OEMs on specialized fabrications, repairs and overhauls. “Ingenuity is the mother of invention” perfectly describes their cus- tomer service philosophy and unique ap- proach to each customer’s situation.


This country was founded on funda- mental values of integrity, ingenuity, hard work and craftsmanship. Southeast Aero- space has embraced these values and it is clearly evident in all of their operations. They go to bat for their customers. In fact, Southeast Aerospace is to aviation as the Oakland A’s were to baseball in the movie Moneyball. SEA Senior Vice President Joe Braddock nailed it when he said, “We hit a lot of singles, along with an occa- sional home run.” 41

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