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STS Aviation Services Acquires UK-Based GT Engine Services, Expanding MRO Capabilities

STS Aviation Services Acquires UK-Based GT Engine Services, Expanding MRO Capabilities

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, May 28, 2024 — STS Aviation Services (STS), a division of STS Aviation Group and a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul solutions, announces the acquisition of UK-based engine MRO, GT Engine Services (GTES).

Since establishing itself in the UK at the end of 2019, STS Aviation Services has delivered sustained year-on-year growth, continued to add both capacity and capability, and is now the largest independent MRO in the United Kingdom with an expanding footprint in Europe, serving both commercial and military sectors. Acquiring GT Engine Services, a leading aircraft engine maintenance and repair company, builds on the strategy for a single point solution and accelerates STS’ growth into the engine sector, opening further capability to its growing customer base.

STS Aviation Group’s CEO, PJ Anson, said, “Myself and the Board at STS are delighted we have been able to conclude the acquisition of GT Engine Services, which delivers on our strategy of being a significant provider of airframe, material, and now engine maintenance and repair solutions. This further demonstrates the commitment we have to the UK and European markets. We look forward to working with the team at GT Engine Services and supporting their ambitious plans for growth over the next few years.”

Previous owner and CEO, Greg Macleod, will continue to lead the team at GT Engine Services as Managing Director, Engine Services, and will report directly to Ian Bartholomew, Executive Vice President & Managing Director STS Aviation Services Europe.

Ian Bartholomew said, “The last four years have been an incredible journey for the team. With hard work and commitment, we have established STS as a key player in the MRO sector in the UK and Europe. With a significant presence in the UK and operations at key locations, we have built an enviable portfolio of highly credible customers, many of whom we share with GT Engine Services. With our success, we have created hundreds of new jobs in the UK, with plans to add a significant number of new roles this year. With the addition of GT Engine Services, we will unlock new and exciting opportunities. My team and I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues and working with Greg and his team.”

GT Engine Services was established in 2010 and, with a uniquely people-centric approach led by Greg Macleod, has positioned itself to become the UK’s leading engine management provider, delivering repair and management of CFM56, CFM LEAP, CF34, CF6, PW4000, V2500, RB211, GTF, and Trent 700 engines. Greg Macleod said, “The last fourteen years have been very special for me, and I am very proud of what we have achieved. GT Engine Services is now ideally placed with a great workforce and team to join STS and start to write the next chapter. I have known Ian for several years, and I am delighted to be joining his leadership team as Managing Director, Engine Services for STS, becoming part of the broader STS Aviation Group family with opportunities to leverage the scale and reach of the organization, delivering our strategic growth plan.”

The acquisition of GTES was signed on May 28, 2024, and the integration plan will start immediately.

About STS Aviation Services:

STS Aviation Services is a leading provider of MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) services, with a strong presence in the UK and Europe. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction drives our growth and success in the aviation industry.

About GT Engine Services:

GT Engine Services is the UK’s leading engine management provider, specializing in the repair and management of a wide range of engines. Established in 2010, the company has a strong reputation for its people-centric approach and technical expertise.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Component Solutions Partners with L3 Harris in Exclusive Three-Year OEM Agreement

STS Component Solutions Partners with L3 Harris in Exclusive Three-Year OEM Agreement (1)

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., April 10, 2024 — STS Component Solutions (STS), a division of STS Aviation Group, is excited to announce a three-year OEM partnership agreement with L3 Harris, a leading technology innovator in aerospace and defense. This landmark agreement appoints STS Component Solutions as the exclusive distributor for L3 Harris products in North America, Europe and the Middle East, encompassing L3 Harris’ comprehensive aviation product line and their advanced aviation communication and surveillance systems (ACSS).

Tim Russo, President of STS Component Solutions, expressed his enthusiasm about the new partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to enter this strategic partnership with L3 Harris, a company synonymous with excellence in the aerospace and defense sector. This agreement not only signifies a major step forward for STS in expanding our global footprint but also reinforces our commitment to delivering state-of-the-art solutions to our clients.”

Under this agreement, STS Component Solutions will distribute L3 Harris’ cutting-edge products, including their renowned aviation communication and surveillance systems, further enhancing the range of high-quality, innovative solutions available to STS clients across the globe.

Kerry Obiala, Vice President of OEM Distribution for STS Component Solutions, commented on the significance of the partnership, saying, “Our collaboration with L3 Harris represents a significant milestone in our mission to provide comprehensive, integrated solutions to the aviation industry. We are proud to be the exclusive distributor for L3 Harris, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership that will undoubtedly bring advanced technological advancements to the markets we serve.”

This partnership is set to commence immediately, with STS Component Solutions ready to distribute L3 Harris’ acclaimed products, ensuring clients in North America, Europe and the Middle East have access to some of the most advanced aviation technologies available today.

For more information about STS Component Solutions and the new partnership with L3 Harris, please visit: https://www.stsaviationgroup.com/

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1984, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Services Opens New Line Maintenance Stations in the United Kingdom

STS Aviation Services Opens New Line Maintenance Stations in the United Kingdom

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., March 27, 2024STS Aviation Group is proud to announce the expansion of STS Aviation Services UK, with the opening of two new line maintenance stations at East Midlands (EMA) and Norwich (NWI) airports in the United Kingdom, effective April 1, 2024. This strategic expansion is set to enhance service capabilities in the region, with Air Explore as the primary customer at the outset.

Jonathan Delahunty, Sales Manager for STS Aviation Services in the UK, stated, “We are delighted to have further expanded our line maintenance operations. The opening of these new line stations at EMA and NWI marks a significant milestone in our commitment to providing top-tier line maintenance services. With our dedication to operational excellence, we are well-placed to provide reliable customer service to a broader client base, starting with our valued customer, Air Explore.”

Ian Bartholomew, Executive Vice President & Managing Director of STS Aviation Services Europe, added, “STS set out some time ago to rapidly increase our line maintenance presence in the UK and Europe. Opening these stations is the first part of delivering on this plan. We have ambitions to be an established provider at a number of key hubs and regional airports, building on the success of our STS Line Maintenance colleagues who dominate the landscape in the USA, and reinforcing our position as a market leader in the aviation MRO sector.”

The new line maintenance stations will provide a full range of services, including routine maintenance checks, aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support and other line maintenance services, ensuring enhanced operational efficiency and reliability for airline clients.

For more information about STS Line Maintenance and other services, visit www.stsaviationgroup.com.

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1984, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Group Announces Gary Pratt as New Sr. VP and General Manager of STS Line Maintenance

STS Aviation Group Announces Gary Pratt as New Sr. VP and General Manager of STS Line Maintenance

Jensen Beach, Florida – January 5, 2024 – STS Aviation Group (STS) announces the appointment of Gary Pratt as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of STS Line Maintenance. With an illustrious career and a wealth of experience in aviation maintenance, Pratt is set to steer the company towards unprecedented growth and innovation.

As Sr. VP and General Manager, Pratt will oversee operations for 43 Line Maintenance stations across the United States, ensuring each maintains the highest standards of quality and safety that STS Aviation Group is known for. His leadership will be instrumental in enhancing operational efficiency, expanding service capabilities and driving customer satisfaction to new heights.

Pratt expressed his enthusiasm about the new role, stating, “I am honored and excited to lead STS Line Maintenance into its next chapter. The opportunity to work with such a talented team and to build upon the company’s sterling reputation is truly invigorating. Together, we will continue to innovate and elevate our service offerings, ensuring that STS remains at the forefront of the aviation maintenance industry.”

Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group, also shared his optimism about the appointment, “Gary’s extensive experience and proven leadership in aviation maintenance make him the ideal candidate to guide STS Line Maintenance. We are confident that under his stewardship, the division will flourish, setting new industry standards and further solidifying our position as a leading service provider. Gary’s vision for the future aligns perfectly with our commitment to excellence and innovation.”

Under Pratt’s leadership, STS Line Maintenance is poised for a new era of growth and success. His strategic foresight and unwavering commitment to quality are expected to usher in a wave of advancements in line maintenance services, ensuring that STS Aviation Group continues to exceed the expectations of its customers.

As the aviation industry continues to evolve, STS Line Maintenance and its dedicated team, under Pratt’s direction, are committed to staying ahead of the curve, adapting to changes and pioneering solutions that shape the future of aircraft maintenance.

If you would like to learn more about STS Aviation Group and its subsidiaries, please visit: www.stsaviationgroup.com

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Group Announces Strategic Relocation of 145 Component/Seat Repair Capabilities to Manchester

STS Aviation News

Manchester, United Kingdom – January 2, 2023STS Aviation Group, a leader in the aviation services industry, today announced the strategic relocation of its 145 component/seat repair operations from Shannon, Ireland, to its expanded facility in Manchester, United Kingdom. This move is part of the company’s ongoing effort to enhance turnkey services for its growing global customer base.

“The relocation to Manchester represents a strategic expansion of our service capabilities in a key location,” said Ian Bartholomew, EVP & Managing Director of European Operations at STS Aviation Services. “This move enables us to consolidate our operations, providing more efficient and comprehensive services to our clients.”

The transition of the 145 component/seat repair capabilities is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2024, positioning STS Aviation Group to better serve the evolving needs of the aviation industry. The company’s commitment to offering top-tier services remains a top priority, and this expansion is a testament to that dedication.

While the component/seat repair operations are moving to Manchester, the Shannon facility will continue to operate as an EASA/FAA 145 certified fuel repair shop. Additionally, it will offer passenger seat storage services at the company’s New Market Fergus warehouse, ensuring continued support for clients reliant on these services.

“STS Aviation Group is grateful for the support our clients have shown towards our Shannon operations. We look forward to continuing to serve their needs from our Manchester location and are excited about the opportunities this move creates,” added Bartholomew.

STS Aviation Group’s decision to relocate its operations reflects its commitment to strategic growth and its dedication to providing industry-leading aviation services globally.

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

Mark Robertson, Senior VP of Business Development for STS Aviation Services in Ireland, Announces Retirement after 43 Years in Aviation

Mark Robertson Announces Retirement after 43 Years in Aviation (1)

SHANNON, Ireland, November 8, 2023 — After an illustrious 43-year career in the aviation industry, Mark Robertson, Senior VP of Business Development for STS Aviation Services in Ireland (STS), has announced his retirement, marking the end of an era. The decision to retire comes as Mark seeks to prioritize his health, family, and future endeavors.

Throughout his career, Mark has left an indelible mark on the aviation sector, with notable contributions at every stage. From his early days at Magee Plastics in San Francisco to helping STS get off the ground in Ireland back in 2019, Mark has exemplified dedication, innovation, and leadership.

“It is a very emotional decision, but one that is best for my health, family, and future,” Mark explained. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to finish a career that has been incredibly rewarding.”

A key stakeholder in STS’ operations in Ireland, Mark takes pride in providing guidance and opportunities for employee success and believes in the unique family-like culture at STS.

“STS is like a big family, and I will miss the everyday interface that I’ve been having across all of our global divisions,” noted Mark. “All great people… top to bottom.”

Mark also reflected on his retirement plans, which include focusing on his family’s pear orchard in Hood River, Oregon, enjoying time with his wife and children, and exploring interests like golfing, biking, and travel.

Born in Scotland and having emigrated to the United States at a young age, Mark has embodied the spirit of taking leaps of faith. From starting a business in a foreign country to now retiring, his journey has been one of determination and achievement.

“Mark Robertson is a true inspiration to all of us in the aviation industry,” states Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Services. “We wish him the very best in his retirement and future endeavors!”

Mark will stay on with STS through June of 2024 while helping his team transition a myriad of projects that they are involved with.

If you would like to learn more about STS Aviation Group and its subsidiaries, please visit: www.stsaviationgroup.com

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Group’s CEO Named Among Florida’s Most Influential Business Leaders

STS Aviation Group’s CEO Named to Florida 500 List

Jensen Beach, Fla., October 30, 2023 – The illustrious pages of Florida Trend Magazine have once again featured STS Aviation Group‘s visionary CEO, Philip Anson Jr., celebrating him as one of the Sunshine State’s most influential business leaders. This marks the fifth time in the past six years that Anson has been honored with this esteemed accolade.

Anson is quick to deflect the spotlight from himself, opting to shine it on the entire STS Aviation Group team. In a gracious and heartfelt response, he underscores the collective effort behind this prestigious recognition. “To be acknowledged for your contributions is undeniably a special moment, but I must emphasize that this honor is not mine alone. The entire STS Aviation Group team deserves credit for this achievement. I view myself as a guide and mentor for our talented professionals, working tirelessly to chart a course that propels STS Aviation Group into a bright and promising future.”

Anson is also candid about the challenges that have marked the past three years, noting the exceptional resilience and dedication of his colleagues. With humility and pride, he emphasizes that while his name may grace the award, it truly belongs to the cohesive and committed STS Aviation Group family. In his words, “While the award bears my name, it is, in fact, a tribute to the exceptional individuals who collectively mold STS Aviation Group into the close-knit family we are today.”

The recognition of Philip Anson Jr.’s impactful leadership by Florida Trend Magazine serves as a testament to the unity, dedication, and innovative spirit that define STS Aviation Group’s culture.

To learn more about Florida Trend’s Florida 500 program, please visit: https://floridatrend500.com/

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit  www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For More information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Group Reorganizes STS Aviation Services Division

STS Aviation News

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., October 17, 2023 — STS Aviation Group (STS) announces the following organization changes to STS Aviation Services. These changes are effective January 1, 2024.

  • STS Aviation Services – North America will incorporate all base, line and component maintenance facilities throughout North America. Shane King will become EVP & Managing Director, STS Aviation Services NA.
  • STS Aviation Services – Europe will incorporate all base, line, component, and engine maintenance facilities in Europe. Mick Adams will retire as previously planned and take on a board advisory role. Adams will be replaced by Ian Bartholomew who will become EVP & Managing Director, STS Aviation Services EU.
  • STS Aviation Services – Mobile Solutions will incorporate the worldwide activities of STS that are performed away from base facilities. Currently, STS has extensive activity in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Daniel Burgess will become EVP & Managing Director, STS Aviation Services MS.
  • STS Aviation Services – Engineering Solutions will incorporate the worldwide engineering activities of STS. Ethan Steele will continue in his role of Sr. VP & General Manager, Engineering Solutions, heading up this sector.

“STS Aviation Services has gone through considerable growth over the past couple of years, and this new organization better aligns all business units into a cohesive leadership structure,” states Mark Smith, President, STS Aviation Services.

If you would like to learn more about STS Aviation Group, please visit: www.stsaviationgroup.com

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Group Announces Mick Adams Is to Retire As CEO, STS Aviation Services Europe, And Appoints Ian Bartholomew as His Successor

STS Aviation News

JENSEN BEACH, Fla., October 16, 2023 — STS Aviation Group (STS) announces that Mick Adams is to retire as CEO, STS Aviation Services Europe, effective January 1, 2024. Adams will be replaced by Ian Bartholomew who will become EVP & Managing Director, STS Aviation Services EU.

Adams joined STS in 2019 at the inception of its strategy to grow exponentially in Europe. Since then, Adams has overseen the buildout of STS’ European operations while establishing STS Aviation Services as a real force in the region. Adams has constructed a very credible business that matches STS Aviation Services NA in both scale and scope.

“We’ve been very fortunate to have had Mick join STS to write the last chapter of his storied career in aviation,” states PJ Anson, CEO, STS Aviation Group. “Mick has been a true professional, guiding and nurturing the business during its inception.”

“Mick may be making a well-deserved retirement, but he has graciously agreed to continue his involvement in STS by taking on an board advisory role going forward,” says Mark Smith, President, STS Aviation Services. “Mick’s relationships in the industry are second to none, and we are delighted to have him continue to help build the business. We are also excited to have Ian take on the EVP & Managing Director role.”

Ian Bartholomew joined STS in January of 2020 as its Managing Director and has been Adams’ “right hand” during the inception of STS’ European business. Bartholomew knows the organization intimately and is Adams’ natural successor. Prior to joining STS, Bartholomew spent time with KLM UK Engineering Limited, Etihad Airways and Monarch Aircraft Engineering.

If you would like to learn more about STS Aviation Group, please visit: www.stsaviationgroup.com

About STS Aviation Group:

Founded in 1986, STS Aviation Group is a one-stop service provider to the global aviation industry. With headquarters in Jensen Beach, Florida and offices / facilities around the world, STS delivers nose-to-tail aircraft maintenance solutions with unmatched results and expertise. To learn more about STS Aviation Group and what makes it the company with “Total Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For more information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com

STS Aviation Services Gains UK CAA Part 21-J Approval

STS Aviation Services Receives Regulatory Approval for Dedicated Aircraft Engine Shop in Manchester

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, March 14, 2023 — STS Aviation Services, the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul arm of STS Aviation Group, is pleased to announce that it has been granted UK CAA Design Office Part 21 Subpart J Approval.

The issue of regulatory approval follows nearly two years of executing several complex aircraft repairs and modifications while building the experience and database for both legacy and next-generation aircraft types.

“I am delighted that STS Aviation Services has been granted CAA Part21-J approval,” said Lee Burgess VP & Accountable Manager for Part 21J. “This is genuine testament to the hard work of the entire engineering organization. Customers of STS Aviation Group can now benefit from our repair and modification solutions, offering both CAA and FAA approval to keep their valuable assets flying safely.” 

The CAA Part 21-J Approval compliments the heavy and large-scale aircraft maintenance and modification capabilities that are being executed in the United Kingdom and, in conjunction with Ethan Steele, Senior Vice President for STS Engineer Services. For nearly two decades, Steele has devoted himself to the year-round delivery of safe, cost-effective aircraft repairs and modifications for airlines, lessors, and OEMs around the world. 

The need and appetite for STS Aviation Services’ growing repertoire of aircraft maintenance solutions continues to grow, and achieving this milestone is essential to solidifying the company’s position in the global marketplace.

“The receipt of STS Aviation Services UK CAA P21 Subpart J approval underpins STS Aviation Group’s capability to deliver fully integrated aircraft maintenance solution for new and existing customers,” said Brett Patterson, Head of Design for STS Aviation Services. “This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the P21-J team both here in the United Kingdom and in the United States. This approval brings opportunity, and it is the first step toward adding STC and Part21-G POA to our capabilities in the very near future.”

If you would like to learn more about STS Aviation Services and the aircraft MRO solutions it provides to the global aerospace industry, please visit: www.stsaviationgroup.com

About STS Aviation Services:

STS Aviation Services operates four state-of-the-art aircraft hangars, two interior modification facilities and more than 40 line maintenance stations both state-side and aboard. These facilities, and the expert personnel that call each home, fuel the company’s drive to seamlessly blend a growing portfolio of MRO services to deliver all-encompassing aircraft maintenance, engineering, and modification solutions to the global aviation industry. To learn more about STS Aviation Services and what makes it the company with “Solutions to Keep You Flying,” please visit www.stsaviationgroup.com or call 1-800-800-2400.

For More information, contact:

Bryan Shaw
Director of Marketing
1-800-800-2400 ext. 8521
bryan.shaw@stsaviationgroup.com