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The ASEC-AVIAN Joint-Venture (A2), was recently awarded a 5 year / $85M contract to provide Airborne Systems Integration support to the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Webster Outlying Field (WOLF). Click here to learn more.

ASEC is excited to announce an award of a $94.8M contract to provide engineering services in support of the Airborne Anti-submarine Warfare Platform Integration and Systems Engineering Branch. The engineering services provided are in support of legacy and new acoustic and non-acoustic sensors, systems and subsystems for naval air platforms and to improve existing maritime patrol and reconnaissance mission systems in support of Navy and Foreign Military Sales customers. ASEC President Vinnie Bellezza said “ASEC is thrilled to be supporting the ASW and Systems Engineering Branch . We look forward to continuing to provide excellent service to our government customer and the Warfighter.”

Lexington Park, MD – On Aug. 7, Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC) announced that the company has become 100 percent owned by the ASEC Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Trust. Vincent Bellezza, ASEC CEO, said “the cornerstone of our success has always been our employees. When it came time make a decision to sell the company, we knew that the only group that the owners could sell to would be the people that we trust the most, our employees! Over 14 years, as a net-worked and synergistic team we have grown the company from the three original owners to over 200 professionals. We have always invested in our employees and this ESOP transition now allows them to financially participate directly in the growth of the company.”

ASEC is an award winning, employee-owned small business that focuses on providing value and innovation in the areas of engineering, training, and flight services. ASEC specializes systems engineering and acquisition, including advanced concepts, requirements, integration and test, flight test, training, and support for the military and civilian aviation communities.

St Mary’s County 08/14/2018 By Press Release

Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC) President Vincent Bellezza (center) accepts The Patuxent Partnership Member of the Year Award on behalf of ASEC. The award was presented by TPP Executive Director Bonnie Green and Board of Directors Vice President Ajay Sehgal at the annual members dinner on May 23 at Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland. Photo by Sarah Ehman

St. Mary’s City, Md., May 23, 2018 – Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC) was named Member of the Year for 2017 by The Patuxent Partnership for outstanding leadership, community support and commitment to the economic growth and development of Southern Maryland.

The Member of the Year Award is presented at The Patuxent Partnership’s annual member’s dinner, which was held this year at Historic St. Mary’s City on May 23. To be considered for the award, members demonstrate strength in business performance, employee culture, community affairs, and volunteer activities. Previous winners include Raytheon, HTii, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and AVIAN LLC.

“We are fortunate to have members who are active and engaged in our community,” said Green. “In the last year or more, ASEC has demonstrated extraordinary support of the TPP mission and gone above and beyond with involvement in community service.”

ASEC President Vincent Bellezza accepted the award, which was presented by TPP Executive Director Bonnie Green and Ajay Sehgal, TPP Board of Directors vice president, with nearly 300 members and guests in attendance.

“On behalf of all the employees at ASEC, we are honored to receive the Member of the Year Award,” said Bellezza. “ASEC was honored to work with TPP throughout the past year. We especially enjoyed teaching our future engineering students about unmanned systems, work that was enabled by an ONR grant.”

ASEC collaborated with The Patuxent Partnership to develop and expand a quadcopter training program for more than 75 students, coaches, mentors, and parents from the tri-county area.

The program, initiated by TPP through a STEM-for-All grant from the Office of Naval Research, teaches theory and practical components of unmanned aircraft systems operations and flight. Participation is open at no cost to all high school students and teams in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties. Curriculum and training materials were developed by ASEC and is available online to participants. ASEC employees also volunteered as instructors for the program.

Also in 2017, ASEC established a scholarship for Southern Maryland high school seniors pursuing STEM degrees.

“At ASEC we value our reputation and pride ourselves on putting the customer first and doing what is right for the warfighter,” said Bellezza. “This award shows our commitment, passion, professionalism, and dedication throughout 2017 that supported the TPP mission, the Southern Maryland community, NAS Patuxent River, and the Navy.”

“We thank ASEC for their strong culture of service and investing in building and retaining top quality talent right here in Southern Maryland,” said Green.

ASEC is a veteran-owned small business that specializes in development, test, acquisition, and delivery support for military and civilian manned and unmanned aviation communities. ASEC maintains a fleet of customizable aircraft and has over 240,000 manned and unmanned flight hours in both the test and operational arenas.

About The Patuxent Partnership: The Patuxent Partnership is a non-profit organization that fosters collaboration between government, industry, and academia to advance technology research, development and transfer, and STEM workforce development in Southern Maryland.

Published: 23 May 2018
Contributor: Sarah Ehman

Defense Contract Management Agency Boeing Seattle recently delivered the sixth P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force, 11 Squadron, based out of Edinburgh Air Base, Australia. It is the first Australian P-8A delivered directly to Australia. ASEC employee, John Brady was part of the aircrew. He is pictured here on the far left of the photo wearing an ASEC patch. Read more.

ASEC conducted a very successful drone-enabled inspection of 230 kV transmission line and its right-of-way for an utility cooperative. This comprehensive equipment inspection used Power Line Inspection software to organize and correlate geospatial imagery with its location on the route. ASEC drone teams developed a standardized, repeatable process that safely captured data that averaged over 20 structures per day.

COLUMBIA, Maryland – James Engineering Associates (JEA) and Aviation Systems Engineering Company, Inc. (ASEC) are pleased to announce their Strategic Alliance, bringing together two established and recognized leaders in their respective fields to offer drone enabled building inspections and public safety support. Their combined skills, expertise, and technology will decrease building maintenance management issues, reduce personnel risk, save time, lower costs, and provide innovative solutions for their clients.

Drone sensors can provide access to building facades that conventionally are difficult to access in order to obtain visual observations, providing a more comprehensive exterior assessment. Live streaming data from the drone can be remotely viewed by a structural expert who will be able to communicate with the on scene drone pilot to coordinate visual access to key areas of concern. “Think of drones as a truck that carries a sensor to gather amazing data. We’ll take that data and deliver it in a format that is useful, understandable, and accessible by the customer,” said Vincent Bellezza, President and CEO of ASEC.

JEA has years of experience performing very comprehensive building inspections and is in constant pursuit of being more efficient and effective to better serve the client. “Our traditional methods of inspecting buildings will be enhanced by drone technology. Our team still needs to descend 20 stories down the side of our high rise building projects, but with the data collected from drones it will be less frequently on each building,” stated Jeff James, Principal at JEA.

Each company has a long tradition of safety and compliancy. Bellezza stated, “It’s not in our business model to violate privacy, and my drone pilots are empowered to stop flight operations when its unsafe or against the rules.”

“I’m excited about our new partnership, and where we are headed not only with building inspections, but also how it will support public safety,” said James. “I’m called to some very nasty problems, ranging from collapsed structures to industrial incidents. Having ASEC as a partner will enhance the response effort for our team and hopefully better protect response personnel and the general public.”

About JEA. JEA conducts exterior building inspections, condition assessments, root-cause failure analysis, and supports incident response activities for building damage, component failure, and deterioration issues. They are highly experienced and credentialed professional engineers with Pro-board certifications, safety and confined space operations training, and engineering forensics capability. JEA’s team works with numerous local, state and federal organizations and private companies.

About ASEC. ASEC has over 250,000 manned and unmanned flight hours, flying over 100 various aircraft. ASEC commercial drone operations operate under 14 CFR Part 107 authority, using its broad spectrum of certificated pilots, ranging from Part 61 pilots to Remote Pilots. ASEC leverages its collective technical and operational experience to provide comprehensive drone program support, ranging from field operations, flight test, regulatory support, and training.

Unmanned aircraft operations at Virginia Tech this week field-tested technology designed to allow multiple aircraft to safely share the same airspace, paving the way for broader integration of these vehicles.

The flights were part of a national campaign to test an unmanned traffic-management research platform developed by NASA.

Widespread commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, will entail a variety of aircraft controlled by different operators conducting unrelated missions in the same airspace. A traffic management system, which could evaluate submitted flight plans, monitor aircraft in flight, and alert users to any changes or potentially hazardous conditions, will allow these varied operations to coexist smoothly, especially in the relatively limited low-altitude airspace targeted by most commercial operators.

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