Avion Solutions’ Unmanned Team To Provide Nationwide UAS Services Under First Of Its Kind Contract

Huntsville, AL – Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division of Avion Solutions, Inc., was recently awarded Contract E194-79435 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in all 50 states.

“Providing a simplified direct path for government agencies at all levels to request unmanned aircraft operations is finally a reality. With the award of this first-of-its-kind contract, Avion Unmanned has been selected to provide critical data to organizations who desperately need it, but have never before had a mechanism to acquire vetted, legal, and safe operations in a timely manner,” said Taylor Abington, Senior Program Manager of Avion Unmanned.

Based on proven expertise, Avion Unmanned has been chosen to provide UAS services nationwide including: Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Support, Aerial Inspection and Mapping Data Services, support to Agricultural and Gaming, as well as Agency Media Relations and Marketing.

“Avion Unmanned’s solutions are true force multipliers that provide actionable data, reduce operational risks, and improve efficiency in critical areas from disaster response to law enforcement and even agriculture management,” said Chad Donald, President and CEO of Avion Solutions. “Under this new contract, Avion will partner with agencies nationwide to enable better decision-making, improve operations, and save lives.”

Virginia’s Department of General Service (DGS) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) in all 50 states and territories in the United States are working together through Contract E194-79435 to provide agencies easier access to organizations like Avion Unmanned.

About Avion Unmanned
Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) service provider of Avion Solutions, Inc., provides UAS Operations, inspections, training, and program development for commercial, military and non-military government agencies. The UAS team seeks to improve the efficiency, safety, and effectiveness of organizations through quality UAS services. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com/unmanned.

About Avion Solutions
Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Veteran, Strategic Financial Leader Joins Avion Solutions

Huntsville, AL – Avion Solutions, Inc. announced David French has been named new Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2019. In this role, French will be responsible for all financial activities of the company. Kerry Doughty, who had been serving in this role, will transition into an advisory role with Avion Solutions through December 31, 2019.

“We are pleased to welcome David French to our team, where he will make an immediate positive impact on our financial leadership,” said Chad Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Avion Solutions. “David’s experience is ideal for continuing Avion Solutions success, and his leadership will be instrumental in growing and improving all the communities we serve.”

“I am very happy to join Avion Solutions, a company with an outstanding reputation that has rapidly grown over the past few years,” said French. “The management team has a clear vision for the future. I couldn’t be more excited at the opportunities that are ahead of us.”

Doughty served as Trustee of Avion's 401(k) and Plan Administrator of the ESOP Plans. He is a Past President of the New South chapter of the ESOP Association, a Board member of HASBAT, a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, and a Past President of the local chapter of the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals. Doughty also served as Vice President of the Mississippi State University Huntsville/Decatur alumni chapter.

“We thank Kerry for his years of service to Avion Solutions, helping our firm grow and evolve,” said Donald. “He represents the core values of our firm – service, loyalty, and integrity.”

French brings over 30 years of financial experience across engineering, manufacturing, and logistics services firms in government and commercial markets. Prior to joining Avion Solutions, he served as CFO for CFD Research Corporation, CFO for Agility Defense and Government Services, as well as Senior Vice President and CFO for Siemens Government Services. French earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Master of Accountancy from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

About Avion Solutions 

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Huntsville, AL (June 11, 2019) - Avion Solutions hosted its annual golf tournament at Colonial Golf Course on May 17, 2019. 88 employee owners, clients, and community members came together for an afternoon of fun and to raise money for the Semper Fi Community Task Force (SFCTF) of North Alabama.

“The SFCTC is blessed to have the support of Avion Solutions and the North Alabama community, helping make a difference in the lives of those who served and their families,” said Steve Mozian, Vice Chairman of the SFCTC.

“Avion Solutions is proud to support organizations that positively impact the lives of those in our community," said Michael Jones, Avion Solutions' Marketing Manager. Jones presented Mozian with a check for $1,500 on behalf of Avion Solutions and their golfers.


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About Avion Solutions

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics, and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Huntsville, AL (April 30, 2019) – Avion Solutions, Inc. won the Silver Award for Large Companies in the 2019 Best Places to Work® Competition. It is Avion Solutions’ fifth win since 2009. The company has been a finalist nearly every year since 2009, including a four-year stretch winning the award from 2009-2012.

“I am honored and blessed to lead a team of highly-engaged, hard-working employee-owners that provide unparalleled service to our clients and communities,” said Chad Donald, President of Avion Solutions. 

The Best Places to Work® Competition is a Huntsville/Madison County Chamber program supported by Quantum Workplace that surveys organizations’ employees about their companies to measure key areas that make up their organization’s culture, including compensation, benefits, and trust in senior leadership. The survey also measures employee engagement.

Facebook Avion BestPlacestoWork2019 2“Four out of five Avion Solutions’ employee owners see professional growth and career development opportunities within our company,” said Kim Taylor, Director of Human Resources and Contracts. “We are hiring professionals that value working for an ESOP (employee-stock ownership plan), take pride in their work, and understand the effect of high performance on their company.”

About Avion Solutions 

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Avion Solutions’ Unmanned Aircraft Team Saves Life of a Lost Boy

Huntsville, AL (March 18, 2019) – Avion Unmanned, the UAS Division of Avion Solutions, Inc. collaborated with authorities in Giles County, Tennessee to save the life of a missing child.

Michael Winchester, the Maintenance Chief for Avion Unmanned, and Taylor Abington, Senior UAS Program Manager, were called to aid the search for a missing child. Timing was key. The teenager was a 15-year old developmentally challenged diabetic child, with only a small amount of medicine and missing for hours. Once Michael and Taylor arrived on the scene, they quickly established communication with the local search and rescue crew, including Giles County Sherriff’s Office, Ardmore Police, and numerous other volunteers to include the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) aviation unit, and laid out their plan to support the authorities in the search for the teenager.

The Avion Unmanned team used a Z30 zoom camera and FLIR XT thermal camera mounted on a Matrice M210 to concentrate on the area near the teenager’s home and ultimately following the path of his morning school bus route. Michael and Taylor worked through the day and into the night. With the weather growing colder by the hour, they switched to the single mounted FLIR XT as it increased flight time, they also installed an anti-collision light to improve visual line of sight (VLOS) and to meet the requirements of Avion Unmanned’s FAA waiver to operate UAS at night. This also allowed the THP’s helicopter to maintain visual contact with Avion Unmanned’s UAs operating in the same vicinity at a deconflicted altitude.

Keeping an even head and using the mantra “follow the procedures,” Michael and Taylor were able to maintain coordination with authorities and fly efficient routes to survey the area. As operations continued into the night, volunteers broke off to reset, the THP helicopter departed in order to refuel, and law enforcement called a meeting to regroup and centralize information gathered during search operations. During this time, Avion Unmanned’s team continued to push through, relocating four times along the I-65 corridor between exit 1 (Ardmore) and exit 6 (Elkton).

It took 10 flights and approximately 3.4 flight hours, not to mention frequent collaboration with authorities, but amazingly at approximately 9:30pm, Michael and Taylor found the missing teenager about 4 miles from his home alive. Without their efforts, it’s impossible to know if or when the child would have been found and what condition he would have been in.

Avion Solutions is extremely proud to have team members like Michael Winchester and Taylor Abington, who were able to respond quickly and effectively to make a difference in our communities.

About Avion Solutions 

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion Solutions has provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. Avion Solutions is a 2019 Best Places to Work® award winner. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

Huntsville, AL – Avion Solutions, Inc. announces that Steve Cope, the Director of Marketing & Public Relations, has retired effective January 3, 2019. Jeff Blackmon will serve as Director of Business Development upon Cope’s retirement. 

“Steve Cope worked diligently for 13 years to raise the profile and awareness of Avion Solutions in Huntsville and beyond,” said Chad Donald, President of Avion Solutions. As Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Cope provided leadership and oversight of Avion Solutions’ marketing strategy for government and commercial markets. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he held senior leadership roles with aerospace companies across the Tennessee Valley and served as Mayor in Tullahoma. “I’ve been honored to work with the incredible staff of Avion Solutions and can’t wait to see what their future holds,” said Cope. 

Avion Solutions’ new Director of Business Development, Jeff Blackmon, brings 20 years of Air Force aviation experience as well as 14 years of program and team management experience within the Federal Government and private industry. Blackmon has worked with Avion Solutions since 2013. “Avion Solutions has been an exceptional partner to numerous organizations within the DoD and in the Huntsville area,” said Blackmon. “I’m looking forward to growing our relationships with those groups and others in the coming years.” 

Cope’s marketing duties will be shared between Blackmon and Michael Jones, Avion Solutions’ new Marketing Manager. Jones brings 17 years of specialized marketing and communications expertise to Avion Solutions. Prior to joining the firm, he delivered creative tailored marketing and communications solutions for organizations across the United States in a variety of industries, including professional services, architecture, software, government, and more. “I’m excited to work with some of the best engineers in the Tennessee Valley and share how our team positively impacts the community,” said Jones. 

“Jeff Blackmon and Michael Jones demonstrate the finest qualities we value in our team members –expert knowledge in their specialties, community engagement, and unparalleled customer focus,” said Donald. 

About Avion Solutions 

Avion Solutions, Inc. is an innovative engineering and logistics solutions provider for complex military-grade projects. Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama with a presence in multiple states across the U.S., Avion has been provided solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients since 1992. Our broad range of technical expertise includes engineering, logistics and technical services, data analysis, software development, small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and drone services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs. To learn more, visit www.avionsolutions.com.

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Avion is pleased to announce its award of the AMCOM EXPRESS task for Logistics Support to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office; an award valued at ~$80M over 5 years. Avion will provide systems, subsystems, systems integration, and program logistics support/sustainment activities to UAS PO managed products including: Gray Eagle, Medium Altitude Endurance/Extended Range/Multiple Purpose; Tactical Concepts UAS: Hunter, Warrior-A, and Warrior-Block-0; Tactical UAS: Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS), Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS); Common Systems Integration (CSI) OSRVT, universal products; and joint operational systems, external State and Federal agencies, US State Department and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) UAS programs, and emerging developmental or non-standard UAS.

Avion Solutions Inc. is an employee-owned small business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, specializing in innovative engineering and logistics solutions and technical support for military-grade projects. Avion has been providing these solutions to Department of Defense customers and commercial clients for over 26 years. Our broad range of technical expertise includes lifecycle engineering, lifecycle logistics, technical and integration services, data analysis, small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) services, and development of a full spectrum of training solutions ranging from on-site classroom training to interactive multimedia instruction (IMI) programs.

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On Tuesday, June 23, Avion announced their entry into the Energy Solutions field in a bright flash by hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our 50 kW Solar System. Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Rey Almodóvar presented Avion with a certificate of accomplishment, and both Madison Mayor Troy Trulock and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle spoke to applaud Avion’s efforts.

Avion’s Research and Development Director and member of Energy Huntsville, Randy Buckner, provided the insight into Avion’s reasonable measures for energy efficiency up to this point, encouraging fellow business owners and building managers to see how they can save money by looking into their own energy efficiency and setting benchmarks. Two years ago, Avion had an EnergyStar® score of 2 out of 100 on the EnergyStar® rating system, and we are now a 54 and continuing to improve.

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Avion energy efforts highlighted

Improving infrastructure the bottom line for Redstone’s future – read the full WHNT 19 article here: http://goo.gl/DjuP4o

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Avion’s latest contract in the news!

Huntsville small business gets big Army contract – read the full WAAY 31 article here: http://goo.gl/0ByG7u

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