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.
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.
Read more about the event from these news articles:
Improving infrastructure the bottom line for Redstone’s future – read the full WHNT 19 article here: http://goo.gl/DjuP4o
Huntsville small business gets big Army contract – read the full WAAY 31 article here: http://goo.gl/0ByG7u
Avion Solutions, Inc. is proud to sponsor Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy's Switch Blade Competition this March. Their Switch Blade Competition is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education effort to engage the next generation in the challenge of making Alabama powered by 100% clean energy. If you are interested in having a team or for more information regarding this event, please visit: Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy's Website.
Huntsville, AL May 21, 2015 – One of Huntsville’s fastest growing engineering and material solutions specialists for U.S. military operations, Avion Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command Expedited Professional and Engineering Support Services (AMCOM EXPRESS) Re-Greening contract for Logistics. Providing for Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) Fixed Price, Time and Materials (T&M), the contract awarded to Avion In May is a group of multiple award Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) established within the "evergreen" aspects of the General Services Administration (GSA) schedules program. Avion’s EXPRESS Logistics Team incorporates dynamic logistics teaming arrangements and subcontracting for professional and highly technical advisory and assistance services to Team Redstone.
Expectations include conceptual design services; equipment, logistics, and technical support; continuous acquisition and life cycle support; maintenance planning and support; device training; and a mixture of computer, manpower, supply, and facilities support.
According to the company’s vice president and COO Evan Wagner, “This contract is a major milestone for Avion, building upon our many years of support to Army Aviation. This successful award is due to the exceptional service Avion personnel currently provide to our U.S. Army customers,” he says. “As a small business prime, Avion, along with our industry partners, is positioned to provide logistics support to organizations across the Team Redstone Enterprise.”
“This is a great strategic win culminating many years of successful support to Army Aviation,” says Steve Cope, Director of Business Development. “Our employees pride themselves in extraordinary support to our customers, especially the soldier, and we look forward to many future opportunities.”
About Avion Solution’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Huntsville, AL, Avion Solutions has been providing a broad range of quality specialized engineering, software development, logistics, and technical services to the U.S. Army Aviation community for over 23 years.
Avion Solutions, Inc. is an Employee-Owned Small Business that supports the U.S. military and provides rewarding careers for innovative technical professionals including engineers, ex-military aviation experts, logisticians, analysts, and computer systems professionals; and provides technical expertise to support Army rotorcraft weapons systems, Fixed Wing, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and associated subsystems.
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Community Involvement is an important aspect to Avion’s mission, and we discuss why in our blog post from October. In March, Avion Solutions sponsored and participated in The American Heart Association’s local annual Heart Walk. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases, the nation's No.1 and No.4 killers, claim more than 813,804 American lives a year.
The American Heart Association’s local annual Heart Walk took place on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at Bridge Street Town Centre. Avion Solutions was able to raise $4,155! for the event. Following tradition, we had two teams: Operations and Corporate. The Operations Team was triumphant again this year, but just barely, defeating the Corporate Team by a mere $65 dollar margin. During the fundraising phase, the teams held a Valentine’s Day raffle that included dinner, a movie, and a night at the Westin. It was a huge success and the teams raised over $600 dollars from the raffle! Employees and family gathered the morning of the walk and took part in a three mile walk around Bridge Street Towne Centre. After the walk, employees enjoyed refreshments and activities provided by the event sponsor. These teams will continue to go head to head each year to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association and we are proud to support this cause again in the future.
Thanks to all our walkers, donors and volunteers who have accepted the challenge to help fight heart disease and stroke. We cannot achieve our mission without each one of you!
Partnership Results In More Efficient Operation For Law Enforcement
Avion Solutions and End2End integrate programs to provide critical security solution in jails, prisons.
Avion Solutions, Inc. and End2End partnered to integrate their individual law enforcement software solutions - INTACT and ARMS, respectively - to track an offense from the moment 911 operators receive a call all the way through dispatch, arrest, and booking, complete to release. This smooth transition reduces opportunity for human error during information input by eliminating the need for repeatedly inputting the same information into different systems as the offender transitions through phases and departments of law enforcement.
Utilizing the latest model solutions, ARMS customers can use tablets, laptops, and even smart phones to gather data and manage their information.
“Public Safety is no longer a single-vendor solution as it once was. Each vendor brings a core competency that the end users benefit from,” stated Michael Bryant, President of End2End. “Partnering with Avion will allow us together to build enterprise solutions for our customers, utilizing the collaborative strength of both systems.”
“Positive identification is a critical component of tracking jail inmates. By integrating Hitachi’s VeinID technology, log-in to sensitive computer systems is expedited, positive identification of inmates is made to prevent moving or releasing the wrong inmate, and the control mechanism to positively screen visitors, vendors, and inmates is enhanced. Partnering with End2End, we complete the enterprise solution and ensure total accountability of the process from start to finish,” said Steve Cope, Avion’s Corporate Director of Business Development.
Avion’s INTACT (Inmate Tracking and Control Technology) was developed to meet a need in Jail Management to guarantee positive identification of inmates and visitors, as well as others with access to jails by utilizing Hitachi’s finger vein reader, which is 99.9% accurate at positively identifying on both a 1:1 or 1:many database. This prevents inadvertent early release of prisoners due to inmate identify theft and is more reliable than most fingerprint readers, which are prone to failure in demographics where people may have intentionally damaged their fingertips in an effort to avoid identification. Because INTACT utilizes a vein reader, identification is much more difficult to evade, as one’s veins are protected internally and nearly impossible to damage. In addition to positive identification, INTACT also boasts an “At-A-Glance” dashboard to provide a clear view of any upcoming, current, or overdue tasks, as well as a review of activity within the facility.
About Avion Solutions
Avion Solutions, Inc. - Formed in January 1992. Avion is an Employee-Owned Small Business providing high quality Specialized Engineering, Logistics, Software Development & Technical Services with corporate headquarters located in Huntsville, AL. We provide innovative solutions for technical and operational problems through the application of systems engineering, research, analysis, computer and software engineering technology. Avion is privately held and has an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) owning 49%, promoting long-term corporate ownership continuity and commitment to the Company. Avion began its company history with Army Aviation by performing as the lead technical entity for Critical Safety Item/New Source Testing (CSI/NST). The Corporate history of engineering, logistics, and software development of systems used for aviation asset tracking led Avion to develop its jail management software.
About End2End Software
End2End Public Safety Solutions offers ARMS, which is a complete records management solution designed for public safety departments. Boasting a fast and user friendly interface, ARMS seamlessly integrates Dispatch, Records Management, Mobile Report Writing, Parking, and more into one central application. ARMS continues to stay on the cutting edge of Information Management.
Avion teams with Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center for statewide collegiate wind turbine competition in Huntsville. Read the article here.