Business & GA, Commercial

Butler National to Buy Kings Avionics

By Tish Drake | November 3, 2010

Butler National, based in Olathe, Kan., announced plans Thursday to acquire Kings Avionics, of Salt Lake City. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Kings Avionics services aircraft ranging from single-engine piston airplanes to business jets. Butler National said the acquisition expands its existing business to include a complete avionics capability offering comprehensive trouble-shooting, systems integration, avionics repairs, avionics installations, and instrument repair and overhaul. Annual sales for Kings Avionics were reported at $2.1 million with a backlog of approximately $1 million.

"The acquisition of Kings Avionics provides Butler with a greater presence in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market to better support our special mission and classic aviation customers. Butler has been growing this strategically important business segment," said Clark D. Stewart, Butler president and CEO. "Butler and our subsidiary Avcon have worked with Kings Avionics for a number of years to complete avionics installations, repairs and troubleshooting. Many of our customers require avionics upgrades when completing special mission and performance modifications. The Kings acquisition expands Butler/Avcon capabilities to provide these services to our customers as a dealer for most related manufacturers and the ability to offer on-site repair and overhaul of radios, radars, autopilots and instruments."

Butler National's Aerospace segment focuses on the manufacturing of support systems for "Classic" commercial and military aircraft including the Butler National TSD for the Boeing 737 and 747 Classic, switching equipment for Boeing McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, weapon control systems for Boeing Helicopter and performance enhancement structural modifications for Learjet, Cessna, Dassault and Beechcraft business aircraft.

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