Aviation Operations

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has significant history and branding as both an aviation support and systems engineering company. Our programs that support aviation operations cross into many distinct market sectors but are at the same time often synergistic in delivering superior aviation service and product solutions to our customers. These programs include support to US and Partner Nation (PN) military/security organizations in the form of systems engineering and technical assistance, aviation training and operations, and aviation logistics. Additionally, we provide comparable commercial aviation support to the General Aviation community in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations. Aviation Operations is that one core capability that integrates many of the other standalone functional strengths of S3, including SETA support, aviation training and operations, and aviation logistics support. Based on S3’s initial experience with the Army National Guard Bureau’s  High Altitude Aviation Training Site Support,  the maturing technology as well as tremendous capabilities promised by High Altitude Platforms, S3 is expanding its expertise to all aspects of the High Altitude Domain.

Systems Engineering & Technical Assistance

S3’s SETA Services provide technical and programmatic support to the US Military Services and other select US Government agencies for aviation related systems and acquisition services. For example, S3 SETA services support the US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) for Aviation and the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) with highly diversified products and services that include: life cycle management, systems engineering, acquisition support, modeling and simulation, experimentation, programmatic planning and execution, systems cyber protection, knowledge management, and logistics.

Commercial Air Operations

Subsidiary Kachemak Bay Flying Service (KBFS) is responsible for delivering nearly all of ’s contractor-owned, contractor-operated government services and commercial air operations. Certified by the FAA for Part 133 (External Load), Part 135 (Chartered Transport), Part 137 (Agricultural Spray), Part 141 (Flight Training), and Part 145 (Aviation Installation and Repair) operations. KBFS maintains its own rotary and fixed wing aircraft in support of US and PN militaries and commercial customers. Support capabilities are listed below:

  • Agriculture, Land, and Wildlife Management
  • Air Adversary Training
  • Aircrew Coordination Training
  • Air Support to Law Enforcement
  • Aviation Surveys and Photography
  • Avionics Installation/Repair
  • Disaster Response Operations
  • Environmental Flight Training
  • Fixed Wing Flight Training
  • General Aviation FW/RW Repair Services
  • Instrument Training
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Training
  • Night Vision Goggle Training
  • On-Demand Air Charter
  • Power-line and Pipeline Patrol
  • Rotary Wing Flight Training
  • Wild Land Fire Fighting

Aviation Training and Operations Support

Training and Operations Support is an area where has excelled for more than two decades. Beginning with support to the US Army, we have extended our solutions to each of the US Military Services, several Partner Nations, and other governmental agencies. Our products and services in this unique high-risk area include the following:

  • Advanced Aviation Tactical Training
  • Aircraft Qualification and Refresher Training
  • Aircrew Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Training/Operations Support
  • Aircrew Coordination Training
  • Aircrew Simulator Training
  • Airfield Management
  • Air Traffic Systems (ATS) Training/Operations
  • Aviation Adversary Training
  • Aviation Exercise Support
  • Aviation Gunnery Training
  • Aviation Non-Rated Aircrew Member Training
  • Aviation Line and Special Staff Augmentation
  • Electronic Warfare Training
  • Environmental Flight Training
  • Flight Operations Management
  • New Equipment Fielding and Training

Aviation Logistics

provides unique products and services for aviation maintenance, supply, and transportation requirements.

  • Aircraft and Mission Equipment RESET
  • Aircraft (Fixed and Rotary Wing) Repair Services
  • Aircraft Survivability Equipment Installation/Testing
  • Aviation Deployment and Reception Support
  • Aviation Field and Sustainment Level Maintenance
  • Aviation Ferry Flight Operations
  • Aviation Maintenance Test Flight Operations
  • Aviation Movement Planning
  • Aviation Simulator Contract Logistics Support (CLS)
  • Aviation Supply Chain Management
  • SAMS-E and ULLS-A STAMIS (Standard Army Information Management) Support
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