API Joins MacAulay-Brown C-130 Center Wing Replacement Program

Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:09pm EDT

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  MEMPHIS, TN, Apr 11 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
 Aerospace Products International, Inc. ("API"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
First Aviation Services Inc., today joined the C-130 Center Wing Box
Replacement Program led by MacAulay-Brown, Inc ("MacB").  API will source
over 30,000 fasteners and other hardware components and deliver kitted shipsets
to
the Center Wing Box production line.

    The MacAulay-Brown C-130 Center Wing Box Replacement Solution extends the
service life of C-130 B, E & H model (as well as the commercial L-100) center
wing structures for a minimum of 30,000 additional Equivalent Baseline Hours
("EBH")
without recurring fatigue inspections or flight restrictions.

    MacAulay-Brown team member TIMCO Aviation Services in Lake City, FL will
provide modification facilities and touch labor.  Kellstrom Industries
willsupply all new structural material for the center wing replacement.
MacAulay-Brown,
the prime contractor, serves as program manager and leads engineering functions.

    Together, MacAulay-Brown team members have previously accomplished Center
Wing
Box Replacement work on 123 C-130A aircraft, several of which are still
flying.

    "API prides itself on delivering value to our aviation customers.  We are
particularly proud to partner with MacAulay-Brown and provide the C-130 /
L-100 community with the only zero-time center wing solution," says Dr. Ahmed
Metwalli, API's President and Chief Operating Officer.  "API's planning,
procurement and logistics operations will ensure that all program hardware and
other support materials are delivered on-time so that the MacB team can
reliably meet the 120-day turn-time target."

    "MacB selected API based on their company's outstanding reputation as the
premier worldwide provider of aviation consumable materials," stated Ted
Norman, Operations Manager for MacAulay-Brown, Inc.  "MacB's extreme confidence
in API's ability to procure and deliver critical materials to our C-130
Center Wing program in order to meet production schedules finalized our
strategic
decision to name API as the exclusive supplier of consumable material and an
official 'MacB Team' member."

    The Center Wing Box Replacement is available to all C-130 FMS and L-100
operators worldwide.

    API offers worldwide customer service 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365
days per year (+1.888.API.24X7 or +1.901.365.3470 extension 2171) through
strategically located distribution centers and partnerships in the USA,
Canada, China, Philippines and Europe.

    About Aerospace Products International

    Aerospace Products International, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.,
isthe leading provider of innovative distribution and supply chain services for
the
aviation industry. API distributes aircraft parts and related products and
components to manufacturers, maintenance providers, and operators of some of
the most widely used commercial, corporate and general aviation aircraft. In
addition to its product supply services, API offers the aviation industry
extensive supply chain management and third-party logistics services and
solutions,
including forecasting and procurement services, inventory management, rotables
management, and product sales. API also offers overhaul and repair services
for brakes and starters/generators, and builds custom hose assemblies. Its
parent company, First Aviation Services Inc., is a worldwide leader in providing
servicesto the aviation industry. More information is available at
http://www.apiworldwide.com and http://www.firstaviation.com.

    

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