TAE Aerospace has a long and proud history in aviation. We commenced operation in the year 2000 when we were known as Tasman Aviation Enterprises, having won a major F-111 aircraft maintenance contract for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Since then, we have grown from 6 to 320 employees across a wide range of services and activities delivered from sites all over the world.
Successful execution of the first F-111 contract led to subsequent work on the F404/F414 engines of the Classic Hornet and Super Hornet. We have worked in partnership with GE Aviation on these engines since 2008.
Our fast but well-managed growth is the result of both organic expansion and targeted acquisition. In 2009, we expanded into the commercial aviation industry with the purchase of Masling Industries, a Honeywell Authorised Warranty and Repair Station (AWARS) and Tenix Aviation, a Honeywell Authorised Service Centre for TPE331 engines. In 2012, we acquired NAS Services, part of Cobham and Perkins Technologies, further expanding our engine components and APU capabilities. Along with our large aircraft wheels, tyres and brakes facility in Brisbane, we now offer Australia’s broadest range of engine and component services to the commercial aviation market.
In 2014, we moved further into the Defence space, crossing over into land platforms to service the AGT1500 engines of the Australian Army’s Abrams tanks. Then at the end of 2014, we were selected as Asia- Pacific’s MRO&U provider for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Today we also manufacture parts for the global F-35 program and the demand for our advanced manufacturing capability continues to grow rapidly.
In March 2015, TAE Aerospace became 100% Australian owned after a Management Buyout from Air New Zealand. We are now the largest Australian-owned aerospace company with the broadest range of aerospace products and services.
In June 2017, we changed our company name from TAE to TAE Aerospace to better reflect our core business and expanding range of aerospace products, services and technologies.
In 2018, we entered the Fire Protection and Rescue market for Defence and Commercial customers, acquiring the assets of Kidde Aerospace Australia from United Technologies Aerospace Systems, now Collins Aerospace.
Significantly, in 2019, our expansion continued into the United States. We established a repair centre for AGT1500 tank engine fuel controls in Texas and acquired two US companies. The first was the former Propulsion Controls Company in Kansas City, Missouri, the second was Copper State Turbine Engine Company in Phoenix, Arizona and the third was AgAir Turbines in Midvale, Idaho. These three acquisitions allow us to significantly expand our TPE331 engine, component and fuel control MRO services for Defence, Commercial and Agricultural operators, while increasing our global footprint to ensure we are accessible to our customers worldwide.