In 2000, with only six people, we began our work as an Australian Defence contractor. We now have 11 sites in Asia-Pacific and North America, more than 350 staff and a growing, global network that services diverse customers around the world.
2000 – 2009
Our company began operating as Tasman Aviation Enterprises (Queensland) Pty Ltd after winning a major F-111 aircraft maintenance contract with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Our Williamtown based MRO team commenced servicing the F404 engine for the RAAF.
Our airline wheels and brakes workshop was established in Brisbane, Australia. We service regional and large commercial airlines with wheels up to A380 size.
Following a successful tender process, we were awarded the contract to support the TF30 engine fitted to the F-111 aircraft. The fixed-price performance-based logistics contract was the first of its kind in Australia.
After we successfully executed the first F-111 contract, we began partnering with GE Aviation in our work on the F404 and F414 engines of the Classic Hornet and Super Hornet.
We expanded our operations to include commercial aviation. Among several acquisitions, we acquired Masling Industries, a Honeywell Authorised Warranty and Repair Station (AWARS) and Tenix Aviation, a Honeywell Authorised Service Centre for TPE331 engines.
2010 – 2019
We acquired NAS Services, part of Cobham, which expanded our electrical components and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) capabilities.
Perkins Technologies became part of our company, introducing an engine Health and Usage Monitoring capability known as the DAAM (Data Acquisition Alarm Monitor). In July, we opened our new Turboprop Engine Maintenance Facility at Adelaide Airport.
Expanding our work with Defence, we crossed over into land platforms to service the AGT1500 engines of the Australian Army’s Abrams main battle tanks.
In March 2015, we became 100% Australian owned after a management buyout from Air New Zealand. In this year, we were also selected as Asia-Pacific’s Maintenance Repair Organisation and Upgrade (MRO&U) provider for the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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 acquiring the assets of Kidde Aerospace Australia from United Technologies Aerospace Systems (now Collins Aerospace), we entered the Fire Protection and Rescue market for defence and commercial customers.
Our expansion continued into the United States. We established a repair centre for AGT1500 tank engine fuel controls in Texas and acquired three US companies: Ag Air Turbines in Midvale, Idaho; Propulsion Controls Company in Kansas City, Missouri; and Copperstate Turbine Engine Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our expanded TPE331 engine, component and fuel control MRO services have significantly increased our service range and accessibility for defence and commercial operators across the globe.
2020 and beyond
We moved into our new aerospace turbine engine maintenance facility in Ipswich, Australia, we also celebrate 20 years in operation in Asia Pacific. Our team in Scottsdale, Arizona, has serviced the aviation industry in the Americas for 18 years.
With the new Ipswich facility operational, our F135 engine MRO&U activity got fully underway with qualification for Fans and Power Modules for the F-35 Global Support System. The facility is now supplying F135 modules to global customers.
Once again, we took the step to expand our services in the United States with the acquisition of Southwest Airmotive in Eloy, AZ. SWA is an independent MRO supplier for the PT6A engine giving the business coverage in the US and APAC for this widely used engine.
A big step was completed in August 2022, with the sale of the TAE Aerospace company to CPE Capital to join the ASDAM Group. With TAE Aerospace joining ASDAM, the depth and breadth of sustainment capability was significantly increased, adding Defence and Commercial aviation sustainment across the world.
A key milestone in 2023 was the extension of the contract we hold with the Australian Army to sustain the AGT1500 engine of the M1 Abrams. This extension included activity to upgrade the AGT1500 engines to the TiGER configuration, adding reliability modifications to the engines to prepare for the arrival of the M1A2 fleet.