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Idaho Commerce, 8 Idaho Companies to Participate in AVALON 2019

BOISE, Idaho (February 19, 2019) — Idaho Commerce will participate in the Australian International Aerospace and Defense Exposition (AVALON), Feb. 26 – March 3 in Australia. Idaho Commerce and the Idaho Aerospace Alliance will exhibit with eight Idaho companies specializing in production, manufacturing and distribution of innovative aerospace and defense products and services.

The event, funded in part through the STEP grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration, attracts over 650 companies and 200,000 visitors including military, bureaucratic and scientific personnel from across the globe.

“Idaho’s aerospace companies have proven through their sustained growth that our state is uniquely positioned to play a leading role in research, development and manufacturing of aerospace products,” said Idaho Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “AVALON is an excellent opportunity for Idaho companies to build relationships with government, industry and defense contacts, and gain international exposure.”

Located along the Interstate-90 “aeronautical and aerospace” corridor leading to Boeing in Seattle, Idaho has three research universities, a national laboratory and one of only a handful of Boeing-recognized training programs. Idaho is coming to AVALON with the proximity, terrain and aviation expertise for businesses to succeed.

“As an Idaho-based company, establishing new strategic partnerships with global companies has helped shaped the future of xCraft,” said J.D. Claridge, xCraft owner and CEO. “I’m confident the export and foreign direct investment opportunities we have at AVALON are limitless and will only further our growth and xCraft’s mission to change the world with customized drone solutions.”

Idaho Companies at AVALON

While innovation may be touted throughout the trade show, Idaho’s companies bring their unique product offerings to another level because they’re backed by a workforce working tirelessly to ensure customer needs are exceeded. Trade show attendees won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet with the eight Idaho companies at the Idaho Pavilion, booth 3G10.

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Black Sage implements complete, state-of-the-art counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) to protect soldiers, VIPs, critical facilities and crowds against the threat of malicious UAS. Their system uses AI target classification, video tracking and multiple-target prioritization to automate the C-UAS detect-identify-defeat process and operate relentlessly.

xCraft Enterprises, Inc. develops customized unmanned aerial systems for enterprise and military markets, partnering with companies in energy, security, public safety and agriculture. The ability of their x2 Pro to take off and land vertically and travel at high speeds allows data collection over large areas to take place in record time.

Materials and Equipment

AERO Specialties provides complete aircraft ground support equipment solutions to FBO, MRO, military, airline and general aviation customers worldwide. In January, they introduced the JetGo 300 GPU, designed to provide continuous power for avionics and to start engines on all DC turbine and turboprop aircraft using a compact, user-friendly unit with low operating costs. The JetGo GPU was used in response to a requirement for powering the complex electrical systems on the F-35 Lighting II joint strike fighter.

AeroLEDs designs and manufactures high quality LED landing, taxi and navigation lights designed to replace legacy lighting products by consuming less power, producing substantially more light output and lasting significantly longer than conventional incandescent and HID lamps.

Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) is a leading innovator in night vision imaging system design, manufacturing, installation, certification, sales, training and service. Since ASU brought military night vision technology to the civil aviation market more than 20 years ago, they have received multiple accolades including the Pacific Northwest Region’s 2018 Small Business Exporter of the Year.

Frequence specializes in the creation of secure wireless devices for advanced communications in the toughest of military, industrial and emergency response situations. Their products utilize the best in terrestrial, satellite and advanced communication technologies, discreetly expanding situational awareness and secure information gathering.

Hamilton Manufacturing, Inc. (HMI) is a dust and erosion control, hydromulch and cellulose insulation manufacturing facility. As dust control specialists, they provide quality products for the continually changing needs of their customers and to protect and enrich the environment and ecosystem around the world. HMI’s products are bio-based, environmentally-friendly, easy to use and competitively priced.

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is one of the largest parts distributors in the world, stocking over 18,000 FAA-approved line items, rotable components and modification kits. Their parts inventory, worth $10 million, is ready to deliver in 24 hours or less. Western Aircraft is also the first in the United States to add the Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to its charter.

About Idaho

Idaho is home to more than 160 aerospace companies and the state’s aerospace industry is projected to grow 41% over the next 10 years. Idaho’s aerospace businesses span assembly, maintenance, parts/equipment manufacturing, defense articles and aircraft operations, and receive support from the Idaho Aerospace Alliance (IDAA). With proximity to Boeing production facilities and operations, Idaho is strategically positioned to play an increased role in the company’s extensive supply and value chains.

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