AEM has announced the acquisition of Eagle Audio Systems, a division of Eagle Copters Ltd. (Eagle). The acquisition of the Calgary-based aircraft audio designer includes their flagship P139-HD Digital Audio System and custom avionics consoles for the AS350 / H125 aircraft, as well as dimmer power supplies, audio mixers and power converters. The terms of the transaction also include the transfer of the company’s FAA, EASA, ANAC and TCCA STCs on multiple airframes including the AS350, 355 Bell 204, 205, 206 212, 214, 412, EC135 and BK117 platforms.
Since acquiring the audio system from Geneva Aviation in 2013, Eagle Audio has developed their Generation II Digital Audio System to be one of the most capable systems in its class, supporting up to 18 headsets, 30 transceivers and 48 control panels. AEM is excited to take the reigns: “the Eagle Audio assets fit well within AEM’s skillsets and capabilities, and we are looking forward to supporting the existing customer base while introducing the product line to our varied and diverse global customers” said Tony Weller, Director of Sales and Marketing at AEM. “This is a powerful, flexible digital audio system and our customers will benefit from AEM’s investment in further development and certification of the product suite.” He added: “we are looking forward to continuing the legacy of an industry-leading special mission digital audio system and complementary accessories, used by multiple high-profile operators in a variety of mission profiles.”
With a rich history in audio system design and as an approved supplier for many of the industry’s leading aircraft manufacturers, airborne audio was a logical vertical for AEM’s ambitious growth targets. “We’ve listened to our customers and are providing a solution to meet their audio requirements” said Brian Wall, CEO of AEM. ”The Aerospace sector is well-versed with the Eagle Audio products and can expect the same high quality and support previously provided by Eagle” he continued. “Given the lifespan of these fixed-wing and rotary platforms, it is critical that the audio and radio systems continue to be supported for years ahead. This is where AEM continues to meet and exceed our customers’ needs: through a culture of continuous improvement and leading by design.”
“Developing the Generation II Audio System has enabled us to provide a product that is second-to-none for our customer base, a relationship that we put first and foremost with anything we do” said Mike O’Reilly, CEO of Eagle Copters Ltd. “With our focus on helicopter leasing, sales, and MRO, it was time for our Audio division to move to a fully dedicated organization.” O’Reilly believes their audio products are in good hands with this acquisition: “We have worked with AEM for many years and, in fact, they have been a supplier for many components used in our Eagle Audio business”, he concluded: “for that reason, this transition will be a natural fit and seamless to our existing customers. We wish AEM all the best and standby them to create as seamless a transition as possible.”