Aircraft Systems and Manufacturing, Inc.

ASM Announces its New Status as an FAA ODA Designee

Aircraft Systems and Manufacturing, Inc. (ASM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of JANA, Inc., announced today that it has achieved FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) after completing the extensive application and preparatory effort coordinated through the FAA’s Delegation Systems Certification Office. This appointment allows ASM’s ODA unit to conduct an array of aircraft design certification functions and approvals typically provided by the FAA.

This designation enables ASM to directly provide certification approvals for avionics and aircraft system integration solutions for Part 25 aircraft, functions which are typically conducted by the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service. This provides aerospace companies with a much shorter path to certification as it bypasses the lengthy wait times often associated with submitting documents to the FAA for review and approval.

“This is a big step forward for us as an organization,” says ASM President Edward A. (Ean) Niland. “It not only shows the faith that the FAA has in our people and our processes, but it allows us to streamline the STC certification process for the airlines, MRO’s and equipment OEM’s that we work with, which is as important in this current business climate as it ever has been.”

Pete Chilsen, ASM’s Vice President of Sales, believes that the company’s new designation will provide much needed relief to certification project timelines for companies throughout the aviation industry. “Our designation as an ODA allows us to offer our customers a much higher level of service than we ever could have before. It gives aircraft owners, operators and integrators a new path toward expedited certification, which has been a serious issue for many of them in the past few years. The sheer volume of new and supplemental aircraft type design certification programs continues to increase, and we are proud to be able to offer our services to supplement the diligent efforts of the FAA.”

About ASM

ASM is an AS9100-certified provider of innovative integration engineering design, FAA STC certification and installation kit fabrication services in support of avionics and aircraft systems upgrades for commercial passenger, cargo and military operators worldwide. In service to the aviation industry since 1987, our turnkey solutions are backed by decades of system integration and manufacturing experience and a commitment to the satisfaction and success of our customers.

About JANA

Founded in 1973, JANA is a third generation family-owned business with its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. JANA is a leading engineering and technical documentation services company with over 47 years of experience in providing best-in-class service and software solutions to many of the nation’s largest and most successful aerospace and high-tech companies. For additional information please visit our website at"

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ASM Joins the JANA Family of Companies

JANA, Inc., announced today that it has added Aircraft Systems & Manufacturing, Inc. (ASM) to its group of companies to complement and expand upon its certification and integration engineering capabilities.

Founded in 1987, ASM is a leader in providing innovative, trustworthy engineering designs, assemblies and wiring harnesses in support of commercial and business aircraft. With a portfolio of over 100 FAA‐approved STCs and proven certification solutions, ASM’s engineering designs and manufactured hardware can be found on over 50 aircraft platforms flown world‐wide.

ASM will operate as a wholly‐owned JANA subsidiary, continuing to perform all engineering, certification and manufacturing operations at its Georgetown, TX, facility. JANA and ASM look forward to continuing to provide the quality services that ASM’s customers have come to rely on over the last 29 years.

Ean Niland, Vice President of JANA, commented: "The engineers at ASM have established a tremendous reputation in the avionics integration industry over their three decades in business. They command a lot of respect in this community, and bring with them a wealth of engineering and certification knowledge and experience. Adding a group of people with that kind of industry presence nicely complements JANA’s existing engineering resources and positions both JANA and ASM for continued growth.”

Dan Googins, President of ASM, agrees: “JANA and ASM have known and admired each other for years. This segment of the aviation industry is small and tight knit, and companies like these, each with a lengthy history of quality and innovation, really stand out. This is a bold move which improves the strengths of two proven leadership companies. We are delighted to join the JANA team.”

Terry Prentice, Director of Certification Programs for ASM, also sees the benefit in joining the two companies: “The addition of ASM to JANA provides new opportunities and additional capabilities that both companies have been actively pursuing for years. With this union that desired outcome has now become a reality. We look forward to providing the aviation community with the excellence that our combined resources bring.”

About JANA

Founded in 1973 by Joseph A. Niland, JANA is a third generation family‐owned business with its headquarters in San Antonio, TX. JANA is a leading engineering and technical documentation services company with over 40 years of experience in providing best‐in‐class service and software solutions to many of the nation’s leading aerospace and high‐tech companies, as well as the United States Government. More information is available at

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