Meadows of Dan, Va. - AERIAL Machine and Tool Corporation rings in the New Year with a big announcement: the company has been named the exclusive stocking distributor for GENTEX aircrew helmets for U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilots and crews. AERIAL will also offer OEM parts, accessories and upgrades including special visors, facial shields, NVG brackets and more. A dedicated ALSE department will provide certified helmet repair and refurbishment services including total rebuilds and repainting.
AERIAL is a contract manufacturer specializing in safety and tactical products for aviation. The company has been a long-time supplier to all branches of the US military, search and rescue organizations, law enforcement and Homeland Security. AERIAL manufactures hundreds of highly specialized safety and tactical products including survival vests, flotation collars, parachute components, rescue hooks and crew restraint systems.
In making the GENTEX announcement, AERIAL President and CEO, John Marcaccio said, “Adding GENTEX aircrew helmets to our line is a natural. We are now able to outfit the Army and Coast Guard crews from head to toe. Because GENTEX helmets are the gold standard for military pilots and crews, they complement our product line and support our mission of supplying only the best to those who protect and defend.”
GENTEX Vice President of Aircrew Systems, Robert McCay stated, “We don’t often find other companies that share our total dedication to quality and customer satisfaction—but we found one in AERIAL. They are well-connected, and well-respected, in both Army and Coast Guard circles—and we are counting on them to deliver value-added responsiveness and personalized service for these critical markets.”
AERIAL will offer the full line of GENTEX helmets for rotary wing aircrews, including the HGU-56/P, SPH-4B and SPH-5. In addition, AERIAL will stock and distribute the specialized accessories that make GENTEX helmets the most versatile systems on the market. GENTEX options and accessories include communications platforms, specialized visors, maxillofacial shields, oxygen masks and dozens of others.
Gentex Corporation, a privately-held, family-owned company with a product development and manufacturing history that spans more than 100 years, is a global provider and partner of choice for personal protection and situation awareness products, systems and platforms. Today, the company encompasses aircrew life support systems, advanced optics, ground soldier protective equipment, high-performance textiles and communications equipment; and has five U.S. locations—Carbondale, PA; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Manchester, NH; Millwood, NY; and Boston, MA.
Founded in 1926 in Long Island, New York, AERIAL Machine and Tool began as a machine shop making parts for the fledgling military aircraft industry. The company grew and thrived as military aviation rose in importance. When World War II arrived, it sent the economy—and AERIAL into overdrive. The company became a prime contractor for the US Department of Defense (They still are today). In 1978, the company moved to its current location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia where it has continued to upgrade and expand its facilities and capabilities.
In addition to technical sewing and CNC machining of metal parts, AERIAL boasts radio frequency welding capabilities and the ability to fabricate mil-spec inflatable devices. In 2006, AERIAL was acquired by Aqua Lung America, the world leader in diving equipment and emergency breathing systems for helicopter crews. AERIAL manufactures and distributes products worldwide for military, law enforcement, government, industrial and commercial customers.