Avionics News November 2015 - 54
At the 2013 AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies
the question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and
ideas that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member
companies recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.
Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
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Forward thinking shows successful return
evin P. Nelms formed Fieldtech Avionics
in the Philippines. Fieldtech has partnered with PT.
and Instruments in 1975. Three years
Multijaya Sparindo, a contract company for aircraft
later, business was doing well enough
upgrades, and Indonesia Defense Services in Jakarta
for Nelms to incorporate the company in the state of
to work toward opening the first and only FAA repair
Texas. Fast forward 40 years, and you will find more
station in Indonesia.
than 75 employees working at its Fort Worth location.
Fieldtech has a wide range of domestic and
Located at Meacham International Airport, Fieldtech
international clients and lists nearly all the well-known
is dedicated to providing
names in avionics as its
all of its valued customers
customers. It keeps busy
the highest quality, best
repairing and overhauling
package into a Jeep since the company has a
value, and reliable services
an average of nearly 10,000
lot of customers at the Manila repair station.
for avionics and related
units per year. Its capabilities
The Jeep worked well as a demonstrator,
aviation equipment. The
list is impressive, to say the
and the company decided to duplicate the
company strives to establish
least, with more than 15,000
effort in Fort Worth using a John Deere Gator
successful partnerships with
different part numbers listed.
purchased specifically for the project.
its clients, while respecting
The company boasts
the clients' interests and
multiple contracts with the
goals. The company measures its success through
military and entities overseas. Interestingly, 70 percent
its customers' belief in Fieldtech's ability to meet or
of its employees are veterans, which gives Fieldtech a
exceed expectations of price, service and expertise.
unique perspective on the demands placed on military
Although Fieldtech is headquartered in Texas, it
operators. In addition, it has worked with some rather
operates three offices in the Southeast Pacific. In
notable aircraft, including Fifi, the B-29 used to drop
Singapore, Fieldtech operates a sales office. In Manila,
the first atomic bomb.
Fieldtech Asia is the only FAA avionics repair station
One item working for Fieldtech is an easily navigable