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UAG completes acquisition of ACS Group, names new president

July 11, 2022  By Helicopters Staff

Brightwater United Aero Group completed the acquisition of Advanced Composite Structures Group, an independent service provider and world leader in helicopter rotor blade repair. The deal was first announced in March 2022.

United Aero Group (UAG) has also appointed John Gow as President and General Manager of Advanced Composite Structures (ACS) Group.

ACS Group consists of Advanced Composite Structures with locations in Manitoba and Florida, as well as Rotor-Tech International in California and Brisbane (Australia). These operations have more than 150 years of combined aviation experience and expertise in the repair of helicopter rotor blades.

The ACS Group’s rotor blade repair solutions include repair designs with DOT Canada, FAA and EASA certifications, TCCA/FAA/EASA approved/accepted expanded repairs and in-house developed Helicopter Electronic Rotor Balance, described by the company as the most advanced static balancing tool in the industry.


“It’s now our job at UAG to expand upon the legacy created by the ACS Group. We are thrilled to add their capabilities and customer relationships to the existing UAG network of products and services.” said Jamie Gelder, President and CEO, UAG. Gelder continued to epxlain “[Gow] brings with him an exceptional wealth of knowledge and experience from his 35-year career in the aviation industry that includes time spent in the U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky and most recently as President of Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) and Executive VP of Flexjet Vertical Lift.”

UAG states it will continue to invest in the growth of the ACS Group’s repair capabilities using expanded repair design processes, specialized equipment, and a skilled team of technicians and engineers.

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UAG is an OEM authorized independent service provider focused on helicopter support for commercial and military customers around the world.



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