The two companies are partnered to increase fleet readiness solutions for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) customers. With support from L3Harris, SGA recently achieved what’s known as “8210 compliance,” or simply – accreditation to perform flight and ground operations for DoD aircraft.
The recent C-130 induction also marks the arrival of the first DoD aircraft to SGA for support. The aircraft is part of L3Harris’s C-130 Contractor Depot Maintenance program.
The Dec. 13 induction ceremony featured speakers Dr. JP Peloquin, Chief, C-130 Hercules Division, U.S. Air Force; Sara Tatsch, VP/General Manager, Modernization and Modifications Group (MMG), L3Harris; Tom Kane, CEO, SGA; and John Calabrese, Board Chairman, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Today is much more than just a ceremonial observance. It’s an acknowledgement, an appreciation of an enduring partnership that will improve fleet readiness,” said Sara Tatsch, L3Harris. “The L3Harris/SGA partnership is a force multiplier, providing multiple spacious maintenance facilities and experienced technicians in Texas and New York ready to help our customers achieve their goals.”
“I know there’s a need to get things done – I’d rather see them in the fight. But to know that there is an industrial base here that is willing to turn these aircraft quickly to get them back to the operators and the warfighters, that’s where my heart is,” said Dr. JP Peloquin, Chief, C-130 Hercules Division, U.S. Air Force. “It’s important that we have an industrial base that can meet these requirements. I speak with a lot of wing commanders around the U.S. Air Force that just want their iron back... to do their missions. This is a big step today in getting that done – I’m thankful to everybody who made this possible."
Upon completing maintenance and paint services, the first aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Air Force customer January 23.