Parachute company drops in on Dubai

Airlift Technologies International (ATI), a leader in aerial cargo delivery systems for parachute air drops, is set to attend next month’s air show. At Dubai 2003, ATI will be looking for joint venture opportunities.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  November 17, 2003

Airlift Technologies International (ATI), a world leader in aerial cargo delivery systems technology for parachute air drops, is set to attend next month’s air show. At Dubai 2003, the company will be looking out for joint venture opportunities in the Middle East.

ATI’s technology enables just about anything to be dropped from an aircraft into almost anywhere. The Florida-based company is a key contractor for NASA, and has successfully moved more than US$ 11 billion worth of components for the International Space Station during the past five years. ATI flies the very large objects in Super Guppy heavy lift aircraft to the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for launch into space.

The company is exhibiting in the US pavilion at the air show, as it looks to boost its presence in the Middle East. “We have participated in every Dubai air show since its inception and we’re looking forward to being there again this year,” says ATI’s president, Bryon Woram. “We will be exploring the possibility of forming a joint venture with a company in the region to improve sales for our ground handling and platform component business.

“We have been doing business in the region for the past 20 years and continue to see an interest from our customers in taking advantage of changing technology,” Woram adds.

ATI also specialises in customer aircrew and rigger training to make sure cargo dropped by air lands safely and in the right place. A team of expert instructors helps customers fully utilise the operational capabilities of acquired systems using their C-130 Hercules or similar transport aircraft.

“The aerial cargo delivery business is much more than merely the purchase of hardware. Proper training assures reliable performance and extends equipment life — a major factor contributing to significant cost savings over the long term,” notes Woram.

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