September 21, 2018

AEVEX Aerospace Completes Acquisition of Special Operations Solutions

Tysons, Virginia

AEVEX Aerospace (“AEVEX” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Dallas-based private equity group Trive Capital (“Trive”), recently completed the acquisition of Special Operation Solutions, LLC (“SOS”). SOS is a provider of ISR platform modification engineering, custom system design, software development, flight test services and PED technical support for special operations in highly complex environments. SOS will become part of the Aircraft Services division of AEVEX Aerospace, a leader in full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions for special operation missions.

Founded in 2008, SOS has grown to support a variety of customers’ C4ISR and remote sensing missions worldwide. SOS specializes in end-to-end systems engineering, aircraft/sensor integration, and flight test solutions, providing highly-technical expertise and services across a wide array of technologies. SOS is headquartered in Tysons, VA with offices in Harrisonburg, VA; Quincy, MA; and Augusta, GA. SOS Founder & CEO Manan Patel stated, “We decided to partner with Trive and the AEVEX team as it will allow us to continue to find creative ways to drive value creation and better serve our customer community. Trive’s knowledge of the industry and partner-like approach, coupled with the AEVEX platform capabilities, serve as a compelling opportunity for growth.”

Trive has a history of developing successful, long-term, collaborative partnerships with businesses to drive value and meet customers’ unique needs. Trive works with businesses to develop and implement a shared strategic vision, leveraging their financial resources, expansive network, and time-tested best practices to realize growth and operational improvements. 
“SOS’ engineering, systems integration and software development capabilities provide access to additional markets and will allow AEVEX to provide turn-key ISR services for the complex, mission critical customers.” said David Stinnett, Partner of Trive Capital. “We look forward to leveraging SOS’s unique capabilities and talented employee base to continue to deliver best-in-class solutions to the global intelligence community.”
This strategic partnership strengthens SOS’s capability to provide full-lifecycle solutions to our customers, with a focus on the development, deployment, and sustainment of special-mission platforms and payloads. Brian Raduenz, AEVEX Aerospace CEO, commented, “We are very excited to welcome SOS to the team.  SOS has deep relationships in key ISR communities and brings a new, strategic capability to our business.  This additional service offering continues to support the AEVEX mission of delivering comprehensive, customized solutions to end-users with special mission requirements.”
To learn more about SOS, visit their website at
To learn more about AEVEX Aerospace, visit their website at

About Trive

Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm with more than $7 billion of regulatory assets under management. Trive focuses on investing equity and debt in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. We seek to maximize returns through a hands-on partnership that calls for identifying and implementing value creation ideas.

The Trive team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals who have been involved in over 250 middle-market transactions representing in excess of $7 billion in revenue across Trive’s targeted industry sectors and situations.

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