This website uses cookies
More information
FlightSafety Wichita Cessna Learning Center
FlightSafety Wichita Cessna Learning Center
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.
See more information from the Business Air News Handbook...
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Read our latest feature:   Show issue: MEBAA
Business jets to receive greater WAT-age from leading light Whelen
The future looks bright for Whelen Engineering Company, which has acquired LoPresti Aviation to form a new organisation, Whelen Aerospace Technologies. Together they will deliver enhanced lighting solutions.

Aviation lighting specialist Whelen Engineering Company has completed an acquisition and spin-off with LoPresti Aviation. Whelen's aviation division and LoPresti both have lighting expertise and will be combined into a single organisation named Whelen Aerospace Technologies, or WAT.

Founded in Sebastian, Florida in 1991 LoPresti Aviation is a specialist in aviation lighting and aircraft speed modifications. The company has a diverse portfolio of customers and holds more than 500 FAA STCs

Whelen Engineering has designed and manufactured warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers, and high-powered warning systems for the automotive, aviation and mass notification industries since 1952.

It hopes that the acquisition of LoPresti will give it a strong platform to continue developing lighting on a global scale by combining the strengths of both companies to design, engineer and manufacture a diversified and innovative product line for customers.

“WAT enables both companies to combine resources and deliver distinct technologies to the market,” says Whelen president and CEO George Whelen. “This transaction allows us to harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and market positions to better serve the industry globally.”

LoPresti CEO Tyler Wheeler adds: “Through WAT, we will strengthen our portfolio in aircraft lighting applications and composite structures. This acquisition will be highly beneficial to OEMs, as well as to the end user. Maintaining the highest level of customer service is the highest priority for us as we continue growing as one.” Tyler will join WAT as CEO.

Other News
Genstar joins GTCR as investor in JSSI
November 11, 2022
Two years after GTCR commenced its collaboration with JSSI, the aircraft maintenance specialist has welcomed Genstar investment alongside to support its ambitious growth plans.
VSE Aviation wins $350m in distribution agreements
October 21, 2022
The award of new contracts and an extension to an existing one will serve to advance VSE's domestic and international distribution relationships with both new and existing end users.
World Fuel tankering calculator optimises uptake
October 21, 2022
myWorld Tankering leverages network data to help operators minimise fuel costs over multi-leg trips. It provides a detailed savings report and direction on where to uplift so they can focus on lowering trip costs.