Economic Development Grant Allowing for “Essential Support” at Carteret County Airport

BEAUFORT– Massachusetts-based Avwatch will open an “operating base and commercial aircraft maintenance facility” in Carteret County, the Carteret-Beaufort County Airport Authority announced this week.

The facility, at Michael J. Smith Field, will provide “essential support,” the statement said. The first phase began in November 2021, the company noted, and the second phase began in February 2022 and included the opening of the commercial aircraft maintenance facility.

There will be a third phase of development, according to the release, which was shared with WRAL TechWire earlier today.

This phase will involve further expansion. According to the company, its vision is “to establish a permanent facility in North Carolina to serve the region’s aviation and maintenance needs.”

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Supported by an Economic Development Grant

The project follows the award of an economic development grant to the Carteret-Beaufort County Airport Authority.

“The awarding of this grant to the Carteret Airport Authority is the result of the hard work of many local and state officials and the TSC/Avwatch team. We are delighted to be able to provide flight and aircraft maintenance services based in Beaufort and we are grateful for the support of local businesses and city leaders who have made this possible,” said Chris Kluckhuhn, Managing Director, Airborne Solutions and ISR, TSC, who was also the former CEO of Avwatch.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Technology Service Corporation (TSC), was founded in 2008. TSC acquired the company in August 2021, later integrating the operation into TSC in October.

A TSC statement in August described the company as one that “maintains a fleet of aircraft for operational missions and support training as well as flight testing and demonstration support.”

The statement continued, “Avwatch manufactures innovative products to augment their aircraft services.”

These products include a Mobile Tracking System (MTS) and the AEROet Assembly, which the company’s website describes as a product “designed to simplify integration across a variety of platforms.”