Aero Sekur, (Hall 1, F297) for 20 years a specialist in survival gear, has developed a family of floatation systems to be used by AgustaWestland’s (Hall 2a D308) 139, 169 and 189 rotorcraft.

The company recently completed full qualification of the floatation system for the AW169. Because of the device’s modular design, it confirms qualification across all three platforms.

The modular design “reduces the development and qualification timeline, associated costs and part count,” says Roberto Simonetti, Aero Sekur’s head of strategic marketing.

Aero Sekur is experiencing 20% growth year over year and is expanding. It is particularly well-positioned in the space sector, as launch companies and governments pursue re-entry initiatives.

Aero Sekur is working on a re-entry parachute system for the ExoMars Rover and a floatation and recovery system for the European Space Agency’s intermediate experimental space vehicle.

With that growth in mind, the company, which was created by the merger of Irvin Aerospace and the Sekur division of Pirelli, is expanding its footprint by building a facility in Pensacola, Florida. It will support the U.S. aftermarket, offer training and maintenance capabilities and serve military customers.

Aero Sekur also has a new manufacturing site in Campania, Italy, which focuses on the design and building of inflatable shelters. It began operation in late 2014. The facility is working with Genoa-based Aero Sekur subsidiary Sekur Sistemi on a mobile environmental control unit. The new Campania site will become a “center of excellence” for the company’s modular inflatable maintenance shelters for aircraft and helicopters.

“The successful growth of Aero Sekur stems from a drive to innovate, a blue-sky approach to innovation championed by our president, Silvio Rossignoli, and an engineering heart of the organization,” says Aero Sekur group Chairman Mark Butler.