Airlift is an exceptional team of professionals that can provide global, world-class operational aviation solutions to the U.S. government, foreign government agencies, and commercial customers.
We have a contract with the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Aviation (INL/A) for Worldwide Aviation Support Services. The program is headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base, and provides flight operations, maintenance, logistics, and enterprise support operations in Peru, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Costa Rica, along with support in Melbourne, Florida. View open positions here.
Airlift is a global enterprise with the logistics, maintenance personnel, and operations necessary to support aviation missions worldwide.
Our customers have included the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM), U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC), U.S. Special Operations Command, United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and U.S. Department of State.
Awards and Accolades
NAAMTA Medical Transport Accreditation - Airlift recently received accreditation for their basic life support program. The NAAMTA accreditation validates that AAR Airlift adheres to the most stringent guidelines to ensure a quality management system focused on transport safety, patient care and continuous improvement. NAAMTA’s Director of Clinical Operations said, “AAR Airlift has demonstrated a level of attention to detail and thoroughness that exemplifies the goals accreditation brings to the medical transport industry—high operational safety and increased quality of patient care.”
HAI “Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance” 2014 - The first time HAI gave the award to both mechanics and pilots because it was such a team effort. An AAR Airlift helicopter team working in Afghanistan in support of U.S. troops was recognized for its extraordinary actions in an active combat zone in the summer of 2013. The crew, who performed an emergency engine replacement, at a Forward Operating Base (FOB), in record time during a resupply mission to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, received the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) prestigious Excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award.
NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service Award - AAR Airlift received the NDTA Corporate Distinguished Service by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) in 2014 & 2015 for its support of a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of the economy and national security of the United States.
FL Governor’s Award on Innovation - With world headquarters in Palm Bay, Florida, AAR Airlift won the prestigious Florida Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards in the “Newcomer” category for excellence in business.
Helping Customers Accomplish Their Missions: Search and Rescue in the Falkland Islands
Challenge: Commercialize the search & rescue operation in the Falkland Islands by transitioning from the UK Military of Defense.
AAR Solution: Airlift leveraged its experience in 3 areas: operating in rugged terrain such as Afghanistan; integrating civil operations into military organizations; and managing overseas staff. Teamed with subcontractors BIH and ARS and identified new rotorcraft platform (AW189) to take advantage of latest technology.
Results: On-time ramp-up of operations included acceptance of 2 customized new production AW189s, training of personnel and deployment of first SAR AW189 in service; Airlift conducted its first rescue operation within days of launch.