Field Aviation

Canadian Operations

Field Aviation designs, modifies and certifies aircraft for specialized roles across the globe. Our expertise is the missionization of commercial platforms for search and rescue, intelligence, surveillance and interdiction roles for both government and civilian customers.

We also develop system specific STCs for many different aircraft. Our capabilities include build-to-print parts manufacturing for aircraft OEMs and our own modifications. We are also a factory authorized repair, overhaul and sales center for many avionics equipment manufacturers.

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Field Aerospace

U.S. Operations

Field Aerospace has more than 25 years of experience developing and delivering systems engineering and systems integration solutions to the U.S. government and aerospace and defense industry.

Through Field Aviation, we also provide engineering expertise spanning aircraft operations and avionics, test planning and execution, test instrumentation design and configuration, electrical and system design, as well as structural design and modification.

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Dallas, TX and Cincinnati, OH, | Jul. 27, 2020

Field operates out of three facilities located in the US and Canada, specializing in aircraft integration, engineering, modification, and support services for government, aerospace, and defense customers. The Company has a 70+ year operating history in aircraft modification and parts manufacturing with a focus on special-mission aircraft including the DHC-8, Challenger, and Gulfstream platforms.  As part of the transaction, Trive provided a structured capital solution to buy out minority shareholder and former Chairman, Dan Magarian, and to support future growth initiatives of the business.   


“The directors and shareholders of Field are delighted to welcome Trive” said Field president and CEO John Mactaggart. “When we purchased Field Aviation in 2012 and ASES in 2015, we planned further acquisitions to enhance the organic growth of Field. Trive not only adds welcome expertise to the leadership of the Company but will bring a fresh perspective to Company growth and open further acquisition opportunities. The remaining original shareholders see this as a logical step in the growth of Field.”


Dan Magarian noted, “Field is a differentiated business with highly specialized engineering services that has experienced significant growth over that past decade.  I am proud of the Company’s accomplishments during this time and am eager to watch its continued success and expansion with Trive’s involvement.  The shareholder group chose to partner with Trive based on the team’s experience in the sector, flexible capital solution, and ability to transact in challenging economic conditions.”    


“Trive has deep experience investing into aerospace and defense businesses and was fortunate to have developed a relationship with the Field ownership team over several years.  Field has built an impressive set of capabilities that position it to capitalize on increased spending for modified, special mission aircraft used in ISR data collection,” stated David Stinnett, Partner at Trive Capital.  “Moreover, our ability to facilitate an innovative structured capital solution and quickly close this complex transaction in the middle of challenging macro-economic conditions, demonstrates Trive’s ability to creatively deploy capital in the current market.”


The transaction also represents Trive’s most recent investment for its Structured Capital Strategy. Trive is actively seeking additional Structured Capital investment opportunities where the firm can tailor bespoke debt and equity structures for strategically viable, middle market companies through a collaborative and operational approach. Trive’s Structured Capital Strategy targets opportunities across a variety of situations including growth capital, management buyouts, minority recaps, special situations, and acquisition financing.





Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH with operations in Toronto, Calgary, and Oklahoma City, Field Aerospace provides heavy aircraft modifications and upgrades, program management, aircraft maintenance, special-mission aircraft services, certification and installation services, and parts manufacturing for U.S. and international government, aerospace, and defense customers.




Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm managing approximately $2 billion in committed capital. 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 100 middle-market transactions representing in excess of $6 billion in revenue across Trive’s targeted industry sectors and situations.




Chad Clayton