Since the early days of aviation, Champion brand products have brought power to flight by incorporating breakthrough technology and innovative product developments. Throughout the years, the famous Champion brand bow tie has represented a worldwide symbol for superiority in product ingenuity and service integrity.
Champion has evolved methods for the development of new products over a long history of operations and has proven to consistently produce high quality products that meet or exceed our customer’s expectations. Over the past century, Champion Aerospace has earned a global reputation for high quality and performance-proven aviation solutions. Keystone products like Champion brand turbine engine exciters, leads, and igniters, and of course Champion brand piston engine spark plugs, filters, and Slick Magnetos and harnesses have been the drivers of Champion's success. Breakthrough technology, such as the patented long life igniter designs, patented Solid State technology, and long-life, high-performance spark plugs have enabled Champion Aerospace to become the benchmark for aviation innovation, reliability, and trust.
Champion Aerospace's research and development facility in Liberty, South Carolina, provides the utmost in modern technology, engineering, testing, and manufacturing operations. Champion Aerospace is truly a Made in the U.S.A. Company, and is proud of it. Our Liberty plant employs only the best in aviation. Through their dedicated efforts, numerous patents have been secured for products and systems that make aviation safer and more efficient. Advanced computerized systems enable our operations staff to exercise meticulous control over each phase throughout the entire manufacturing process, including the in-house production of ceramic insulators and the assembly of leads, igniters, exciters, spark plugs, magnetos, and power supplies.
Champion Aerospace’s engineering and design teams are constantly improving our products with innovations and technological advancements, helping to prolong component life and reduce maintenance time and cost, all while adding the assurance of safety. This vertical integration means Champion Aerospace maintains absolute control and is never dependent upon products manufactured to quality standards less demanding than its own. ISO 9001 and AS9101-quality is engineered in every product at every stage of development. All prototypes are developed in-house. Computer manufacturing and fabrication processes are designed to meet exacting tolerances, and those specifications are met on every single product.
Whelen Aerospace Technologies represents a rich history in technological innovations and is now positioned as the global leader in the aerospace lighting market. For over 65 years, we’ve had exceptional milestones that demonstrate our dedication to constant innovation, and we’ve never been more excited for the future.
Whelen Engineering: Founded 1952 - George W Whelen III invents the first rotating aircraft “anti-collision” beacon in his garage in Deep River, Connecticut.
LoPresti Aviation: Founded 1991 - Roy LoPresti, an aeronautical engineer and ex-Air Force pilot, founds LoPresti Aviation in Sebastian, Florida.
A Merger of Equals -
Whelen Aerospace Technologies (WAT): Founded 2019 - Whelen Engineering’s Aviation Division and LoPresti Aviation officially merge to become Whelen Aerospace Technologies.
About Whelen Aerospace Technologies
Whelen Aerospace Technologies is the global leader in high-end lighting products for the aerospace industry.
Our experienced staff designs, engineers, and manufactures high-quality products that provide safety, visibility, and recognition for aircraft across all platforms.
Our design engineers work closely with OEM and service provider networks to design high-performance products that enhance the pilot experience, as well as provide safety of flight.
As an FAA-approved production holder, Whelen Aerospace Technologies owns hundreds of STCs for aircraft landing, taxi, anti-collision and position lights. Our in-house composite shop produces a wide variety of STC and PMA approved speed modifications for a number of general aviation aircraft.
Our expansive product line is sure to provide a solution for pilots and owners alike, based on their individual needs.