KippsDeSanto & Co. Advises Avenge, Inc. on its Sale to MAG Aerospace

KippsDeSanto & Co. is pleased to announce the sale of Avenge, Inc. to MAG Aerospace, supported by Clairvest Group, Inc.

Headquartered in Sterling, VA, Avenge provides flight operations and training services to U.S. government and commercial customers, including the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command (“SOCOM”).  Through its team of highly-trained and experienced pilots, flight operations managers, and aviation professionals, Avenge conducts global missions in support of high-priority Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (“ISR”) and Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Targeting, and Acquisition (“RSTA”) operations.  The Company’s core focus on delivering ISR and RSTA mission support is complemented by its expertise in pilot and maintenance training, as well as engineering, technical support, and logistics.

Since its founding in 1999, Avenge has leveraged its industry-wide relationships with key mission-focused leaders to provide quality support to DoD customers across the globe.  Serving both CONUS and OCONUS operations, Avenge has supported ISR missions in South America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean.

We believe this transaction demonstrates several key trends in the aerospace and defense M&A environment:

  • Healthy appetite for companies delivering mission-critical capabilities
  • Buyers place value on targets with a robust pipeline of new opportunities and numerous identified avenues for growth across a diverse customer base
  • Highly-trained team of experienced professionals maintaining intimate program knowledge viewed as desirable and attractive for customers with evolving mission requirements


Press Release


MAG Aerospace Acquires Avenge, Incorporated

Woodbridge, Virginia – November 1, 2017 – MAG Aerospace (MAG) has acquired Avenge, Incorporated (Avenge). This acquisition adds over 100 aviation specialists, system operators, and flight operations management professionals to MAG, enhancing MAG’s already robust Manned ISR Operations and Training capabilities.

Avenge, founded in 1999, is a Sterling, Virginia-based, veteran-owned aerospace company specializing in Manned ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) Operations and Training. Avenge has amassed over 400,000 hours of fixed-wing ISR operations experience and also offers pilot and sensor operator flight training for US military personnel and foreign partners.

“We have admired Avenge for years as a recognized industry leader in providing Manned ISR services,” said Joe Fluet, MAG CEO. “Avenge’s proprietary training program for special mission pilots will allow MAG to provide even better service to our customers who are doing critical work around the world. We are proud to add Avenge’s team of experienced professionals to the MAG family as we continue to set the standard for ISR operations, manned and unmanned.”

About MAG Aerospace

MAG Aerospace, headquartered in Woodbridge, Virginia, is a leader in providing and enabling real-time situational awareness to help its customers to make the world smaller and safer. Private equity backed by the Clairvest Group, MAG Aerospace delivers full-spectrum ISR Services (operations, training, and technical services) and other specialty aviation to federal, international, civilian, and commercial customers around the world. In 2016, MAG’s team of 900+ professionals operated 140+ manned and unmanned special mission aircraft during more than 68,000 flight hours on 5 continents in support of our customers’ missions. For more information, visit