New Livery Prototype Painted for Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian’s new branding was unveiled May 1 in Honolulu amid much fanfare in conjunction with the state’s Lei Day celebration. The new livery, freshly painted on a Boeing 717-200, was proudly painted under secrecy at IAC’s high desert Victorville, California facility. N488HA was the first of Hawaiian’s fleet of 50+ aircraft that will emblazon the new branding.

IAC was pleased to be chosen for the painting services, engineering order, engineering drawings, and livery graphics production for this first prototype paint scheme. To execute the project, nearly all the company’s departments were involved and working diligently to meet Hawaiian’s tight deadline.

Hawaiian New Livery - Approved for Use

The new scheme took more than 2,500 hours to complete and utilized PPG 8800 series coatings with 10+ colors. In keeping with tradition, Pualani (Flower of the Sky), remains the central focus of the design, amid a new gradient backdrop of beautiful purples. The prominent transformation comes on the body of the aircraft – with a silver festive flower lei wrapping around the fuselage.

A special Mahalo to our hardworking crew and dedicated team in making this incredible vision a reality, all while maintaining the Aloha spirit!

To read more about Hawaiian’s new brand and livery, see Hawaiian’s press release here.

IAC Celebrates Official US Brand Launch at MRO Americas Show in Orlando

International Aerospace Coatings, or IAC, unveiled its new brand identity in April at the MRO Americas show, replacing the Leading Edge, Associated Painters, and Eirtech Aviation identities that had been the pillars of the aircraft painting industry since the late 1980s. The name change officially went into effect January 1, 2017, and the formal press release can be read here. As the largest platform to connect with airline customers, vendors and colleagues alike, the MRO show was chosen as the first US event to exhibit under the new IAC brand.

Celebration festivities included live entertainment from world-renowned Irish violinist Patricia Treacy, Guinness beer on tap served to our wonderful customers and industry attendees, and show banners throughout the convention center paying tribute to the new brand.


The brand identity had been in development since early 2015 as a part of a broader effort to combine the three legacy companies. The seabird in the logo was inspired by the Artic Tern, recognized for one of the longest migrations known in the animal kingdom. Its journey is one of endurance, skill, tenacity and an ability to fly great distances, which draws parallels with the IAC story.


“It was important to us to recognize each legacy company, which was accomplished through the vibrant colors in the Arctic Tern,” said Dave Patterson, IAC Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our IAC logo is modern, yet embraces the heritage of our company and pays homage to the industry.”

To our industry customers, vendors, colleagues – thank you for celebrating with us at the MRO Americas show and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Arkia Unveil Vibrant Livery Painted at IAC Fiumicino


In May 2017, Arkia debuted its new livery on 4XEMC, an Embraer 195 recently completed in our Rome facility.

This vibrant new livery is a significant departure from the previous two-coloured blue and orange scheme, featuring multiple colours and stripes on the aircraft fuselage and winglets.

Completed over an 8 day period, the scope on this narrow body aircraft involved sanding of fuselage and vertical stabilizer, application of basic white followed by 17 separate Akzo Nobel Eclipse Top Coat colours to achieve the designers vision.


The modern and dynamic new livery design features a distinguishing letter ‘a’ on the tail with a series of multi-coloured stripes applied on the winglets with ‘Arkia’ also featuring on the fuselage in Hebrew. In keeping with the vibrant and colourful theme the composition will vary between aircraft, representing the airlines perception of the future, fun and recreation.

IAC Operations Manager Rome, Declan O’Brien commented, ‘This was an exciting project for IAC to be a part of, and we are extremely proud of the final result. This is the fourth aircraft we have painted for Arkia and we are thrilled to have received such positive feedback from the members of the Arkia team that worked closely on the project with us.’

Douglas J. Aiken Director of Purchasing & Logistics ARKIA ISRAELI AIRLINES “commented I just wanted to tell let you all how much your work was appreciated and the end result impressed the hell out of everyone here at Arkia”


Graduate Opportunities at IAC

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In 2014, IAC rolled out an 18 month Production Management Graduate Programme as part of the overall company strategy to continue to develop our workforce to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and expertise required to meet business, personal development and customer requirements.

This 18-month Graduate programme is structured to provide each individual with an opportunity to develop their capabilities by supporting the IAC Production Management Team and taking responsibility for individual assigned projects.

Over the course of the programme, Graduates gain valuable Production Management skills including Project Management, Leadership/People Management, Facility Management, Manpower Planning and Budget control.

With role specific training, and hands-on responsibility at an early stage Graduates develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed under the support of the Production Management team. Through travel opportunities, Graduates also gain the best possible exposure to a number of areas of the business; gaining insight into how IAC works, and the standards we set for our valuable customers.

As an example two graduates that recently completed this programme; Cathal O’Rourke, who initially began working with IAC as Environmental Health and Safety Officer, before expressing an interest in the Graduate Programme and Dean Madden, who has a strong Engineering background and project management experience. Throughout the duration of their programmes both Cathal and Dean demonstrated how focused, capable, solution driven and professional they are in dealing at all levels in the organisation.

At the end of this 18 month programme, successful candidates have the opportunity of permanent employment as Production Manager, opportunity for further progression and for relocation to IAC locations globally.

Since graduating from the programme Cathal and Dean have been appointed as permanent Production Managers within the IAC group and are currently based in Singapore. Following their graduation from this course IAC have recently recruited several more graduates for the programme, Conor Healy, at our Shannon facility, Guido Pinos at our Rome facility and Mikulas Hurta at our facility in the Czech Republic.

IAC are continuing to attract and recruit highly qualified new talent and our Graduate program is assisting in achieving an important part in increasing the Company’s flexibility in a demand-driven, challenging and dynamic environment. IAC continues to be fully committed to developing our people and ensuring customer satisfaction in the provision of our expanding global services.

IAC currently have a number of graduate positions available within the group – for more information please contact:

IAC Singapore Complete Air Asia Tribute Livery

Photo © Dzul Jaafar – Jet Photos

In March 2017, IAC proudly completed a special tribute livery for AirAsia, dedicated to Group Chief Operating Officer, Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin.

Named ‘A Truly Passionate Allstar’. This AirAsia X A330-300 was completed in the Allstar special colour scheme, with images of the late Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin the main highlight of the special livery.

Completed at our Singapore facility at Changi Airport over a ten-day period, the work scope entailed chemical stripping of the fuselage, sanding of the vertical stabilizer, engines, wings and horizontal stabilizers and application of printed graphics. The ground time was kept to a minimum by utilizing the Akzo Nobel Base Coat / Clear coat system.

IAC Key Account Director Asia, Robert Waddell remarked, ‘IAC are honoured to have collaborated on such a special livery with AirAsia X. It was particularly important that the IAC team worked closely with AirAsia in order to achieve their vision in remembering Anaz, and we believe that together we have fulfilled those expectations.

The spirit of Anaz will be kept alive as this livery honouring him fly’s around the world.

Employee Spotlight: Robert Waddell


Robert Waddell: Key Account Director – Asia Pacific.

IAC is pleased to announce that Robert Waddell, former GM at AkzoNobel Aerospace Asia Pacific, has joined our team as Key Account Director in the Asia Pacific region.

As Key Account Director for Asia, Robert will be marketing and selling the IAC services throughout the Asia Pacific region to support our facility in Singapore as well as future expansion and growth plans.

With more than 28 years’ experience in professional aircraft coating sales, Robert has been instrumental in securing major supply contracts within the Asia Pacific region with OEMs such as KAI (Korean Aerospace Industries), Spirit Aero Systems, KAL (Korean Airlines) and Airlines such as AirAsia, Asiana, ANA (All Nippon Airlines), Garuda Indonesia and China Southern to name but a few.

For queries about IAC paint services in the Asia Pacific region, please contact Robert Waddell at:


IAC are pleased to announce that we will be attending Airline Economics ‘The Dublin Aviation Summit’ on the 16th and 17th of May. This is a new and exciting event to take place in Dublin, bringing together leading MRO’s, Financial Sectors & Asset Managers from across the industry under the one roof.


We hope to meet many of our existing customers and developing new relationships with potential customers at this event.


If you are attending, please drop by booth #C101 to speak with a member of our team. If you would like to schedule a meeting please contact:


To learn more about this event please visit:  

MRO Middle East 2017

Date : February 8-9, 2017

Location: Booth 232, Dubai World Trade Centre
Dubai, UAE

We are pleased to announce that the International Aerospace Coatings team will be attending MRO Middle East 2017.

If you would like to set up a meeting with one of our sales team members please contact us at +353 61 471 800, alternatively drop by booth 232.

We look forward to meeting you there.

US Forest Service C-130


Our Fort Worth, Texas crew had the distinct pleasure and honor of painting another C-130 for the US Forest Service in mid-September. We are proud of our team of managers, painters and everyone involved in the completion of this amazing aircraft. Below please read the history of the C-130.

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The Dark History – In 1976 Senator Frank Church submitted CIA General Counsel Lawrence Houston to intense grilling over the Agency’s questionable and illegal operation of proprietary air transport services. At that time, Houston admitted that the CIA had routinely used the United States Postal Service and the U.S. Forrest Service as covers for covert activities. Houston admitted that The Forest Service had been infiltrated by CIA and that CIA shared an address with the Forrest Service’s Air Research and Development unit on Kent Street in Alexandria, VA.

Houston also admitted that the primary company, responsible for all of CIA covert air operations, was a holding company named Pacific Corp. There is an Oregon based corporation known as Pacificorp which has a multitude of sub entities with varying versions of the name including Pacific Power & Light, Pacificorp and Pacific Harbor Capital. In 1993 a Seattle paper ran a story connecting Pacificorp to CIA’s Pacific Corp. Under oath, before the Senate in 1976, Houston admitted that Pacific Corp, owned and controlled such CIA notables as Air America, Southern Air Transport and Intermountain Air. In 1976 the CIA was ordered to sell Air America and divest itself of all its holdings.

Since 1973 the CIA had been anticipating this and had moved quickly to give all of its clandestinely owned aircraft to its alleged proprietary, Evergreen International based out of Marana Air Park near Tucson Arizona and McMinville Oregon, near Portland. Coincidentally, Medford Oregon is the home base of aircraft broker Roy Reagan. Reagan was convicted in 1997, along with another man on criminal charges stemming from a scheme to fraudulently take $80 million worth of airplanes from the U.S. government and place them in private hands. Reagan was also the broker for Evergreen according to a lawsuit filed by former CIA pilot Gary Eitel.

In the late 1970s and early 80s former military and CIA pilot Eitel, also an attorney, became aware that the CIA was planning to move a number of Australian C-130s under CIA control into the private sector and transfer them to Bogota Colombia. “They were to be used for drug smuggling,” said Eitel. The attorney for the transfer was a man named John Ford who in later years represented Pacificorp, Pacific Harbor Capitol and who is currently said to be senior in-house attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco (no connection). Several of the Australian C-130’s turned up in the drug trade and were moved through facilities in Arizona and Mena, Arkansas, among others, on their way into the cocaine trade.

Eitel has testified in Federal Court and confirmed to From The Wilderness that CIA was flying drugs into Mena Arkansas as far back as 1971-5. Eitel began his relations with CIA in 1968 as a helicopter pilot who was willing to fly risky combat missions in Vietnam. He has since broken with the Agency and has proven that by giving sworn testimony both in court and in Congress exposing illegal CIA operations.

Eitel, who has testified as an expert witness in several civil and criminal cases, is now representing the U.S. Government as a private citizen in a civil action charging the Forest Service and CIA with defrauding the American people of close to $80 million dollars in the illegal transfer of 35 C-130 aircraft to a number of private firms. These firms serve as contractors to the Forest Service. The aircraft transfer program, begun in 1987, was intended to give private contractors serviceable aircraft in exchange for worn out ones to help the Forest Service fight fires as converted air tankers. Instead they have turned up all over the world on covert operations. A few have been caught full of drugs as recently as 1996.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules first entered the inventory of the U.S. Air Force in 1955. To this day it remains one of the most versatile cargo aircraft ever built. The Air Force includes various versions of the C-130 in its operational plans through the year 2015. It can fly at cruise speeds of up to 350 mph, is capable of taking off from short, unimproved runways and can haul loads of up to 50,000 pounds. It is capable of dropping those loads from a rear ramp while literally “on the fly”. While new C-130s cost the government around $20-25 million, used aircraft are generally valued by the GAO at up to 3.5 million each. A GAO report lists the value of one propeller at $100,000 and one engine at $250,000. It is the perfect drug smuggling aircraft for long hauls.

Under United States law the C-130 is a military munitions aircraft which is tightly controlled. It is forbidden to export one to a foreign country without the prior approval of the State Department, the Department of Defense, the FAA and the CIA. The CIA is the only governmental agency with enough clout to secure permissions from all of the preceding entities.

Editor of Airways Magazine Interviews General Manager, Angelo Lacorte in Rome.


In September IAC welcomed Enrique Perrella, Editor of Airways Magazine, a U.S based publication to our Rome facility to meet with General Manager, Angelo Lacorte, to learn about the business operations and day to day tasks when it comes to painting an aircraft. The first story of this kind for Airways Magazine.

As an aviation enthusiast with Italian roots, Enrique often visits Rome, stopping outside the IAC hangar in Fiumicino to see if any newly painted aircraft have been rolled out. This time Enrique had the opportunity to learn the step by step processes of reaching the final product he usually saw coming out of a hangar by interviewing our Rome facility General Manager, Angelo Lacorte.

Angelo walked Enrique through every step of painting an aircraft, showing him how the business operates from scratch all the way from the initial conversations to delivering painted aircraft to clients, demonstrating the planning, preparation and design that goes into painting an aircraft and the scale of our company.
Speaking of his visit Enrique said: “It’s the most interesting visit I’ve done as Editor of Airways. The one I’ve enjoyed the most. And one that I’d love to repeat.”

Keep an eye out for this story due to feature in the February 2017 edition of Airways Magazine.