ABSI Team Expands to Support Space Test Fundamentals Course Development

September 1, 2021: ABSI continues to build its exceptional workforce with two new hires primarily aimed at supporting the Space Test Fundamentals Course curriculum development and presentation.  Bringing Air Force, NASA and college instructional experience to the team, Mark Pestana joined ABSI in August as a Flight Test & Evaluation Instructor. Pestana’s background in test, evaluation and space will bring immediate benefits to the Space Test Fundamentals Course that ABSI is delivering to the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.   Throughout his 30+ year career, Pestana has amassed more than 5,000 flight hours. Most recently, his work as a research pilot helped validate concepts for safe and efficient operations of unmanned aircraft systems. Pestana earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from Loyola Marymount…

ABSI Ranks No. 889 on the Inc. 5000 List for Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

Inc. magazine revealed that ABSI is No. 889 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. ABSI’s CEO, Chris Sacco, stated “We’re honored to be selected by Inc. magazine to join this impressive list in 2021! While I’m thrilled with our revenue growth of 547%, I’m even more proud of our incredible employees who strive to deliver uncompromising support throughout the year.” Not only…

ABSI Named #39 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 DC Regionals

With a Two-Year Revenue Growth of 237% Percent, ABSI Aerospace & Defense Ranks No. 39 on Inc. Magazine’s List of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the D.C. Metro Region Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 Regionals: D.C. Metro list employed more than 120,000 people. On March 16, Inc. magazine revealed that ABSI Aerospace & Defense is #39 on its second annual Inc. 5000 Regionals: D.C. Metro list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing Washington, D.C., area-based private companies. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at…

ABSI Joins the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

We are pleased to announce that ABSI Aerospace & Defense has been accepted as a corporate member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots! This membership will benefit ABSI in several ways — partially by giving us additional credibility in a field where we already have significant accolades, but also by opening the door to a variety of membership opportunities from partnerships to recruitment. What is SETP? SETP was formed more than 50 years ago to pull together the lessons learned in flight test to reduce the rate of accidents and fatalities caused…

ABSI and AVIAN Formalize Mentor-Protégé Relationship

Kevin Switick and Chris Sacco have a lot in common, and when they met, those commonalities forged the core of what would become a long-standing friendship. Now, that relationship continues to evolve as their two companies formalized a Mentor-Protégé relationship through the Small Business Administration (SBA) this summer.  “We met at a bar,” Kevin said, laughing during a Zoom meeting between the two men. Chris took a minute longer to reflect, and then reminded Kevin that it was in 2011 and that the reason they were both there was because a member of Kevin’s…