In­ter­view: Joseph Pars­ley, Yulista LLC

Yulista is a recog­nised in­dus­try leader in the mod­erni­sa­tion and ser­vice life ex­ten­sion of ro­tary and fixed wing air­craft. YAI has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with both mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial air­craft. Jayant Baran­wal, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief, SP’s M.A.I., in con­ver­sat


Jayant Baran­wal (JB): History of Cal­ista Cor­po­ra­tion and its range of ac­tiv­i­ties. Joseph Pars­ley (Joseph):

Cal­ista is an Alaska Na­tive Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion, es­tab­lished in 1971 as a means of cre­at­ing eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for ap­prox­i­mately 12,900 Alaska Na­tive share­hold­ers in south-west Alaska.

Cal­ista Cor­po­ra­tion owns more than 35 sub­sidiaries, pro­vid­ing a va­ri­ety of ser­vices in­clud­ing ru­ral camp ser­vices; heavy equip­ment sales, rental and ser­vice; both ru­ral and ur­ban con­struc­tion in­clud­ing heavy civil and arc­tic con­struc­tion; en­vi­ron­men­tal re­me­di­a­tion, range recla­ma­tion and nat­u­ral re­source de­vel­op­ment; ocean and shal­low-draft river marine trans­porta­tion; real es­tate in­vest­ments; telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, cy­ber se­cu­rity and cloud tech­nol­ogy; full-ser­vice pub­lic re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing; web­site de­vel­op­ment; mil­i­tary de­fence con­tract­ing; and much more. When you do busi­ness with Cal­ista, you have ac­cess to a net­work of com­pa­nies that are ded­i­cated to de­liv­er­ing the high­est qual­ity ser­vices at the great­est value.

JB: Role the Gov­ern­ment of Alaska in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Cor­po­ra­tion – do they con­tinue to play the role in man­age­ment? Joseph:

In 1971, the land­mark Alaska Na­tive Claims Set­tle­ment Act (ANCSA) was signed, ad­dress­ing the is­sue of Alaska Na­tive land rights. ANCSA cre­ated 12 re­gional cor­po­ra­tions and over 230 vil­lage cor­po­ra­tions, which were es­tab­lished to re­ceive money and man­age lands on be­half of their share­hold­ers. ANCSA re­quired that in or­der for Alaska Na­tives to re­ceive ben­e­fits from the set­tle­ment, they needed to en­roll by sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Bureau of In­dian Af­fairs (BIA). The BIA then as­signed which re­gional cor­po­ra­tion an ap­pli­cant would be en­rolled in.

JB: Does the US Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment have any in­flu­ence on or in­volve­ment in the af­fairs of Cal­ista?

Joseph: The Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s (SBA) Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment Con­tract­ing & Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment works with fed­eral agen­cies to award at least 23 per cent of all prime gov­ern­ment con­tract dol­lars to small busi­nesses and help fed­eral agen­cies meet spe­cific statu­tory goals for small dis­ad­van­taged busi­nesses, womenowned small busi­nesses (WOSB), ser­vice-dis­abled vet­eran-owned small busi­nesses (SDVOSB), and small busi­nesses that are lo­cated in his­tor­i­cally un­der­utilised busi­ness zones (HUBZ).

In ad­di­tion, SBA’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram as­sists el­i­gi­ble so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged in­di­vid­u­als in de­vel­op­ing and grow­ing their busi­nesses through one-on-one coun­sel­ing, train­ing work­shops, match­mak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with fed­eral buy­ers, and other man­age­ment and tech­ni­cal guidance.

JB: Na­ture and the ex­tent of ser­vices Yulista Hold­ing Fam­ily of Com­pa­nies (YHL) pro­vides in the aero­space and also the reg­u­lar cus­tomers’ base. Joseph:

Yulista Hold­ing LLC pro­vides pro­fes­sional man­age­ment and busi­ness sup­port ser­vices to the YHL fam­ily of com­pa­nies: Chi­ulista Ser­vices Inc; Yulista Avi­a­tion Inc; Yulista Man­age­ment Ser­vices Inc.; Y-Tech Ser­vices Inc; Tu­nista Ser­vices LLC; Yulista In­te­grated So­lu­tions LLC; and Yulista Tac­ti­cal Ser­vices LLC. Our re­sources and ex­per­tise in man­age­ment over­sight, tech­ni­cal ser­vices, fi­nance, hu­man re­sources, and ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port pro­vide sta­bil­ity to our in­no­va­tive teams.

Our com­pa­nies pro­vide a wide range of ser­vices to both gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial clients. Our core ser­vices and sup­port ar­eas are avi­a­tion, ground, lo­gis­tics, train­ing, and base oper­a­tions sup­port. Within th­ese core sup­port ar­eas, we per­form aero­space engi­neer­ing and test ser­vices, man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion, sys­tem in­te­gra­tion, train­ing ser­vices, lo­gis­tics ser­vices, and base and camp ser­vices.

JB: The ma­jor achieve­ments of the Yulista fam­ily of com­pa­nies. Joseph:

Our con­tract teams on the Pro­to­type In­te­gra­tion Fa­cil­ity con­tract have been awarded nu­mer­ous Army Top 10 In­ven­tions Awards for our sup­port on high-pro­file pro­grammes such as A2C2S in­te­gra­tion onto the Siko­rsky Black­hawk plat­form.

JB: Would you like to elab­o­rate on your role in Afghanistan and Iraq? Joseph:

Yulista pro­vides con­tract field teams and avi­a­tion plat­form up­grades. Our re­cent work for Iraq in­cluded mil­i­taris­ing a com­mer­cial Bell 407 and in­stalling mul­ti­ple com­po­nent and ar­ma­ment up­grades. Our team de­liv­ered three air­craft and pro­vided kits for over 10 air­craft.

JB: Key ob­jec­tives of Yulista to­wards the do­mes­tic (US) and the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket. Joseph:

Yulista has built a strong pres­ence in the small busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties in the United States. As with the do­mes­tic mar­kets, we pro­vide the same ser­vices to our in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers. Yulista per­forms the same large com­pany ser­vices for the price of small busi­nesses while main­tain­ing high qual­ity so­lu­tions and de­liv­er­ables.

JB: Yulista Avi­a­tion has pres­ence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Ger­many and Korea. Ac­tiv­i­ties in th­ese coun­tries? Joseph:

Yulista pro­vides con­tract field teams and rep­re­sen­ta­tives to pro­vide train­ing and mod­i­fi­ca­tion as­sis­tance on mul­ti­ple avi­a­tion and ground ve­hi­cle plat­forms.

JB: Which cargo he­li­copter Yulista Avi­a­tion has built a sim­u­la­tor for? Joseph:

CH-47F. Yulista pro­vided PM Cargo the engi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and avi­a­tion in­te­gra­tion fa­cil­i­ties for five Build-toPrint CH-47 Trans­portable Flight Pro­fi­ciency Sim­u­la­tor (TFPS) Sys­tems. This hard­ware/sys­tem de­liv­er­able of a Depart­ment of De­fense (DOD) Ac­qui­si­tion Cat­e­gory (ACAT) 1D ma­jor weapon sys­tem train­ing sup­port de­vice is re­quired to train army avi­a­tion/mil­i­tary pi­lots prior to de­ploy­ment to wartime oper­a­tions.

Th­ese sim­u­la­tors re­quire a bill of ma­te­rial of over 2,000 line items, man­u­fac­tur­ing and as­sem­bly of ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 metal com­po­nents, mod­i­fi­ca­tion or man­u­fac­ture of more than 500 wire har­nesses and/or ca­ble assem­blies, and com­plex in­stal­la­tion of elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents. Th­ese trans­portable sim­u­la­tors in­clude an as­sort­ment of COTS (Com­mer­cial-off-the-Shelf) com­po­nents, air­craft com­po­nents, and state-of-the-art graph­ics. The sev­enth for­eign mil­i­tary sales (FMS) unit is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion for the Aus­tralian Army.

JB: Ser­vices pro­vided by Yulista Man­age­ment Ser­vices Inc in the field of mil­i­tary and civil avi­a­tion as well as for the land and marine forces. Joseph:

Yulista pro­vides engi­neer­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion, sys­tem in­te­gra­tion and train­ing for civil avi­a­tion, land and marine forces. Yulista is ex­pe­ri­enced in pro­vid­ing shel­ter and com­po­nent up­grades for marine ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing the MK-18. Yulista an in­dus­try leader in the mod­erni­sa­tion and ser­vice life ex­ten­sion of mil­i­tary weapons sys­tems, ground com­bat sys­tems, ground sen­sor and sur­veil­lance sys­tems, and as­so­ci­ated ground sup­port equip­ment. Yulista has a full range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port around com­bat ve­hi­cles through mod­i­fi­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion. ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clude de­sign, pro­to­typ­ing, fab­ri­ca­tion, in­te­gra­tion, and sus­tain­ment.

Our civil avi­a­tion sec­tor of­fers a full spec­trum of ser­vices that in­cludes hangar stor­age, fleet main­te­nance pro­grammes, con­tract main­te­nance ser­vices and field sup­port.

JB: What kind of avi­a­tion sup­port is Yulista pro­vid­ing to the US Gov­ern­ment? Joseph:

Yulista is a recog­nised in­dus­try leader in the mod­erni­sa­tion and ser­vice life ex­ten­sion of ro­tary- and fixed-wing air­craft. YAI has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with both mil­i­tary and com­mer­cial air­craft. YAI is an FAA Part 145 Re­pair Sta­tion.

Yulista has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in de­sign, de­vel­op­ment, fab­ri­ca­tion, as­sem­bly and in­te­gra­tion of avi­a­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tions. YAI em­ploys FAA li­censed air­craft me­chan­ics and elec­tri­cians with spe­cial­ties in wiring, sheet metal paint­ing, com­po­nent trou­bleshoot­ing, and in­stal­la­tion. YAI also has con­tact field teams for kit in­stal­la­tion at re­mote lo­ca­tions.

JB: What kind of mod­i­fi­ca­tions does Yulista un­der­take on mil­i­tary plat­forms and how unique are the mod­i­fi­ca­tions? Joseph:

Paint & De-Paint Oper­a­tions Sup­port

JB: Lit­tle bit about the Yulista’s global plans. Does the com­pany set up ser­vice sup­port fa­cil­i­ties in coun­tries other than the US? Joseph:

Our cur­rent plans are fo­cused on the Mid­dle East, In­dia and the Far East. We in­tend to pen­e­trate th­ese mar­kets by es­tab­lish­ing in-coun­try global part­ner­ships.

JB: What pos­si­bil­i­ties do you in­tend to see in In­dia? Joseph:

We see nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties in the air­craft (ro­tary-wing and fixed-wing) and com­bat ve­hi­cle (tracked and wheeled ve­hi­cle) mod­i­fi­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion mar­kets.

JB: Will Yulista bring the finest state-of-the-art so­lu­tions to In­dia? Any scope of em­bargo if at all from US side? Joseph:

Yulista will sup­port in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment with the lat­est state-of-the-art man­u­fac­tur­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion pro­cesses. We don’t see any is­sues with US em­bar­gos.

JB: Mil­i­tar­ily, what are the of­fer­ings Yulista may like to pursue in In­dia? Joseph:

Ro­tary-wing, fixed-wing and ground ve­hi­cle mod­i­fi­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion.

JB: Are your so­lu­tions con­fined to equip­ments man­u­fac­tured in US only or can cover those which are of Rus­sian ori­gin? Joseph:

We can also do mod­i­fi­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tions on Rus­sian and Euro­pean ro­tary-wing and fixed-winged air­craft.

JB: Will Yulista have any kind of spe­cific so­lu­tions for civil avi­a­tion fronts too? Joseph:

Our pri­mary fo­cus will be sup­port­ing In­dia’s mil­i­tary ser­vices with our in-coun­try global part­ner(s). How­ever, our ca­pa­bil­i­ties can be read­ily ap­plied to the pri­vate air­craft mod­i­fi­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion mar­ket.

JB: In home­land se­cu­rity, what are the ser­vices pro­vided by Yulista? Joseph:

Again, a ma­jor­ity of our home­land se­cu­rity ser­vices are cen­tred around air­craft and ground ve­hi­cle mod­i­fi­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion so­lu­tions.

‘We see nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties in the air­craft (ro­tary­wing and fixed-wing) and com­bat ve­hi­cle (tracked and wheeled ve­hi­cle) mod­i­fi­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion mar­kets’

Mi-17 he­li­copters; (inset L-R) Mi-17 en­gine and Mi-17 FCU

Bell 407 com­mer­cial version (left); up­graded for mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions (right).


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