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Portside acquires Baldwin Safety & Compliance

Portside Press RElease | October 13, 2023

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Don Baldwin, left, the founder of Baldwin Safety & Compliance. Baldwin Photo

Portside, an innovator in technology and software solutions for business and government aviation, announced it has acquired Baldwin Safety & Compliance.

This strategic move is aimed at augmenting Portside’s comprehensive suite of tools and technology that empower nearly 1,000 aviation organizations in more than 30 countries.

Baldwin, established in 2004, specializes in designing and implementing robust safety management systems (SMS) for operations of all scales. They also offer vital business capabilities to sustain, extend, and provide steadfast support for these systems. 

“Safety is the foremost concern for any aviation provider, and Baldwin is an undisputed leader in this space. They excel not only in terms of delivering safety and compliance programs that adhere to the highest industry standards, but also in tailoring and supporting these programs to meet the ever-evolving needs of their clients,” said Portside CEO, Alek Vernitsky.

“This acquisition enhances Portside’s capabilities, aligning with our mission to be a comprehensive, turn-key solution for business and government aviation. It demonstrates our unwavering commitment to growing our platform alongside the businesses we serve.”

Baldwin’s SMS expertise extends to various transportation operations including FBOs, MRO groups, commercial providers, UAS, airports, and air medical transport operations.

They also offer services such as risk management, document management, gap analysis, quality management system, and various other business-related solutions to further bolster their clientele.

Baldwin’s products, coupled with their in-house subject matter experts, are instrumental in keeping operators compliant with industry SMS regulations and readying organizations for impending regulations, such as those proposed in FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) 88 FR 1932, which will mandate SMS for commuter and on-demand operations,  commercial air tour operators, and certain holders under Part 21.

Alek Vernitsky, CEO of Portside. Portside Photo

Don Baldwin, the founder of Baldwin, shared his perspective on this acquisition, saying, “We founded Baldwin with the belief that small operators should have access to the same tools and capabilities enjoyed by larger providers when fostering a culture of safety. Today, our products are trusted by operators, both big and small, with the most critical and fundamental aspects of their businesses. Portside shares our commitment to customer service, and we eagerly anticipate becoming a part of their team as we continue to uphold our leading role in safety and compliance.”

The entire Baldwin team will join Portside to ensure ongoing development and support for their products and services. While the specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed, this move aligns with Portside’s recent pattern of enhancements and integrations for its platform.

In July, the company acquired licensing and development rights for the Avianis flight management system. Earlier this year, Portside acquired Stellar Lab’s flight operations system hosting business and the BART scheduling product suite.

The transaction was facilitated by Brian Foley of AVStrategies, who has matched investors with great aviation companies since 2006. 

“This is a perfect example of combining a top-notch transportation specialist with a respected aviation technology platform to provide mutual value and chemistry,” said Brian Foley, founder.

This press release was prepared and distributed by Portside.

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