It’s Our Birthday

Published on April 21, 2020

The year 2000 was 20 years ago.  Say what?

Bon Jovi released “It’s My Life”, “Erin Brokovich” and “Gladiator” played in movie theaters, George Bush defeated Al Gore to become the 43rd US President and John Howard was at the helm here in Australia.

Something else pretty great happened 20 years ago too…………Red Baron ALSE was born.  Yes we are 20 years old this year and, as we head into our ‘early adulthood’ we wanted to thank you, our customers, suppliers and supporters who helped us make Red Baron ALSE what it is today.

Red Baron was founded by me, Greg Bayne in the year 2000. I am a retired RAAF veteran and I’m proud to have served 19 years with the Royal Australian Air Force working with the majority of Defence Aviation Life Support Equipment in service.

From humble beginnings (they’re often the best kind), upholstering and refurbishing aircraft cabin interiors and flight helmets, Red Baron ALSE came to be.

My vision was always to service and lead this industry. I identified a growing need in the field of Aviation Life Support Services, an industry where my specific skills and experiences could be utilised.

There have been some major wins for Red Baron ALSE over the past 20 years, not in the least, the Government contracting us to maintain and repair ALSE for flight operations, including fire bombing, emergency medical, law enforcement and defence.  Our appointment by Switlik Survival Products as the Switlik Technical Advisor for the Australian Government and Defence Force was another major achievement and one we’re really proud of!

And, like any business there have been some losses or as we like to say lessons.  In these times, where things haven’t gone our way, we’ve learnt, adapted and honed our skills and craft. A lot like what we’re doing now, amid COVID-19.

These last 20 years have seen our team become trusted advisors to our peers across our industry on a global scale and it’s a mantel we don’t take lightly.  We invest in our team and in turn our clients trust us in the work we do.

2020 is a celebration year for us and although we seem to be in unchartered waters

in the wake of our current reality,  we plan on making 2020 a year to remember here at Red Baron ALSE for all the RIGHT reasons.

To celebrate this milestone, we are putting together some commemorative pieces that  we’ll have available the next time we head to our Industry Conferences / Symposiums, whenever and however they will look!

One thing for sure is that 2020 is definitely going to be a year we all remember.

A 20 year anniversary in any form is something to be revered and celebrated and we welcome you to join us!  Bring on the next 20, once we get through this new reality, and we will get through. And as I said earlier, we are all in this together and if we can help, we will.

Yours in safety,

Greg Bayne
Managing Director