Hawke Capital LLC

Private Equity For the Aerospace Industry

Paul Rayhill
  is President of Aviation Services Unlimited, Rome, New York, and a Partner and Managing Director of Hawke Capital Partners, L.P.

Prior to partnering with Hawke Capital on the formation of Aviation Services Unlimited, LLC, Rayhill spent 14 years as the President of Aviation Services Unlimited (ASU), Inc., its predecessor entity, which he acquired in 1996. ASU is one of the oldest, best established and continuously operating rotorcraft fleet operators in the Northeastern U.S., providing air taxi flight operations  since 1978. Originally based in Oriskany, New York, Paul relocated the business to Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York in 2008.

ASU's flight services consist of utility powerline and gas line patrols for the largest utilities in New York State and New England, as well as Part 135 Charter and Aerial Film/Photography services.

Under Mr. Rayhill's leadership, ASU

  • Grew helicopter operations by 300%.
  • Added FAA Part 133 External Load and Part 145 Repair Station Certificates
  • Provided Large Fleet Acquisition Consulting and Analysis
  • Became an Authorized Bell Helicopter/Textron Customer Service Facility (CSF).

ASU is presently the only Bell CSF in New York State and the first Bell CSF to be established in NY in over 25 years, based in Upstate NY, where Bell Helicopter originally began its operations.

Mr. Rayhill began his aviation career in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator flying various helicopter platforms including the CH-46, UH-3 and TH-57. He holds Commercial Instrument Fixed and Rotary Wing Ratings.

Mr. Rayhill obtained an MS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. He is a veteran of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Deny Flight. He is also a US Naval Academy Blue Gold Officer.