Del Mar Avionics is a leading manufacturer of high technology, precision products that are marketed and supported worldwide through its Industrial and Defense Systems Divisions.
The company was originally established in 1952 as Del Mar Engineering Laboratories by Bruce Del Mar, who led the development of aircraft cabin pressurization systems, helping make possible today’s commercial aircraft industry.
By the mid-1960s, the company had become a leading U.S. Defense Department prime contractor in the development and production of aerial tow target systems for weapons training, and instrumented ground targets for scoring air-to-ground automatic weapons delivery. It also produced helicopter target drones and helicopter flight trainers for the U.S. Army.
In 1965, the company introduced the Hydra Set Load Positioner that controls the precise vertical positioning of loads up to 300 tons (272,000 kg) in increments as small as 0.001 inch (0.025mm). This unique product, mounted between the load and the crane (or hoist), permits precise mating and de-mating of critical components, thus eliminating unforeseen damage to valuable loads. Thousands of Hydra Set Load Positioners are in use worldwide in the aerospace, military/commercial aviation, nuclear and fossil fuel power generating industries and in various industrial applications.
In 1975, the company, then re-named Del Mar Avionics, moved to its current Orange County, California, headquarters location where it occupies two buildings (totalling 185,000 square feet) on 10.5 acres, all privately owned by the corporation and free of all debt.