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Cavell Mertz Merges With Aviation Consultancy

Broadcast firm becomes the Spectrum Division of Capitol Airspace Group

the logo of Cavell Mertz, a sytlized antenna in yellow on a white background
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Technical consulting firm Cavell, Mertz & Associates has merged with Capitol Airspace Group, an aviation consultancy which it has had a long business relationship.

President Garrison Cavell becomes senior director of the Cavell Mertz Spectrum Division of Capitol Airspace. He said Cavell Mertz will expand its services to provide communication systems interference analysis to airports and commercial developers “while remaining committed to providing support to the broadcast and communications industries.”

The merger took place on Oct. 1.

Capitol Airspace is based in Alexandria, Va., and has 45 employees. Its clients include airports, commercial developers and communities. It specialties include air traffic control operations, FAA terminal instrument procedures and air navigation services.

Its founder, owner and president is Ben Doyle, who has worked in aviation technology since serving as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Army.

Cavell Mertz has been in business for 34 years. Its broadcast work includes station planning and transition assistance; FCC licensing; drone measurements; microwave long-haul/backhaul planning and installation; pre-purchase due diligence; technical facility buildouts; and frequency/channel searches.

It had been headquartered in Manassas, Va., but will now be based in Alexandria. Its phone and email info remains unchanged. The page and Google Earth plugin offered by Cavell Mertz will remain available.

Also on the Cavell Mertz team and coming over in the merger are Managing Partner Cindy Hutter Cavell, Senior Engineer John Kean, Senior Engineer Bob Clinton, Engineering Consultant Mark Peabody and Principal Programmer Robert M. Clinton. Company Partner Richard Mertz died in 2013.

Gary and Cindy Cavell received the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards for radio and TV, respectively, four years ago. Gary also is a recipient of the IEEE Jules Cohen Award for Outstanding Broadcast Engineering. (Read our 2019 profile of Gary Cavell.)