WESTERN AIRCRAFT RESPONDS TO DEMAND – Adds a Seventh Fuel Truck
An increasing number of flights into the Boise Airport (KBOI) along with an increased amount of fuel pumped has prompted Western Aircraft to add a seventh fuel truck to its fleet.
The Maintenance Repair and Fixed Based Operation is based at the Airport and provides fuel support for general and corporate aviation and airlines.
“We are currently the largest supplier of fuel for the Boise Airport delivering more than 21 million gallons of fuel per year,” said Western Aircraft’s Line Service Manager Dan Milender. “Our new 7,000-gallon truck is our third with a lift deck, which gives us even more reliable, safe service to large aircraft.”
In addition to its corporate and airline support, Western Aircraft also holds the Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the field through its partnership with AvFuel. Furthermore, in the summer it provides fuel support for aerial firefighting aircraft.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT BEEFS UP AVIONICS AND TURBOPROP SUPPORT
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired one new person and promoted two others as part of its ongoing investment in avionics and turboprop support.
Don West has been promoted from Avionics Lead to Avionics Sales Account Manager supporting Western’s MRO Sales and Marketing team. A native of Delaware, Mr. West joined Western Aircraft in 2000 as an Avionics Technician. He was subsequently promoted several times, culminating in his most recent role as Avionics Lead. He also currently serves in the Idaho Air National Guard as an Integrated Avionics Comm/Nav Mission Systems Craftsman. Mr. West has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Avionics Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Avionics Repairman certificate.
Paul Harrington joins Western Aircraft serving as an Avionics Team Lead. Mr. Harrington has spent the last 20 years with Jet Aviation in St. Louis, most recently serving as its Challenger Team Avionics Lead, and prior to that Paul served as an aircraft electrician in the United States Army. He holds a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License.
Jeff Watson has been promoted to Turbo Prop Service Manager. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving for four years as an F-18 aircraft hydraulic mechanic. Mr. Watson is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and a graduate of Idaho State University who has served in various roles within Western Aircraft’s maintenance department for more than 11 years, most recently as the company’s Jet Team Lead.
PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES RECEIVES AS9120 CERTIFICATE
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9120:2016 Rev.B Quality Management Standards certification.
The AS9100/AS9120, the internationally adopted Quality Management System (QMS) for the Aerospace industry has changed in order to be aligned with ISO9001:2015 which Professional Aviation Associates has also achieved. The focus of the new standards is in the context of the organization, risk-based thinking and enhanced leadership responsibilities directed at improving quality and customer satisfaction.
“This approval demonstrates our commitment to a strong base of systems and procedures that ensure quality service to our customers,” said Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates James Walker. “We made the decision to move forward and start the required ISO transition before the 2018 deadline and our team worked extremely hard to perform a full rework of our Quality Manual, Standard Operating Procedures, Forms and Work Instructions in order to meet the latest standards.”
GREENWICH AEROGROUP ANNOUNCES CORPORATE NAME CHANGE FOR TRUATLANTIC MANUFACTURING
Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it is changing the name of its subsidiary TruAtlantic Manufacturing in Kernersville, N.C. to Summit Aviation. The name change leverages the strength of Summit’s manufacturing product lines. The change is effective immediately.
“It made sense to bring TruAtlantic into the weave with Summit’s other manufacturing capabilities,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup and Vice President and General Manager for Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “TruAtlantic was already reporting to us and now we can align our corporate and product brand identities to offer customers seamless manufacturing services through Summit Aviation.”
Currently, Summit Aviation offers manufacturing services based out of its locations in Middletown, Del., Somerset, Ky., and now Kernersville, N.C.
TruAtlantic was formed in 2014 when Greenwich AeroGroup retained the manufacturing side of then-owned Atlantic Aero upon its divestiture to Landmark Aviation. Summit’s Somerset operations began in 2007 and it has quadrupled its business over the last four years.
“In the last 10 years we have seen significant growth in our manufacturing capabilities and customers at all three locations,” added Kunz. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our team and our commitment to providing top-notch products and services to our customers.”
Along with the name change, the company created a new manufacturing website that can be found at www.summitaviationmfg.com.
Blackhawk Welcomes Western Aircraft to Authorized Dealer Network
Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. is proud to welcome Western Aircraft, A Greenwich AeroGroup Company, to their global network of Authorized Dealers. Located in Boise, Idaho, Western Aircraft is an FAA authorized service center, certified aircraft repair station (FE6R532N), and worldwide distributor of parts and avionics for many of the world’s top aircraft manufacturers and OEMs such as Cessna Aircraft, Dassault Falcon, Beechcraft, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Pilatus and many other major suppliers to the corporate and general aviation industry. The addition of Western Aircraft expands Blackhawk’s Dealer Network to 84 Authorized Dealers worldwide.
“Western Aircraft is excited to collaborate with Blackhawk,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kerry Heiss. “We are a full-service modification center for King Airs and we believe our customers will benefit greatly from this relationship and all that Blackhawk has to offer.”
Western Aircraft is currently installing a Blackhawk XP52 Engine+ Upgrade on a King Air B200 at their facility in Boise. As a result, this B200 will see a 31% increase in available horsepower which translates into a 27-knot gain in cruise speed, increased high/hot takeoff performance, and an approximate operating cost savings of more than $45,000 per year.
“We’re excited to bring Western Aircraft on as an Authorized Blackhawk Dealer,” said Blackhawk’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Edwin Black. “They are truly a one-stop-shop with a great reputation that draws aircraft from all over the country. They focus on quality and customer service, which are two important characteristics that Blackhawk looks for in qualifying our Authorized Dealers.”
PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES EXPANDS ITS SALES TEAM FOR U.S., CANADA AND LATIN AMERICA
Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it is once again expanding its sales team to support the continued growth of the company.
Ricardo Sierra will serve as the Regional Sales Director for Latin America. Mr. Sierra has more than 15 years of international sales experience and previously served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Latin America at Seal Dynamics, a Heico company. He holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and International Management from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Derante Ellison joins the team as a Regional Sales Manager focused on the southern United States. Mr. Ellison has over eight years of sales experience in the aerospace industry and most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Avio-Diepen in Atlanta. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Georgia.
Finally, Timothy Pine joins Professional Aircraft as Regional Sales Manager for the northeastern United States. Most recently, Mr. Pine served as a Sales Associate and Sales Analyst for Magellan Aviation Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science with a concentration in American Government from Florida State University.
All three will be responsible for service sales in the business, commercial and government/military markets.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT INSTALLS ITS FIRST ADVENT ANTI-SKID BRAKING SYSTEM ON A PILATUS PC-12
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently installed the newly-certified Advent eABStm Anti-Skid Braking System on a Pilatus PC-12.
The eABS anti-skid braking system received Supplemental Type Certificate approval in April and offers anti-skid braking without the need for power-boosted brakes, bulky and heavy hydraulic accumulators, and it does not require modification to the existing landing gear, braking system or master cylinders. It enhances flight operations safety and performance and the active and haptic technology smoothly reduces skidding and increases responsiveness and directional control.
“This lightweight braking system is perfect for customers who are concerned about runway conditions where hard braking could cause skidding or the blowing of a tire,” said Western’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “It optimizes landing performance while providing peace of mind.”
The eABS system can be added to all models of PC-12, provided the aircraft is equipped with a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) enabled GPS. It weighs only 27 pounds installed, comes with all required installation hardware and can usually be installed during scheduled maintenance inspections or refurbishment.
Western Aircraft is an Advent Aircraft Systems, Inc. authorized dealer.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT LAUNCHES PILATUS ONE DAY, 100-HOUR INSPECTIONS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is now offering one day, 100-hour inspections for Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
Western Aircraft, a Pilatus Authorized Service Center, performs more than 250 PC-12 inspections annually. An average 100-hour check on a Pilatus PC-12 takes approximately three business days.
“Our team at Western has achieved this milestone by putting the entire PC-12 100-hour inspection under our 5S process review,” said Jody Harris, Director of Aircraft Services for Western Aircraft. “We eliminated the non-value activities and mechanic tasks which made way for us to achieve our goal and offer One Day 100-hour inspections to our customers. This reduced downtime is especially a big factor for those who fly air ambulances or are Part 135 charter operators.”
Harris also added that the key to the reduced downtime is proper preparation and planning. He said the maintenance checks must be booked four weeks in advance, and the point of contact needs to be available during the inspection should any squawks arise.
“Visualize a race car pulling into the pits for fuel and tire changes. Those pit stops used to last minutes, but are now flawlessly performed in under 20 seconds. We are focused on the 100-hour inspection in the same fashion.”
In addition to being a Pilatus ASF, Western Aircraft is currently the largest Pilatus dealership in the world and the only Pilatus Aircraft Authorized Service Center in the United States to complete a Life Extension Program (LEP).
WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST G5000 INSTALLATION
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its first Garmin G5000 Integrated Flight Deck installation on a Beechjet 400A aircraft.
The retrofit to the avionics suite features dual touchscreen display/controllers with an intuitive interface, three 12-inch LCD displays including Synthetic Vision, Electronic Charts and XM weather. The retrofit also provides WAAS/LPV capability and ADS-B Out, which complies with the Federal Aviation Administration’s ADS-B mandate of December 31, 2019.
“This innovative technology really breathes new life into the airplane,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales and Business Development Manager Walt Marcy. “In addition to its standard features, it also offers customers a variety of customizable options to suit their needs.”
Mr. Marcy added that the Oregon-based aircraft was equipped with the non-supported AMS-850 flight management system (FMS) and that it made more sense to upgrade with new technology than seek out a replacement aircraft or FMS-only upgrade. The new installation also includes a new, integrated autopilot, a full radio package retrofit and turbulence detection radar.
According to Garmin, the G5000 flight deck for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP is estimated to provide a typical weight savings of approximately 200 pounds or more compared to legacy avionics systems, allowing additional baggage, passenger and fuel load flexibility.
Western Aircraft is a Garmin Authorized dealer providing avionics solutions from panel mount products to fully integrated cockpit solutions.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT SECURES TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVAL ON GOGO AVANCE L5 SYSTEM STC
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval of its Supplement Type Certificate for the new Gogo AVANCE L5 system for the Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft.
Western is an authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO), dealer that has been developing STCs for Gogo AVANCE L5 – which connects using the Gogo Biz 4G network – for Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft, and participates as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other business aircraft.
“We are eager to now offer this outstanding Gogo 4G Biz system to our Canadian customers,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Manager John Crabtree. “It provides an excellent 4G connectivity experience for passengers.”
Operating on the Gogo Biz 4G network, Gogo AVANCE L5 delivers faster speeds and enhanced network capacity enabling a more robust experience for activities such as live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. Gogo AVANCE is an innovative approach that combines Gogo’s advanced hardware and software technology to create a fully integrated, aviation-grade inflight connectivity and entertainment platform.
Created specifically for the business aviation market, the Gogo Biz 4G network is built on Gogo’s existing ground network of more than 250 towers and fiber backhaul, which has provided connectivity for hundreds of thousands of flight hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft. The AVANCE L5 equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single box.