WESTERN AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is embarking on a facility expansion plan. Two new buildings totaling 26,000 square feet are being added on the company’s 18 acre leasehold. The buildings will hold an expanded parts facility and support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation.
“We are very excited to increase our footprint here in Boise,” said President of Western Aircraft Jeff Mihalic. “This expansion is driven in large part by the 2012 sales tax exemption bill passed by the Idaho legislature as well as by our expanded capabilities and market reach.”
Mihalic noted that 95 percent of Western Aircraft’s customers are based outside of the state of Idaho, flying their aircraft into Boise from as far away as Philadelphia and San Antonio.
The company currently boasts approximately 95,000 square feet of hangar space and employs approximately 170 people.
A groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the new facilities will be held May 29, 2013.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR PILATUS AIRCRAFT SALES
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Mark Woods as Regional Director of Aircraft Sales for the company’s award winning Pilatus dealership.
Woods, a 14-year veteran of aviation sales will be responsible for the selling of new and pre-owned Pilatus PC-12 aircraft in the areas of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Western Aircraft has sold more PC-12s than any other dealer in the world.
Woods previously served as a leading aircraft sales director with Mooney Airplane Company and Northern Air representing both Mooney and Diamond product lines. Most recently he worked at Delta Aviation LLC, an aircraft brokerage company Woods founded in 2009.
ATLANTIC AERO ADDS AIRCRAFT SALES MANAGER
Atlantic Aero, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Gordon Morrison as its Aircraft Sales Manager.
Morrison has more than 30 years experience in office product, furniture and aircraft sales. He will be responsible for pre-owned piston, turboprop and jet sales for Atlantic Aero.
Morison previously served as National Sales Manager and General Manager for Liberty Aircraft USA, and most recently was with Carolina Aircraft Inc., as an Aircraft Sales Associate for the Beechcraft product line.
DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES PMA APPROVAL FOR GDC64
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the company’s GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU).
The GDC64 developed by DAC International feeds aircraft data to an iPad® without additional costly Wi-Fi devices. This unique interface product routes live data from aircraft sensors and systems to an iPad enabling a wide range of incremental functionality for the flight crew. Simply plug an iPad into conveniently located connectors in the cockpit to get data and power to keep the iPad fully charged during flight.
The Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit is applicable on corporate, regional and major airlines and rotorcraft.
In addition to the PMA approval, Apple® has certified the GDC64 hardware and the GDC64 iOS app, which is making its debut on the iTunes store.
“This will allow operators to now have access to a data library for use in a variety of apps as they become more available,” said General Manager of DAC International Francisco Hernandez. “In addition, the installer can now download the GDC64 app directly from iTunes to allow users to setup and configure ARINC 429 data for their installation.”
To locate the app from the iTunes store just search GDC64 or access via http://tinyurl.com/clesmo6.
PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES ENTERS INTO LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR GOODRICH LANDING GEAR
Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has entered into a five year License Agreement for Goodrich Landing Gear, with UTC Aerospace Systems.
The agreement is effective immediately and grants Professional Aircraft Accessories technical and product support for the Bombardier CRJ-700, 900 and 1000 aircraft. The agreement allows Professional Aircraft Accessories to provide enhanced service and support regarding the above services.
“We are very excited to have been selected by UTC Aerospace Systems for this License agreement,” said President of Professional Aircraft Accessories Robert Bial. “It will allow us to better support our growing customer base of regional operators.”
“When selecting a repair services company in the United States, Professional Aircraft Accessories was a logical choice for us,” said UTC Aerospace Systems General Manager of Aftermarket Landing Gear Mike Secord. “Their steadfast dedication to quality and service best typifies our vision for the future of aftermarket support.”
Bial added that Professional Aircraft Accessories recently completed a major facility expansion and that the additional throughput capacity suitably fits this License agreement.
MATRIX AVIATION CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
Matrix Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrates a 30 year milestone of providing excellent customer service and logistical support to customers worldwide.
Matrix Aviation was founded in Wichita, Kan. in 1983 by John Lambert as an avionics parts and distribution center. Matrix was acquired by Banner Aerospace in 1987 and in 2009 Banner Aerospace and its companies, including Matrix Aviation, were acquired by Greenwich AeroGroup.
“Matrix has grown from a supplier of analog altimeters and flight instruments to an organization known for its expertise and extensive overhauled inventory for the Corporate Jet and Turbo-Prop fleets,” said President of Matrix Aviation Ted Miller. “As the industry has changed over the last 30 years we too have modified the way we look at business, so we can continue to serve the needs of our customers and be profitable in this shifting, technology driven business.”
Today, Matrix is a worldwide supplier of digital radar, TCAS and other avionics products and buys and sells surplus avionics inventory on a daily basis.
Miller gives credit to the employees of Matrix for the company’s continued success. “We have employees who have been with this company for more than 20 years, and our entire staff is extremely customer service oriented and dedicated to meeting the varying needs of business aviation aircraft everywhere.”
DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES FAA APPROVAL FOR GDC64 ON BOMBARDIER LEARJET 60
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) of its sister company Atlantic Aero, issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of DAC’s GDC64 Tablet Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU) on the Bombardier Learjet 60 model.
The GDC64 developed by DAC International is specifically designed as an aircraft interface device to feed aircraft data to an iPad® or any tablet without additional costly Wi-Fi devices. This unique interface product routes live data from aircraft sensors and systems to tablets enabling a wide range of incremental functionality for the flight crew. You simply plug your iPad or Tablet into connectors conveniently located in the cockpit to get data and power to keep tablets fully charged during flight.
“We are excited regarding the possibility this product offers,” said General Manager of DAC International Francisco Hernandez. “With this product in the cockpit, operators will be able to fully leverage the benefits of using today’s Apps as well as future ones being developed to reduce cockpit workload and increase crew information and awareness.”
In addition to the Bombardier Learjet 60 model, DAC International recently received European approval for the GDC64 on the Bombardier Dash-8.
DAC INTERNATIONAL PROVIDES GDC64 SOLUTION FOR BOMBARDIER DASH-8
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that its GDC64 Tablet to Aircraft Interface Unit (TAIU) has received certification on the Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft with the help of Fokker Services in the Netherlands who’s responsible for the certification on aircraft.
This certification allows the iPad® EFB solution on the Dash-8 to be connected through the GDC64 TAIU and its ARINC 429 bus to the Flight Management System (FMS) as well as to the aircraft power. The ARINC 429 data from the FMS will allow iPad® applications (Apps) to utilize real time data and enhance cockpit capabilities.
The Fokker Services EFB for iPad® Solution is EASA certified (Class 2 Type B), requires no expensive ICT infrastructure and will be charged during all phases of flight. Easy installation ensures aircraft can be converted with very limited downtime.
The GDC64 connection developed by DAC International is specifically designed as an aircraft interface device to give the iPad® or any tablet a broad range of aircraft data without additional cumbersome Wi-Fi devices. You simply plug your iPad® into conveniently located connectors
in any aircraft cockpit.
A Norwegian based operator is the launch Dash-8 customer for the EFB solution for iPad® with GDC64 connection and it is expected to be installed on more than 40 aircraft within the operator’s fleet consisting of all Dash-8 types. Due to its design, the GDC64 TAIU is suitable for use on a wide range of aircraft.
NEW PRESIDENT CHOSEN FOR PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES
Greenwich AeroGroup announced today the hiring of Brian Dannewitz as the President of Professional Aviation Associates.
Dannewitz began his aviation career serving in the Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve in various aircraft maintenance positions and in the course of the last 25 years has held leadership positions with companies such as United Technologies Corp – Pratt & Whitney, Northwest Airlines, Midway Airlines and AAR Defense Systems.
“Brian is a proven leader and veteran in the aviation industry,” said Greenwich AeroGroup Vice President of Component Repair and Overhaul and Parts Distribution Robert Bial. “He brings with him strong business acumen and leadership skills that will assist Professional Aviation Associates in creating extraordinary value for its customers and shareholders.”
Prior to joining Professional Aviation Associates, Dannewitz held the position of vice president of aftermarket support services for Elbit Systems of America – M7 Aerospace.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in aviation management from Minnesota State University. He is a community advocate serving in leadership roles for nonprofit organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Way. Additionally, he is a Certified First Responder Pilot for the Homeland Security Emergency Response Air Transportation System.
GREENWICH AEROGROUP NAMES NEW COMPANY PRESIDENT
Greenwich AeroGroup announced today it has hired aviation veteran John Fenton as its new President of Greenwich AeroGroup do Brazil. In his new role John will lead the revitalization and restructuring of Helivia, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, which provides offshore helicopter charter services for the oil and gas industry.
Fenton has held various worldwide operational leadership roles during his 22 years in aviation in areas including Brazil, Antigua, Italy, Turkey, Cameroon and Chad. Throughout his career he has utilized his strong interpersonal skills, organizational and cross functional expertise to successfully manage all operational and financial aspects for both helicopter and fixed wing businesses supporting the oil and gas industry.
“We are extremely excited to have John join our team at Helivia,” said Director of Business Development for Helivia Aero Taxi Helio Jose Ribeiro. “John is a seasoned professional with an excellent reputation in the off shore oil and gas industry and he will assist us in the next phase of the revitalization of Helivia. With seasoned management in place and the backing of our partner Greenwich AeroGroup, we look forward to rapidly growing our operational capabilities.”
Most recently, Fenton led CHC’s Brazilian Helicopter Services (BHS), where he facilitated an extraordinary rate of expansion growing BHS into the second largest offshore helicopter operator in Brazil.
Fenton holds a certificate from the University of California in aviation safety management, a diploma in management and leadership from Bournemouth & Poole College and an airline transport pilot’s license.