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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.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT NAMED AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR FOR AEROLEDS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been named an authorized distributor for AeroLEDs Light Emitting Diode (LED) products.

“These LED lighting products complement our current business offerings,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Parts and Logistics Walt Johns. “We are excited to offer these high-efficiency and long-lasting lights to our Beech, Cessna, Piper and Pilatus customers.”
“Western Aircraft has a long history, proven record and maintains a stellar reputation within the industry,” said AeroLEDs President and CEO Nate Calvin. “Adding them to our Reseller Program is a very exciting opportunity for AeroLEDs to help expand our Part 25 product offerings.”

In addition to being lightweight and long-lasting, AeroLEDs LED lighting is shock resistant and has built-in pulse mode and the lights can synchronize with each other regardless of the model to create an alternating flashing pattern that allows for enhanced flight visibility for air-to-air and air-to-ground collision avoidance and recognition.

Western Aircraft’s parts division stocks or manages more than 18,000 FAA-approved line items, rotable components and modification kits, with more than $16 million of parts inventory on-hand.

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JIM ZIEGLER TRANSITIONING TO VICE CHAIRMAN ROLE WITH GREENWICH AEROGROUP

Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that after more than eight years serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ziegler has elected to assume the role of Vice Chairman effective September 30, 2017. In his new role, Mr. Ziegler will be responsible for business strategy, industry relations and acquisition activity.

During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ziegler was instrumental in the creation and development of Greenwich AeroGroup as a preeminent service provider of general, commercial, government and military aviation services.

“For the last eight years, I have had the privilege of leading an outstanding group of aviation professionals, and I believe we have positioned the company and its future leaders for long-term success,” said Jim Ziegler. “I look forward to my continued involvement in helping to grow the company, and I am confident in the existing leadership of each of our businesses.”

Ralph Kunz has been named to assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup. Mr. Kunz is a six-year veteran of the company with more than 30 years of aviation experience and serves as Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing, both subsidiaries of Greenwich AeroGroup. As COO, Mr. Kunz will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all companies under the Greenwich AeroGroup umbrella and will continue in his current role with Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing.

“We are pleased that Ralph will take on this major leadership role at Greenwich AeroGroup,” Ziegler added. “Ralph is an experienced and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. I have tremendous confidence in his ability to lead the operations of Greenwich AeroGroup.”

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS AVIONICS SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired veteran avionics specialist Mike Turner as an Avionics Sales Account Manager.

Mr. Turner has extensive experience in the areas of avionics product development, installation, sales, service and support for a variety of aircraft models. In his new role, he will be responsible for supporting Western’s MRO Sales, avionics quoting and product development efforts.

Prior to joining Western Aircraft, Mr. Turner has spent the last nine years with StandardAero in the roles of manager of technical sales and manager of avionics sales. He has also held positions with Bombardier and Evergreen Aviation and is a licensed FCC General Radiotelephone Operator. Prior to his career in business aviation, Mr. Turner served in the United States Air Force.

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SUMMIT AVIATION RECOGNIZED WITH PLATINUM SOURCE AWARD

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that its Somerset, Ky. manufacturing facility has been awarded the Northrop Grumman Platinum Source Award for supplier excellence.

The Platinum Source Award recognizes outstanding quality, commitment to meeting delivery schedules, focus on customer satisfaction and robust, lean processes.

“Being recognized as a Northrop Grumman Platinum Supplier is a testament to the work ethic of our team in our Kentucky location,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “It also speaks to the strong partnership with our Northrop Grumman counterparts in Global Supply Chain, Quality and Engineering.”

Summit Aviation, an AS9100 certified manufacturer, supplies Northrop Grumman with high- performance aerostructure and dynamic components supporting the MQ-8B and MQ-8C Fire Scouts and U.S. Navy target systems for Northrop Grumman’s Autonomous Systems Division.

Earlier this year the company was also awarded Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Supplier Recognition Customer Relationship Award for excellence in sustained high performance and customer satisfaction.

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TRUATLANTIC SECURES ANAC APPROVAL FOR LEARJET STCS

TruAtlantic Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has received approval from The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil for two of its Supplemental Type Certificates on the Bombardier Learjet aircraft.

The approval covers the company’s Bombardier Learjet 35/36 Thrust Reverser kit, (STC ST02635AT) and the Stang Fairing kit (STC ST02209AT-D) for the Bombardier Learjet 60.

“We are excited to be able to share these aircraft-enhancing products with Brazilian operators,” said TruAtlantic’s Vice President and General Manager Ralph Kunz. “These supplemental type certificates can help ensure the longevity and performance of the aircraft.”

The Learjet Thrust Reverser Deactivation Kit allows operators the option of permanently deactivating the thrust reversers, which for a Learjet 35 or 36 series operator is the equivalent of a 138-pound reduction in aircraft empty weight thus lowering ongoing maintenance costs.

The Learjet model Stang Fairings STC is made of prepreg carbon/epoxy that virtually eliminates the cracking problems in the OEMs aluminum fairings, and the new fairings are less than half the weight of the original parts and the basic geometry of the assembly is unchanged.

TruAtlantic Mfg. is an Authorized Bombardier Learjet Vendor.

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HELIVIA AERO TAXI, S.A. CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, was founded in 1987 and pioneered onshore helicopter services in the Amazon. This month, it celebrates 30 years of providing service to offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industry.

“It is quite an accomplishment to be celebrating 30 years,” said President of Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., John Fenton. “This industry in Brazil has seen its ups and downs over the years and we have weathered through all of them due to the diligence of our employees and relationships forged with our customers.”

Some key milestones for Helivia throughout the years include:

  • In August, 1987, Helivia received AOC from DAC (now known as ANAC)
  • In 1992, Helivia was the first to introduce full IFR Bo-105 for 24-hour Aeromedical operation for Petrobras in Aracaju-SE, Paracuru-Ceará and Base Ecub in Rio Grande do Norte
  • That same year, it was also the first Brazilian company to operate overseas in Bolivia, Santa Cruz de La Sierra with two Bo-105’s supporting seismography for Western Geophysics
  • In 1998, it was the first in Brazil to operate Long Line transporting drilling rig for Exxon drilling in the Amazon for 1,800 hours with one Bell 212 and two Bell 214’s
  • In 2011, Greenwich AeroGroup acquired Helivia Aero Taxi
  • In 2013, Helivia took delivery of two S-76C+s and in 2014 added another S76C+ to its fleet
  • That same year, the company was accepted as a Member of International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)
  • In 2015, Helivia became the first Brazilian offshore helicopter operator to have its entire fleet fully ADS-B compliant
  • In 2016, the company added two S-76C+s to its fleet bringing its total to five

Today, Greenwich AeroGroup holds an economic interest in Helivia and 20 percent of its voting shares, which is the maximum amount currently authorized for foreign investors in Brazil.

 

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES HIRES VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has signed Mark Iddon to lead its sales team.

Mr. Iddon has held numerous mid to senior-level aviation sales positions over the years with domestic and international companies such as Goodrich Aerospace, Satair, Inc., Aveos Fleet Performance, Inc., AeroTurbine and most recently Tronair, Inc., where he served as executive vice president of sales, marketing and product support.

“We are excited to have Mark join our team,” said President of Professional Aircraft Accessories Dave Miller. “He has an excellent aviation background and will play a pivotal role within our organization.”

In his new role, Mr. Iddon will oversee all business development and sales activities for the company’s Titusville and Miami locations for the commercial, business, general aviation and government/military markets.

Mr. Iddon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Reading.

 

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OSHA RENEWS WESTERN AIRCRAFT’S SHARP AWARD

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received its sixth OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award.

“Safety is of utmost importance for our customers and our employees,” said Western Aircraft’s Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Jeff Wallin. “It is a team effort, and our goal is to be a leading example in the aviation industry through a continuously evolving safety program.”

Since 2006, Western Aircraft has been granted OSHA’s SHARP award, which covers multiple years, for its exemplary safety and training program. SHARP recognizes employers with less than 250 employees who maintain exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. It is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.

Western Aircraft is one of only nine companies in Idaho to achieve SHARP status.

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SUMMIT AVIATION RECEIVES AS9110 CERTIFICATE

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification.

The internationally recognized AS9110 Standard focuses on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and is a derivative of the AS9100 Standard that addresses the aviation industry. Additionally, Summit holds ISO 9001:2008 certification which confirms that the organization follows internationally recognized quality management principles.

“This accreditation shows our commitment to a strong foundation of systems and procedures that ensure quality service to our customers each and every day,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “AS9110 is the highest certification standard achieved for MRO facilities and we give credit to our team that has worked diligently to accomplish this milestone.”

Summit Aviation provides MRO services for fixed and rotor wing operators and is also a heavy provider of modification and specialized mission services for many government entities.

 

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