WESTERN AIRCRAFT PROMOTES JAY REEDER TO REGIONAL SALES MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has promoted Jay Reeder to Turboprop Regional Sales Manager.
Mr. Reeder, who joined Western Aircraft in May of 2015, most recently served as the company’s Turboprop Sales Account Manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for maintaining and growing the maintenance and service sales for King Air and Cessna aircraft product lines.
Prior to joining Western Aircraft, Mr. Reeder served as the Material Operations Coordinator for EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions and prior to that Vice President of Reeder Flying Service. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Utah State University and is a licensed single engine aircraft pilot.
SUMMIT AVIATION GROWS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it will be expanding its aviation parts manufacturing operations in Somerset, Kentucky.
Summit’s manufacturing facility provides aero structure product assembly for a variety of military and commercial helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Additionally, it has paint capabilities that support prime and finish components. The company will expand from its current location of 26,000 square feet to a newly constructed 40,000 square foot facility. The expansion is possible due to a collaboration between industry, local investors and the Pulaski County government.
“This is a proud moment for us,” said Director of Manufacturing for Summit Aviation Scott Roush. “In four years we have quadrupled our business, and this move allows for our continued growth. Our success in Kentucky is an example of the power that can be built between public and private sectors to ensure that these types of jobs continue to flourish in this community.”
“Summit Aviation’s expansion is a testament to the successful growth of the company and the incredible workforce we have in southern and eastern Kentucky,” said U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers. “We are grateful to Summit Aviation for planting roots in our region with plans to expand operations and create more jobs for our people.”
The facility is being built by Industrial Leasing, LLC and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
GREENWICH AEROGROUP SELLS AERO PRECISION INDUSTRIES
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that it has sold Aero Precision Industries LLC, DAC International, Inc. and NASAM, Incorporated to a fund managed by Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC. Operated as a single business unit, these three companies are distributors and providers of military and commercial aerospace components and related services to a diverse global customer base. The transaction was completed on August 10, 2016.
“It has been our privilege to work alongside these three great companies and their people, and we are heartened by the relationships that have been built between them and the rest of our companies,” said Greenwich AeroGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziegler. “We look forward to continuing to partner with them on future projects.”
Greenwich AeroGroup acquired DAC International and NASAM in 2009 and Aero Precision in 2013 and it continues to look for opportunities to add companies that will complement its aviation portfolio. The specific details of the sale are confidential.
SUMMIT AVIATION ADDS SIKORSKY S-76D™ TO ITS LIST OF AUTHORIZATIONS
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company has named it as an Authorized Customer Support Service Center for the new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter.
The authorization includes complete aftermarket support for scheduled maintenance and related services, including full maintenance management, inspections and spare-parts procurement.
“We have a long-standing relationship with Sikorsky,” said Summit Aviation’s Vice President and General Manager Ralph Kunz. “We are pleased that Sikorsky has once again entrusted our factory trained technicians and facility to support Sikorsky operators.”
According to Sikorsky, the S-76D is the quietest helicopter in its class and is equipped with the latest safety, reliability and efficiency technologies.
Summit Aviation is also an Authorized Service Center for Sikorsky’s S-76 Legacy helicopters.
DAC INTERNATIONAL RENEWS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH NORTHROP GRUMMAN LITEF
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the renewal of its worldwide distributorship agreement with Northrop Grumman LITEF.
Northrop Grumman LITEF is the Germany-based navigation systems subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation that designs and manufactures highly reliable aircraft flight instrumentation including accelerometers and angular rate sensors, inertial measurement units, attitude and heading reference systems, and hybrid navigation systems. They also support the integration of their products with global navigation satellite systems for civil and military aircraft worldwide.
“We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Northrop Grumman,” said DAC International’s Vice President and General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “Our sales team is motivated by the company’s product line offerings and we look forward to continuing to work with them around the globe.”
DAC distributes the Northrop Grumman LITEF Commercial Reference family of products in aftermarket pursuits. These products are fitted to numerous rotorcraft and fixed-wing platforms by leading airframe original equipment manufacturers and support a wide range of aircraft in the retrofit business.
DAC INTERNATIONAL NAMED DISTRIBUTOR FOR ITVS
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Imaging Technology and Visual Solutions (ITVS).
ITVS is a leading supplier of visual inspection products and solutions including videoscopes, surveillance equipment and endoscopic cameras. Working in concert with Inspection Technology Concepts, they design, manufacture and distribute imaging devices configured with state-of-the-art CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors (both found in digital cameras), including unique black and white CCDs for covert observation and detection.
“In support of furthering our expansion, ITVS has chosen DAC International as its Marketing and Sales Partner,” said ITVS President Gene McGarry. “DAC is a technically strong organization and our alliance with them will facilitate penetration of new markets in the United States and South America, supported with local presence and support.”
As an integrator, ITVS offers scalable and customized solutions compatible with a broad range of display and recording devices to optimize field portability, battery operation and quick deployment.
ITVS’ core markets include aerospace, aviation, power generation and security. DAC International will represent all of ITVS products in its various business markets.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST U.S. PILATUS LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is the first Pilatus Authorized Service Center in the United States to complete a Life Extension Program (LEP) on a Pilatus PC-12.
The LEP is a very detailed inspection which extends the life of an aircraft by several thousand hours. It requires the vast disassembly of the airframe enabling it to be evaluated and rebuilt to a similar condition as when it left the assembly line brand new. The inspection is scheduled for a minimum of three months of maintenance time along with extensive assessment and engineering hours to research the aircrafts repair history.
“This is an all-encompassing Service Bulletin that requires a major tear-down inspection,” said Western’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “Windows, landing gear, floors, interior, engines and more are removed so our engineers can look for wear and tear, corrosion or any other issues that may prove to be a problem. The entire aircraft and its systems are inspected in-depth and extensive Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is also part of the inspection process.”
During the LEP, many modifications and upgrades are also accomplished to bring the aircraft up-to-date with the product improvements that have become available since the PC-12 was first introduced. Any component or structure that does not meet specs is replaced or repaired with full Pilatus factory support.
Western Aircraft joins Levaero Aviation in Canada as the only Pilatus authorized Service Centers in the world to have completed this task.
DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES PART 25 AML STC FOR CMA-6800 DISPLAY
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has received Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Hawker 800/800XP/1000, Bombardier’s Challenger 601-3A/3R, Dash 8–100/200/300 and its 415 Superscooper, Cessna Citation 650, Dassault Falcon 900, Fokker 50 and the Gulfstream III.
“This new product has many benefits,” said Vice President and General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “Among those are its form-fit-function replacement, higher reliability and its additional I/O and processor growth provisions for future mandates.”
The CMA-6800 Electronic Display system was designed to replace the aging Honeywell ED-800 Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays. DAC International partnered with Peregrine to complete the engineering, test and certification activity required for this new STC.
In addition to the platforms listed, DAC International is expecting to add additional aircraft types within the next few months to the AML list.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST ELITE II INSTALLATION
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the completion of a Falcon 900EX project that included major maintenance, interior refurbishment and the company’s first Elite II upgrade.
The new avionics package installed on the Falcon 900EX was one of four Dassault aircraft in the Authorized Service Center for concurrent C inspections, avionics modification or retrofit and interior refurbishment.
“The entire project which included the 900EX Elite II installation was a team effort,” said Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “The preplanning and hard work put in by all of our technicians helped us successfully complete this project and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The Falcon Elite II upgrade permits operators to comply with air traffic management mandates such as ADS-B Out, reduce crew workload and enable use of new approach procedures such as WAAS-LPV and RNP. Western Aircraft has a long history installing the EASy II upgrade, flat panel retrofits and other significant avionics modifications on jet aircraft for several years.
AERO PRECISION SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH LORD CORPORATION
Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today an agreement of a territory-specific distribution agreement with LORD Corporation, a leading Aerospace and Defense supplier of vibration control systems. In the agreement, Aero Precision will supply LORD Dampers, Bearings and Tail Rotor Assemblies in South Korea to support MD-500 operations.
“We are excited about LORD Corporation’s unique products we can access to support this very important international customer base,” said Aero Precision’s Asia Sales Manager Michael Bogdanich.
“We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with Aero Precision in South Korea,” said LORD’s Director of Global Sales Aerospace & Defense Steve Meyer. “Their successful support model and business acumen will allow LORD Corporation to better serve this key market.”