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AERO PRECISION SHOWCASES NEW FACILITY

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, welcomed guests for tours and held a ribbon cutting celebration today in honor of its brand new facility.

The recently renovated 43,844 square-foot distribution center is located just east of San Francisco and near the Livermore Municipal Airport.

“Our business is growing and this new space provides many benefits to help us better serve our customers, OEM partners, vendors and our employees,” said Aero Precision President Frank Cowle. “We are about providing key support for mission readiness, and this new spaces allows us to do that even more efficiently.”

The military aircraft parts distribution company has been located in the city of Livermore for more than ten years and employs over 100 full-time staff.

“I congratulate Aero Precision on the grand opening of its new facility in Livermore, located in the 15th Congressional District,” said Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15). “Aero Precision is a great example of a business growing, succeeding, and creating jobs here in the East Bay.”

The new building also has double the square-footage of Aero Precision’s previous office space and abounds with several new Green energy technology features including workstations that are made from recycled materials, LED lighting throughout the facility, warehouse lighting motion sensors to turn off power in unoccupied activity zones, timed office light switches that deactivate office light zones in the evening, light diffusing curtains that reduce energy costs in high sun exposure offices, dedicated recycle bins for used electronics, batteries, computer and cell phone parts disposal, as well as paper recycling through the building.

The company’s warehouse capacity has also increased significantly nearly tripling from the company’s previous space. Cowle says the added space provides them with the ample room to strategically place inventory to minimize picking time and maximize efficiency.

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IDG EUROPE JOINS GREENWICH AEROGROUP DEALER NETWORK FOR LIVEAERO

IDG Europe has joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems.

IDG Europe AB, based in Sweden, is a turnkey Satcom solutions provider with more than 20 years of experience. It recently launched a new division of the company called idg.aero which provides global satellite communications for the whole aircraft, from safety communications to high-speed broadband and tracking services. IDG Europe will represent Greenwich AeroGroup’s LiveAero product in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

LiveAero, developed by LiveTV, LLC of Melbourne, Fla., is the only fixed wing and rotorcraft data broadband solution that works everywhere in the world, including remote, oceanic and polar regions, for passengers requiring smartphone, tablet or laptop connectivity. Based upon the Iridium OpenPortTM broadband technology, the system has Wi-Fi enabled, bi-directional data effective speed of up to 300 kbps through network built in optimization. The system also includes three separate voice lines for calls to be placed anywhere in the world. Connectivity is available in the air or on the ground.

Other current dealers for the product include Greenwich AeroGroup’s Summit Aviation in Middletown, Del.; and Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho; Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Spirit Avionics in Columbus, Ohio; Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, Dubai and Singapore; West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill., Columbia, S.C.: Pro Star Aviation in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group with capabilities in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.

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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES INCREASES HOSE SHOP SIZE AND CAPABILITIES

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that its Parker Hannifin Stratoflex hose shop recently received recertification and has increased in size and capabilities.

Professional Aviation Associates is a global distributor and a certified FAA/TSO Parker Hannifin Stratoflex manufacturing hose shop. In early May, the company moved into a new 46,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Distribution Facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport allowing the company to double the size of the hose shop from its previous size of 1000 square feet to 2000 square feet. After set up, the new shop was audited and recertified by Parker Hannifin Stratoflex ensuring no disruption of production.

“The additional space facilitates new fabrication equipment we have recently acquired and triples our production capacity,” said President of Professional Aviation Associates Brian Dannewitz. “We are adding new aircraft platforms to our support capabilities while ensuring the fastest turn times and competitive pricing to meet our customer’s needs.”

Dannewitz said the company whose manufacturing team has more than 30 years of Parker Hannifin Stratoflex hose building experience, now has the capability to fabricate hoses of up to 1 ½ inches in diameter. It also has added various machinery and tooling, including two Stratoflex T01-100 assembly machines, a Stratoflex T08-100 crimper and a Stratoflex T05-143 test stand.

Professional Aviation Associates can provide single hose or complete hose kits as well as custom-built assemblies for turboprop, fixed wing or rotorcraft.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES PMA AND STC/TC APPROVAL ON THREE SOFTWARE-INTENSIVE PRODUCTS

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received Parts Manufacturer Approval and Supplemental Type Certificate Approval on its Digital to Analog Converter and Airborne Data Link Processor, and Type Certificate approval of its ARINC-to-NMEA 183 converter.

The Digital to Analog Converter is approved to design assurance level A. This solid state product is the link between a system which provides pitch, roll, heading and other critical signals to existing aircraft equipment including pilot and copilot primary flight displays, the autopilot and other on-board systems; The Airborne Data Link Processor is approved to design assurance level C. This product gathers signals in a myriad of formats from existing aircraft systems then translates it all into a single format understood by aircraft’s existing transponder thereby providing it all the data necessary for Enhanced Mode-S and ADS-B operation in European airspace; and the third approval is for the ARINC-to-NMEA 183 Converter which is approved to design assurance level D. This product delivers GPS location information to the aircraft’s Emergency Locator Transmitter. With the combination of this ECD product and the latest ELT technology, operators and passengers will have the assurance that, when needed, the ELT will perform at peak accuracy.

“Our Engineering and Certification division has been working in partnership with multiple Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) groups to accomplish these certifications,” said General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “These products are a testament of our commitment to provide forward thinking and innovative technology solutions to our customers.”

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT’S CHARTER COMPANY TO ROLL OUT PRICE PLEDGE GUARANTEE

WestAir Charter, a division of Western Aircraft, announced today it is rolling out a new “Price Pledge” guarantee for all its charter quotes.

WestAir’s Charter “Price Pledge” states it will never bill clients for more than they were originally quoted. The only exceptions, clearly stated in the contract, are for itinerary changes and impromptu overnights. 

“This means there is no guesswork for our clients,” said Director of Flight Operations for WestAir Charter Jeff Matlock. “We believe in providing industry-leading quality service and our philosophy has always been that the relationship we have with our clients is based on trust. We feel this program is a good way to distinguish that viewpoint.”

WestAir Charter operates a fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, primarily serving the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico.

WestAir Charter will roll out the new program August 1, 2014.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT OPENS DOORS TO TWO NEW BUILDINGS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company,welcomed guests and held a ribbon cutting celebration today in honor of its most recent expansion.

The company added two new buildings totaling 26,000 square feet to its 18-acre leasehold. The new construction includes an expanded parts facility as well as a two-story infill building that houses support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation.

“This day has been made possible through the collaboration of the public and private sector as well as the support of our parent company Greenwich AeroGroup,” said President of Western Aircraft Jeff Mihalic. “We started this journey nearly four years ago with tremendous support from the City of Boise and the State of Idaho and today we thank all our partners for their efforts and contribution to our vision.”

“Western Aircraft is an important partner to the Boise Airport and a growing part of Boise’s resurgent economy,” said City of Boise Mayor David Bieter. “Western Aircraft has seen amazing success in recent years, and with that success has come a need for better facilities. I’m thrilled that the City of Boise and the Boise Airport are in a position to assist that expansion and help create more jobs and more opportunity here in the City of Trees.”

Mihalic added that Western’s business expansion was driven in large part by the sales tax exemption on installed parts passed by the Idaho legislature in 2012 and the growth of Western’s capabilities and sales force.

“Ninety-five percent of our customers are based outside of the state of Idaho. We’re now capturing customers from as far south as San Antonio, Texas and as far east as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

The overall expansion includes more than $2.3 million in new facilities and more than $2.4 million in facility improvements and specialized tooling. Additionally, due to the added business, Western Aircraft has increased staffing from 150 to 200 employees.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WITH CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS ON GEN-X e-ENABLING PROGRAM

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company,announced today that it is collaborating with Cathay Pacific Airways on its e-Enabled Aircraft Program. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the Supplemental Type Certificate for the Cathay Pacific e-Enabled Aircraft Program, and DAC International is providing the Gen-X e-Enabling AID device, selected by Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair for their fleet-wide aircraft implementation.

The second generation Gen-X system was specifically developed by DAC International to meet the stringent requirements of the Cathay Pacific program. The system will be installed in the flight deck and cabin to support a wide range of applications including: system interfaces to the aircraft navigation systems, EFB functionality for charts and aircraft documentation, communication system interfaces for text messaging, maintenance support, e-Commerce applications as well as cabin applications for in-flight services.

“We are honored to be part of the team that is implementing the most advanced e-Enabled solution in the airline industry,” said General Manager of DAC International Francisco Hernandez. “The Gen-X e-Enabling AID is a very cost effective solution that incorporates the latest processing technology and is designed to support an e-Enabling solution well into the future.”

Hernandez added that DAC International has already begun delivering units. The Gen-X e-Enabling AID will be installed on Cathay Pacific Boeing 777, 747/400F/-8F, Airbus A320/1 and A330 aircraft.   

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SUMMIT AVIATION ACCOMPLISHES CH-47 CHINOOK SUPPORT MILESTONE

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 200th depopulation of a Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

The program, which began at Summit in 2002, is designed to harvest parts from the United States Army’s “D” model aircraft to be installed onto new “F” or “G” models. The process starts with the removal of the major components such as rotor blades, engines, and transmissions followed by all other parts that will be used on the modified aircraft. After removal, approximately one thousand components and parts are cleaned, tagged and shipped to their next destination.

“We began this journey many years ago with Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems,” said General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “And today, our team is proud of the contribution we have made to the Chinook Program.”

Kunz added that Summit’s streamlining of the induction process over the years has resulted in a 20-percent reduction in cost to the program. Boeing recently awarded a second multi-year contract to Summit that will continue through 2018. 

By the conclusion of the “D” model aircraft program, Summit will have inducted 295 aircraft over a 16-year period.

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP SIGNS NEW DEALER FOR LIVEAERO

Greenwich AeroGroup continues to aggressively expand its dealer network domestically and internationally for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems.

The company recently signed Navicom Aviation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan to its dealer network. Navicom is a leading avionics systems and flight-following solution provider to the Japanese market and is also a current dealer for Greenwich AeroGroup’s DAC International.

LiveAero, developed by LiveTV, LLC of Melbourne, Fla., is the only fixed wing and rotorcraft data broadband solution that works everywhere in the world, including remote, oceanic and polar regions, for passengers requiring smartphone, tablet or laptop connectivity. Based upon the Iridium OpenPortTM broadband technology, the system has Wi-Fi enabled, bi-directional data effective speed of up to 300 kbps through network built in optimization. The system also includes three separate voice lines for calls to be placed anywhere in the world. Connectivity is available in the air or on the ground.

Other current dealers for the product include Greenwich AeroGroup’s Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C., Summit Aviation in Middletown, Del., and Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho; Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Spirit Avionics in Columbus, Ohio; Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, Dubai and Singapore; West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group with capabilities in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL RELEASES SECOND ITUNES APPLICATION

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company,announced today that Apple® has approved its GDC64 weather application.

The newly released weather app provides the iPad user a visual display of weather in the United States and Canada when connected to an HUT XM Receiver through DAC International’s GDC64 TAIU. Current display capabilities include U.S. radar, Canadian radar, strikes, shear, tops and satellite imagery.

“This new application will allow operators to see and react to potential weather related issues,” said General Manager of DAC International Francisco Hernandez. “The tool provides pilots with improved situational awareness, and affords them a means to plan diversions well ahead of time.”

The App, while not designed as a navigational tool, does allow for last known aircraft position display on the map. Users can zoom and pan to display desired map contents. And when displaying the aircraft icon, the map will automatically re-center when the icon reaches the edge of the map. The map is always drawn in the landscape position.

DAC previously released its first app, the GDC64 in May, 2013, which provides a means to configure the GDC64.

To obtain the new weather app from the iTunes store just search on GDC64 Wx or access the store via https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gdc64wx/id867717680?mt=8&uo=4 for iPhone or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gdc64wx/id867717680?mt=8&uo=4 for iPad.

                                                            

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