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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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HELIVIA AERO TAXI PARTNERS WITH C-FLY TO SHUTTLE VIPS DURING 2014 WORLD CUP

Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it will be the sole provider supporting C-Fly and Jet Aviation with VIP helicopter shuttle service to and from Galeão, Rio de Janeiro’s, International Airport during the 2014 World Cupwhich takes place June 12 – July 13, 2014 in 12 cities across Brazil.

C-Fly has obtained the exclusive rights to implement and coordinate an ‘open hangar’ operation, similar to other major international sporting events worldwide. With very few slots available in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão will act as the staging ground to support other nearby cities for most of this business jet activity arriving for the World Cup.

“There is room for approximately 300 business jets on part of the apron at Galeão Airport,” said Chief Executive Officer of C-Fly Francisco Lyra. “Although the opening game is in São Paulo it can be easily serviced by Helivia’s helicopter shuttle service.”

In partnership with C-Fly, Helivia Aero Taxi will provide VIP shuttle service utilizing its Sikorsky 76C+ aircraft configured with 6, 8 and 12 seats to transport VIPs to and from Galeão.

“I see this type of service providing a much needed secure alternative to ground transportation,” said President of Greenwich AeroGroup Brasil John Fenton.  “It will be an unprecedented hectic period before, during and after the games.” 

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HELIVIA AERO TAXI ADDS TECHNICAL MANAGER

Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of Gabriela Teixeira da Silva Ribeiro as its Technical Manager.

Ms. Teixeira will be responsible for the technical compliance for Helivia, including overseeing the maintenance practices and ensuring Helivia meets the compliance requirements with Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), and maintaining overall accountability for the Technical Quality system within the organization.

Previously, Ms. Teixeira served as the Maintenance Manager for Senior Taxi Aereo where she led and implemented improvements in routine maintenance planning and programming, increasing fleet availability. Prior to Senior Taxi Aereo, she served in various capacities including Operations Coordinator, New Projects Coordinator and Maintenance Engineer with Lider Aviation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical-Aeronautical Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and has completed specific type courses on the S76, AW139 aircraft, including their respective engines. 

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DAC INTERNATIONAL AND INGENIO AEROSPACE INTRODUCE SMART SOLUTIONS TO THE EUROPEAN MARKET

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, and INGENIO Aerospace announce they will debut their new partnership and products at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland May 20-22, 2014. 

“We are excited to share these new Wi-Fi connectivity and content distribution solutions with the European market,” said General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “Stylized design, flexibility and functionality are at the core of the INGENIO Smart Solutions.”

For the first time at EBACE, INGENIO Aerospace and DAC International will be showcasing the Smart Cabin Arm, Smart Cockpit Arm and Smartphone Holder. This suite of products accommodates different formats and supports all leading tablets, Electronic Flight Bags, smartphones and MP3 players.

 

“All of our products are developed to be visually appealing, as well as highly functional and robust,” said President of INGENIO Aerospace James Bell. “Whether it is for the cockpit or cabin our objective is to purposefully engineer and meet the technical requirements of the industry while also providing ergonomic, reliable and thoughtfully designed products.”

INGENIO, based in Montreal, Canada, specializes in the stylized design and development of electro-mechanical products and systems for both commercial and corporate aviation. DAC International provides worldwide sales, customer support and distribution of the Smart Solutions to ensure superior response to operator’s needs.

For more information on these products, visit the Greenwich AeroGroup booth #5639 at EBACE.

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP COMPLETES MERGER OF TWO OF ITS BUSINESS UNITS

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that Matrix Aviation in Wichita, Kan., has completed its merger with its sister company Professional Aviation Associates in Atlanta, Ga. The merger positions the combined companies to provide customers one point of contact with access to a wider support structure and broader array of products and services.

The newly merged companies are also now located in a new 46,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Distribution Facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new location provides employees with modern office and warehouse space and is equipped to provide superior support and responsiveness for customer’s critical requirements and aircraft on ground (AOG) needs.                                                                               

“The completion of this merger is a major step forward in expanding our product offerings, while improving our flexibility and financial strength,” said Greenwich AeroGroup’s Senior Vice President for CR&O and Distribution Dave Miller. “As a combined organization, we will work to deliver benefits to our customers, create value for our shareholders and enhance the careers of our employees.”

Miller added that the companies will continue to operate under their current names until a new name has been determined for the combined entity.

 

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES ANAC APPROVAL FOR ITS ADS-B OUT SOLUTION FOR THE SIKORSKY 76 PLATFORM

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has approved its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor for ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C models.

The TSO-certified 1201 GPS/WAAS Sensor provides position, velocity, and time (PVT) data to integrated navigation systems. Small, lightweight, attractively priced and easily installed, the 1201 supports oceanic and domestic, enroute, terminal, non-precision approach and departure operations and meets ADS-B accuracy requirements worldwide.

Trig’s TT22 transponder replaces the non ADS-B transponder and is the smallest and lightest (0.8 lbs) transponder, allowing the unit to fit into the tightest of panel spaces. It is an approved Class 1 transponder which meets the ADS-B functions of DO-260B Class B1S as well as FAA TSO C112c and C166b. The Trig TT22 also meets all equal ETSO requirements in Europe. 

The STC was previously approved by the United States Federal Aviation Administration in March of this year.

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