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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.

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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.”

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AERO PRECISION RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXPORT

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today presented Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, with the President’s “E” Star Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The President’s “E” Star Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Aero Precision has demonstrated a sustainable commitment to export expansion,” said Secretary Pritzker in her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient. “The “E” Awards Committee was impressed with Aero Precision’s dedication to customer relations through personalized visits and the company’s participation in trade events was also particularly notable. Aero Precision’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

“Exporting continues to be the foundation of our sales growth, and we are honored to receive the “E” Star Award,” said Aero Precision’s Vice President of Business Development Ertugrul Turhal. “Eighty-four percent of our 2015 sales were from foreign customers and that trend will continue as our international relationships increase and strengthen. We are proud to export U.S. products to more than 60 countries and keep their aircraft flying.”

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II “E” symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America’s exporters. Today, Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s “E” Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Record years of successive export growth and an applicant’s demonstration of an innovative international marketing plan that led to the increase in exports is a significant factor in selecting the winners.

For more information about the “E” Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit www.export.gov.

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AERO PRECISION SIGNS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH AEROCONTROLEX

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today an exclusive distribution agreement with AeroControlex, a leading Aerospace and Defense supplier of Mechanical Actuators, Ball Bearing Control Cables, Gearboxes, Cockpit Controls, Tension Products, Hydraulic, Fuel, Lube and Coolant Scavenge Pumps.

 

“This agreement strengthens an ongoing and growing relationship between Aero Precision and AeroControlex,” said Aero Precision’s Director of International Business Development Scott R. Butler. “Our worldwide reach will optimize the offering for aftermarket customers of AeroControlex products and MRO services.”

 

“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with Aero Precision in the international marketplace. Their reach and knowledge will allow AeroControlex to better serve defense customers throughout the world,” said AeroControlex’s Director of Sales and Marketing Michael Carney.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES EXPANDS OPERATIONS STAFF

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today that it has hired aviation veteran Alain Berube as its Vice President of Technical Operations.

Mr. Berube will be based in Titusville and will be responsible for overseeing operations for repair and overhaul, engineering, manufacturing and testing at that location as well as the company’s Miami location.

He most recently served as Vice President/General Manager of Turboprops, Airlines and Fleets for Standard Aero’s Winnipeg facility and prior to that he was with Volvo Aero Services as its Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Operations.

“As we continue to grow our operations in Titusville and Miami it is imperative that we have the expertise to take us to the next level,” said President of Professional Aircraft Accessories David Miller. “Alain’s background and experience is an excellent fit to help us accomplish our goals and objectives.”

Professional Aircraft Accessories has also hired Mark Smith to serve as the Operations Director for the company’s Miami facility. Mr. Smith most recently served as the FAA Production Manager for Jet Aviation Specialists in Miami, Fla., and prior to that as the Operations Plant Manager for L-3 Communications in Crestview, Fla., following several roles of increasing responsibility at General Electric after leaving the Unites States Air Force in 1992.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH THOMAS GLOBAL SYSTEMS

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today that it has reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Thomas Global Systems, a manufacturer of flight deck avionics and special mission systems.

Recognized as a leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defense applications, Thomas Global Systems has offices and facilities in Sydney, Australia and Irvine, Calif. Under the agreement, DAC will serve as a worldwide distributor of Thomas Global’ s pioneering range of plug-and-play CRT-to-LCD avionic display products.

“We are thrilled to be working with Thomas Global Systems,” said DAC International’s Vice President and General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “It is an innovative company that has produced high-quality avionics for decades and expands the options available to our customers.”

The products covered by the agreement, are designed to be drop-in CRT-to-LCD cockpit retrofit solutions that use existing symbol generators and EFIS controllers installed on a range of corporate aircraft and do not require aircrew retraining.

The units offer owners and operators both financial and technological benefits including reduced weight, power consumption and costs and increased reliability compared to CRT displays. CRT obsolescence risk is eliminated and allows a growth path for additional functionality. The TFD-8601 is currently installed in numerous aircraft worldwide.

 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ACHIEVES PILATUS MILESTONE

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is the first Pilatus dealer in the world to have sold 200 new Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

“This is an exciting milestone for our team at Western Aircraft as well as our partners at Pilatus,” said Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Charter Management Phil Winters. “We have all worked hard to ensure that our clients Pilatus ownership experience meets their ‘Pilatus Class’ expectations before, during and after the sale.”

The Pilatus PC-12 NG has gained a reputation for outstanding versatility, performance, reliability and operational flexibility. It is one of the most popular turbine-powered business aircraft on the market today with more than 1,400 aircraft having been sold. It is used for personal and executive transport, cargo, air ambulance, airline and government special missions.

Western Aircraft has been an authorized PC-12 dealer and service center since 1996. In addition to the PC-12, they also sell the Pilatus PC-6, PC-7 and in 2017 will sell the PC-24 ‘Super Versatile Jet.’

The company will be holding a formal celebration of this achievement on April 12, 2016.

 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT RECEIVES OSHA’S SHARP AWARD

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it received its fifth OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) covering a span of ten consecutive years.

“Safety for both our customers and our employees is engrained in our culture,” said Western Aircraft’s Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Dan Zegar. “We strive to be a leading example in our industry through a continuously evolving safety program.”

According to OSHA, the national average DART (Days Away, Restrictions and Transfers) rate for 2015 is 3.4 and Western Aircraft documented a Dart rate of 0.59 for 2015. The national average for TRC (Total Recordable Cases) rate for 2015 is 5.1 and Western Aircraft documented a TRC rate of 1.78 for 2015.

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 operate excellent safety and health management systems. It is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT NAMES DIRECTOR OF AIRCRAFT SERVICES

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has appointed Jody Harris as its Director of Aircraft Services.

With more than 17 years in aviation, Mr. Harris started his position at Western Aircraft in 1999 as a maintenance technician and most recently served as the company’s Senior Service Manager.

“Jody’s background, expertise and character makes him the ideal person for this position,” said Vice President and General Manager for Western Aircraft Austin Shontz. “He knows our capabilities and our customers and his leadership is evident.”

A U.S. Army Persian Gulf War veteran, Mr. Harris served six years as a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter Flight Engineer. He holds an Associate Degree in Aviation Management from Eastern New Mexico University as well an Airframe and Powerplant Certificate.

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IDAHO GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL PERMANENTLY REMOVING SALES TAX ON INSTALLED AIRCRAFT PARTS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed bill H.361, which removes the sunset provision on the sales tax exemption for aircraft parts installed on out-of-state aircraft. Without the bill, the tax exemption would have expired on June 30, 2016.

“This legislation nets a financial gain for the state of Idaho,” said Vice President and General Manager for Western Aircraft Austin Shontz. “The removal of this provision allows Western Aircraft and other Federal Aviation Administration approved repair stations to continue to attract business that is now performed in other states and perform that work in Idaho.”

Western Aircraft’s primary competitors currently operate in states that do not tax aircraft parts installed on aircraft during maintenance. The sales tax exemption bill was originally passed in 2012, but contained a sunset provision that would have allowed the exemption to expire in June 2016 without action by the legislature.

Idaho House and Senate floor sponsors Rep. Moyle and Sen. Steve Vick, as well as Sens. Chuck Winder and Grant Burgoyne were a critical part of the initiative to remove the sunset provision.

“The sales tax exemption has helped Western Aircraft grow its business and make significant capital investments,” said Shontz. “We feel this is a big win for the state of Idaho both in terms of growing jobs and building the aviation industry for the future.”

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