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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ROLLING ALONG WITH GOGO AVANCE L5 INFLIGHT WI-FI SYSTEM INSTALLATIONS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 10th installation of Gogo’s AVANCE L5 broadband Air-to-Ground (ATG) in-flight Wi-Fi system, with several more aircraft under contract.

Western has fitted the Gogo® AVANCE L5 as stand-alone installations and as upgrades to existing Gogo ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems. To date, Western has completed installs on the following aircraft models: Falcon 7X, 900DX, 900EX EASy, 2000EX EASy, 2000LX, Classic 2000 and Gulfstream G550. Upcoming installations include various models of Citation and Hawker aircraft.

“Gogo’s AVANCE L5 gives our customers the ability to do the things they need to do to remain productive during a flight or enjoy a little downtime by being able to stream media, watch on-demand movies, get real-time data for cockpit apps and more,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales and Business Development Manager Walt Marcy. “Additionally, the AVANCE L5 operates on the Gogo Biz 4G network – one of the most trusted networks available to business aviation.”

Delivering a 4G experience to the cabin, Gogo AVANCE L5 delivers faster speeds and enhanced network capacity enabling activities such as live streaming video and audio, personal smartphone use, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. The Gogo AVANCE platform offers a one-box software-centric solution that includes a built-in 4G LTE terrestrial modem providing connectivity while the aircraft is on the ground in more than 120 countries.

Western is an authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo Business Aviation dealer.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES INTRODUCES BLUE- CHIP LANDING GEAR WARRANTY

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has extended its warranty coverage on landing gear from two years to five years.

One of the longest warranty periods in the industry, the Blue-Chip warranty covers workmanship for the landing gear of all business jets, turboprops and commercial and regional aircraft Professional Aircraft works on.

“The concept of offering the warranty extension is directly related to the quality of work we are doing when the gear is here at our facility,” said Professional Aircraft’s Technical Operations Director Billy McLean. “Our company has a solid reputation and proven track record when it comes to providing these services. We don’t take shortcuts that could lead to premature failure which is evident in our less than one percent warranty rate.”

McLean added that Professional Aircraft Accessories is focused on “repair rather than replace,” citing examples of proprietary repairs the company has created, such as the Bombardier CRJ200 NLG fitting sleeve repair, that not only reduces the scrap rate but also increases reliability. Another example is the CRJ700 chrome repairs that were developed for the MLG axle sleeves that saves them from being scrapped due to excessive wear.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES DEVELOPS NEW STEERCLEAR STEERING MODULE COVER

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently designed for Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft a new Nose Wheel Steering module enclosure shell, dubbed the SteerClear, that significantly prevents the build-up of contaminants on the NWS module and increases the longevity of the interior components.

The SteerClear modification includes the addition of three sheet metal parts and a spill sleeve shaft housing.

“This steering module sits in the cockpit near the air return, resulting in lots of air, dust and contaminants shooting through this unit and sticking to the components,” said Professional Aircraft Accessories Production Engineer Brett Willenbacher. “SteerClear encloses the unit by 98-percent, significantly reducing the amount of debris that can gather on the unit. The enclosure also adds rigidity to the unit, with technical test documents showing better test times and readings.”

Willenbacher added that during an inspection, a sticky substance is sometimes found in the bushing and on the shaft of the Handwheel. It is believed that this is a contributing factor to the failure of the return-time test for the Modules. Professional Aircraft’s engineers redesigned the original shaft housing and created a spill sleeve that prevents liquids from traveling down inside the Tiller shaft.

No significant weight difference is incurred with SteerClear, and the functionality of the unit does not change.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of SkyWest and Professional Aircraft Accessories

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES EXTENDS SCOPE OF OPERATIONS TO INCLUDE BOEING 737 LANDING GEAR AND IDGS

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is now offering complete landing gear overhaul and repair services on Boeing 737 700/800 model aircraft, as well as component repair and overhaul services on Boeing 737 Integrated Drive Generators.

An Aircraft Component Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility, Professional Aircraft Accessories has been providing comprehensive component repairs and landing gear overhaul for more than two decades.

“Adding Boeing 737 landing gear and IDG repair to our capabilities was a natural evolution given our extensive experience and successful history with other fleet types,” said Professional Aircraft Accessories Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Iddon. “We have more than 20 years of very successful experience working with large landing gears such as Lockheed Martin’s P-3, Bombardier CRJs, and Embraer regional aircraft. Our team is extremely proficient when it comes to providing integrated landing gear services.”

Professional Aircraft currently provides commercial and regional aircraft CR&O services for Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier CRJ, Embraer ERJ and Lockheed Martin aircraft.

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PC-24 SUPER VERSATILE JET TO AUTHORIZED PILATUS CENTER WESTERN AIRCRAFT DELIVERED

The Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, took delivery of the first PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to the Pilatus dealer network.

In a ceremony at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s facility in Broomfield, Colorado, Western Aircraft, an Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center since 1996, took delivery of PC-24 serial number 102. It is the second production delivery of the newly certified Super Versatile Jet.

Western Aircraft, based in Boise, Idaho, sells and services Pilatus aircraft in the northwestern United States. Covering Alaska, Northern California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Western Aircraft has sold more than 230 new Pilatus PC-12s, making it the most successful dealership in the world for the popular single-engine turboprop.

Western’s focus on superior customer service has also been a key part of the Pilatus service network’s achievement of 16 consecutive years of number 1 ranked customer support, as rated by independent industry surveys.

Phil Winters, Vice President of Sales and Charter for Western Aircraft, was on hand to accept their new aircraft, and commented: “We are very proud to be the first Pilatus dealer to take delivery of this fantastic new aircraft. Pilatus exceeded all the ambitious performance targets it promised five years ago when the PC-24 was unveiled to the public. Of course, being a partner with Pilatus for over 20 years, we know how they under-promise and over-deliver, so we did not hesitate to order as many PC-24s as they would let us take.”

Markus Bucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, was present when Winters accepted the PC-24 at the factory in Stans, Switzerland, and stated: “We are honored to have Western Aircraft be the first Pilatus Center to take delivery of the PC-24. We share the common core values of putting the customer first, providing outstanding quality in both aircraft and service, and having a relationship grounded in integrity and trust. Western Aircraft has been an outstanding partner with Pilatus for more than 20 years, and their success is our success.”

Winters continued: “There is nothing else like the PC-24 on the market, and demand for it has been much higher than we anticipated. Even though we’ve received more than a dozen offers to buy this first aircraft, we’ve decided to take it into inventory and use it as a demonstrator over the next year. That gives us the ability to show it to existing order holders, and also to prospective customers who want to get in on the next block of aircraft when Pilatus re-opens the order book.”

Western Aircraft flight crews have already completed their PC-24 type ratings at FlightSafety International, and the maintenance teams have been through training, as well. All special support tooling and spare parts for the PC-24 are already in inventory. Western has enrolled the aircraft in the PC-24’s comprehensive CrystalCare™ engine, airframe, and avionics maintenance program, and will base the aircraft at their headquarters in Boise, Idaho. In addition to demonstration flying, the aircraft will eventually be available for charter on a limited basis.

 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT RESPONDS TO DEMAND – Adds a Seventh Fuel Truck

An increasing number of flights into the Boise Airport (KBOI) along with an increased amount of fuel pumped has prompted Western Aircraft to add a seventh fuel truck to its fleet.

The Maintenance Repair and Fixed Based Operation is based at the Airport and provides fuel support for general and corporate aviation and airlines.

“We are currently the largest supplier of fuel for the Boise Airport delivering more than 21 million gallons of fuel per year,” said Western Aircraft’s Line Service Manager Dan Milender. “Our new 7,000-gallon truck is our third with a lift deck, which gives us even more reliable, safe service to large aircraft.”

In addition to its corporate and airline support, Western Aircraft also holds the Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the field through its partnership with AvFuel. Furthermore, in the summer it provides fuel support for aerial firefighting aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT BEEFS UP AVIONICS AND TURBOPROP SUPPORT

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired one new person and promoted two others as part of its ongoing investment in avionics and turboprop support.

Don West has been promoted from Avionics Lead to Avionics Sales Account Manager supporting Western’s MRO Sales and Marketing team. A native of Delaware, Mr. West joined Western Aircraft in 2000 as an Avionics Technician. He was subsequently promoted several times, culminating in his most recent role as Avionics Lead. He also currently serves in the Idaho Air National Guard as an Integrated Avionics Comm/Nav Mission Systems Craftsman. Mr. West has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Avionics Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Avionics Repairman certificate.

Paul Harrington joins Western Aircraft serving as an Avionics Team Lead. Mr. Harrington has spent the last 20 years with Jet Aviation in St. Louis, most recently serving as its Challenger Team Avionics Lead, and prior to that Paul served as an aircraft electrician in the United States Army. He holds a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License.

Jeff Watson has been promoted to Turbo Prop Service Manager. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving for four years as an F-18 aircraft hydraulic mechanic. Mr. Watson is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and a graduate of Idaho State University who has served in various roles within Western Aircraft’s maintenance department for more than 11 years, most recently as the company’s Jet Team Lead.

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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES RECEIVES AS9120 CERTIFICATE

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9120:2016 Rev.B Quality Management Standards certification.

The AS9100/AS9120, the internationally adopted Quality Management System (QMS) for the Aerospace industry has changed in order to be aligned with ISO9001:2015 which Professional Aviation Associates has also achieved. The focus of the new standards is in the context of the organization, risk-based thinking and enhanced leadership responsibilities directed at improving quality and customer satisfaction.

“This approval demonstrates our commitment to a strong base of systems and procedures that ensure quality service to our customers,” said Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates James Walker. “We made the decision to move forward and start the required ISO transition before the 2018 deadline and our team worked extremely hard to perform a full rework of our Quality Manual, Standard Operating Procedures, Forms and Work Instructions in order to meet the latest standards.”

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP ANNOUNCES CORPORATE NAME CHANGE FOR TRUATLANTIC MANUFACTURING

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it is changing the name of its subsidiary TruAtlantic Manufacturing in Kernersville, N.C. to Summit Aviation. The name change leverages the strength of Summit’s manufacturing product lines. The change is effective immediately.

“It made sense to bring TruAtlantic into the weave with Summit’s other manufacturing capabilities,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup and Vice President and General Manager for Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “TruAtlantic was already reporting to us and now we can align our corporate and product brand identities to offer customers seamless manufacturing services through Summit Aviation.”

Currently, Summit Aviation offers manufacturing services based out of its locations in Middletown, Del., Somerset, Ky., and now Kernersville, N.C.

TruAtlantic was formed in 2014 when Greenwich AeroGroup retained the manufacturing side of then-owned Atlantic Aero upon its divestiture to Landmark Aviation. Summit’s Somerset operations began in 2007 and it has quadrupled its business over the last four years.

“In the last 10 years we have seen significant growth in our manufacturing capabilities and customers at all three locations,” added Kunz. “It’s a testament to the hard work of our team and our commitment to providing top-notch products and services to our customers.”

Along with the name change, the company created a new manufacturing website that can be found at www.summitaviationmfg.com.

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Blackhawk Welcomes Western Aircraft to Authorized Dealer Network

Blackhawk Modifications, Inc. is proud to welcome Western Aircraft, A Greenwich AeroGroup Company, to their global network of Authorized Dealers. Located in Boise, Idaho, Western Aircraft is an FAA authorized service center, certified aircraft repair station (FE6R532N), and worldwide distributor of parts and avionics for many of the world’s top aircraft manufacturers and OEMs such as Cessna Aircraft, Dassault Falcon, Beechcraft, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, Universal Avionics, Pilatus and many other major suppliers to the corporate and general aviation industry. The addition of Western Aircraft expands Blackhawk’s Dealer Network to 84 Authorized Dealers worldwide.

“Western Aircraft is excited to collaborate with Blackhawk,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kerry Heiss. “We are a full-service modification center for King Airs and we believe our customers will benefit greatly from this relationship and all that Blackhawk has to offer.”

Western Aircraft is currently installing a Blackhawk XP52 Engine+ Upgrade on a King Air B200 at their facility in Boise. As a result, this B200 will see a 31% increase in available horsepower which translates into a 27-knot gain in cruise speed, increased high/hot takeoff performance, and an approximate operating cost savings of more than $45,000 per year.

“We’re excited to bring Western Aircraft on as an Authorized Blackhawk Dealer,” said Blackhawk’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Edwin Black. “They are truly a one-stop-shop with a great reputation that draws aircraft from all over the country. They focus on quality and customer service, which are two important characteristics that Blackhawk looks for in qualifying our Authorized Dealers.”

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