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WESTERN AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES RETURNING EMPLOYEES

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the return of two former employees to key positions within the sales organization.

 Walt Marcy rejoins the company as its Avionics Sales Manager. Mr. Marcy began his career as an avionics technician in the United States Navy. He entered the business aviation avionics market in 1985 and has worked for a number of well-known companies in the industry including AMR Combs, Tulsair Beechcraft and Duncan Aviation. Mr. Marcy led avionics sales at Western Aircraft from 2012-2014. Most recently, he served as an Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Lee Miles also rejoins Western Aircraft as a Regional Sales Manager for jet aircraft. Mr. Miles began his aviation career in 1988 working as a Storekeeper for Allied Signal Aerospace and then served in material planning roles with both McDonnell Douglas and Evergreen Airlines. He joined Western Aircraft in 1996 as an Inventory Supervisor and was subsequently promoted to the role of Regional Sales Manager from 1999 to 2016. He most recently held the position of Regional Sales Manager with Dassault Aircraft Services.

Both begin their duties this week and will be based in Boise, Idaho.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT RECEIVES SILVER BOEING PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Western Aircraft maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the performance period, from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016.

This year, 480 suppliers achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Western Aircraft is among 402 suppliers to be awarded the Silver level of recognition and it is the company’s seventh consecutive year to be acknowledged.

“We are honored to receive this Supplier Excellence Award from Boeing,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President and General Manager Austin Shontz. “Western Aircraft is committed to delivering quality services that exceed our customer’s expectations. On behalf of everyone at Western Aircraft, we thank Boeing for this recognition.”

Western Aircraft currently provides inspection and repair work on F-15 tire and wheel assemblies flown out of Mountain Home Air Force Base.

For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit http://www.boeingsuppliers.com/awards.html.

 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In 1957, The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. It was the same year that Morrison-Knudsen Corporation launched out on its own adventure and 60 years later, the company that would be later known as Western Aircraft is still flying.

Western Aircraft began as the corporate flight department for the Morrison-Knudsen Corporation (MK), headquartered in Boise, Idaho. In 1957, MK responded to an overwhelming need for aircraft repair services by applying for and receiving its first FAA Certified Repair Station Certificate on March 29, 1957. During the 1980s, three more hangars were added and the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morrison-Knudsen Corporation incorporated under the name of Western Aircraft, Inc.

In 1995, Al Hilde, Jr., and Allen Hoyt purchased the company from MK and over the next 12 years, the company became the world’s largest PC-12 dealer as well as a major Falcon and King Air Authorized Service Center, driving Western’s growth. In July 2007, the company was purchased by Greenwich AeroGroup and Western Aircraft’s advancement pattern continued to prosper due to the formation of various OEM relationships and the addition of capabilities. Since that time, the company has also made significant investments in people, training, tooling, technology and the facilities.

“I look at the humble beginnings of this company and where we are 60 years later and I’m so proud to be part of this organization,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President and General Manager Austin Shontz. “This company owes its success to its dedicated ownership, its customers and the talented team of employees that have helped it to continue to move forward since 1957.”

The company will hold an official 60th-anniversary celebration later this year.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT WRAPS UP THIRD FALCON 7X C INSPECTION

Western Aircraft, Inc., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its third Dassault Falcon 7X 1C inspection complete with a provisional Gogo Biz 4G system installed. The company is teaming up with Gogo Business Aviation for completion of a Supplemental Type Certification for installation of Gogo Biz 4G on all versions of the Falcon 2000 model aircraft.

The most recent 7X C Check involved compliance with Fuel Tank service bulletins 7X-0338 and 7X-0353. Another bulletin F7X-0379 (Bolt installation correction at LH and RH frame bolts at FR36 and FR39) was completed with the assistance of Latécoère Aeroservice who provided on-site training and certified three Western Aircraft A&P mechanics. Western Aircraft is now fully authorized to complete SB F7X-0379.

“Our last two aircraft were both equipped with Gogo ATG 5000/UCS 5000 systems, and provisional wiring for the new Gogo 4G system,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “A new Gogo transceiver and antenna will be installed once Gogo certifies its 4G components.”

The Gogo 4G system includes services such as Gogo Vision, providing the latest movies and TV episodes, flight tracker, weather reports, and additional features; Gogo Text & Talk, allowing passengers to call and text with their personal smartphones and mobile numbers; streaming video and audio; as well as face-to-face conversations with a user’s favorite applications; email with attachments; and web browsing – on a proven network throughout the continental U.S. and large portions of Alaska and Canada.

Western Aircraft is well underway in developing an STC for Gogo’s 4G system that will cover all Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft including the EX, EASy, DX, LX, S and LXS. Federal Aviation Administration Certification is expected by the second quarter of 2017.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT HIRES SALES DIRECTOR

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Kerry Heiss to lead its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sales and marketing team.

Mr. Heiss most recently served as a senior manager of marketing and product management for BendixKing Avionics in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prior to that, he was with StandardAero in Tempe, Ariz. where he held director-level positions in international and domestic sales operations and finance functions.

In his new role as Western Aircraft’s Director of MRO Sales and Marketing, his primary responsibilities will be overseeing the company’s sales team and identifying new territories and products for continued revenue growth.

Mr. Heiss is a United States Navy veteran and holds a bachelor’s degree in German from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from Cameron University. He also has a commercial pilot’s license with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

He will be based in Boise, Idaho

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SUMMIT AVIATION ADDS REGIONAL SALES REP

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Matt Tarczynski as a regional sales representative.

In his role, Mr. Tarczynski will be responsible for sales of custom Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms for law enforcement and government organizations utilizing rotor and fixed wing aircraft.

Before joining Summit, he spent 26 years with the Pennsylvania State Police serving in various positions within the Aviation Section including Administrative Trooper, Airplane Unit Supervisor, Aviation Maintenance Unit Supervisor, and his most recent position being Lieutenant- Commander, Special Services Section. Mr. Tarcyznski holds a Commercial Pilot certificate with Airplane Single & Multiengine Instrument Rating and has flown over 4000 hours conducting personnel transports, speed enforcement and criminal surveillances.

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Western Aircraft Partners With Gogo Business Aviation To Develop STCs For Gogo 4G Service

As Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leader in connected airplanes, continues toward its scheduled launch of its 4G service in the first half of 2017, Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company is currently developing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the new system.

Western Aircraft is an authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo dealer. It will develop STCs for Gogo’s 4G system for Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft and will participate as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other business aircraft.

“The new Gogo 4G system is something our operators are excited to add to their aircraft,” said Austin Shontz, vice president and general manager for Western Aircraft. “Our experienced avionics technicians are experts in Gogo’s system installations and they are ready for the next step with 4G. We’re excited to certify the new system when it’s ready to launch in the coming months.”

Gogo will deliver a 4G experience with reliable connectivity for passengers over existing technologies. The new service will include services such as Gogo Vision, providing the latest movies and TV episodes, flight tracker, weather reports, and additional features; Gogo Text & Talk, allowing passengers to call and text with their personal smart phones and mobile numbers; streaming video and audio; as well as face-to-face conversations with a user’s favorite applications; email with attachments; and web browsing – on a proven network in the continental U.S. and large portions of Alaska and Canada.

“Western Aircraft remains one of Gogo’s trusted partners with expertise and a long-standing reputation of delivering great service to its clients,” said Andy Geist, senior vice president of business aviation solutions for Gogo. “As we progress toward the launch of the Gogo 4G service in 2017, and our next generation network in 2018, partners like Western Aircraft are crucial to ensuring our customers will have our service and experience to bring the system to the market.”

Created specifically for the business aviation market, Gogo’s 4G system is a specially designed application of Gogo’s air-to-ground technology that leverages its existing ground network of more than 250 towers, fiber backhaul and technology that has already flown hundreds of thousands of hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft. The 4G equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single, lightweight box.

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TRUATLANTIC SECURES EASA APPROVAL

TruAtlantic Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Cessna 206, 207 and 210 series SmoothRide Engine Mount System and Cessna 210 and Bonanza Exhaust Headers.

“EASA approval is an important milestone for us,” said TruAtlantic’s Vice President and General Manager Ralph Kunz. “These supplemental type certificates can benefit operators across the world to help ensure the life and performance of the aircraft.”

TruAtlantic’s Cessna SmoothRide Engine Mount System provides a dramatic reduction of engine vibration to the cockpit environment. The SmoothRide Engine Mount System also
provides increased support preventing sag, restoring thrust efficiency and eliminating the need to shim the engine mounts periodically.

The Exhaust Headers design incorporates multiple slip-joints which reduce the tendency for cracking and they are fabricated from stainless steel. This STC modification shows an increase of up to seven horsepower and equalized back pressure across all cylinders. All Bonanzas and Cessna 210’s equipped with Continental IO-520 or IO-550 engines can take advantage of this modification.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT NAMED DEALER FOR ADVENT AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been named an Advent Aircraft Systems dealer for its Advent eABSTM anti-skid braking system fort the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air B300 and B200 aircraft.

The eABS is an affordable, lightweight and easily installed system that requires no change to your existing brake system. It provides improved braking performance in all conditions, reduces the risk of flat-spotted or blown tires, lessens the risk of prop erosion and FOD ingestion and allows for hard braking at touchdown speeds.

“We are thrilled to be working with Advent Aircraft Systems,” said Vice President and General Manager of Western Aircraft Austin Shontz. “The company’s innovative offerings expand the opportunities available to our Pilatus and King Air customers.”

This is the first eABS for the PC-12 and King Air aircraft and the system is proving to be of particular interest to flight departments that transition pilots from ABS equipped aircraft.

“We are proud to have Western Aircraft, the largest Pilatus PC-12 dealer in the world selling, and installing the eABS,” said Tom Grunbeck Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Advent Aircraft Systems. “Western has terrific knowledge of the benefits and technology the eABS will offer its customers.”

The eABS was first certified on the Eclipse EA500/550 in December 2013 with over 110 Systems in operation to date. In addition to the certification for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air B300/B300C/B200, Advent’s eABS is currently planned or being developed for other aircraft types, such as the Beechcraft T-6B/C and USAF T-38C, for both retrofit and OEM application.

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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.

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