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SUMMIT AVIATION ADDS SIKORSKY S-76D™ TO ITS LIST OF AUTHORIZATIONS

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company has named it as an Authorized Customer Support Service Center for the new Sikorsky S-76D™ helicopter.

The authorization includes complete aftermarket support for scheduled maintenance and related services, including full maintenance management, inspections and spare-parts procurement.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Sikorsky,” said Summit Aviation’s Vice President and General Manager Ralph Kunz. “We are pleased that Sikorsky has once again entrusted our factory trained technicians and facility to support Sikorsky operators.”

According to Sikorsky, the S-76D is the quietest helicopter in its class and is equipped with the latest safety, reliability and efficiency technologies.

Summit Aviation is also an Authorized Service Center for Sikorsky’s S-76 Legacy helicopters.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL RENEWS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH NORTHROP GRUMMAN LITEF

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the renewal of its worldwide distributorship agreement with Northrop Grumman LITEF.

Northrop Grumman LITEF is the Germany-based navigation systems subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation that designs and manufactures highly reliable aircraft flight instrumentation including accelerometers and angular rate sensors, inertial measurement units, attitude and heading reference systems, and hybrid navigation systems. They also support the integration of their products with global navigation satellite systems for civil and military aircraft worldwide.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with Northrop Grumman,” said DAC International’s Vice President and General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “Our sales team is motivated by the company’s product line offerings and we look forward to continuing to work with them around the globe.”

DAC distributes the Northrop Grumman LITEF Commercial Reference family of products in aftermarket pursuits. These products are fitted to numerous rotorcraft and fixed-wing platforms by leading airframe original equipment manufacturers and support a wide range of aircraft in the retrofit business.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL NAMED DISTRIBUTOR FOR ITVS

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Imaging Technology and Visual Solutions (ITVS).

ITVS is a leading supplier of visual inspection products and solutions including videoscopes, surveillance equipment and endoscopic cameras. Working in concert with Inspection Technology Concepts, they design, manufacture and distribute imaging devices configured with state-of-the-art CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors (both found in digital cameras), including unique black and white CCDs for covert observation and detection.

“In support of furthering our expansion, ITVS has chosen DAC International as its Marketing and Sales Partner,” said ITVS President Gene McGarry. “DAC is a technically strong organization and our alliance with them will facilitate penetration of new markets in the United States and South America, supported with local presence and support.”

As an integrator, ITVS offers scalable and customized solutions compatible with a broad range of display and recording devices to optimize field portability, battery operation and quick deployment.

ITVS’ core markets include aerospace, aviation, power generation and security. DAC International will represent all of ITVS products in its various business markets.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST U.S. PILATUS LIFE EXTENSION PROGRAM

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is the first Pilatus Authorized Service Center in the United States to complete a Life Extension Program (LEP) on a Pilatus PC-12.

The LEP is a very detailed inspection which extends the life of an aircraft by several thousand hours. It requires the vast disassembly of the airframe enabling it to be evaluated and rebuilt to a similar condition as when it left the assembly line brand new. The inspection is scheduled for a minimum of three months of maintenance time along with extensive assessment and engineering hours to research the aircrafts repair history.

“This is an all-encompassing Service Bulletin that requires a major tear-down inspection,” said Western’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “Windows, landing gear, floors, interior, engines and more are removed so our engineers can look for wear and tear, corrosion or any other issues that may prove to be a problem. The entire aircraft and its systems are inspected in-depth and extensive Non Destructive Testing (NDT) is also part of the inspection process.”

During the LEP, many modifications and upgrades are also accomplished to bring the aircraft up-to-date with the product improvements that have become available since the PC-12 was first introduced. Any component or structure that does not meet specs is replaced or repaired with full Pilatus factory support.

Western Aircraft joins Levaero Aviation in Canada as the only Pilatus authorized Service Centers in the world to have completed this task.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES PART 25 AML STC FOR CMA-6800 DISPLAY

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has received Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate for the Esterline CMA-6800 Display for the Hawker 800/800XP/1000, Bombardier’s Challenger 601-3A/3R, Dash 8–100/200/300 and its 415 Superscooper, Cessna Citation 650, Dassault Falcon 900, Fokker 50 and the Gulfstream III.

“This new product has many benefits,” said Vice President and General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “Among those are its form-fit-function replacement, higher reliability and its additional I/O and processor growth provisions for future mandates.”

The CMA-6800 Electronic Display system was designed to replace the aging Honeywell ED-800 Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays. DAC International partnered with Peregrine to complete the engineering, test and certification activity required for this new STC.

In addition to the platforms listed, DAC International is expecting to add additional aircraft types within the next few months to the AML list.

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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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