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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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SUMMIT AVIATION SECURES CONTRACT TO SUPPORT ATIRCM PROGRAM

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has been awarded a contract to support the United States Army Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure Program (ATIRCM).

The Program is contracted through Cargo PM to support the installation of aircraft survivability equipment on new CH-47F aircraft. Summit Aviation will modify up 150 aircraft. The ATIRCM Equipment is a laser based anti-missile defense system. The contract includes having Summit Aviation incorporate the structural and avionic components of the system utilizing customer provided Modification Work Order and engineering. Once the structural and avionic components of the system are permanently installed on the aircraft, the laser equipment is temporarily installed for live fire testing of the laser system.

“We are excited to be able to contribute to this important Program,” said Summit Aviation’s Director of Government and Defense Services Wesley Schroeder. “Our facility is set up to fully support the installation of the needed equipment along with the systems live laser testing to ensure proper functioning.”

Once the aircraft installation and scheduled maintenance is completed the aircraft is delivered to the gaining Unit.

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Kimberly-Clark Professional Adds DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, as Aviation Product Distributor at HAI Heli-Expo 2016

Kimberly-Clark Professional, a division of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, today announced the strategic addition of DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, to its global aviation distributor network. DAC International joins an extensive list of established distribution partners for Kimberly-Clark Professional’s critical task wiping products and personal protection solutions for the aviation industry.  The announcement was made today at the 2016 HAI Heli-Expo trade show and exhibition, which is taking place this week in Louisville, Kentucky.

DAC International, can be seen at HAI Heli-Expo 2016 at Booth 509.  Among the Kimberly-Clark Professional solutions to be featured in the DAC International booth are its Jackson Safety G29 Solvent Protection Glove, engineered to provide greater hand protection and improved dexterity for aviation workers using solvents, hydraulic fluids and petroleum or synthetic engine oils. The glove has been tested and approved for use with SKYDROL*.  Also on display, the Kimtech A2 Aviation Wipes for Abrasive Surfaces, with low-lint properties that reduce the risk of contamination when preparing composite surfaces for bonding and painting.

“This relationship with Kimberly-Clark Professional supports our initiative to further support our customers with optimized consumable solutions used within the aviation industry and around the globe,” says Cisco Hernandez, Vice President and General Manager of DAC International.   “We understand that aviation customers require precision products for their most stringent and routine critical tasks – partners like Kimberly-Clark Professional can help us deliver on those critical needs.”

In addition to providing precision performance products for aviation, DAC International through Kimberly-Clark Professional, offers the Efficient Workplace program, an on-site assessment that helps aviation companies identify simple ways to make their facilities healthier, safer and more productive.

“DAC International has delivered year-over-year growth by connecting aviation customers with innovative solutions that meet their specific requirements,” said Stephen Burn, Global Aerospace Marketing Leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional.  “DAC International is an ideal distribution partner for Kimberly-Clark Professional, with the capability to deliver on the needs of general aviation operators, tier 1 and maintenance & repair organizations alike.”

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP COMPLETES LIVEAERO INSTALL ON AGUSTAWESTLAND AW139

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has successfully installed its LiveAero system on an AW139 at its Summit Aviation facility in Middletown, Del.

“This is an exciting achievement for the LiveAero platform,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “This satellite broadband connectivity solution is the best value in the marketplace and it is geared to fit all AW139 configurations, including current production aircraft so that all operators can connect”.

LiveAero, developed by Thales, 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 and is not impaired by helicopter rotors or weather conditions.

Greenwich AeroGroup expects to receive the Supplemental Type Certificate on the AW139 in approximately 30 days and is featuring the LiveAero system in its Heli-Expo Booth # 509.

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