DAC SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that it has reached a multiyear distribution agreement with Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), a Montreal-based designer and manufacturer of flight management, navigation and other high-tech avionics systems.
Esterline CMC Electronics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bellevue, Washington-based Esterline Corp., and has operations in Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa, Ontario and Chicago. Under the agreement, DAC will serve as an international distributor of CMC’s new CMA-6800 LCD displays, helping promote the product and arrange maintenance and other after-market support for the units.
“We are glad to join forces with CMC, which has produced high-quality avionics for decades and expands the options available to our customers,” said DAC General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “CMC will be a valuable partner for DAC.”
The product covered by the agreement, the CMA-6800 LCD display, is designed to smoothly replace aging CRT units in older business jets. The CMA-6800 weighs less, consumes less power and offers greatly reduced maintenance costs compared with the increasingly obsolete displays it replaces. The units use existing symbol generators and EFIS controllers, and do not require aircrew retraining.
DAC INTERNATIONAL ADDS EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of Karel van Meekeren as its European Director of Marketing and Sales.
Mr. van Meekeren will be responsible for the airline sales development in Europe and the Middle East. His duties include working with all of our current customers and DACs dealer network to ensure continued future growth. Additionally, he will be assisting with the company’s modification development programs and customized packages focused on complying with operational requirements and the lowering of operating costs.
Previously, Mr. van Meekeren held several positions within Fokker Services, based in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. He has a degree in aeronautical engineering and marketing from Hoge School van Amsterdam.
Mr. van Meekeren will be based in Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands.
DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES FOKKER 50 EASA APPROVAL ON UNIVERSAL FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM WITH LPV
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval and Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval on its UNS-1Lw Flight Management System.
The UNS-1Lw FMS and LP/LPV Monitor provides capability for point-to-point navigation as well as All ARINC 424 Leg types including RF, SIDs, STARs, holding patterns and instrument approaches. And the UNS-1Lw allows a seamless operation from take-off down to the landing phase.
“With the proliferation of LPV Approaches in the United States, Canada and Europe, operators can now benefit from increased operational flexibility under all types of weather conditions while enhancing safety,” said General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “This STC is just one of many innovative technology solutions we continue to develop for our customers.”
DAC International currently offers integration packages for SBAS/RNAV including LPV Approaches for the ATR/42/72, DASH 8-100/200/300 and Fokker 50.
AERO PRECISION SIGNS C-130 COMPONENT REPAIR AGREEMENT WITH CASCADE AEROSPACE
Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce the finalization of a long-term repair agreement with Cascade Aerospace Inc., an operating unit of IMP Group Limited. This partnership covers repairs on multiple mechanical and actuation components for C-130 aircraft owned and operated by Canada’s Department of National Defense (DND).
“This agreement strengthens an already solid and growing relationship between Aero Precision and Cascade,” said Aero Precision’s Director of Business Development Tony Schwarz. “Cementing the support channel with Canada’s Optimized Weapon System Support (OWSS) Manager for Hercules aircraft is a priority for us as we continue to enhance our capabilities to support C-130 operators worldwide.”
“We recognize the significant value of a long-term repair contract with Aero Precision,” said Cascade’s Marketing and Communications Manager Kim Tamminga. “This agreement will enable faster, more economical, and OEM certified repairs for Canada’s C-130H fleet.”
The agreement affords Canada’s DND, via Cascade, the assurance that all CEF Industries manufactured C-130 components will be repaired and certified by the OEM. This repair management model provides efficiency, competitive pricing and guaranteed quality of work for the end user.
SUMMIT AVIATION ADDS NEW BELL HELICOPTER AUTHORIZATION
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added the Bell 429 helicopter to its factory authorization.
Summit Aviation has been an Authorized Bell Helicopter Service Center for 25 years, providing maintenance, repair, inspection and modifications to various customer bases.
“We have an outstanding group of experienced and factory trained technicians,” said General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “We have been a Bell service center for numerous years and adding the 429 to our list of capabilities further enhances the services we have to offer Bell Helicopter operators.”
Kunz said that in addition to trained technicians, Summit Aviation also maintains all required tooling and parts to support the Bell 429 airframe.
In addition to the Bell 429, Summit Aviation is a designated Gold Customer Service Facility for Bell 204, 205, 206, 407 and 412 model helicopters.
DAC INTERNATIONAL ADDS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of Jennifer Sullivan as its East Coast Regional Sales Manager.
Ms. Sullivan will be responsible for the overall sales development on the East Coast. She will be working with all of our current customers including DACs dealer network and will ensure continued future growth. Additionally, Ms. Sullivan will be assisting with the company’s marketing communication programs in order to integrate its global sales and marketing initiatives. She will be based in Austin, Texas.
“We remain focused on looking for opportunities to continue to grow our sales in all areas of the world,” said General Manager for DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “We believe that Jennifer’s broad sales and marketing experience will benefit DAC as we continue our worldwide growth.”
Previously, Ms. Sullivan served as the South Eastern U.S. Sales Manager for Contractors Register, based in Austin. She has an undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing and an MBA in Business Management with a focus in marketing and advertising. She also holds a Private Pilot’s license and spends her free time flying rescue flights for the volunteer organization, Pilot’s N Paws.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS TURBOPROP SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the promotion of Christian Schobert to the role of Turboprop Sales Account Manager.
Mr. Schobert will be responsible for the quoting and selling of MRO services to existing and new customers by providing quotes and other MRO related service information. Additionally, he will serve as a point of contact for turbo prop customer questions and quote inquiries.
Over the last six years, Mr. Schobert served as a technician and then Lead technician on Western Aircraft’s turboprop team. He has a strong background in the maintenance of Piper piston and turbo prop aircraft, Pilatus P-12s and King Airs.
PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES CELEBRATES NEW LOCATION
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, cut the grand re-opening ribbon and welcomed guests to see their new 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility.
The new facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has 16,000 square feet more than its previous facility, enabling it to provide additional value-added services for customers and doubles the size of its hose fabrication shop.
Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) President Brian Dannewitz and Greenwich AeroGroup Senior Vice President Dave Miller were joined by customers, suppliers, and Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeffrey Turner and other city officials to commemorate the grand re-opening.
“This expansion represents a significant milestone in the nearly 30 years this company has been supporting its customer’s critical aircraft parts and material requirements,” said President of Professional Aviation Associates Brian Dannewitz. “We are excited to continue the diversification and expansion of our capabilities while enhancing our tailored support solutions for our customers.”
Dannewitz added, that in addition to increasing the capacity of PAA’s FAA TSO Parker Stratoflex hose fabrication shop, the new building and systems provide world class climate-controlled environments to protect and preserve delicate instruments and avionics and delivers the latest in environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient technology.
AERO PRECISION ADDS NEW VICE PRESIDENT
Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris McGovern to the role of Vice President of Supply Chain Management. This will position Aero Precision and its supply chain group for its next phase of growth.
As Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Mr. McGovern will oversee all aspects of OEM relations, purchasing, sourcing and repair management. Most recently, he held the position of OEM Manager, Channel Partner Business Development for Aero Precision. He has held numerous leadership positions over his 17-year career in the military aftermarket.
“Chris offers an enormous value to our supply chain team,” said Aero Precision’s President Frank Cowle. “We look forward to strengthening our distribution channels and providing a level of service to our customers that is unmatched in the military aerospace aftermarket.”
PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES ADDS NEW POSITION
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of John Lloyd as Senior Director of Product Line and Customer Service.
Mr. Lloyd will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Product Line Sales and Customer Service organization within the company and all aspects of the company’s customer support activities including airframe, avionics, helicopter and engine component support. Additionally, his duties include building upon Professional Aviation Associates’ strengths and core capabilities in the business and general aviation markets by developing strategies and processes to grow opportunities in the commercial and military market segments.
Most recently, Mr. Lloyd spent nine years with VAS Aero Services in Boca Raton, Fla., serving in a variety of roles from Director of Strategic Trading to Vice President of Engines to his most recent position with VAS Aero as Senior Director of Sales/Marketing. Additional positions held have been with HEICO Aerospace, McClain International and Teledyne Allvac.
Mr. Lloyd earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is active in a variety of philanthropic, educational and athletic endeavors.