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SUMMIT AVIATION TO COHOST AIRBUS HELICOPTERS REGIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce it will cohost the Airbus Helicopters East Regional Symposium at Summit’s facility in Middletown, Delaware on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

The one day symposium will consist of informational presentations and safety and technical briefings regarding Airbus Helicopters products and services. 

Summit Aviation will provide a tour of its facility to all symposium attendees and Airbus Helicopters owners and operators are encouraged to fly directly into Summit Airport (KEVY) for the event. The airport is a secured, monitored facility and hangar space is available upon request. 

For more information regarding this event, please contact Cathy Hurlock Summit Aviation at 302-834-5400 or info@summit-aviation.com.

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP SIGNS NEW DEALERS FOR LIVEAERO

Three new dealers have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems.

The companies joining Greenwich dealership are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group with capabilities in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.

“We are excited to have West Star Aviation, Pro Star Aviation and Aviation Partners Group deliver our unique product to the marketplace,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “Each organization has a wealth of experience in the fixed and rotary wing aircraft markets.” 

LiveAero, developed by LiveTV, LLC of Melbourne, Fla., 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.

Other current dealers for the product include Greenwich AeroGroup’s Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C.; Summit Aviation in Middletown, Del.; and Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho; Banyan Air Service in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Spirit Avionics in Columbus, Ohio; Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, Dubai and Singapore.

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AERO PRECISION RELOCATES TO NEW FACILITY

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, started the business day off in a brand new facility that triples its previous warehouse space and doubles its previous office space.

 Aero Precision has leased a newly remodeled 43,844 square-foot distribution facility located just east of San Francisco and near the Livermore Municipal Airport.

 “We are excited for the move and the benefits it brings to our customers, OEM partnersvendors and our employees,” said Aero Precision President Frank Cowle. “Our new building implements technologies to enhance the effectiveness of our team and the satisfaction of our customer base, and provides us space for future growth.”

 The new location delivers to employees and customer’s state-of-the-art office and common areas including new workstations and common area/meeting spaces, television monitors to broadcast pertinent business data throughout the building, new packing space within the warehouse and an enhanced digital system that includes a video wall gallery and greeting screen for the customer areas.

 The building was modernized to facilitate military customer/delegation visits and its warehouse space enlarged substantially to accommodate Aero Precision’s growing success in market capture for its OEM partners and the demand for off-the-shelf delivery by its customers to support mission readiness. 

 

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OLDEST SURVIVING CHINOOK GETS NEW LIFE FROM SUMMIT AVIATION

Summit Aviation has played a vital role in saving a piece of military history by restoring the oldest surviving CH-47A Chinook helicopter for the U.S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Va.

 The restored Chinook, aircraft 59-94984, will be unveiled April 11 at the museum, less than a year after it was delivered to Summit’s facility in Middletown, Del. Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has extensive experience in the assembly and modification of Chinooks.

 Aircraft 59-94984 is the third Chinook manufactured by the Boeing Co. After delivery to the U.S. Army in the early 1960s, the heavy-lift aircraft served in its primary role of developmental flight testing and remained at Fort Eustis until its retirement nearly 40 years ago.

The restoration project’s goal was to return the aircraft to as close a representation of a production aircraft as possible. Before the restoration, Dave Hanselman, curator of the Army Transportation museum, said, “The aircraft is disintegrating before our eyes, and it’s an absolute shame to watch part of our heritage slip away.”

 Now, expressing his appreciation for the reborn Chinook, “I have an era-correct display that will aid in educating the public for years to come,” Hanselman said.

 At Summit’s Delaware facility, workers removed and fabricated parts to replace items too corroded or damaged for use, including fuel tanks, instrument panels and engine nacelles. Maintenance personnel even restored the fuselage’s original mold line. Culminating the restoration, the Chinook received a paint scheme that replicates the one used by the U.S. Army Aviation Test and Evaluation Directorate in the 1960s. Its orange and white paint mark it as an aircraft specially modified for further development.

Twin-engine Chinooks primarily haul troops and equipment and have served in every U.S conflict from Vietnam to the present. One of the longest-produced military aircraft, more than 1,200 have been made. The Chinook has been particularly effective in Afghanistan’s mountainous, high-altitude terrain, where it serves a medevac role as well as transports troops and supplies to forward bases.

 “It was an unequivocal privilege to participate in a program with such true and honorable intentions in preserving a piece of Army aviation history,” said Ralph Kunz, general manager of Summit Aviation. “We are proud to be able to perpetuate the enduring legacy of the CH47 Helicopter.”

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CUSTOM SUN-FOIL SCREENS FROM PAA TAKE YOUR BRAND WORLDWIDE

Professional Aviation Associates and Sun-Foil Aircraft Sunscreens are teaming to provide FBOs, flight schools, fractional, charter and tour operators and others the chance to advertise their businesses wherever their aircraft go.

 Through PAA, aviation customers can now order aircraft-specific sunscreens featuring their logo or message, turning a blank billboard into an opportunity to spread the word about their company.

 “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with our partners at Professional Aviation Associates,” said Don Beaudry, co-owner of Sun-Foil. “Our distinctive, high-visibility Sun-Foil screens with the customer’s personalized logos will be a game changer.”

 PAA, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is a dealer for Phoenix-based Sun-Foil, which manufactures the screens that reflect 97 percent of radiant heat. Their heat-shielding advantage provides pilots plenty of incentive to put up the screen and share the message in the process. Companies ordering the special sunscreens via PAA can proof their sunscreen before printing, ensuring the integrity of their logo or message. The custom sunscreens can incorporate multiple image sizes and as many as four colors. The minimum order is 20 pieces.

Unlike some similar products, Sun-Foil screens feature a Mylar-exterior that protects aircraft glass from scratches. The fitted screens are available for hundreds of aircraft models. They use suction cups combined with a friction fit to ensure they always stay securely attached while protecting interiors from fading and avionics and other electronics from heat damage. Each screen comes with a lifetime workmanship guarantee and a nylon bag for easy storage. Sun-Foil has produced screens since 1989, and its product is the choice of many aircraft OEMs.

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ATLANTIC AERO EARNS FAA DIAMOND FOR MAINTENANCE TRAINING

Recognizing Atlantic Aero’s commitment to safety, the Federal Aviation Administration recently honored the Greensboro, N.C., facility with its 2013 Diamond Award of Excellence, the agency’s highest honor for aviation maintenance training.

Atlantic Aero, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, received the FAA corporate award because 100 percent of its 67 aviation maintenance technicians underwent specialized aircraft training during 2013 and earned individual awards as a result.

“Atlantic Aero is proud that the FAA has recognized our commitment to training that allows us to deliver the highest level of maintenance service,” said Jim Spinder, the company’s general manager. “With that training and technical expertise, our maintenance team provides the safety and reliability our customers expect from us.”

Based on the level of training they completed, nine Atlantic Aero technicians received Silver Awards and 58 earned Bronze Awards.

“The great thing about the Diamond Award is that it recognizes how Atlantic Aero and its technicians work together to create an environment where training and safety are deeply valued,” Spinder said. “Without our technicians’ hard work and dedication to excellence, we couldn’t have won this honor.”

The FAA started the awards in 1991 to improving safety by encouraging technicians and the companies they work for to participate in initial and recurring training programs. Atlantic Aero has won the Diamond Award numerous times over the years, and received gold awards as well, most recently in 2011.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES ANOTHER PARTS MANUFACTURER APPROVAL

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has provided Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for the company’s Electronic Flight Bag system including the RPU, Display and Tray assemblies. 

The PMA was issued as a result of the Supplemental Type Certificate obtained earlier in the year for DAC’s Gen-X EFB e-Enabling program that is installed in the cockpit and cabin to support a wide range of applications including system interfaces to the aircraft navigation systems, EFB functionality for charts and aircraft documentation, communication system interfaces for text messaging, maintenance support, e-Commerce applications as well as cabin applications for customer support.

The PMA approval was accomplished by DAC International’s Engineering and Certification Division (ECD) and supports the Boeing 777-200/300/300ER series aircraft.

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES SUPPLEMENTAL TYPE CERTIFICATE FOR AN ADS-B OUT SOLUTION FOR THE SIKORSKY 76 PLATFORM

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor. This STC ensures ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C models.

The TSO-certified 1201 GPS/WAAS Sensor provides position, velocity, and time (PVT) data to integrated navigation systems. Small, lightweight, attractively priced and easily installed, the 1201 supports oceanic and domestic, enroute, terminal, non-precision approach and departure operations and meets ADS-B accuracy requirements worldwide.

“This is a cost-effective and mandate-ready solution for S-76 operators,” said General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “We worked with our integration and certification partner, Peregrine, to bring this NextGen STC to the rotorcraft market and Peregrine’s ADS-B certification experience was apparent throughout the project.”

Trig’s TT22 transponder replaces the non ADS-B transponder and is the smallest and lightest (0.8 lbs) transponder, allowing the unit to fit into the tightest of panel spaces. It is an approved Class 1 transponder which meets the ADS-B functions of DO-260B Class B1S as well as FAA TSO C112c and C166b. The Trig TT22 also meets all equal ETSO requirements in Europe.  

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SUMMIT AVIATION DELIVERS ITS FIRST OPERATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENHANCED AIRCRAFT

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has delivered its first Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform to a State Law Enforcement Department.

 The  modified Mahindra Aerospace GippsAero GA8 Airvan Astra new aircraft utilizes off-the-shelf commercial packages, in addition to Summit’s customized and installed features such as a full work station with moving maps and overlays, cross-cueing of various sensors, a 3D mapping aerial camera system and full motion video capability to enhance the mission capabilities of the operator.

 “The delivery of this aircraft reinforces the cornerstone relationship Summit Aviation has developed with the law enforcement community,” said Summit Aviation’s General Manager Ralph Kunz. “These technically advanced aircraft and mission systems are vital to law enforcement agencies and their mission to protect and serve their communities.”

 The GippsAero GA8 Airvan was chosen due to its level of airworthiness and safety certification standards, its high cabin volume and payload and its exceptional fuel efficiency. Summit is currently showcasing its prototype aircraft to law enforcement, the United States Department of Defense and government agencies throughout the United States.

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SkyTrac Systems Partners with DAC International

SkyTrac Systems, a leading provider of flight data and fleet management services announced today that DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, specializing in avionics sales and distribution, has joined the company’s partner program as a regional distributor.

Through the partnership, DAC will expand the reach of SkyTrac’s aviation solutions throughout Latin America, Oceania and Asia. DAC will distribute SkyTrac’s innovative ISAT-200A transceiver along with a wide range of specialized fleet management services including business support services, flight tracking and Flight Data Monitoring (FOQA/FDM). 

The partnership underlines both companies’ confidence in the Latin American, Oceania and Asian markets and the recognition that these markets are primed for next-generation flight support services.  

“Partnering with DAC and channeling their team’s extensive knowledge of global aviation will allow us to rapidly extend our global reach,” commented SkyTrac CEO, Stephen Sorocky. “We’re excited to join with DAC’s experienced team in some of the world’s most dynamic aviation markets.”

“This partnership offers both companies a huge opportunity to address critical aviation needs in some of our most vital regions,” said Francisco Hernandez, General Manager of DAC International. “We believe the DAC-SkyTrac team is the perfect combination of regional experience and cutting-edge technology. We are delighted to be partnered with an industry-leader like SkyTrac.”

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