PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES EXPANDS ITS SALES TEAM FOR U.S., CANADA AND LATIN AMERICA
Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it is once again expanding its sales team to support the continued growth of the company.
Ricardo Sierra will serve as the Regional Sales Director for Latin America. Mr. Sierra has more than 15 years of international sales experience and previously served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Latin America at Seal Dynamics, a Heico company. He holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and International Management from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Derante Ellison joins the team as a Regional Sales Manager focused on the southern United States. Mr. Ellison has over eight years of sales experience in the aerospace industry and most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Avio-Diepen in Atlanta. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Georgia.
Finally, Timothy Pine joins Professional Aircraft as Regional Sales Manager for the northeastern United States. Most recently, Mr. Pine served as a Sales Associate and Sales Analyst for Magellan Aviation Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science with a concentration in American Government from Florida State University.
All three will be responsible for service sales in the business, commercial and government/military markets.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT INSTALLS ITS FIRST ADVENT ANTI-SKID BRAKING SYSTEM ON A PILATUS PC-12
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently installed the newly-certified Advent eABStm Anti-Skid Braking System on a Pilatus PC-12.
The eABS anti-skid braking system received Supplemental Type Certificate approval in April and offers anti-skid braking without the need for power-boosted brakes, bulky and heavy hydraulic accumulators, and it does not require modification to the existing landing gear, braking system or master cylinders. It enhances flight operations safety and performance and the active and haptic technology smoothly reduces skidding and increases responsiveness and directional control.
“This lightweight braking system is perfect for customers who are concerned about runway conditions where hard braking could cause skidding or the blowing of a tire,” said Western’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “It optimizes landing performance while providing peace of mind.”
The eABS system can be added to all models of PC-12, provided the aircraft is equipped with a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) enabled GPS. It weighs only 27 pounds installed, comes with all required installation hardware and can usually be installed during scheduled maintenance inspections or refurbishment.
Western Aircraft is an Advent Aircraft Systems, Inc. authorized dealer.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT LAUNCHES PILATUS ONE DAY, 100-HOUR INSPECTIONS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is now offering one day, 100-hour inspections for Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
Western Aircraft, a Pilatus Authorized Service Center, performs more than 250 PC-12 inspections annually. An average 100-hour check on a Pilatus PC-12 takes approximately three business days.
“Our team at Western has achieved this milestone by putting the entire PC-12 100-hour inspection under our 5S process review,” said Jody Harris, Director of Aircraft Services for Western Aircraft. “We eliminated the non-value activities and mechanic tasks which made way for us to achieve our goal and offer One Day 100-hour inspections to our customers. This reduced downtime is especially a big factor for those who fly air ambulances or are Part 135 charter operators.”
Harris also added that the key to the reduced downtime is proper preparation and planning. He said the maintenance checks must be booked four weeks in advance, and the point of contact needs to be available during the inspection should any squawks arise.
“Visualize a race car pulling into the pits for fuel and tire changes. Those pit stops used to last minutes, but are now flawlessly performed in under 20 seconds. We are focused on the 100-hour inspection in the same fashion.”
In addition to being a Pilatus ASF, Western Aircraft is currently the largest Pilatus dealership in the world and the only Pilatus Aircraft Authorized Service Center in the United States to complete a Life Extension Program (LEP).
WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST G5000 INSTALLATION
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its first Garmin G5000 Integrated Flight Deck installation on a Beechjet 400A aircraft.
The retrofit to the avionics suite features dual touchscreen display/controllers with an intuitive interface, three 12-inch LCD displays including Synthetic Vision, Electronic Charts and XM weather. The retrofit also provides WAAS/LPV capability and ADS-B Out, which complies with the Federal Aviation Administration’s ADS-B mandate of December 31, 2019.
“This innovative technology really breathes new life into the airplane,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales and Business Development Manager Walt Marcy. “In addition to its standard features, it also offers customers a variety of customizable options to suit their needs.”
Mr. Marcy added that the Oregon-based aircraft was equipped with the non-supported AMS-850 flight management system (FMS) and that it made more sense to upgrade with new technology than seek out a replacement aircraft or FMS-only upgrade. The new installation also includes a new, integrated autopilot, a full radio package retrofit and turbulence detection radar.
According to Garmin, the G5000 flight deck for the Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP is estimated to provide a typical weight savings of approximately 200 pounds or more compared to legacy avionics systems, allowing additional baggage, passenger and fuel load flexibility.
Western Aircraft is a Garmin Authorized dealer providing avionics solutions from panel mount products to fully integrated cockpit solutions.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT SECURES TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVAL ON GOGO AVANCE L5 SYSTEM STC
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation approval of its Supplement Type Certificate for the new Gogo AVANCE L5 system for the Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft.
Western is an authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO), dealer that has been developing STCs for Gogo AVANCE L5 – which connects using the Gogo Biz 4G network – for Dassault Falcon 2000 series aircraft, and participates as a partner for hardware sales and installations on other business aircraft.
“We are eager to now offer this outstanding Gogo 4G Biz system to our Canadian customers,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Manager John Crabtree. “It provides an excellent 4G connectivity experience for passengers.”
Operating on the Gogo Biz 4G network, Gogo AVANCE L5 delivers faster speeds and enhanced network capacity enabling a more robust experience for activities such as live streaming video and audio, on-demand movies, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. Gogo AVANCE is an innovative approach that combines Gogo’s advanced hardware and software technology to create a fully integrated, aviation-grade inflight connectivity and entertainment platform.
Created specifically for the business aviation market, the Gogo Biz 4G network is built on Gogo’s existing ground network of more than 250 towers and fiber backhaul, which has provided connectivity for hundreds of thousands of flight hours aboard thousands of business and commercial aircraft. The AVANCE L5 equipment package will incorporate dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi service and a host of other features – all from a single box.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT REACHES $1B MILESTONE IN AIRCRAFT SALES
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that its Aircraft Sales division has surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark in total aircraft sales since its inception.
Celebrating 60 years in business, Western Aircraft became an FAA Certified Repair Station in 1957 and close to 40 years later in 1996, it leaped into the business of selling Pilatus Aircraft by becoming the Pilatus dealer for the Pacific Northwest. Over the next decade, it would work to become the world’s largest Pilatus PC-12 dealer and a trusted partner to its customers.
“The sale of the aircraft is just the beginning of the relationship,” said Western’s Vice President of Aircraft Sales Phil Winters. “One key reason for our success is that through our service center we are able to provide full life-cycle support to customers who purchase airplanes from Western Aircraft.”
In 2011, Western Aircraft branched out and entered into the Piper aircraft sales arena by becoming the Piper dealer for the Pacific Northwest. That addition of sales combined with their preowned aircraft and Pilatus sales has helped them to reach the $1 billion dollar milestone.
Today, Western Aircraft remains the largest Pilatus aircraft dealer in the world as well as an Authorized Pilatus and Piper service center.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT NAMED AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR FOR AEROLEDS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been named an authorized distributor for AeroLEDs Light Emitting Diode (LED) products.
“These LED lighting products complement our current business offerings,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Parts and Logistics Walt Johns. “We are excited to offer these high-efficiency and long-lasting lights to our Beech, Cessna, Piper and Pilatus customers.”
“Western Aircraft has a long history, proven record and maintains a stellar reputation within the industry,” said AeroLEDs President and CEO Nate Calvin. “Adding them to our Reseller Program is a very exciting opportunity for AeroLEDs to help expand our Part 25 product offerings.”
In addition to being lightweight and long-lasting, AeroLEDs LED lighting is shock resistant and has built-in pulse mode and the lights can synchronize with each other regardless of the model to create an alternating flashing pattern that allows for enhanced flight visibility for air-to-air and air-to-ground collision avoidance and recognition.
Western Aircraft’s parts division stocks or manages more than 18,000 FAA-approved line items, rotable components and modification kits, with more than $16 million of parts inventory on-hand.
JIM ZIEGLER TRANSITIONING TO VICE CHAIRMAN ROLE WITH GREENWICH AEROGROUP
Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that after more than eight years serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ziegler has elected to assume the role of Vice Chairman effective September 30, 2017. In his new role, Mr. Ziegler will be responsible for business strategy, industry relations and acquisition activity.
During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ziegler was instrumental in the creation and development of Greenwich AeroGroup as a preeminent service provider of general, commercial, government and military aviation services.
“For the last eight years, I have had the privilege of leading an outstanding group of aviation professionals, and I believe we have positioned the company and its future leaders for long-term success,” said Jim Ziegler. “I look forward to my continued involvement in helping to grow the company, and I am confident in the existing leadership of each of our businesses.”
Ralph Kunz has been named to assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup. Mr. Kunz is a six-year veteran of the company with more than 30 years of aviation experience and serves as Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing, both subsidiaries of Greenwich AeroGroup. As COO, Mr. Kunz will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all companies under the Greenwich AeroGroup umbrella and will continue in his current role with Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing.
“We are pleased that Ralph will take on this major leadership role at Greenwich AeroGroup,” Ziegler added. “Ralph is an experienced and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. I have tremendous confidence in his ability to lead the operations of Greenwich AeroGroup.”
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS AVIONICS SALES ACCOUNT MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired veteran avionics specialist Mike Turner as an Avionics Sales Account Manager.
Mr. Turner has extensive experience in the areas of avionics product development, installation, sales, service and support for a variety of aircraft models. In his new role, he will be responsible for supporting Western’s MRO Sales, avionics quoting and product development efforts.
Prior to joining Western Aircraft, Mr. Turner has spent the last nine years with StandardAero in the roles of manager of technical sales and manager of avionics sales. He has also held positions with Bombardier and Evergreen Aviation and is a licensed FCC General Radiotelephone Operator. Prior to his career in business aviation, Mr. Turner served in the United States Air Force.
SUMMIT AVIATION RECOGNIZED WITH PLATINUM SOURCE AWARD
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that its Somerset, Ky. manufacturing facility has been awarded the Northrop Grumman Platinum Source Award for supplier excellence.
The Platinum Source Award recognizes outstanding quality, commitment to meeting delivery schedules, focus on customer satisfaction and robust, lean processes.
“Being recognized as a Northrop Grumman Platinum Supplier is a testament to the work ethic of our team in our Kentucky location,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “It also speaks to the strong partnership with our Northrop Grumman counterparts in Global Supply Chain, Quality and Engineering.”
Summit Aviation, an AS9100 certified manufacturer, supplies Northrop Grumman with high- performance aerostructure and dynamic components supporting the MQ-8B and MQ-8C Fire Scouts and U.S. Navy target systems for Northrop Grumman’s Autonomous Systems Division.
Earlier this year the company was also awarded Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Supplier Recognition Customer Relationship Award for excellence in sustained high performance and customer satisfaction.