TRUATLANTIC SECURES ANAC APPROVAL FOR LEARJET STCS
TruAtlantic Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has received approval from The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil for two of its Supplemental Type Certificates on the Bombardier Learjet aircraft.
The approval covers the company’s Bombardier Learjet 35/36 Thrust Reverser kit, (STC ST02635AT) and the Stang Fairing kit (STC ST02209AT-D) for the Bombardier Learjet 60.
“We are excited to be able to share these aircraft-enhancing products with Brazilian operators,” said TruAtlantic’s Vice President and General Manager Ralph Kunz. “These supplemental type certificates can help ensure the longevity and performance of the aircraft.”
The Learjet Thrust Reverser Deactivation Kit allows operators the option of permanently deactivating the thrust reversers, which for a Learjet 35 or 36 series operator is the equivalent of a 138-pound reduction in aircraft empty weight thus lowering ongoing maintenance costs.
The Learjet model Stang Fairings STC is made of prepreg carbon/epoxy that virtually eliminates the cracking problems in the OEMs aluminum fairings, and the new fairings are less than half the weight of the original parts and the basic geometry of the assembly is unchanged.
TruAtlantic Mfg. is an Authorized Bombardier Learjet Vendor.
HELIVIA AERO TAXI, S.A. CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, was founded in 1987 and pioneered onshore helicopter services in the Amazon. This month, it celebrates 30 years of providing service to offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industry.
“It is quite an accomplishment to be celebrating 30 years,” said President of Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A., John Fenton. “This industry in Brazil has seen its ups and downs over the years and we have weathered through all of them due to the diligence of our employees and relationships forged with our customers.”
Some key milestones for Helivia throughout the years include:
- In August, 1987, Helivia received AOC from DAC (now known as ANAC)
- In 1992, Helivia was the first to introduce full IFR Bo-105 for 24-hour Aeromedical operation for Petrobras in Aracaju-SE, Paracuru-Ceará and Base Ecub in Rio Grande do Norte
- That same year, it was also the first Brazilian company to operate overseas in Bolivia, Santa Cruz de La Sierra with two Bo-105’s supporting seismography for Western Geophysics
- In 1998, it was the first in Brazil to operate Long Line transporting drilling rig for Exxon drilling in the Amazon for 1,800 hours with one Bell 212 and two Bell 214’s
- In 2011, Greenwich AeroGroup acquired Helivia Aero Taxi
- In 2013, Helivia took delivery of two S-76C+s and in 2014 added another S76C+ to its fleet
- That same year, the company was accepted as a Member of International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)
- In 2015, Helivia became the first Brazilian offshore helicopter operator to have its entire fleet fully ADS-B compliant
- In 2016, the company added two S-76C+s to its fleet bringing its total to five
Today, Greenwich AeroGroup holds an economic interest in Helivia and 20 percent of its voting shares, which is the maximum amount currently authorized for foreign investors in Brazil.
PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES HIRES VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING
Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has signed Mark Iddon to lead its sales team.
Mr. Iddon has held numerous mid to senior-level aviation sales positions over the years with domestic and international companies such as Goodrich Aerospace, Satair, Inc., Aveos Fleet Performance, Inc., AeroTurbine and most recently Tronair, Inc., where he served as executive vice president of sales, marketing and product support.
“We are excited to have Mark join our team,” said President of Professional Aircraft Accessories Dave Miller. “He has an excellent aviation background and will play a pivotal role within our organization.”
In his new role, Mr. Iddon will oversee all business development and sales activities for the company’s Titusville and Miami locations for the commercial, business, general aviation and government/military markets.
Mr. Iddon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Reading.
OSHA RENEWS WESTERN AIRCRAFT’S SHARP AWARD
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received its sixth OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award.
“Safety is of utmost importance for our customers and our employees,” said Western Aircraft’s Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Jeff Wallin. “It is a team effort, and our goal is to be a leading example in the aviation industry through a continuously evolving safety program.”
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 maintain exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. It is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.
Western Aircraft is one of only nine companies in Idaho to achieve SHARP status.
SUMMIT AVIATION RECEIVES AS9110 CERTIFICATE
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has been awarded AS9110B Quality Management Standards certification.
The internationally recognized AS9110 Standard focuses on Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services and is a derivative of the AS9100 Standard that addresses the aviation industry. Additionally, Summit holds ISO 9001:2008 certification which confirms that the organization follows internationally recognized quality management principles.
“This accreditation shows our commitment to a strong foundation of systems and procedures that ensure quality service to our customers each and every day,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “AS9110 is the highest certification standard achieved for MRO facilities and we give credit to our team that has worked diligently to accomplish this milestone.”
Summit Aviation provides MRO services for fixed and rotor wing operators and is also a heavy provider of modification and specialized mission services for many government entities.
SUMMIT AVIATION CELEBRATES NEW MANUFACTURING LOCATION
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrated its expanding aviation parts manufacturing operations today with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Summit’s Somerset operations started in 2007 as a labor-only supplier to Schweizer Aircraft, today Summit Aviation’s manufacturing facility provides full-service support to build aerostructure product assemblies for a variety of military and commercial helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Since its inception, Summit Aviation’s manufacturing workforce has grown six-fold.
Quadrupling its business over the last four years, the company now has 40,000 square feet of work space in its newly constructed digs compared to its previous work area of 26,000 square feet.
“Our growth is a testament to the hard work of our employees, the strong partnerships we have formed over the years and the new ones we are creating,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “Additionally, our collaboration with local investors and the Pulaski County government is proving beneficial for not only our business but also our employees and this community.”
“Summit’s expansion is a great way to celebrate ten years of productivity and job creation in Somerset,” said U.S. Representative for Kentucky’s 5th congressional district Hal Rogers. “I am grateful that this impressive company chose to utilize our world-class workforce to manufacture aviation products that are used by our U.S. military and others. I applaud Summit’s continued success and commitment to our region.”
Kunz added that over the last 10 years the company has grown its customer base to include companies such as Northrop Grumman, Bombardier Learjet, Lockheed Martin and others.
IDG EUROPE COMPLETES LIVEAERO INSTALL ON AN MI-172 HELICOPTER
Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its LiveAero dealer, IDG Europe AB recently certified and installed a LiveAero system on a Mi-172 helicopter in St. Petersburg, Russia. The LiveAero system on this aircraft provides passengers with voice and internet connectivity at all times as well as added operational safety with a brand new real-time flight tracking capability.
“This is an exciting accomplishment for the LiveAero program,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “The add-on of the position tracking capability to the system significantly improves the value that this satellite broadband connectivity solution continues delivering to the marketplace.”
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 operators requiring voice and connectivity. Based upon the Iridium OpenPortTM broadband technology, the system has Wi-Fi enabled, bi-directional data speed of up to 134 kbps and significantly greater gateway optimized speeds. The system also includes three separate voice lines for calls to be placed anywhere in the world. Connectivity is not impaired by helicopter rotors or weather conditions and will continue being available throughout and after deployment of the new Iridium Next satellite constellation.
IDG Europe AB developed the system’s newest element of real-time aircraft tracking. The web-based platform enables monitoring of aircraft and configuring of SOS alerts, Geo Fencing as well as advanced reporting options. IDG in cooperation with local partners delivered the aircraft to its customer in Kazakhstan where it will be used for VIP transports. Currently, a majority of the Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters are based in Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) making this milestone very meaningful for operators currently seeking an effective and affordable voice and connectivity solution in that region.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES RETURNING EMPLOYEES
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the return of two former employees to key positions within the sales organization.
Walt Marcy rejoins the company as its Avionics Sales Manager. Mr. Marcy began his career as an avionics technician in the United States Navy. He entered the business aviation avionics market in 1985 and has worked for a number of well-known companies in the industry including AMR Combs, Tulsair Beechcraft and Duncan Aviation. Mr. Marcy led avionics sales at Western Aircraft from 2012-2014. Most recently, he served as an Avionics Sales Manager for StandardAero. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Lee Miles also rejoins Western Aircraft as a Regional Sales Manager for jet aircraft. Mr. Miles began his aviation career in 1988 working as a Storekeeper for Allied Signal Aerospace and then served in material planning roles with both McDonnell Douglas and Evergreen Airlines. He joined Western Aircraft in 1996 as an Inventory Supervisor and was subsequently promoted to the role of Regional Sales Manager from 1999 to 2016. He most recently held the position of Regional Sales Manager with Dassault Aircraft Services.
Both begin their duties this week and will be based in Boise, Idaho.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT RECEIVES SILVER BOEING PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Western Aircraft maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the performance period, from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016.
This year, 480 suppliers achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. Western Aircraft is among 402 suppliers to be awarded the Silver level of recognition and it is the company’s seventh consecutive year to be acknowledged.
“We are honored to receive this Supplier Excellence Award from Boeing,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President and General Manager Austin Shontz. “Western Aircraft is committed to delivering quality services that exceed our customer’s expectations. On behalf of everyone at Western Aircraft, we thank Boeing for this recognition.”
Western Aircraft currently provides inspection and repair work on F-15 tire and wheel assemblies flown out of Mountain Home Air Force Base.
For more information on the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, visit http://www.boeingsuppliers.com/awards.html.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
In 1957, The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. It was the same year that Morrison-Knudsen Corporation launched out on its own adventure and 60 years later, the company that would be later known as Western Aircraft is still flying.
Western Aircraft began as the corporate flight department for the Morrison-Knudsen Corporation (MK), headquartered in Boise, Idaho. In 1957, MK responded to an overwhelming need for aircraft repair services by applying for and receiving its first FAA Certified Repair Station Certificate on March 29, 1957. During the 1980s, three more hangars were added and the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Morrison-Knudsen Corporation incorporated under the name of Western Aircraft, Inc.
In 1995, Al Hilde, Jr., and Allen Hoyt purchased the company from MK and over the next 12 years, the company became the world’s largest PC-12 dealer as well as a major Falcon and King Air Authorized Service Center, driving Western’s growth. In July 2007, the company was purchased by Greenwich AeroGroup and Western Aircraft’s advancement pattern continued to prosper due to the formation of various OEM relationships and the addition of capabilities. Since that time, the company has also made significant investments in people, training, tooling, technology and the facilities.
“I look at the humble beginnings of this company and where we are 60 years later and I’m so proud to be part of this organization,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President and General Manager Austin Shontz. “This company owes its success to its dedicated ownership, its customers and the talented team of employees that have helped it to continue to move forward since 1957.”
The company will hold an official 60th-anniversary celebration later this year.