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DAC INTERNATIONAL COMPLETES VIBRATION TESTING

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently completed vibration testing of its popular GDC64 iPad Tablet Interface Unit with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.

The GDC64 iPad Tablet Interface Unit transfers information from Sikorsky’s S-92® helicopter to the Flight Calculator Application iPad Function. Sikorsky announced at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo show that it had launched the company’s first iPad flight application for Sikorsky’s commercial S-92® helicopter platform. Known as iFly Sikorsky™, the application replicates common performance calculations described in the S-92 Rotorcraft Flight Manual.

In addition to performance calculations, iFly Sikorsky also has a configuration and weight and balance calculator utility. When initializing the application, an operator’s Sikorsky360.com user credentials are validated. Sikorsky360® is a proprietary online support capability with more than 4,000 registered users worldwide.

DAC worked with Sikorsky Aircraft to test the GDC64 to the requirements of DO-160G section 8 Category U Curve G2 to meet the rigorous demands of the helicopter market.

“We performed the tests per the DO-160G specification and it passed with no issues or anomalies,” said DAC International’s Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering Rick Horne.

The vibration tests were conducted in Texas at the Professional Test (EMI) Inc., Round Rock, test facility.

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP TO DEMO SAFE TRIAGE SYSTEM AT HELI-EXPO

The Safe Triage system is a touch screen medical device with a built-in knowledge base. It can secure real-time vital sign information and then transport the data securely to medical personnel on the ground. In Search and Rescue operations, providing critical information in a timely manner is becoming more and more of a necessity.

For the first time, Greenwich AeroGroup and LiveTV Satellite Communications will be demonstrating the Safe Triage system and video transmission via LiveAero at Heli-Expo. The Safe Triage system has the ability to capture and transmit all vital signs via wireless peripherals to aid intelligent diagnosis including: 12 Channel ECG, Blood Oxygen Saturation, Respiratory Rate, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Pulse Rate, Peak Flow and Temperature with optional Defibrillator. The system enables emergency medical staff on the ground to acquire accurate and real time vital information for a patient being transported to a medical center via helicopter.

LiveAero, developed by LiveTV Satellite Communications, a Thales company, is the only fixed wing and rotorcraft broadband data 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 effective data speeds of up to 300 kbps through built-in network 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.

Demonstrations of the system will be available at Greenwich AeroGroup’s booth #1546.

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VECTOR AEROSPACE JOINS GREENWICH AEROGROUP DEALER NETWORK FOR LIVEAERO

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems dealer network.

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America, based in British Columbia, Canada is an industry-leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for helicopter operators around the globe. The dealership agreement enables Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services in British Columbia to offer certification and installation services for the LiveAero system.

“We are delighted to add such a renowned helicopter service provider to the LiveAero dealer network,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup Daniel Lafrance. “Vector’s global rotorcraft market reach is an ideal platform to promote and support LiveAero.”

“At Vector Aerospace we strive to offer our customers a multitude of leading edge technologies so they can excel in their market,” says Vice President of Operations Elvis Moniz, at Vector Aerospace in Langley, BC. “We are pleased to add LiveAero to our enhanced helicopter mission and communication solutions.”

LiveAero, developed by LiveTV Satellite Communications, a Thales company, 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’s current dealers for the LiveAero product include Greenwich AeroGroup’s 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; West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill., Columbia, S.C.: Pro Star Aviation in Londonderry, N.H; Aviation Partners Group with capabilities in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine, and IDG Europe in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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AERO PRECISION RENEWS AS/ISO CERTIFICATE

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the renewal of its AS/ISO Certificate.

Aero Precision Industries, LLC, has been assessed by ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. and found to be in conformance with the requirements set forth by AS9120A, EN 9120:2009, JISQ 9120:2009 and ISO 9001:2008. Aero Precision has been certified by AS/ISO for more than 15 years. The renewal certifies Aero Precision’s Quality Management System for the distribution and repair logistics management of Aerospace parts.

“Aero Precision’s vision and mission require the highest standards of quality to meet technical specifications and contract Terms and Conditions,” said Aero Precision’s Quality Director Tayfur Yuncuoglu. “We take pride in our certification renewal and we know that it translates to higher levels of fleet readiness for our customers.”

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DAC INTERNATIONAL SECURES QUALITY MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has received AS9120A and ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The AS9120A standard quality management systems (QMS) certification builds on the ISO 9001:2008 certification with 100+ additional requirements that are specific to aviation, space and defense distributors. AS9120A certification requires rigorous purchasing, handling, storage, and traceability controls to prevent counterfeit and non-conforming parts and components from entering the supply chain.

“Attaining these certifications required substantial effort and commitment on the part of all of our employees,” said DAC International’s General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “It shows DAC’s commitment to ensure our quality system and procedures meet the highest standards.”

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DAC INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WITH ABC COMPLETIONS ON EFB TABLET INSTALLATION

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has successfully collaborated with ABC Completions Inc. a privately held Canadian corporation, on its system to convert an existing EFB mount into an iPad tablet mount.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved ABC Completions’ Supplemental Type Certificate for the iPad and iPad Air as a Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag. DAC International is providing two GDC-64 TAIUs that supply electrical power to the tablets for recharging the tablet battery, as an interface to the aircraft’s FMS for display of aircraft’s position and for presentation of graphical weather from an optional XM weather receiver.

“We are excited to be part of this project,” said General Manager of DAC International Francisco Hernandez. “ABC Completions’ iPad mount is just one of many types of quality solutions DAC International has supported or spearheaded in its quest to continue to provide the latest technology solutions for the cockpit.”

Gary Nash, President of ABC Completions is happy to be partnering with DAC International to be the first to bring this technology to market. “We have created a top quality solution for flight crews to enjoy the benefits of a Class 2 EFB for a very competitive price.”

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DAC INTERNATIONAL ADDS NEW SALES REPRESENTATIVE

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Hayden Clarke as its new Sales Representative.

Mr. Clarke will be supporting DACs European Marketing and Sales division and will be responsible for the General and Business aviation sales development in Europe. His duties include working with all of DACs current dealers and customers to grow DACs existing base in Europe. Additionally, he will be assisting with the company’s push into the helicopter modification development programs.

Previously, Mr. Clarke has held several positions within the aviation industry. Most recently, he was the sales coordinator/executive with Trig Avionics. He holds an Airport Transport Pilot License for both fixed wing and rotorcraft. He will be based in the south of England.

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DAC SIGNS DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH MID-CONTINENT INSTRUMENTS AND AVIONICS

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that it has reached a distribution agreement with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, an industry leader in the overhaul/exchange, repair, design and manufacturing of aircraft instruments, avionics and advanced power solutions.

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics serves 57 countries and operates one of the largest instrument overhaul and exchange programs in the world, supporting a customer base that includes original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), fixed base operators (FBOs), flight schools and government agencies. The company manufactures more than 20,000 units each year, including its True Blue Power product line of USB charging ports, inverters, emergency power supplies and advanced lithium-ion main ship batteries.

“We are thrilled to be named as a distributor for Mid-Continent,” said DAC International General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “Their quality products are ideal solutions for our commercial and military customer base.”

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THALES’S LIVEAERO™ AND GREENWICH AEROGROUP COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL FIRST FLIGHT FOR HELICOPTER SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY

LiveTV Satellite Communications, a Thales company and Greenwich AeroGroup, have achieved another joint milestone in inflight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero™ connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92® helicopter in-flight.

LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup were chosen by Sikorsky to install and deliver LiveAero’s system to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters to be used primarily for search and rescue missions. LiveAero is the only true global broadband connectivity system that is unaffected by helicopter rotors and weather. The system offers three voice and one data/Wi-Fi channels that can all simultaneously be used for voice, data and compressed video transmission anywhere around the globe on fixed wing and rotorcraft. The system can support critical mission data requirements such as texting, emails, internet surfing, aircraft health monitoring,VPN/Cloud connectivity, patient life signs/triage information and more during all stages of flights, on and offshore.

Thomas Tully, Engineering Project Manager for Sikorsky Aircraft, said, “We were able to demonstrate in flight that the Safe Triage System has the ability to capture and transmit all vital signs via wireless peripherals directly to emergency medical centers to aid in intelligent diagnosis.”

“This confirms that the technology provides the rotorcraft industry with a very stable, high availability data link,” said Thales LiveTV President Glenn Latta.

The Thales breakthrough uses a multi-element seven-panel phased-array antenna to communicate with Iridium’s network of 66 Low-Earth Orbit satellites (LEO) in orbit and manage the bandwidth between satellites. The flight testing included Iridium space vehicle passes at a variety of azimuths, showing continuous connectivity throughout the flight envelope.

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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.

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