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DAC SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH NDT SYSTEMS

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has reached a distribution agreement with NDT Systems, Inc., an industry leader in the design, manufacturing and selling of high quality, advanced ultrasonic testing equipment to the non-destructive testing marketplace.

NDT Systems is based in Huntington Beach, Calif., and has been providing for more than 40 years a wide portfolio of products to support the inspection of almost all materials from metals, ceramics and plastics to advanced composite materials.

“NDT Systems is a forerunner in the field of portable ultrasonic test equipment,” said DAC International Vice President and General Manager Cisco Hernandez. “We are excited to offer these innovative, functional and cost effective solutions to our customers.”

DAC International will represent the NDT Systems products in the United States, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and The Netherlands

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP HIRES AVIATION VETERAN TO LEAD WESTERN AIRCRAFT

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has named Austin Shontz as Vice President and General Manager of Western Aircraft. Located in Boise, Idaho, Western Aircraft was acquired by Greenwich AeroGroup in 2007 and is one of the company’s two Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities.Shontz Austin (457x640)

“Austin is a thought leader with extensive experience in aircraft manufacturing, completions and MRO services,” said President and CEO of Greenwich AeroGroup Jim Ziegler. “We believe his experience combined with his innovative ideas and leadership style will benefit Western at all
levels of operations, customer service and support.”

Mr. Shontz kicked off his career in 1986 as an industrial engineer for McDonnell Douglas. From there, he spent the majority of his career with Gulfstream Aerospace where he quickly rose in rank and responsibilities, leaving the company in 2013 after serving six years as its Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Final Phase Engineering and Supply Chain. He most recently served as a Senior Strategic Advisor for Embraer Aerospace.

Mr. Shontz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

He begins his duties with Western Aircraft on September 1, 2015.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES ADDS SALES DIRECTOR

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Gene Hart as its Director of Sales for Professional Aircraft Accessories.

Mr. Hart’s primary responsibilities will include coordination with other key members within the sales team to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives as well as assisting the Vice President of Sales with day-to-day operations involving the sales group.

Mr. Hart most recently served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Applied Aerodynamics in Dallas, Texas and prior to that as a Regional Sales Manager for Ametek Ameron, a division of Ametek Aerospace and Defense.

Mr. Hart holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Meramec College in St. Louis, Mo.

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TRUATLANTIC EXPANDS ITS MANUFACTURING CENTER

TruAtlantic Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has expanded its production capacity at its current location to support its maturing pipeline.

The company, which has been in that location since 2008, originally resided within 30,000 square feet of its current location but has expanded to now occupy almost double that area in the 56,000 square-foot climate controlled building.

“This expansion will allow us to continue to grow our complex machining capacity and capability as well as growing our assembly and kitting cells for our new customers coming on board,” said General Manager of TruAtlantic Manufacturing Russ Porter. “We will also be expanding our special processes to better serve our customer base and reduce our lead times by keeping the work within our four walls.”

Mr. Porter added that the expansion also enables the company to create more optimal work space for its support staff.

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP BOOSTS GOVERNMENT TEAM

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has added David Hoyt as its Director of Government Business Development.

Mr. Hoyt’s primary responsibilities include the development of new United States Government business opportunities for Greenwich AeroGroup and its subsidiaries concentrating in the areas of maintenance, repair and overhaul for the U.S. Air Force and non-DoD U.S. Government agencies.

Mr. Hoyt most recently served as Director of Corporate Development for Equity Concepts in Richmond, Va. and prior to that as Senior Vice President and Strategic Accounts Executive for Dynamic Aviation Group in Bridgewater, Va.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS AVIONICS MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added John Crabtree as its Avionics Manager.

Mr. Crabtree’s primary responsibilities will include day-to-day operations of the avionics department, as well as avionics integration, installation, coordination of certification with engineering and customer service.

With more than 30 years in aviation, Mr. Crabtree most recently served as Avionics and Engineering Manager for Elliott Aviation and prior to that as Avionics Manager at Hawker Beechcraft Services.

A Navy veteran, Crabtree attended Avionics Technical School while on active duty. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, as well an Airframe and Powerplant and FCC General Radio Telephone Operator licenses.

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MAHINDRA AEROSPACE NAMES PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES AS EXCLUSIVE AIRVAN PARTS DISTRIBUTOR

Mahindra Aerospace and Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that they have reached an exclusive distributorship of spare parts agreement for the Airvan8 (f/k/a GippsAero GA-8) and Airvan10.

Under the terms of the agreement, Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) will be the exclusive distributor of Airvan 8 and Airvan10 factory parts for North America, Central America, South America, Europe and the Middle East and will stock the inventory in its facility adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We are excited to collaborate with Mahindra Aerospace in servicing the needs of Airvan owners and operators,” said Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates James Walker. “Our world-class operation and prime location close to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport enables us to provide superior support and responsiveness for customer requirements and critical needs.”

“This agreement is part of our strong focus on the customer and his needs,” said Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Aerospace, Aircraft Keith Douglas. “PAA provides responsive parts and support on a global level. As sales for the Airvan 8 increase, it made sense to join with the leader in parts distribution.”

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GREENWICH AEROGROUP ACQUIRES AIRPRO AVIATION SYSTEMS

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that it has acquired Miami-based Airpro Aviation Systems, a Federal Aviation Administration certified repair station that was established in 1996 and specializes in electronics, electrical and mechanical instruments, avionics and accessories.

“Airpro’s business aligns well with our current structure and is an excellent strategic fit for Greenwich AeroGroup’s Repair and Overhaul line of business,” said Greenwich AeroGroup Senior Vice President of CR&O and Distribution Dave Miller. “This exciting opportunity offers our customers access to a broader and deeper platform of products and services while better enabling us to seize on current global growth opportunities.”

In addition to its FAA certification, Airpro Aviation also holds certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Indonesia).

“Adding Airpro Aviation to our group of companies reinforces our growth strategy to build a broad portfolio of aftermarket services for the business, commercial, military and rotorcraft aviation markets,” said Greenwich AeroGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziegler. “We are committed to growing our component repair and overhaul capabilities to better serve our current and future customers needs while enhancing shareholder value.”

In addition to its core capabilities, the company is also an approved vendor for multiple airlines worldwide. Airpro Aviation Systems sales division, Airpro Aviation Airline Support Inc., offers programs such as rotable exchanges and repair contracts.

Greenwich AeroGroup’s current companies that provide component repair, overhaul and parts distribution services include Aero Precision in Livermore, Calif., DAC International in Austin Texas, Professional Aircraft Accessories in Titusville, Fla., Professional Aviation Associates in Atlanta, Ga., Summit Aviation in Middletown, Del., and Western Aircraft in Boise, Idaho.

 

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DAC INTERNATIONAL ADDS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Dor W Brown IV as a Regional Sales Manager.

Mr. Brown will be handling the sales responsibilities for the Eastern United States in addition to Eastern Canada. His duties include working with all of DACs current dealers and customers to grow DACs existing base and product lines.

Mr. Brown is an experienced aviator having served as an F/A-18D Weapons Systems Officer in the United States Marine Corps and as an Advanced Jet Training Flight Instructor with the U.S. Naval Training Command. Most recently, he completed active duty mobilization orders with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve working for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve in Kuwait.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas Austin and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Aviation Safety.

Mr. Brown will be based in Austin.

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AERO PRECISION SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ZODIAC AERO EVACUATION SYSTEMS

Aero Precision, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today a new long term agreement with Air Cruisers Company LLC, d/b/a Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems, a Zodiac Aerospace company.

Aero Precision has established relationships with other Zodiac Aerospace Companies. The new agreement will include all military product lines exclusively supporting foreign operators.

Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems (formerly known as Air Cruisers) is the only company in the world to offer a comprehensive range of inflatable safety products and is a world leader for civil aviation evacuation slides, slide/rafts, life rafts, life vests and helicopter emergency flotation equipment.

Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems Vice President and General Manager of the Military and Government Products Business Unit Mark Jeffers said, “By appointing Aero Precision as our stocking distributor, this agreement will enable our customers to have direct access to Zodiac Aero Evacuation products either off the shelf or in quicker than standard lead time.”

“We are proud to add Zodiac Aero Evacuation Systems products to our international military aftermarket support packages, and pleased to have the ability to exclusively distribute to our customers,” said Aero Precision’s International Business Development Manager Nate Hoffman.

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