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ALASKA AIRLINES RECOGNIZES WESTERN AIRCRAFT FBO

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, was recently presented the Large Station Alaska Airlines Fueling Operations 2017 Safe and Reliable Award for its exemplary fueling services.

Boise Airport (BOI) is the busiest airport in Idaho and one of the largest non-hub stations for Alaska Airlines. Western Aircraft is the largest supplier of fuel for BOI delivering more than 21 million gallons of fuel per year. It has been providing fuel services to Alaska Airlines for more than 33 years.

“Western Aircraft is extremely reliable and has seamlessly adjusted to the growth of our operations,” said Alaska Airlines Director of Fuel Operations and Infrastructure Gregory Smith. “Its team has a strong emphasis on safety, reliability and timely support and sets the standard for effective fueling operations within Alaska Airlines.”

“We are extremely honored to receive this award from Alaska Airlines,” said Western Aircraft’s Line Service Manager Dan Milender. “We take great pride in delivering safe and reliable service and to be recognized for it by a company such as Alaska Airlines is truly rewarding.”

Western’s Fixed Based Operation provides fuel support for general and corporate aviation and airlines. Milender added that they recently added a third 7,000-gallon truck with a lift deck to its fleet to provide even more reliable, safe service to large aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added a Regional Sales Manager to its MRO Sales team.

John Petersen will serve as the Regional Sales Manager – Jet for the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, most of California (Northern California down to and including Van Nuys/ Burbank), and the province of British Columbia. He will also be responsible for jet avionics sales in this same territory.

Mr. Petersen has a strong background in both avionics and sales. Prior to joining Western Aircraft, he spent 10 years with Honeywell in Sales, Customer Support, and Field Support roles in the Western United States. Prior to Honeywell, he spent several years at Gulfstream Aerospace as an avionics technician.

Mr. Petersen earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Wichita State University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served a sea tour on a submarine.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES ITS FIRST TAMARACK ACTIVE WINGLET INSTALLATION

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently completed its first installation of a Tamarack ATLAS™ Active Winglet product on a Cessna Citation CJ1+ aircraft.

Tamarack Active Winglets are the only aerodynamic technology on the market today that can reduce time to climb and fuel burn, while increasing range and aircraft stability, without any structural reinforcement, yielding significant time and cost savings.

“This modification dramatically improves the overall performance and utility of Citation aircraft,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Sales and Marketing Kerry Heiss. “The operational benefits that our customers will experience as a result of this installation is phenomenal, and we are extremely proud to be associated with this Idaho-based company.”

The ATLAS™ Active Winglets provide for a faster time to climb, increased range, a higher useful load, and in some cases, a higher cruise speed. Additionally, it lowers operating costs without the weight and complexity penalty of traditional winglets.

ATLAS® Active Winglets are available as upgrades to the Cessna C525 series which includes the CJ, CJ1, CJ1+, M2, CJ2, CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ3+ business jets.

Western Aircraft was recently named a Tamarack dealer.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ROLLING ALONG WITH GOGO AVANCE L5 INFLIGHT WI-FI SYSTEM INSTALLATIONS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has completed its 10th installation of Gogo’s AVANCE L5 broadband Air-to-Ground (ATG) in-flight Wi-Fi system, with several more aircraft under contract.

Western has fitted the Gogo® AVANCE L5 as stand-alone installations and as upgrades to existing Gogo ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems. To date, Western has completed installs on the following aircraft models: Falcon 7X, 900DX, 900EX EASy, 2000EX EASy, 2000LX, Classic 2000 and Gulfstream G550. Upcoming installations include various models of Citation and Hawker aircraft.

“Gogo’s AVANCE L5 gives our customers the ability to do the things they need to do to remain productive during a flight or enjoy a little downtime by being able to stream media, watch on-demand movies, get real-time data for cockpit apps and more,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales and Business Development Manager Walt Marcy. “Additionally, the AVANCE L5 operates on the Gogo Biz 4G network – one of the most trusted networks available to business aviation.”

Delivering a 4G experience to the cabin, Gogo AVANCE L5 delivers faster speeds and enhanced network capacity enabling activities such as live streaming video and audio, personal smartphone use, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. The Gogo AVANCE platform offers a one-box software-centric solution that includes a built-in 4G LTE terrestrial modem providing connectivity while the aircraft is on the ground in more than 120 countries.

Western is an authorized full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul Gogo Business Aviation dealer.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES INTRODUCES BLUE- CHIP LANDING GEAR WARRANTY

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has extended its warranty coverage on landing gear from two years to five years.

One of the longest warranty periods in the industry, the Blue-Chip warranty covers workmanship for the landing gear of all business jets, turboprops and commercial and regional aircraft Professional Aircraft works on.

“The concept of offering the warranty extension is directly related to the quality of work we are doing when the gear is here at our facility,” said Professional Aircraft’s Technical Operations Director Billy McLean. “Our company has a solid reputation and proven track record when it comes to providing these services. We don’t take shortcuts that could lead to premature failure which is evident in our less than one percent warranty rate.”

McLean added that Professional Aircraft Accessories is focused on “repair rather than replace,” citing examples of proprietary repairs the company has created, such as the Bombardier CRJ200 NLG fitting sleeve repair, that not only reduces the scrap rate but also increases reliability. Another example is the CRJ700 chrome repairs that were developed for the MLG axle sleeves that saves them from being scrapped due to excessive wear.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES DEVELOPS NEW STEERCLEAR STEERING MODULE COVER

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently designed for Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft a new Nose Wheel Steering module enclosure shell, dubbed the SteerClear, that significantly prevents the build-up of contaminants on the NWS module and increases the longevity of the interior components.

The SteerClear modification includes the addition of three sheet metal parts and a spill sleeve shaft housing.

“This steering module sits in the cockpit near the air return, resulting in lots of air, dust and contaminants shooting through this unit and sticking to the components,” said Professional Aircraft Accessories Production Engineer Brett Willenbacher. “SteerClear encloses the unit by 98-percent, significantly reducing the amount of debris that can gather on the unit. The enclosure also adds rigidity to the unit, with technical test documents showing better test times and readings.”

Willenbacher added that during an inspection, a sticky substance is sometimes found in the bushing and on the shaft of the Handwheel. It is believed that this is a contributing factor to the failure of the return-time test for the Modules. Professional Aircraft’s engineers redesigned the original shaft housing and created a spill sleeve that prevents liquids from traveling down inside the Tiller shaft.

No significant weight difference is incurred with SteerClear, and the functionality of the unit does not change.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of SkyWest and Professional Aircraft Accessories

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES EXTENDS SCOPE OF OPERATIONS TO INCLUDE BOEING 737 LANDING GEAR AND IDGS

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is now offering complete landing gear overhaul and repair services on Boeing 737 700/800 model aircraft, as well as component repair and overhaul services on Boeing 737 Integrated Drive Generators.

An Aircraft Component Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility, Professional Aircraft Accessories has been providing comprehensive component repairs and landing gear overhaul for more than two decades.

“Adding Boeing 737 landing gear and IDG repair to our capabilities was a natural evolution given our extensive experience and successful history with other fleet types,” said Professional Aircraft Accessories Vice President of Sales and Marketing Mark Iddon. “We have more than 20 years of very successful experience working with large landing gears such as Lockheed Martin’s P-3, Bombardier CRJs, and Embraer regional aircraft. Our team is extremely proficient when it comes to providing integrated landing gear services.”

Professional Aircraft currently provides commercial and regional aircraft CR&O services for Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier CRJ, Embraer ERJ and Lockheed Martin aircraft.

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PC-24 SUPER VERSATILE JET TO AUTHORIZED PILATUS CENTER WESTERN AIRCRAFT DELIVERED

The Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, took delivery of the first PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to the Pilatus dealer network.

In a ceremony at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd’s facility in Broomfield, Colorado, Western Aircraft, an Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center since 1996, took delivery of PC-24 serial number 102. It is the second production delivery of the newly certified Super Versatile Jet.

Western Aircraft, based in Boise, Idaho, sells and services Pilatus aircraft in the northwestern United States. Covering Alaska, Northern California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Western Aircraft has sold more than 230 new Pilatus PC-12s, making it the most successful dealership in the world for the popular single-engine turboprop.

Western’s focus on superior customer service has also been a key part of the Pilatus service network’s achievement of 16 consecutive years of number 1 ranked customer support, as rated by independent industry surveys.

Phil Winters, Vice President of Sales and Charter for Western Aircraft, was on hand to accept their new aircraft, and commented: “We are very proud to be the first Pilatus dealer to take delivery of this fantastic new aircraft. Pilatus exceeded all the ambitious performance targets it promised five years ago when the PC-24 was unveiled to the public. Of course, being a partner with Pilatus for over 20 years, we know how they under-promise and over-deliver, so we did not hesitate to order as many PC-24s as they would let us take.”

Markus Bucher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, was present when Winters accepted the PC-24 at the factory in Stans, Switzerland, and stated: “We are honored to have Western Aircraft be the first Pilatus Center to take delivery of the PC-24. We share the common core values of putting the customer first, providing outstanding quality in both aircraft and service, and having a relationship grounded in integrity and trust. Western Aircraft has been an outstanding partner with Pilatus for more than 20 years, and their success is our success.”

Winters continued: “There is nothing else like the PC-24 on the market, and demand for it has been much higher than we anticipated. Even though we’ve received more than a dozen offers to buy this first aircraft, we’ve decided to take it into inventory and use it as a demonstrator over the next year. That gives us the ability to show it to existing order holders, and also to prospective customers who want to get in on the next block of aircraft when Pilatus re-opens the order book.”

Western Aircraft flight crews have already completed their PC-24 type ratings at FlightSafety International, and the maintenance teams have been through training, as well. All special support tooling and spare parts for the PC-24 are already in inventory. Western has enrolled the aircraft in the PC-24’s comprehensive CrystalCare™ engine, airframe, and avionics maintenance program, and will base the aircraft at their headquarters in Boise, Idaho. In addition to demonstration flying, the aircraft will eventually be available for charter on a limited basis.

 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT RESPONDS TO DEMAND – Adds a Seventh Fuel Truck

An increasing number of flights into the Boise Airport (KBOI) along with an increased amount of fuel pumped has prompted Western Aircraft to add a seventh fuel truck to its fleet.

The Maintenance Repair and Fixed Based Operation is based at the Airport and provides fuel support for general and corporate aviation and airlines.

“We are currently the largest supplier of fuel for the Boise Airport delivering more than 21 million gallons of fuel per year,” said Western Aircraft’s Line Service Manager Dan Milender. “Our new 7,000-gallon truck is our third with a lift deck, which gives us even more reliable, safe service to large aircraft.”

In addition to its corporate and airline support, Western Aircraft also holds the Department of Defense (DoD) contract for the field through its partnership with AvFuel. Furthermore, in the summer it provides fuel support for aerial firefighting aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT BEEFS UP AVIONICS AND TURBOPROP SUPPORT

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired one new person and promoted two others as part of its ongoing investment in avionics and turboprop support.

Don West has been promoted from Avionics Lead to Avionics Sales Account Manager supporting Western’s MRO Sales and Marketing team. A native of Delaware, Mr. West joined Western Aircraft in 2000 as an Avionics Technician. He was subsequently promoted several times, culminating in his most recent role as Avionics Lead. He also currently serves in the Idaho Air National Guard as an Integrated Avionics Comm/Nav Mission Systems Craftsman. Mr. West has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Avionics Technology from the Community College of the Air Force and holds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Avionics Repairman certificate.

Paul Harrington joins Western Aircraft serving as an Avionics Team Lead. Mr. Harrington has spent the last 20 years with Jet Aviation in St. Louis, most recently serving as its Challenger Team Avionics Lead, and prior to that Paul served as an aircraft electrician in the United States Army. He holds a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Radiotelephone Operator License.

Jeff Watson has been promoted to Turbo Prop Service Manager. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving for four years as an F-18 aircraft hydraulic mechanic. Mr. Watson is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic and a graduate of Idaho State University who has served in various roles within Western Aircraft’s maintenance department for more than 11 years, most recently as the company’s Jet Team Lead.

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