WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS NEW LOCATION TO CHARTER FLEET
WestAir Charter, a division of Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently announced the addition of a Pilatus PC-12 available for charter in Porterville, California.
The new 2015 PC-12 is viewed as an important addition to the company’s fleet of PC-12s in Boise.
“Because of the airplane’s location, we are now able to serve customers throughout the state of California,” said WestAir Charter’s Director of Flight Operations Jeff Matlock. “We will be serving popular destinations such as Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Reno and Las Vegas with this additional aircraft.”
WestAir Charter specializes in aircraft charter and management services and has been in business since 2001, having managed more than 25 airplanes and flown over 25,000 hours.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENT TO AIRCRAFT SALES TEAM
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has promoted Brett Woods to the position of Pilatus Regional Sales Director.
Mr. Woods joined Western Aircraft in 2007 as an A&P technician with the goal of one day becoming part of aircraft sales. In 2008, he joined the Aircraft Sales team as a contract administrator and in 2010 was promoted to Government Contract Manager MRO. Since 2011, Mr. Woods has served as the company’s Piper Aircraft Regional Sales Manager.
“Brett’s enthusiasm for Western Aircraft and his career are inspiring,” said Vice President for Aircraft Sales and Charter Phil Winters. “He has a tremendous appetite to learn and for continuous self-improvement and his efforts are making a difference for our team and company.”
In his new position, Mr. Woods will be responsible for new and pre-owned Pilatus PC-12 sales in Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii.
Mr. Woods has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Airframe and Powerplant from Idaho State University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Accounting from the University of Idaho and a Master in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University. Additionally, he holds both Airframe and Powerplant and Inspection Authorization licenses and is a Commercial Instrument pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.
DAC INTERNATIONAL A-D CONVERTER APPROVED FOR TCAS II VERSION 7.1 INSTALLATION
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced that its latest A-D (Analog-Digital) converter model GDC62 has been used as part of a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate.
The GDC62 accepts analog inputs from various Radio Altimeter models and converts the signal to ARINC 429 format that is compatible with currently available TCAS II digital processors. The GDC62 eliminates the need to replace analog radio altimeters when digital-only TCAS receivers are installed.
DAC International’s GDC62 was part of a Supplemental Type Certificate issued by EASA and developed by TAG Aviation in Geneva, Switzerland. It is applicable to the Dassault Falcon MF900/900EX Models seeking to comply with TCAS II Change 7.1 requirements.
As of December 1, 2015, all aircraft already equipped with TCAS and weighing more than 5,700 kg are required to have the version 7.1 upgrade to the Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) in order to operate in European airspace.
“The GDC62 is a lightweight, cost-effective solution for customers needing to meet the EASA requirements,” said Vice President and General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “Additionally, it provides an alternative option to purchasing new equipment to meet the EU 2015 as well as the ICAO 2017 mandate.”
Currently the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizes, but does not mandate use of TCAS II Version 7.1 compliant systems for operation in U.S. airspace. However, operators of U.S. registered aircraft used in international flight operations, need to upgrade to TCAS II Version 7.1 by January 1, 2017.
ESTERLINE CMC ELECTRONICS OBTAINS CANADIAN TSO FOR CMA-6800 DISPLAY
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today as a distributor for Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) that CMC has received Canadian Technical Standard Order Design Approval for its CMA-6800 Display.
The CMA-6800 Electronic Display system was designed to replace the aging Honeywell ED-800 Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays.
“This new product has many benefits,” said Vice President and General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “Among those are its form-fit-function replacement and its additional I/O and processor growth provisions for future mandates.”
In addition to the Canadian and FAA TSO Approval, DAC International is expecting within the next few months to acquire Part 25 Approved Model List (AML) Supplement Type Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration for the Esterline CMA-6800 on the Cessna Citation III/V/VII, Hawker 800, Dassault Falcon 900, and Bombardier Dash 8.
DAC INTERNATIONAL ADDS ADDITIONAL AUTOPILOTS TO ITS GDC31 ROLL STEERING CONVERTER
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has added the additional autopilot models ARC300, ARC800, Century 2000 and KAP 140 to its current Approved Model List for Supplemental Type Certificate SA10236SC for the GDC31 Roll Steering Converter.
The GDC31 Roll Steering Converter provides autopilot coupling of the aircraft GPS unit to the aircraft autopilot’s heading error channel, calculating the correct course intercept angle and allowing the pilot to fly an entire flight plan hands-free.
“We are excited to bring to market these additional autopilots,” said Vice President and General Manager of DAC International Cisco Hernandez. “The GDC31 interfaces with S-TEC, King, Century and other autopilots and provides our customers with an affordable way to retrofit existing aircraft systems with state-of-the-art capability.”
The GDC31 Approved Model List covers approximately 700 aircraft makes and models.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.