WESTERN AIRCRAFT NOW AUTHORIZED ON WILLIAMS FJ44 ENGINES
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it is now authorized to work on Williams International FJ44 engines for the various models of Cessna Citation Jets.
Western Aircraft is extremely familiar with these engines as a Williams Authorized Service Facility for the Pilatus PC-24. This new Williams FJ44 engine authorization allows Western to also work on Cessna 525, 525+, 525 A, A+, B, C and M2 models.
“We are excited to add Citation models to our authorization for Williams FJ44 engines,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “It’s another way to provide quality customer service to our Cessna customers.”
Williams’ authorization will allow Western Aircraft to assist Cessna Citation customers with engine rentals, parts, warranty claims and more.
SUMMIT AVIATION AWARDED OIL TANK SYSTEM CONTRACT TO SUPPORT THE BLUE ANGELS UPGRADE
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that The Boeing Company has awarded it a follow-on Oil Tank System contract to support the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team aircraft upgrade, from the F/A-18C/D Hornet to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
In August 2018, the Navy awarded The Boeing Company the contract to configure nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F aircraft to the standard Blue Angels’ aircraft structure and modify to accommodate the team’s unique needs. One of the key items of that installation is the oil tank storage system. Summit Aviation was awarded the first contract for the tank systems in October 2018. The system is employed during the flight to pump a special oil back through the jet’s engine to produce the air show smoke that helps onlookers follow the team’s path through the sky while demonstrating its aerobatic maneuvers.
“The Navy’s Blue Angels are legendary,” said Director of Manufacturing for Summit Aviation Scott Roush. “We are extremely proud Boeing has chosen Summit Aviation to help support this impressive program.”
Summit is providing a total of 18 units through its manufacturing facilities in Somerset, Kentucky and Kernersville, North Carolina.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Alex Almonte has joined its MRO Sales team as a Regional Sales Manager.
Mr. Almonte will cover the Southwest and Midwest region territories for Falcon, Gulfstream, Embraer Legacy/Praetor and Hawker customers.
Prior to coming to Western Aircraft, Mr. Almonte spent nearly ten years in aviation leadership roles, including VP of Operations with Sentinel Aviation in Sanford, Florida, Regional Sales Director for StarPort Aviation and most recently as a Regional Sales Manager with Constant Aviation, covering the Florida territory.
His particular strengths lie in corporate aircraft MRO sales and contractual negotiations. He has extensive experience with start-ups, team development, revenue growth and ensuring top-level customer service.
In 2008, Mr. Almonte graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in air traffic management and minored in aviation business, human factors and aviation safety. In 2009, he went on to graduate from the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.
Mr. Almonte will be based and reside in Boise, Idaho.
PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES ADDS TO ITS SALES TEAM
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced recently that it has added a Regional Sales Manager to its Sales team.
Aria Bahawdory joins PAA as the new Regional Sales Manager. In this role, he will focus on building and growing relationships with both new and existing customers.
Mr. Bahawdory has extensive experience in aviation B2B sales and marketing, including 18 years of combined business aviation sales and corporate aviation experience as a commercial pilot and operations manager.
Before coming to Professional Aviation Associates, Bahawdory acted as Flight Operations Coordinator at Imagine Air Jet Services and played multiple roles at Jet-IFE including Marketing and Sales Consultant, Technical Support Specialist and manager of the company’s financial and operations business. Most recently, he served as the Fleet/Charter Regional Account Manager for FDS Avionics Corp. where he developed and maintained business relationships as well as marketing output for commercial and charter operations.
Mr. Bahawdory earned his Associate degree in aviation management from Lenior Community College and his Bachelor of Science in management and organizational development from Mount Olive College. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy for four years.
SUMMIT AVIATION MANUFACTURING ADDS TO ITS SALES TEAM
Summit Aviation Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added a Business Development Representative to its Sales team.
Tara Connell most recently served as a Senior Buyer for Honda Aircraft, Major Structures. Prior to that, she spent several years at Northrop Grumman working her way up from an intern, to her final position with the company, as a Major Subcontracts Manager for its USN Fire Scout and Firebird Programs.
Ms. Connell has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from California State University-Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Redlands.
PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES TAPS FORMER DELTA AIRLINES LEADER TO SPEARHEAD COMPANY
Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has hired Jonathan Clarke as its new Vice President and General Manager.
Mr. Clarke is a seasoned leader who has directed multi-million dollar production operations. He joins Professional Aircraft Accessories after a 30-year career with Delta Airlines. He most recently served as Delta’s General Manager for landing gear, engine operations and APUs.
“Jonathan is a high-caliber leader that we welcome to our team,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup Ralph Kunz. “His extensive background in aerospace support services and his capability to lead large teams gives us great certainty that he is indeed the best person for this position.”
A self-starter, Mr. Clarke began his career with Delta Airlines as an aircraft mechanic. He gradually rose through the ranks serving in a variety of roles including regional manager, manager of the landing gear shop and product line manager for engines. In his final position with Delta, Mr. Clarke held P&L responsibility for the business unit supporting all aircraft engine, APU, landing gear production and test operations for Delta’s fleet of 800+ aircraft.
Mr. Clarke graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration, Aerospace & Defense from the University of Tennessee. In addition, he is a certified Six-Sigma Greenbelt.
Mr. Clarke will begin his duties on April 15th.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS INTERIOR SALES MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Mario Samblotte as its new Interior Sales Manager.
Mr. Samblotte launched his career in aviation with Gulfstream Long Beach in 1990 as a plastic/engraver mechanic and he spent 26 years there in roles of increasing responsibility, leaving the company in the role of operations manager. In his most recent role, he served as Operations and Project Manager for International Aero Services in Bellflower, California.
Mr. Samblotte will be based in Southern California.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT BECOMES FIRST IN THE UNITED STATES TO ADD THE PILATUS PC-24 TO ITS CHARTER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to WestAir Charter’s Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.
“We are extremely excited to be the first in the country to offer this amazing jet for charter,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Charter Management Phil Winters. “This aircraft has superior speed, range and runway performance. It is also the first business jet in the world that has a standard pallet-sized cargo door, making the loading of even the bulkiest of items, such as a kayak, easy. It’s a true benefit for our charter customers.”
In addition to the PC-24’s charter function, WestAir Charter is also handling the jet’s aircraft management, ensuring that all aspects of operation and safety are handled from maintenance to flight crew to FAA regulatory compliance.
Western Aircraft’s WestAir Charter is extremely familiar with the Pilatus aircraft, having many years of experience operating a fleet of NG and Legacy PC-12s. Additionally, Western has the most successful Pilatus dealership in the world; its team has vast experience in the management and operation of Pilatus aircraft, and its MRO is one of the largest Pilatus Authorized Service Centers in North America.
WestAir Charter provides service to more than 5,000 airports in the United States, Mexico and Canada with aircraft based in Idaho, Washington and California.
WESTAIR CHARTER APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Westair Charter has hired Joshua Weinshank as its new director of operations.
Mr. Weinshank is a certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with more than 27 years of experience in the area of aircraft operations for corporate, charter and scheduled air carrier certificates. In his new role with Western Aircraft, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and leadership of Westair Charters’ business and pilots.
Before joining Western Aircraft, Mr. Weinshank served as eTT Aviation’s chief operating officer and prior to that as Xtra Airways/Casino Express’ director of operations and information technology. He has also previously served in the capacities of chief pilot, check pilot, pilot in command and aircraft operator security coordinator.
He begins his duties immediately.
VETERAN GREENWICH AEROGROUP EXECUTIVE TO LEAD PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES
Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its Vice President of Sales and Marketing Daniel Lafrance has been appointed to the position of Vice President/General Manager of its subsidiary Professional Aviation Associates in Atlanta, Ga.
In his new role, Mr. Lafrance will provide overall leadership for the company’s parts distribution services and hose shop strategy as well as its operational and financial performance.
“Creating partnerships, building upon our achievements and delivering results are critical for our continued success,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup Ralph Kunz. “Daniel’s leadership, his knowledge of the aerospace industry and his expertise in sales and marketing will strengthen our very capable team at Professional Aviation Associates. He will do a terrific job in his new role.”
Mr. Lafrance has served in the role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup since 2009. Prior to that, he served as an aviation consultant after his departure from Bombardier Aerospace where he spent 21 years ending in the position of Vice President of Service Sales and Marketing.
He begins his duties with Professional Aviation Associates effective immediately.