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WESTERN AIRCRAFT MAINTAINS ITS FOCUS ON GROWTH WITH TWO KEY HIRES

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced it has hired two individuals to fulfill key roles within its management team.

John Kochel has been hired as the Director of Parts and Logistics business unit for Western Aircraft. Mr. Kochel has an extensive aviation background. He began his career with GKN in the International Leadership Development Program and assumed various leadership roles including program manager for HondaJet, business development for GKN Transparency Systems, and general manager of the Transparency Aftermarket Services business unit in Garden Grove, California. Most recently, he managed the western territory for GlobalParts.aero. Mr. Kochel is a graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Business. Additionally, he completed the UCLA Financial Leadership Program.

With its recent expansion announcement, Western Aircraft continues to establish its team for its ever-growing Gulfstream services with Russell Crouch being selected as its new Gulfstream Service Manager. Having served in the Army as an aircraft mechanic, Mr. Crouch furthered his aerospace career with Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Georgia. During his more than 25 years with the company, he served in a variety of roles there including mechanic, crew chief, crew lead, mechanical team lead, operations manager, service team manager, senior internal sales manager and most recently as senior PS sales program analyst. He is airframe and powerplant licensed and is currently approaching the completion of a bachelor’s degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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SUMMIT AVIATION INSTALLS GARMIN G500H TXI FLIGHT DISPLAY SYSTEM ON MD 520N HELICOPTER

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it has been awarded the Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of Garmin’s G500H TXi Flight Display System on MDHI 500N series aircraft. 

The latest in electronic glass cockpit instrumentation, the G500H TXi brings increased levels of reliability, adaptability and affordability to helicopter operations. Available in both portrait and landscape options, the system provides bright, crisp touch-screen displays. It allows you to use familiar knobs and/or touch-screen inputs to quickly access the functions, screen views and other flight information the pilot wants to see most prominently.

Summit recently installed the G500H TXi display system on two of Maryland’s Prince George’s County Police Department’s MD 520N Helicopters.

“We are excited to continue in our support of aviation law enforcement,” said Director of Sales and Marketing for Summit Aviation John Gonsalves. “The Garmin G500H TXi Flight Display System is a game changer for the critical services our customers provide every day.”

For mission readiness, the G500H TXi is equipped with a five-color Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System1 (HTAWS), WireAware wire-strike avoidance technology and Garmin HSVT 3-D synthetic vision. The G500H TXi also features multiple video input options, night vision goggle (NVG) compatibility and a graphical map overlay within the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) for most display formats.

Summit Aviation is a Garmin authorized dealer and installer.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT INSTALLS ITS FIRST HIGH EFFICIENCY COWLING SYSTEM ON A PC-12 AIRCRAFT

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its first Speed Cowl installation on a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Speed Cowl was developed by EDMO as an aftermarket, Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate upgrade to the stock cowl that currently comes on a PC-12. The simple modification improves the efficiency of conducting air into the engine, thereby providing increased ram air recovery to the engine, resulting in better performance. The modification can be performed without interfering with other systems in the aircraft, making the upgrade non-invasive.

“Our customers rave about this installation because it improves the performance of the aircraft in a very noticeable and meaningful way, and the modification can be done efficiently while the aircraft is already here for an annual inspection,” said PC-12 Technical Representative for Western Aircraft Carl Coffelt. “It takes minimal time to install, so it won’t extend the amount of time the aircraft is with us, making it a very convenient upgrade for our customers.”

Compared to the stock cowl, Speed Cowl lowers the ITT 20 to 30 degrees at the same PSI setting. EDMO indicates that the Speed Cowl promotes better airflow allowing the engine to perform the way it was designed without hurting it or consuming more fuel. It also features a heated lip design which, by reducing the temperature of the exhaust entering the lip and maintaining a more steady temperature of the heated air as it moves through the lip, will reduce the possibility of heat damage to the carbon fiber and paint over time.

Western Aircraft is the largest Pilatus dealership in the world selling both PC-12 and PC-24 aircraft, with its technicians also servicing nearly 100 PC-12 airframes every year.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCES $17M EXPANSION

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it is undertaking its second major expansion in six years.

The new 93,000 square foot addition on Western’s existing 18-acre leasehold in Boise will more than double its existing MRO operating space. The expansion includes a 53,000 square foot hangar and 40,000 square feet of back shop/office space. The new hangar will support Western’s growing jet maintenance capabilities and the new back shop/office space will provide room for the company’s expanding interiors shop capabilities and administration offices. Western’s current MRO space is approximately 90,000 square feet.

“This expansion would not be possible without the tremendous support we have received at both the local and state levels,” said Vice President and General Manager for Western Aircraft Austin Shontz. “We are proud to be based in Idaho and to continue to grow and expand our presence here in Boise.”

“As one of the largest aviation services businesses in the West with over 60 years of history in Idaho, we are excited for Western Aircraft’s continued investments in Idaho,” said Idaho Department of Commerce Director Tom Kealey. “From technicians to back- office support, Western Aircraft is creating more than 130 new high-paying jobs to meet their customer’s diverse and growing needs, and further demonstrate their unmatched commitment to our community.”

In 2014, Western Aircraft completed a $4.7 million expansion to its campus adding two new buildings, facility improvements and specialized tooling.

“We are proud to be part of Western Aircraft’s second major expansion in Boise,” said City of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean. “This is a great example of our long-term investment in our community, the power of collaborative working relationships with project partners and our solutions-oriented approach to economic development. We are pleased that this project will support Western Aircraft’s growing jet maintenance capabilities to our community.”

Western maintains a substantial customer base from the United States and Canada and boasts an extensive history of working on diverse types of airframes including Citation, Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker, King Air, Pilatus, Piper and Quest.

A public groundbreaking will not take place due to COVID-19 precautions. The estimated completion date is the first quarter of 2021.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT GROWS SALES TEAM WITH ADDITION OF NEW REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Randy Miller as a Regional Sales Manager.

In his new role with the Western Aircraft MRO Sales Team, Mr. Miller works with jet owners and operators, and is responsible for maintenance sales on Citation and Embraer Phenom aircraft.

Mr. Miller has more than 25 years of corporate aviation sales experience, particularly with airframe and engine maintenance sales. Prior to joining Western Aircraft, he worked for several large MRO companies, including Textron Aviation, StandardAero, and most recently Constant Aviation. He holds a Commercial Pilot license, and in his spare time enjoys restoring and flying vintage aircraft. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES FILLS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER POSITION

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Rob Burch has joined its team as a Regional Sales Manager.

In his new role, Mr. Burch works with customers in the Northeast and Southwest regions, and is responsible for the facilitation, building and maintaining of customer relationships.

Mr. Burch is a highly accomplished sales professional with 15 years of experience in the aviation industry. He has demonstrated effective sales and revenue growth by continually leveraging his experience and knowledge to add value in new and existing customer relationships. 

Prior to coming to Professional Aviation Associates, Mr. Burch was a Sales Associate for Global Parts.aero, and most recently served as Director of Sales for Avgroup Inc.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT HIRES INTERIORS MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Tonya Wood to fill the position of Interiors Manager.

In her new role, Ms. Wood oversees the removal, repair, modification, refurbishment and reinstallation of aircraft interiors according to customer specifications.

Ms. Wood has a demonstrated successful history in the aviation and aerospace industry. She’s skilled in customer service, strategic planning, LEAN principles, leadership and project management.

Immediately prior to joining Western Aircraft, she held varying positions with Gulfstream Aerospace, including Senior Pricing Analyst and most recently Principal Designer, where she created and presented custom interior schemes that included veneer, carpet, plating, countertops, cabinetry, soft goods and seat styling for private and commercial use jets. She also served as the Director of Interior Architectural Design for J. Banks Design Group and then ran her own interior design and refurbishment company for two years before accepting a position as Creative Director for Release Marine.

“We are excited to have Tonya join our team,” said Vice President and General Manager for Western Aircraft Austin Shontz. “Her expertise in design and specifically interior schemes for Gulfstream aircraft complements Western’s ever-increasing Gulfstream capabilities.”

Ms. Wood earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Winthrop University in 1989, and her Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University in 2014. She holds both LEAN and NCIDQ certifications.

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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ANNOUNCES NEW DISTRIBUTORSHIP FOR ALLPROTECT PRODUCT

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it is now a distributor for ALLProtect, a protective covering product from Colorado-based SurfaceLiner+.  

ALLProtect provides temporary, padded and non-slip surface protection for floors, stairs, sidewalls, bulkheads, galleys, wing leading edges, cabin windows, cockpit windshields, painted surfaces and other aircraft surfaces. It easily cuts to size and is reusable.

“We strive to offer customers products that can improve safety, efficiency and the quality of their work,” said Vice President and General Manager for Professional Aviation Associates Daniel Lafrance. “ALLProtect is an exciting addition; it meets and exceeds the high-quality standards our customers expect from us.”

This protective covering is ideal for long and short-term applications. The polyethylene adhesive backing creates a liquid barrier against spills, which allows for vertical applications without additional tape. It remains non-slip when wet or greasy. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Professional Aviation Associates,” said Director of Sales for SurfaceLiner+ Mary Altman. “Its worldwide distribution network and expertise on a wide range of products will provide the opportunity to effectively introduce a higher level of safety and protection to professionals with ALLProtect.”

Professional Aviation Associates offer ALLProtect in original gray for heavy traffic areas and vertical applications. They also offer bright red for enhanced visibility and safety for sensitive areas of the aircraft as well as white see-through protection for cabin windows and cockpit windshields. All products are available in various roll sizes, and the original gray is available in perforated rolls.   

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST ACA COMPONENT INSTALLATION ON FALCON 900

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed the first Aviation Clean Air (ACA) Component installation on a Falcon 900 series aircraft.

The ACA Component is a cabin air and surface purification system that utilizes ionization technology to neutralize a wide variety of pathogens throughout the cabin of the aircraft. It also mitigates odors from cigarette smoke, fuel and pets. 

“Since the COVID-19 issue arose, we have received a great deal of customer interest in the ACA Component,” said Director of Sales and Marketing for Western Aircraft Kerry Heiss. “As a Falcon Heavy Authorized Service Center, we are very pleased to be the first dealer in the world to install it on a Falcon 900-series aircraft.”

Heiss explained the simple installation of the Components allows for minimal downtime of the aircraft. It runs continuously to clean cabin air when power is supplied to the unit.

In addition to the Falcon aircraft, Western Aircraft is capable of installing the ACA Component on other popular models including Gulfstream, Embraer, Citation and other makes of aircraft.

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SUMMIT AVIATION CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF SERVICE

In 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States, Johnny Cash played the first of his many free concerts behind bars, and on this day, May 6, 1960, Summit Aviation, the oldest, continuous operating aircraft company in the state of Delaware was founded by Richard “Kip” Dupont.

In the sixty years since its founding, Summit Aviation has evolved into a full-service aviation center serving both domestic and international customers including the U.S. Government Department of Defense and International Military, U.S. Government Non-Department of Defense and Special Missions, general and corporate aviation, and state and local law enforcement. It was acquired by Greenwich AeroGroup in 2008.

“Summit Aviation boasts a long history of successfully serving its customers,” said Vice President and General Manager for Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “We are extremely honored to carry on and expand the vision that Kip Dupont started with so long ago. We owe our success to that vision, our dedicated ownership, our customers, and the talented team of employees that have helped us grow and expand this company since 1960.”

In light of COVID-19, the company plans to celebrate with the community, customers and employees at a later date.

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