SUMMIT AVIATION HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich
AeroGroup company, announced that it has hired John Gonsalves as its Director
of Sales and Marketing. His responsibilities will include developing new
business relationships, strengthening existing relationships and overseeing the
growth of the company’s fixed-wing, rotor-wing and government/military services
for the company’s Delaware location.
Mr. Gonsalves is a seasoned
sales executive who has served the last 28 years in various sales positions
within Bombardier Aerospace. He most recently served as Bombardier’s Director
of Aircraft Sales for Government Programs covering the United States, Mexico
and Central and South Americas.
“We are delighted to welcome
John to Summit Aviation,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit
Aviation Ralph Kunz. “John has a keen understanding of aircraft service sales,
and I believe his extensive experience in the aviation industry will help
further elevate Summit’s presence in the sectors we serve.”
Mr. Gonsalves began his sales
career with Bombardier as a Regional Manager covering corporate and commercial
service sales. Within two years he was promoted to the Director of Worldwide Service
Sales staying in that position for ten years until his final position with the
company. His sales experience is extensive, covering corporate, commercial,
special mission, government and military programs both domestically and
He undertakes his duties with Summit Aviation
WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS OTC REGIONAL SALES MANAGER POSITION
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Jacqueline Rambacal to fill the position of Over The Counter Parts (OTC) Regional Sales Manager.
In her new role, Ms. Rambacal is responsible for the facilitation, building and maintaining of customer relationships with OTC customers by providing OTC aircraft parts in the most efficient way possible.
Ms. Rambacal has extensive aviation experience. Prior to joining Western Aircraft, she served as the vice president of aviation at Bank OZK in Little Rock, Arkansas where she handled business aviation finance for the southeast United States. She has also served as PMA/STC sales and business development coordinator for (formerly) TruAtlantic Manufacturing and as a regional director of sales for the Kansas City Aviation Center.
Ms. Rambacal graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Aviation Flight Science and holds a commercial pilot’s license.
PROFESSIONAL AVIATION RETAINS NATIONAL AIRWAYS CORPORATION AS A DISTRIBUTOR
Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has signed National Airways Corporation (NAC), the largest general aviation company in Africa as a distributor for the company.
NAC will continue distributing all types of parts and consumable supplies, but now with a specific focus on the Beechcraft 1900, King Air and Embraer 120 parts for Professional Aviation Associates. Inventory from Professional Aviation Associates is already on-hand at NAC. The new inventory combined with NAC’s existing stock will optimize AOG and non-routine parts support in the region and reduce shipping expenses for customers.
“We are delighted to add NAC as a new distributor,” said Daniel Lafrance, vice president and general manager for Professional Aviation Associates. “NAC is a well-established company that has been serving a broad range of general aviation customers since 1946. They have an excellent reputation for customer service, and we are excited to work with them to better support the needs of our Beechcraft 1900, Embraer 120 and King Air customers in Africa.”
“We are honored that the leadership team at Professional Aviation Associates recognizes our strengths and has appointed us to represent them in Africa,” said JP Fourie, executive director aircraft for NAC. “We are convinced of their superior abilities and service and we look forward to working closely with Professional Aviation Associates to achieve their success in our region.”
NAC will distribute Professional Aviation’s inventory items from its facility at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES FIRST GOGO AVANCE L5 INSTALLATION ON A PILATUS PC-24
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, continues to expand its leadership in the maintenance and modifications of Pilatus Aircraft by being the first to install a Gogo AVANCE™ L5 in-flight connectivity system on a Pilatus PC-24.
“We are extremely proud of our team,” said Jody Harris, director of aircraft services for Western Aircraft. “Our recent installation of the first Gogo AVANCE L5 system on a PC-24 went smoothly, and we even delivered early.”
“These are very exciting times for our industry, Gogo and our valued partner, Western Aircraft, with their first installation of the AVANCE L5 in the prestigious Pilatus PC-24 business jet,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo Business Aviation. “We are grateful that Western Aircraft continues to look for opportunities to install Gogo’s inflight entertainment and connectivity systems on new airframes.”
Western Aircraft recently announced it has completed 20 percent of all PC-24 Big Aircraft Modifications (BAMs) worldwide, and five 12-month inspections on PC-24s.
The company has seven factory-trained PC-24 technicians and supports AOG events for PC-24 aircraft with 24/7 availability.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT PROMOTES TWO
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has promoted two individuals within its maintenance department.
Steve Myers has been promoted to Jet Service Manager. His primary duties include day-to-day operations with a focus on allocating manpower and driving production to meet customer needs. He has been with Western Aircraft for 13 years and previously served in various roles as Lead and Team Lead throughout his tenure.
Steve Rozbora is also stepping into an increased role as Western Aircraft’s Turbo Prop Production Manager. Rising quickly, Steve has been with Western Aircraft since May of this year as a quality control floor inspector. In his new role, he is responsible for daily manpower allocation, utilization and tracking of the maintenance with direct oversight on the project. He additionally provides logistical support for other key areas. Prior to joining Western, he was with Honeywell International for 21 years with his most recent position as Director of Maintenance.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT WELCOMES NEW AVIONICS MANAGER
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce that it has promoted Beau Hawkins to the position of Avionics Sales Manager.
For the last 18 months, Mr. Hawkins has served as an Avionics Lead with Western Aircraft. In his new role, he will work collaboratively with the MRO Sales team to support its growing avionics sales opportunities for both turboprop and jet aircraft.
Mr. Hawkins has extensive knowledge of avionics systems. Before joining Western Aircraft, he served for five years as an avionics technician for Duncan Aviation, where he focused on field and AOG avionics support.
Mr. Hawkins launched his career in aviation in the United States Air Force as an avionics technician. He served on active duty from 2001-2007 at various locations around the world focusing on McDonnell Douglas KC-10, Sikorsky MH-53M, and the Lockheed MC-130P aircraft.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
SUMMIT AVIATION RECEIVES ACCLAIMED HIRE VETS AWARD
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that it has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2019 for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain the nation’s veterans.
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Award is the only veteran hiring award given at the federal level. It recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “applications for the HIRE Vets Medallion Award are evaluated on a range of criteria that include veteran hiring and retention rates, as well as the availability of veteran-specific resources, leadership programs, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs.”
“We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to employ our nation’s veterans,” said Vice President and General Manager for Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “We’re grateful for our veteran employees’ service, and Summit will continue doing its part to utilize and develop their unique set of strengths in the workplace.”
The award mentions: “By meeting the criteria required for a Platinum Medallion Award, Summit Aviation Inc. demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as a recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace.”
Summit Aviation employs 75 veterans of the United States Armed Forces out of 200 overall employees.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT NOW STOCKING FLIGHT CONTROLS
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that it is now stocking flight controls for Pilatus PC-12 Legacy and NextGen airframes.
Western Aircraft’s Parts Distribution stocks thousands of parts, including FAA-approved line items, rotable components, modification kits and now flight controls. Additionally, they have added elevators, rudders, ailerons and flaps for Pilatus PC-12 aircraft complete with 8130s.
“We’re thrilled to offer our PC-12 customers more complete, personal service by way of flight control inventory,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “Stocking these parts on site means we have more time for our valued MRO customers and enables a much shorter downtime for their aircraft.”
Western Aircraft offers structure and composite repair services at its facility in Boise, as well as repair and restoration on aircraft flight control surfaces to OEM specifications.
Flight controls on a Pilatus PC-12 are cable driven and different from other aircraft in that, due to smaller aileron size, it doesn’t use spoilers for roll control. Servo tabs on the ailerons work together with pitch and rudder forces as well as the flaps to complete the flight control parts list. Repairs on flight controls are performed as needed as well as during regularly scheduled maintenance. Modifications are not performed unless they’re part of a service bulletin or STC.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT PARTS ADDS SWING SHIFT
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today the Over the Counter Parts branch of the organization has expanded its hours of operation to include a swing shift in order to better serve its growing body of domestic and international customers.
Western Aircraft stocks or manages more than 20,000 FAA-approved line items, rotable components and modification kits, with $14 million of parts inventory on hand, ready to deliver anywhere in the world in 24 hours or less.
“Our international and west coast business has developed significantly over the past three years; we wanted to make sure our global customers’ needs are not only met but exceeded,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Parts and Logistics Walt Johns. “Implementing a swing shift helps ensure they don’t have to wait for exceptional service from our team.”
The swing shift hours of operation run Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and will assist the sales team in receiving phone calls, processing emails, researching parts data, providing quotes and closing sales. With the addition of swing shift, Western Parts is open for business Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight MST, as well as 24/7/365 for AOG situations.
WESTERN AIRCRAFT PROPELS INTO HEAVY MAINTENANCE FOR THE PILATUS PC-24
Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that in addition to being the largest Pilatus dealer in the world and applying more than 145,000 work hours to PC-12 maintenance in the last five years, it now extends its expertise as the industry leader in heavy maintenance on the Pilatus PC-24 aircraft.
Western Aircraft has completed 20 percent of all PC-24 Big Aircraft Modifications (BAMs) worldwide, and five 12-month inspections on PC-24s. Additionally, Western Aircraft is a full-service avionics modification center and is currently installing the first-ever Gogo AVANCE L5 in-flight connectivity system in a Pilatus PC-24.
“The amount of maintenance we perform on PC-24 aircraft directly correlates with our passion for the work,” said Director of MRO Sales and Marketing for Western Aircraft Kerry Heiss. “Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our PC-24 customers, and that means properly preparing our technicians for this precise scope of work.”
Heiss added that Western Aircraft currently has four factory-trained PC-24 technicians, and the team regularly supports AOG events for PC-24 aircraft with 24/7 availability. Additionally, its charter fleet manager is completing his PC-24 training and two more technicians are scheduled to attend training in the next 12 months.