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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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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES COMPLETES KEY AUDIT VIRTUALLY AND WITH NO FINDINGS

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has passed its annual audit to renew its ISO 9001:2015, AS9120B certificate. The ICT Audit under IAF MD 4:2018 was executed remotely in light of COVID-19 travel and social distance restrictions.

“Our entire team works diligently to always comply with our Quality Management System,” said Professional Aviation Associate’s Vice President and General Manager Daniel Lafrance. “From tight adherence to documented procedures to continuous internal audits and improvement processes, our drive to deliver high quality to our customers clearly demonstrates our pride of ownership, every day.”

It was also a first-time virtual audit for the Aviation Suppliers Association’s (ASA) auditor Gregg Farr who completed the two-day long review from his home in Ohio in coordination with Professional Aviation’s Director of Quality Hibo Linares. Farr has been a contract auditor for all three aerospace standards since 2003.

“Professional Aviation Associates were ready,” Farr said. “Their group had done a lot of capture paperwork the week before the actual audit. Hibo was excellent to work with and he did a great job leading his team and communicating with me throughout the audit process.”

The audit was completed without a single finding, marking the second year PAA has passed its annual review without findings.

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SUMMIT AVIATION HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has hired Frank Reuter as its new Director of Maintenance, replacing John Bonnell who is retiring after 29 years with the company.

A retired Master Sergeant with the United States Army, Mr. Reuter most recently served as the Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering and Director of Maintenance for AAR Lift in Palm Bay, Florida. In his position, Mr. Reuter was responsible for the overall maintenance and quality control of the airline.

“Frank is extremely experienced in both civil and military maintenance,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “We look forward to him sharing with our team his insight, creativity, and motivation, so we can continue to build upon and exceed our customer’s expectations.”

Mr. Reuter served in a variety of increasingly prominent aviation positions after he left Army including roles as a Lead Rotary Wing mechanic for Black Water Aviation in Melbourne, Florida, and as the Senior Maintenance Manager for Presidential Airways also in Melbourne.

He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Aviation Technology from North Central Institute, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Grantham University and an FAA Airframe and Powerplant License. Mr. Reuter begins his duties with Summit Aviation on May 1st.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES CREATES NEW POSITION TO ASSIST WITH GROWTH

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has hired Keith Johnson to fill its newly created position of Director of Materials and Production Control.

In his new role, Mr. Johnson will be responsible for the company’s material management, inventory control, master scheduling and supply chain management.

“We have witnessed tremendous growth since we have added component repair and overhaul of Boeing 737 landing gears to our capabilities,” said Vice President and General Manager for Professional Aircraft Accessories Jonathan Clarke. “Keith’s role will be extremely critical in keeping us on track for material and deliveries in all of our areas of concentration as well as continued growth.”

Mr. Johnson is an experienced leader who began his aviation career with the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent and Master Sergeant. Over the last 30 years, he has performed in leadership roles at various companies including Lockheed Aeromod Center, Delta Air Lines, Air Wisconsin Airlines, Commercial Jet Services and AAR Corp. He most recently served as the Senior Director of Operations for Citadel Completions, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

He begins his duties immediately.

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