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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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SUMMIT AVIATION HIRES NEW DIRECTOR OF MANUFACTURING

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has hired Josh Allen as its new Director of Manufacturing for the company’s Somerset, Kentucky, location.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Allen most recently served as the PTC Project Director for Keolis Commuter Services in Boston where he was responsible for the positive train control (PTC) system across the MBTA commuter rail network.

“We are extremely pleased that Josh has decided to join our team in Kentucky,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “Our manufacturing unit has experienced considerable achievements over the years resulting in growth in Somerset. Josh will play a vital role in keeping us on the path to success and continued expansion.”

Mr. Allen served in a variety of increasingly prominent aviation positions after he left the Navy. Those positions included roles as Program Manager for Star Aviation in Mobile, Alabama, a Senior Program Manager for Zodiac Aerospace’s Airbus program and as a Senior Program Manager for Gogo Aviation in Chicago. Mr. Allen’s duties with Summit Aviation will commence on March 8, 2020.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT REACHES EMBRAER INSPECTION MILESTONES

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that it recently completed its first 12-month maintenance repair and overhaul inspection on an Embraer Legacy 500 and its first 120-month inspection on an Embraer Phenom 100.

Western was named an Embraer Executive Jets Authorized Service Center in late 2018. It provides full maintenance support of Phenom 100/300 and Legacy 450/500 aircraft and line maintenance for Legacy 600 and 650 aircraft.

“Our team has been diligently training, and it feels good to have these two major Embraer inspections under our belts,” said Director of Sales and Marketing for Western Aircraft Kerry Heiss. “Western Aircraft has been in this business for more than 60 years, but we continue to build upon our experience, develop new capabilities and broaden our reach to new customers.”   

In addition to the inspection on the Embraer Legacy 500, interior technicians replaced all of the interior seating at the request of the customer.

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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 internationally. He undertakes his duties with Summit Aviation immediately.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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