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.
SUMMIT AVIATION ENTERS CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH NORTHROP GRUMMAN
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced today that it has entered into a new extension of its 2012 agreement with Northrop Grumman to continue building Faraday Cages for the Fire Scout program. Under this extension, Summit Aviation will support the delivery of an additional five Faraday Cages in 2019.
Summit Aviation is responsible for procuring material and tooling, preparing manufacturing planning and quality documentation as well as performing the final assembly. The Faraday Cage is a subassembly installed on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter.
“We are delighted Summit has been selected as a partner to support the Fire Scout program,” said Business Development Manager for Summit Aviation Justin Cevette. “Over the course of the contract, working with Northrop Grumman, we have implemented design improvements to enhance manufacturability of the Assembly.”
The Faraday Cages are assembled at Summit Aviation’s manufacturing facility in Somerset, Kentucky.
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.