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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES ADDS TO ITS SALES TEAM

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced recently that it has added a Regional Sales Manager to its Sales team.

Aria Bahawdory joins PAA as the new Regional Sales Manager. In this role, he will focus on building and growing relationships with both new and existing customers.

Mr. Bahawdory has extensive experience in aviation B2B sales and marketing, including 18 years of combined business aviation sales and corporate aviation experience as a commercial pilot and operations manager.

Before coming to Professional Aviation Associates, Bahawdory acted as Flight Operations Coordinator at Imagine Air Jet Services and played multiple roles at Jet-IFE including Marketing and Sales Consultant, Technical Support Specialist and manager of the company’s financial and operations business. Most recently, he served as the Fleet/Charter Regional Account Manager for FDS Avionics Corp. where he developed and maintained business relationships as well as marketing output for commercial and charter operations.

Mr. Bahawdory earned his Associate degree in aviation management from Lenior Community College and his Bachelor of Science in management and organizational development from Mount Olive College. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy for four years.

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SUMMIT AVIATION MANUFACTURING ADDS TO ITS SALES TEAM

Summit Aviation Manufacturing, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added a Business Development Representative to its Sales team.

Tara Connell most recently served as a Senior Buyer for Honda Aircraft, Major Structures. Prior to that, she spent several years at Northrop Grumman working her way up from an intern, to her final position with the company, as a Major Subcontracts Manager for its USN Fire Scout and Firebird Programs.

Ms. Connell has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from California State University-Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Redlands.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES TAPS FORMER DELTA AIRLINES LEADER TO SPEARHEAD COMPANY

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced today it has hired Jonathan Clarke as its new Vice President and General Manager.

Mr. Clarke is a seasoned leader who has directed multi-million dollar production operations. He joins Professional Aircraft Accessories after a 30-year career with Delta Airlines. He most recently served as Delta’s General Manager for landing gear, engine operations and APUs.

“Jonathan is a high-caliber leader that we welcome to our team,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup Ralph Kunz. “His extensive background in aerospace support services and his capability to lead large teams gives us great certainty that he is indeed the best person for this position.”

A self-starter, Mr. Clarke began his career with Delta Airlines as an aircraft mechanic. He gradually rose through the ranks serving in a variety of roles including regional manager, manager of the landing gear shop and product line manager for engines. In his final position with Delta, Mr. Clarke held P&L responsibility for the business unit supporting all aircraft engine, APU, landing gear production and test operations for Delta’s fleet of 800+ aircraft.

Mr. Clarke graduated from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. He also holds a Master of Business Administration, Aerospace & Defense from the University of Tennessee. In addition, he is a certified Six-Sigma Greenbelt.

Mr. Clarke will begin his duties on April 15th.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT ADDS INTERIOR SALES MANAGER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Mario Samblotte as its new Interior Sales Manager.

Mr. Samblotte launched his career in aviation with Gulfstream Long Beach in 1990 as a plastic/engraver mechanic and he spent 26 years there in roles of increasing responsibility, leaving the company in the role of operations manager. In his most recent role, he served as Operations and Project Manager for International Aero Services in Bellflower, California.

Mr. Samblotte will be based in Southern California.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT BECOMES FIRST IN THE UNITED STATES TO ADD THE PILATUS PC-24 TO ITS CHARTER

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added a Pilatus PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to WestAir Charter’s Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.

“We are extremely excited to be the first in the country to offer this amazing jet for charter,” said Western Aircraft’s Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Charter Management Phil Winters. “This aircraft has superior speed, range and runway performance. It is also the first business jet in the world that has a standard pallet-sized cargo door, making the loading of even the bulkiest of items, such as a kayak, easy. It’s a true benefit for our charter customers.”

In addition to the PC-24’s charter function, WestAir Charter is also handling the jet’s aircraft management, ensuring that all aspects of operation and safety are handled from maintenance to flight crew to FAA regulatory compliance.

Western Aircraft’s WestAir Charter is extremely familiar with the Pilatus aircraft, having many years of experience operating a fleet of NG and Legacy PC-12s. Additionally, Western has the most successful Pilatus dealership in the world; its team has vast experience in the management and operation of Pilatus aircraft, and its MRO is one of the largest Pilatus Authorized Service Centers in North America.

WestAir Charter provides service to more than 5,000 airports in the United States, Mexico and Canada with aircraft based in Idaho, Washington and California.

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WESTAIR CHARTER APPOINTS DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that Westair Charter has hired Joshua Weinshank as its new director of operations.

Mr. Weinshank is a certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with more than 27 years of experience in the area of aircraft operations for corporate, charter and scheduled air carrier certificates. In his new role with Western Aircraft, he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations and leadership of Westair Charters’ business and pilots.

Before joining Western Aircraft, Mr. Weinshank served as eTT Aviation’s chief operating officer and prior to that as Xtra Airways/Casino Express’ director of operations and information technology. He has also previously served in the capacities of chief pilot, check pilot, pilot in command and aircraft operator security coordinator.

He begins his duties immediately.

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VETERAN GREENWICH AEROGROUP EXECUTIVE TO LEAD PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that its Vice President of Sales and Marketing Daniel Lafrance has been appointed to the position of Vice President/General Manager of its subsidiary Professional Aviation Associates in Atlanta, Ga.

In his new role, Mr. Lafrance will provide overall leadership for the company’s parts distribution services and hose shop strategy as well as its operational and financial performance.

“Creating partnerships, building upon our achievements and delivering results are critical for our continued success,” said Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup Ralph Kunz. “Daniel’s leadership, his knowledge of the aerospace industry and his expertise in sales and marketing will strengthen our very capable team at Professional Aviation Associates. He will do a terrific job in his new role.”

Mr. Lafrance has served in the role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Greenwich AeroGroup since 2009. Prior to that, he served as an aviation consultant after his departure from Bombardier Aerospace where he spent 21 years ending in the position of Vice President of Service Sales and Marketing.

He begins his duties with Professional Aviation Associates effective immediately.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES 100TH FALCON C-INSPECTION

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it recently completed its 100th C-Inspection on a Dassault Falcon Jet.

A C-Inspection is a comprehensive examination of the aircraft and its systems and is the largest scheduled maintenance event on a Falcon Jet. Western Aircraft became a designated Heavy Jet Service Center in 2001, allowing it to perform C-Inspections as an Authorized Falcon Service Center. Since that time, Western Aircraft has completed C-Inspections on a wide array of Falcon aircraft including variants of the 50, 2000, 900, and 7X models.

“We are extremely proud of the support we receive from Falcon operators,” said Western Aircraft’s Director of Aircraft Services Jody Harris. “Our team of factory-trained technicians understands these aircraft inside and out, and that’s why the majority of Falcon operators in the Western U.S. and Canada use our service center when they need a big inspection completed.”

Harris added that the majority of the C-Inspections Western completes are combined with interior refurbishments and/or avionics upgrades. “When your aircraft is down for this type of large inspection it’s a perfect time to get additional work accomplished. So far this year we have seen many large avionics upgrades performed along with the C-Inspection.”

In addition to its maintenance authorization, Western Aircraft is also a Falcon Authorized Parts Distributor and an authorized service center for Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell engines, and avionics products by Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, and Gogo, all of which are commonly found on Falcon aircraft.

For a comprehensive look at its Falcon services, visit http://www.westair.com/i-fly-a/falcon/

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SUMMIT AVIATION HIRES VICE PRESIDENT TO LEAD GOVERNMENT AND DEFENSE SERVICES

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has hired Lou Karnes as its new Vice President of Government and Defense Aircraft Services.

A military veteran and experienced aviator, Mr. Karnes recently retired after more than 21 years in the U.S. Army where he most recently served as the Product Manager for the MH-60M Special Operations Forces (SOF) Blackhawk.

“We are thrilled to have this exceptional leader, aviator and communicator join our team at Summit,” said Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation Ralph Kunz. “Lou brings to the table years of hands-on experience that I believe will help propel our Government Services to the next level.”

Mr. Karnes’ prior experience also includes serving as an H-47 series operational pilot and maintenance test pilot with multiple combat deployments, and more than 10 years as an Army Acquisition Officer with experience as a Government Flight Representative and Chief of Flight Operations at DCMA Boeing Philadelphia and SOF support as a Program Manager.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware.

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ALASKA AIRLINES RECOGNIZES WESTERN AIRCRAFT FBO

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, was recently presented the Large Station Alaska Airlines Fueling Operations 2017 Safe and Reliable Award for its exemplary fueling services.

Boise Airport (BOI) is the busiest airport in Idaho and one of the largest non-hub stations for Alaska Airlines. Western Aircraft is the largest supplier of fuel for BOI delivering more than 21 million gallons of fuel per year. It has been providing fuel services to Alaska Airlines for more than 33 years.

“Western Aircraft is extremely reliable and has seamlessly adjusted to the growth of our operations,” said Alaska Airlines Director of Fuel Operations and Infrastructure Gregory Smith. “Its team has a strong emphasis on safety, reliability and timely support and sets the standard for effective fueling operations within Alaska Airlines.”

“We are extremely honored to receive this award from Alaska Airlines,” said Western Aircraft’s Line Service Manager Dan Milender. “We take great pride in delivering safe and reliable service and to be recognized for it by a company such as Alaska Airlines is truly rewarding.”

Western’s Fixed Based Operation provides fuel support for general and corporate aviation and airlines. Milender added that they recently added a third 7,000-gallon truck with a lift deck to its fleet to provide even more reliable, safe service to large aircraft.

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