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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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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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