Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, introduces Shannon Edick as its new regional sales manager for Pilatus Aircraft maintenance sales. Jay Reeder, who formerly served in this role, has moved to regional sales manager for King Air aircraft and Pilatus turboprop fleet operators.

Ms. Edick joined Western Aircraft in 2015. She has served in various roles from a work order coordinator and planner to an MRO quoter, and now as the company’s newly promoted Pilatus aircraft maintenance regional sales manager. Prior to joining Western Aircraft in 2015, Ms. Edick served in an accounts payable specialist position for XTRA Airways.

In her new role with the Western Aircraft MRO sales team, she will work with PC-12 and PC-24 owners and operators and is responsible for maintenance sales on Pilatus aircraft. 


Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received the HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2020 for its efforts to recruit, employ and retain the nation’s veterans.

This marks the second consecutive year Summit Aviation has received the prestigious award. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Award Medallion Program implements the requirements of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 (Public Law 115-31), which President Donald J. Trump signed in May 2017. It is the only veteran hiring award given at the federal level, and recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.

“Our veteran employees exemplify unique leadership, technical expertise and problem-solving abilities – those are highly valued skillsets in any workplace – particularly ours,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “We’re humbled to not only work alongside our veterans each day, but also to receive positive recognition for the supportive culture of our environment.”

Summit Aviation currently employs 75 veterans of the United States Armed Forces.


Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its first Speed Cowl installation on a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

Speed Cowl was developed by EDMO as an aftermarket, Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificate upgrade to the stock cowl that currently comes on a PC-12. The simple modification improves the efficiency of conducting air into the engine, thereby providing increased ram air recovery to the engine, resulting in better performance. The modification can be performed without interfering with other systems in the aircraft, making the upgrade non-invasive.

“Our customers rave about this installation because it improves the performance of the aircraft in a very noticeable and meaningful way, and the modification can be done efficiently while the aircraft is already here for an annual inspection,” said PC-12 Technical Representative for Western Aircraft Carl Coffelt. “It takes minimal time to install, so it won’t extend the amount of time the aircraft is with us, making it a very convenient upgrade for our customers.”

Compared to the stock cowl, Speed Cowl lowers the ITT 20 to 30 degrees at the same PSI setting. EDMO indicates that the Speed Cowl promotes better airflow allowing the engine to perform the way it was designed without hurting it or consuming more fuel. It also features a heated lip design which, by reducing the temperature of the exhaust entering the lip and maintaining a more steady temperature of the heated air as it moves through the lip, will reduce the possibility of heat damage to the carbon fiber and paint over time.

Western Aircraft is the largest Pilatus dealership in the world selling both PC-12 and PC-24 aircraft, with its technicians also servicing nearly 100 PC-12 airframes every year.


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.


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.   


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.


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.


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.


Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that after more than eight years serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Ziegler has elected to assume the role of Vice Chairman effective September 30, 2017. In his new role, Mr. Ziegler will be responsible for business strategy, industry relations and acquisition activity.

During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Ziegler was instrumental in the creation and development of Greenwich AeroGroup as a preeminent service provider of general, commercial, government and military aviation services.

“For the last eight years, I have had the privilege of leading an outstanding group of aviation professionals, and I believe we have positioned the company and its future leaders for long-term success,” said Jim Ziegler. “I look forward to my continued involvement in helping to grow the company, and I am confident in the existing leadership of each of our businesses.”

Ralph Kunz has been named to assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer for Greenwich AeroGroup. Mr. Kunz is a six-year veteran of the company with more than 30 years of aviation experience and serves as Vice President and General Manager of Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing, both subsidiaries of Greenwich AeroGroup. As COO, Mr. Kunz will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of all companies under the Greenwich AeroGroup umbrella and will continue in his current role with Summit Aviation and TruAtlantic Manufacturing.

“We are pleased that Ralph will take on this major leadership role at Greenwich AeroGroup,” Ziegler added. “Ralph is an experienced and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. I have tremendous confidence in his ability to lead the operations of Greenwich AeroGroup.”


Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc. announced today that it has sold Aero Precision Industries LLC, DAC International, Inc. and NASAM, Incorporated to a fund managed by Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC. Operated as a single business unit, these three companies are distributors and providers of military and commercial aerospace components and related services to a diverse global customer base. The transaction was completed on August 10, 2016.

“It has been our privilege to work alongside these three great companies and their people, and we are heartened by the relationships that have been built between them and the rest of our companies,” said Greenwich AeroGroup President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Ziegler. “We look forward to continuing to partner with them on future projects.”

Greenwich AeroGroup acquired DAC International and NASAM in 2009 and Aero Precision in 2013 and it continues to look for opportunities to add companies that will complement its aviation portfolio. The specific details of the sale are confidential.