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SUMMIT AVIATION RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS HIRE VETS AWARD

Summit Aviation Inc., a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, announced that it has received its fourth consecutive HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor for 2022.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized Summit Aviation as one of the 835 recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by the U.S. Department of Labor on November 9, 2022. 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). 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.

“We are honored to once again be recognized with this elite reward,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “Our veteran employees exemplify unique leadership, technical expertise and problem-solving abilities – those are highly valued skill sets in any workplace – particularly ours. We are humbled to work alongside our veterans each day.”

Recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

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

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SUMMIT AVIATION CELEBRATES ITS MOVE TO GREENSBORO

Summit Aviation Inc., a Greenwich AeroGroup Co., held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new manufacturing location in Greensboro. 

Summit Aviation Manufacturing was formed in 2014 when Greenwich AeroGroup retained the manufacturing side of then-owned Atlantic Aero upon its divestiture to Landmark Aviation. 

Summit Aviation’s manufacturing division will gain an additional 19k square feet of space compared to its former location in Kernersville, which it had been in since 2008. The 49-thousand-square-foot facility is also smack dab in the middle of a growing area of aviation and closer to many of its customers. 

“We are extremely excited to be in this new locale,” said Summit’s Greensboro Director of Manufacturing Garrett Wishon. “The increased space provides us with the opportunity to expand our capabilities and add new machinery that allows us to serve our aviation and other types of industry customers in a capacity we haven’t been able to do prior to this move.” 

Wishon added that among the new machinery is a 4 x 12-foot 5-Axis mill. It will allow Summit technicians to machine landing gear, leading edges, wing spars, etc. up to 12 feet long, noting it will be a game-changer for them. 

The new location’s open floor plan also affords the company the ability to create an optimal flow for lean manufacturing. 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT AND GOGO PARTNER ON 5G STC FOR PILATUS PC-24

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is partnering with Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) to secure the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Gogo 5G system on the Pilatus PC-24 aircraft.

This comprehensive STC will be available for PC-24 owners who install the Gogo AVANCE™ L5 today along with the full Gogo 5G provisional kit, which will expedite installation once the STC is secured.

In late 2020, Western Aircraft completed the first aftermarket MRO Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of the Gogo AVANCE™ L3 in-flight connectivity and entertainment (IFEC) system in Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.

“We’ve partnered with Gogo successfully before in support of Pilatus aircraft and we are excited to partner with them again,” said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Our team has been servicing Pilatus aircraft for more than 25 years. It’s an honor to partner with Gogo to provide a 5G connectivity solution for PC-24 operators.”

“The Western Aircraft team is a long-standing, valued partner with Gogo,” said David Salvador, vice president of aftermarket sales for Gogo. “We’re excited to see their continued investments that will bring Pilatus PC-24 aircraft owners and operators this quality certification for the Gogo 5G system. Meeting future data demands in flight starts with a Gogo 5G investment today.”

5G is expected to deliver ~25 Mbps on average with peak speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range and has been designed to deliver high throughput with very low latency to address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive services like video conferencing.

Gogo recently announced that it had completed construction of the Gogo 5G network nationwide and that it will begin to expand into Canada in 2023.

The STC will be completed at Western Aircraft’s facility in Boise, Idaho.

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SUMMIT AVIATION AWARDED SIKORSKY S-92 AUTHORIZATION

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Co., announced the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter has been added to its Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center Certificate.

Summit began serving S-92 operators in 2016. The company became a Sikorsky Authorized Customer Support Center for Sikorsky S-76 legacy aircraft in 2013, followed by Sikorsky S-76D helicopters in 2016.

“We are extremely pleased to include the S-92 helicopter to our current certificate,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “This authorization along with our recent EASA certification opens the doors for us to serve even more S-92 operators.”

Summit has been providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services for fixed wing and rotorcraft markets domestically and internationally for more than 60 years.

The Summit Aviation Maintenance Crew – 2022
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 WESTAIR CHARTER CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF SERVICE

Today, more than ever, chartering aircraft is all the rage. But long before it was cool, Western Aircraft’s Westair Charter was already paving the way for flying business and leisure travelers. Recently, it celebrated its 20th year of charter service. 

Western Aircraft’s Vice President for Aircraft Sales & Charter Management Phil Winters has been with the company since 1997, overseeing the growth of Western’s charter business while also watching the growth of the industry.

“We are proud to be celebrating this milestone and be a long-standing partner to the business aviation community,” said Winters.“ At the same time, I’m excited about the future as I observe the charter industry’s steady growth due to increasing productive business and family flight schedule options.”

Westair Charter has equally been seeing an upswing in its aircraft management services. It recently added its 16th managed aircraft, a Pilatus PC-24 to its management and Part 135 certificate based in Boise, Idaho. Westair Charter and Aircraft Management operates a variety of aircraft from various locations throughout the lower 48 United States and Hawaii.

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SUMMIT AVIATION EARNS EASA CERTIFICATION

Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, successfully received its EASA Part 145 Maintenance Organization certificate approval from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The certification approval allows Summit Aviation to provide maintenance services on aircraft currently registered in member countries of the European Union. For Summit, applicable aircraft would include corporate, rotorcraft and foreign military.

“We are excited to add EASA certification to our current list of accreditations,” said Ralph Kunz, vice president and general manager for Summit Aviation. “It permits us the opportunity to provide services for EU member customer aircraft that we have been unable to in the past.”

EASA certification is for aircraft maintenance and repair organizations located in the United States and Canada. Summit has been an FAA-Certified Repair Station since 1966.

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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES FLIES THROUGH KEY AUDIT VIRTUALLY AND WITH NO FINDINGS

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently passed its annual audit to renew its ISO 9001:2015, AS9120B certificate with flying colors. The ICT Audit under IAF MD 4:2018 was once again executed remotely, considering COVID-19, and generated zero findings.

“It takes a village to prepare for an audit,” said Hibo Linares, director of quality for Professional Aviation Associates. “We have a long checklist of things that we have to ensure are up to date and our employees have to equally be prepared and grasp the importance to the organization of successfully completing the audit.”

“Professional Aviation has one of the best QMS programs I have seen. I have audited over 200 companies and this team is in the top 10%,” said Wyndie Meyer, director of certification services and operational performance for the Aviation Suppliers Association and ASA Certification Body. “The management team is completely engaged in the state of the QMS, customer satisfaction and interested party requirements. Every employee interviewed was very eager and supportive of the audit process. They are the exact definition of a team!”

This was the third remote annual review for Professional Aviation Associates. The two-day process included interviews, and numerous emails and documents sent back and forth as objective proof.

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Western Aircraft Fills Key Turboprop Positions

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has promoted Heather Aldred to the role of turboprop regional sales manager and hired Peter Chabay as its new turboprop quoter.

Ms. Aldred is a licensed A&P mechanic with more than 15 years of experience in Parts 91, 121, 135 and 141 corporate, business and private aviation. She holds professional training in ATR, King Air and Piper maintenance, and has performed maintenance on these aircraft herself.

Her career in aviation maintenance has taken her all over the west: she co-owned a maintenance company in Scappoose, Oregon, before taking a position as a line mechanic in Oahu, Hawaii. Next, she participated in the full restoration of several Cessna 150/152 aircraft for AOPA’s “Reimagined” project in Afton, Wyoming, before she joined Western Aircraft’s team in 2016.

Ms. Aldred most recently served as the Piper maintenance supervisor for Western’s aircraft services division. In her new role as turboprop regional sales manager, her responsibilities will include serving fleet turboprop customers, Pilatus, King Air and Piper operators.

Peter Chabay recently joined Western Aircraft. He has more than 14 years of experience in aviation. Having worked his way up from administrative duties at Gulfstream to service center customer liaison responsibilities at Pilatus. In his new role as turboprop quoter, he will employ his intimate knowledge of turboprop airframes to work closely with the sales team and customers to generate accurate quotes for services requested.

He achieved his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Irvine and maintains his single-engine land certificate as a licensed private pilot.

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 WESTERN AIRCRAFT RECEIVES TOP GARMIN AVIATION DEALER AWARD


Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has received Garmin Aviation’s Platinum Award for outstanding sales and service for 2021.

The Platinum Dealer Award is presented to Garmin dealers with the most outstanding levels of sales performance, technical expertise and customer service. The award is the highest recognition that can be bestowed upon a Garmin Aviation dealer.

“On behalf of the team at Garmin, we congratulate Western Aircraft on this tremendous achievement and thank them for their continued support and dedication to serving our mutual customers,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

“The team at Western Aircraft is excited to be recognized with this award,”said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Garmin’s products and upgrades overlap nicely with many of our targeted airframes, and we are thrilled to be able to cater to our customers’ needs with these innovative and reliable avionics products.

Western Aircraft sells and installs Garmin products on a variety of platforms, including Citation, Pilatus, King Air, and Embraer aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT WELCOMES ROBERT STOCKTON TO ITS INTERIOR SALES TEAM

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has hired seasoned aircraft designer Robert Stockton as its new interior sales manager.

Mr. Stockton has a broad aviation career that includes work in interior and exterior design, refurbishments, installations, customer relationships and sales support.

He brings more than 18 years of aircraft interior design experience to his new role with Western Aircraft. After serving in the U.S. Army as an emergency medical technician, he accepted a senior interior design role with Bombardier Aerospace where he served more than 10 years. Additionally, he worked as a sales representative for Garrett Leather before transitioning to Gulfstream where he served as a principal designer. In his most recent role, he was an interior/exterior designer for Embraer.

In his position with Western Aircraft, Mr. Stockton will be responsible for sales related to interior changes, design consulting, quoting, vendor relationships, and project planning among others. He will work collaboratively with Western Aircraft’s interiors team to ensure each project meets customer satisfaction. Mr. Stockton holds an Associate of Arts degree in Advertising Art and a Bachelor of Arts in Design from Southwest University of Visual Arts in Tucson, Arizona.

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