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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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PROFESSIONAL AVIATION ASSOCIATES RECEIVES PARKER STRATOFLEX HOSE SHOP RECERTIFICATION

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, recently completed its audit to continue operating as an authorized fabricator of Stratoflex aircraft hose assemblies. 

The audit was conducted virtually and completed with no findings. Twenty-three documents passed with supporting data, including the Hose Shop Quality Management System. 

“Our hose fabrication shop is a vital part of our business,” said Daniel Lafrance, vice president and general manager for Professional Aviation Associates. “I am extremely proud of our team for continuously upholding the exacting standards set forth by Parker Aerospace. This re-certification is a testament to our commitment to provide our customers with the best quality hoses for their aircraft.” 

Professional Aviation Associates have maintained a strong relationship with Parker Aerospace as an authorized aircraft hose fabricator for more than 25 years. The company fabricates an average of more than 10,000 aircraft hoses annually and distributes kits and assemblies worldwide for a variety of airframes including Piper, Cessna, Learjet, King Air, Beech 1900, Beech Baron, Hawker, Bonanza, Bell Helicopters, and more. 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT COMPLETES ITS FIRST 192-MONTH INSPECTION ON A GULFSTREAM AIRCRAFT

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced it recently completed its first 192-month inspection on a Gulfstream aircraft.

While Western has been working on large-cabin Gulfstream aircraft for the last couple years, lack of space to accommodate the expanded scope of work associated with those large airframes was a constraint. However, space is no longer a hinderance due to Western’s recent addition of a 53,000 square-foot hangar that can accommodate up to six G650 aircraft.

The 192-month inspection is the largest calendar inspection on a Gulfstream aircraft. This comprehensive structural review for cracks and corrosion includes the removal of the airframe’s interior and cockpit, as well as removal of the engines, APUs, the wings leading edges, horizontal and vertical stabilizers and more.

“Our team did an outstanding job,” said Russell Crouch, Western Aircraft’s Gulfstream service manager. “We have some extremely experienced Gulfstream technicians on our team. This project gave them a chance to share their vast knowledge with some technicians who are still learning about this airframe.”

Western completed the 192-month inspection on a Gulfstream G500-5000 aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT AWARDED MEXICAN AFAC APPROVAL

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Co., announced it has received authorization to work on Mexican-registered aircraft.

The Federal Civil Aviation Agency (Agencia Federal de Aviación Civil) AFAC issued the approval that allows Western Aircraft to provide full maintenance and repair services for Mexican-registered Gulfstream, Dassault Falcon, Hawker, Cessna, King Air, Pilatus, Embraer and Piper aircraft.

“We are excited to expand our capabilities to work on Mexican-registered aircraft,” said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Having spoken with numerous Mexican operators, we know they value working with capable MRO facilities. In addition, our avionics, interior, and structures departments complement our maintenance work for a broad array of jet and turboprop aircraft.”

Western Aircraft maintains a substantial customer base from the United States and Canada and boasts an extensive history of working on diverse types of airframes including Citation, Embraer, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker, King Air, Pilatus, Piper and Quest aircraft.

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PROFESSIONAL AIRCRAFT ACCESSORIES ADDS CRJ1000 LANDING GEAR OVERHAUL CAPABILITY

Professional Aircraft Accessories, a Greenwich AeroGroup company announced it has added landing gear overhaul for Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets to its capabilities.

The CRJ1000 NextGen is the largest member of the CRJ series of regional jets. Professional Aircraft Accessories has been providing service and overhauls for the CRJ regional market including the CRJ 200/550/700 and 900 aircraft for nearly 20 years.

“We are thrilled to add the CRJ 1000 NextGen landing gear to our repertoire of capabilities,” said Tonya Wondolowski, director of sales and business development for Professional Aircraft Accessories. “We are extremely experienced in this series of landing gear. In fact, our launch customer for this overhaul selected us because of that expertise and our exceptional turn- times.”

Professional Aircraft Accessories is currently in the process of completing its third CRJ1000 NextGen set for Air Nostrum, also known as Iberia Regional, a Spanish regional airline based in Valencia. Professional Aircraft Accessories also provides PMA capabilities, Approved Repair Schemes, service and overhaul for other models of aircraft including commercial, military and business aircraft.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF PILATUS AIRCRAFT SALES AND SUPPORT

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, celebrates a significant milestone this year for Pilatus aircraft sales and maintenance support.

Since 1996, Western Aircraft has been an Authorized Pilatus Dealer and is currently the largest Pilatus dealership in the world. Its sales team has sold over 350 new and used PC-12 and PC-24 aircraft; it was the first dealership to sell both 100 and 200 new PC-12 aircraft. They have received numerous accolades, including Dealer of the Decade for selling more PC-12s than any other worldwide Pilatus dealer in the first 10 years of production.

“We are humbled and honored to be celebrating this milestone,” said Phil Winters, vice president of aircraft sales and charter for Western Aircraft, and a 24-year veteran of the Western Aircraft Pilatus program. “We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all we have without the support of our longstanding partners at Pilatus and their market-leading products. Additionally, we are extremely appreciative for the customer relationships we have built, and we look forward to the ones we form in the next 25 years.”

Winters added that as of the end of September 2021, Western Aircraft had sold a total of 262 new PC-12 aircraft, 71 used PC-12s, 11 new PC-24s, 11 used PC-7s, and one new PC-6 aircraft.

In addition to outstanding aircraft sales, Western Aircraft is a 25-year service center for Pilatus aircraft servicing more than 100 Pilatus aircraft each year.

“Our 20 factory-trained technicians provide world-class service when it comes to maintenance and support for PC-12 and PC-24 aircraft,” said Kerry Heiss, director of sales and marketing for Western Aircraft. “Our goal is always to exceed the expectation of our Pilatus customers. We do that by being as passionate about their aircraft as they are, and as a result, they continue to bring their aircraft to us.” Heiss added that this year alone, Western Aircraft will provide more than 42,000 hours to Pilatus service work, including maintenance, structures, avionics, and interiors projects.

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT OPENS ITS NEW HANGAR IN BOISE, IDAHO

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has completed the first phase of its $17M expansion with the opening of a new 53,000 square foot hangar.

The hangar is part of the 93,000 square foot addition on Western’s existing 18-acre leasehold in Boise, Idaho. Construction is still underway for the adjoining facility which will provide 40,000 square feet of space for the company’s avionics and interiors shops and administration offices.

The second phase is expected to be complete by year-end.

“This beautiful facility was designed with our current customers and prospective customers in mind,” said Austin Shontz, vice president and general manager for Western Aircraft. “Our culture is based around a customer-centric approach and personalized service – something that our growing base of Gulfstream, Cessna Citation and Embraer customers have embraced, spurring our need to construct more space to serve.”

Western maintains a substantial customer base from the United States and Canada and boasts an extensive history of working on diverse types of airframes including Citation, Embraer, Falcon, Gulfstream, Hawker, King Air, Pilatus, Piper and Quest aircraft. 

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WESTERN AIRCRAFT HIRES NEW PILATUS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

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. 

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