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Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Veronica Boykin as its new Controller.

Mrs. Boykin will be responsible for the oversight of all Professional Aviation’s accounting and financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. Previously, she served as the Finance and Logistics Manager for Synthomer, LLC and prior to that as the Controller for SouthEast Consolidators a freight consolidator, logistics provider and transportation management company.

Mrs. Boykin, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education from the University of Missouri, and a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg Va.

Mahindra Aerospace and Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that they have reached an exclusive distributorship of spare parts agreement for the Airvan8 (f/k/a GippsAero GA-8) and Airvan10.

Under the terms of the agreement, Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) will be the exclusive distributor of Airvan 8 and Airvan10 factory parts for North America, Central America, South America, Europe and the Middle East and will stock the inventory in its facility adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“We are excited to collaborate with Mahindra Aerospace in servicing the needs of Airvan owners and operators,” said Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates James Walker. “Our world-class operation and prime location close to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport enables us to provide superior support and responsiveness for customer requirements and critical needs.”

“This agreement is part of our strong focus on the customer and his needs,” said Chief Executive Officer of Mahindra Aerospace, Aircraft Keith Douglas. “PAA provides responsive parts and support on a global level. As sales for the Airvan 8 increase, it made sense to join with the leader in parts distribution.”

Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker as Vice President and General Manager of Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company based in Atlanta, Ga., adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“James is an entrepreneurial-minded operations leader that knows the demands and intricacies of serving the aviation community,” said Greenwich AeroGroup Senior Vice President of Component Repair and Overhaul and Parts Distribution Dave Miller. “His background of growth strategy and execution are a perfect fit to lead the customer service, operational and expansion initiatives of Professional Aviation Associates.”

Mr. Walker kicked off his aviation career by serving as a First Lieutenant, Air Traffic Control Officer in the United States Marine Corps and in the course of the last 29 years held various leadership positions within United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and AlliedSignal Aerospace. Most recently, Mr. Walker held the position of president and founder of Worthington Aviation, a global aviation parts distribution company supporting commercial, regional and corporate aircraft.

In addition to his military service, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
James Walker

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, cut the grand re-opening ribbon and welcomed guests to see their new 46,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution facility.

The new facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has 16,000 square feet more than its previous facility, enabling it to provide additional value-added services for customers and doubles the size of its hose fabrication shop.

Professional Aviation Associates (PAA) President Brian Dannewitz and Greenwich AeroGroup Senior Vice President Dave Miller were joined by customers, suppliers, and Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeffrey Turner and other city officials to commemorate the grand re-opening.

“This expansion represents a significant milestone in the nearly 30 years this company has been supporting its customer’s critical aircraft parts and material requirements,” said President of Professional Aviation Associates Brian Dannewitz. “We are excited to continue the diversification and expansion of our capabilities while enhancing our tailored support solutions for our customers.”

Dannewitz added, that in addition to increasing the capacity of PAA’s FAA TSO Parker Stratoflex hose fabrication shop, the new building and systems provide world class climate-controlled environments to protect and preserve delicate instruments and avionics and delivers the latest in environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient technology.

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of John Lloyd as Senior Director of Product Line and Customer Service.

Mr. Lloyd will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the Product Line Sales and Customer Service organization within the company and all aspects of the company’s customer support activities including airframe, avionics, helicopter and engine component support. Additionally, his duties include building upon Professional Aviation Associates’ strengths and core capabilities in the business and general aviation markets by developing strategies and processes to grow opportunities in the commercial and military market segments.

Previously, Mr. Lloyd spent the last nine years with VAS Aero Services in Boca Raton, Fla., serving in a variety of roles from Director of Strategic Trading to Vice President of Engines to his most recent position with VAS Aero as Senior Director of Sales/Marketing. Additional positions held have been with HEICO Aerospace, McClain International and Teledyne Allvac.

Mr. Lloyd earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is active in a variety of philanthropic, educational and athletic endeavors.

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced that its Parker Hannifin Stratoflex hose shop recently received recertification and has increased in size and capabilities.

Professional Aviation Associates is a global distributor and a certified FAA/TSO Parker Hannifin Stratoflex manufacturing hose shop. In early May, the company moved into a new 46,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Distribution Facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport allowing the company to double the size of the hose shop from its previous size of 1000 square feet to 2000 square feet. After set up, the new shop was audited and recertified by Parker Hannifin Stratoflex ensuring no disruption of production.

“The additional space facilitates new fabrication equipment we have recently acquired and triples our production capacity,” said President of Professional Aviation Associates Brian Dannewitz. “We are adding new aircraft platforms to our support capabilities while ensuring the fastest turn times and competitive pricing to meet our customer’s needs.”

Dannewitz said the company whose manufacturing team has more than 30 years of Parker Hannifin Stratoflex hose building experience, now has the capability to fabricate hoses of up to 1 ½ inches in diameter. It also has added various machinery and tooling, including two Stratoflex T01-100 assembly machines, a Stratoflex T08-100 crimper and a Stratoflex T05-143 test stand.

Professional Aviation Associates can provide single hose or complete hose kits as well as custom-built assemblies for turboprop, fixed wing or rotorcraft.

Greenwich AeroGroup announced today that Matrix Aviation in Wichita, Kan., has completed its merger with its sister company Professional Aviation Associates in Atlanta, Ga. The merger positions the combined companies to provide customers one point of contact with access to a wider support structure and broader array of products and services.

The newly merged companies are also now located in a new 46,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Distribution Facility close to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The new location provides employees with modern office and warehouse space and is equipped to provide superior support and responsiveness for customer’s critical requirements and aircraft on ground (AOG) needs.

“The completion of this merger is a major step forward in expanding our product offerings, while improving our flexibility and financial strength,” said Greenwich AeroGroup’s Senior Vice President for CR&O and Distribution Dave Miller. “As a combined organization, we will work to deliver benefits to our customers, create value for our shareholders and enhance the careers of our employees.”

Miller added that the companies will continue to operate under their current names until a new name has been determined for the combined entity.

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today the hiring of Craig Harris as a Regional Sales Manager.
Mr. Harris will be responsible for the development of new and existing opportunities in the southeast region including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi as well as the state of Kansas.

Mr. Harris previously served in sales and marketing with Greenwich AeroGroups’ Matrix Aviation in Wichita, Kan., and in similar capacities with Beechcraft, Aerotex International and Aero-Mach Labs. His background also includes serving as a technical illustrator/writer, customer solutions manager and customer support.

Mr. Harris holds a bachelor’s in Business Management from Friends University in Wichita, Kan., as well as an associate’s degree in digital media.

Professional Aviation Associates and Sun-Foil Aircraft Sunscreens are teaming to provide FBOs, flight schools, fractional, charter and tour operators and others the chance to advertise their businesses wherever their aircraft go.

Through PAA, aviation customers can now order aircraft-specific sunscreens featuring their logo or message, turning a blank billboard into an opportunity to spread the word about their company.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with our partners at Professional Aviation Associates,” said Don Beaudry, co-owner of Sun-Foil. “Our distinctive, high-visibility Sun-Foil screens with the customer’s personalized logos will be a game changer.”

PAA, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is a dealer for Phoenix-based Sun-Foil, which manufactures the screens that reflect 97 percent of radiant heat. Their heat-shielding advantage provides pilots plenty of incentive to put up the screen and share the message in the process. Companies ordering the special sunscreens via PAA can proof their sunscreen before printing, ensuring the integrity of their logo or message. The custom sunscreens can incorporate multiple image sizes and as many as four colors. The minimum order is 20 pieces.

Unlike some similar products, Sun-Foil screens feature a Mylar-exterior that protects aircraft glass from scratches. The fitted screens are available for hundreds of aircraft models. They use suction cups combined with a friction fit to ensure they always stay securely attached while protecting interiors from fading and avionics and other electronics from heat damage. Each screen comes with a lifetime workmanship guarantee and a nylon bag for easy storage. Sun-Foil has produced screens since 1989, and its product is the choice of many aircraft OEMs.

Professional Aviation Associates, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, in joint venture with Aerosync Engineering & Consulting Inc. has successfully delivered two UH60 Blackhawk Fuselage and Tailcone Alignment fixtures to the Colombian Air Force.

The tools were designed and built at Aerosync’s facility in Wichita, Kan. Both fixtures are part of an ongoing development program aimed at improving Depot Level Fleet Support for that country.

Aerosync is spearheading the heavy structures program in collaboration with Professional Aviation Associates who is providing all the logistics, aircraft parts and materials. They plan to expand the services offered to other UH60 Blackhawk Operators worldwide.

Additional strategies for these partners include major airframe support for the Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky product lines covering both Commercial and Military Industries.