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01 Oct 15 News Comments Off on Shadin Avionics Introduces AIS-370 Ethernet Data Converter

Shadin Avionics Introduces AIS-370 Ethernet Data Converter

September 30, 2015 – Shadin Avionics

Shadin Avionics announced the release of the AIS-370, a new Ethernet based digital data converter platform. The AIS-370 is capable of converting Ethernet, digital, serial, analog and discrete inputs and outputs using common avionic protocols including ARINC 429.

“Shadin’s unique AIS platforms enable quick turn, cost effective data conversion products that are certified and flight worthy” commented Dan Nelson, CEO of Shadin Avionics. ”The AIS-370 now adds Ethernet capability to our growing list of technologies supporting the increasing demand for new avionics systems.”

The AIS-370 Ethernet is part of a growing family of certified and flight worthy data converters that include the AIS-360 Digital platform, AIS-460 MIL-STD-1553 platform, AIS-450 Digital/Synchro platform, AIS-380 Analog/Digital platform, AIS-800 Engine platform and the AIS-100 USB QAR platform.
About Shadin Avionics

Shadin is an acknowledged industry leader in providing world class data collection and data conversion products for all types of aircraft. Shadin Avionics specializes in the design, manufacture, support and distribution of Avionics Interface Systems (AIS), Fuel Flow Systems, Engine Trend Monitoring (ETM), Altitude Management Systems, Air Data Computers (ADC) and other instrumentation for turbine, piston and rotor aircraft for the military, general and corporate aviation markets. For more information, please visit www.shadin.com.

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29 Sep 15 News Comments Off on EASTMAN AVIATION SOLUTIONS Engine Oil Results A Good Oman

EASTMAN AVIATION SOLUTIONS Engine Oil Results A Good Oman

Airlines making the switch to HPC turbine engine oils celebrating
improved engine conditions

Kingsport, TN, September 29, 2015 – Airlines in the Middle East are celebrating improved engine conditions following several recent fleet conversions to High Performance Capable (HPC) turbine engine oils.

Oman Air, flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman’s civil aviation sector, is the latest airline in the region to announce successful results in engine cleanliness and performance in its Trent 700 and CF34 engines.

Lead engineers from the airline have reported consistent improvements during engine shop visits and routine borescope inspections since the conversion, a discovery which has now prompted the airline to follow suit with its 15 Boeing 737s.

Oman Air Chief Technical Officer Salim Al-Kindy said changing the grade of oil in its Boeing 737s to HPC was a strategic choice which, judging by experience, the airline expects will pay off considerably.

“We originally chose to use Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 in our A330 (Trent 700) and ERJ 175 (CF34) fleets in the hope that HPC oil would give us notable improvements in engine health, and we have been very impressed,” Mr. Salim said.

“Initially, we believed the conversion would be a time consuming and daunting task, however, with a proactive plan in place and support from Eastman, we were able to make the switch relatively quickly and easily,” added Mr. Salim.

“We expect that changing our 737s over to Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 will particularly help us to avoid coking in the rear oil sump tube which can block oil flow to the No.4 and No.5 bearings,” said Mr. Salim.

“We have accumulated significant experience with Eastman Turbo Oil 2197, operating in a variety of conditions and we are very happy with the performance of the oil,” concluded Mr. Salim.

Eastman Aviation Solutions Global Commercial Director Rodger Harris said it wasn’t surprising that more airlines were choosing HPC over standard grade oil.

“It is fantastic to be receiving customer feedback that solidifies our belief in such a valuable product,” Mr. Harris said.

“The feedback we continue to receive from our airline customers validates our longstanding position that HPC is indeed the way of the future,” concluded Mr. Harris.

About Oman Air
Oman Air commenced air operations in 1993 as a flagship company of the Sultanate of Oman’s Civil Aviation sector. As Oman’s key air carrier, Oman Air has experienced exponential growth over the years to become a key contributor in making Muscat a major traffic hub in the Middle East. The Oman Air fleet consists of most modern and fuel- efficient aircraft with aesthetically designed interiors. Investment in new technology, planning and product innovation has propelled Oman Air to the forefront of the aviation industry.

About Eastman Aviation Solutions
Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formally BP turbo oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
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Media Contact:

Alisa Lewandowski / 636-530-0088 / alewandowski@mai-stl.com
Paul Fridman / 973-971-3584 / pfridman@eastman.com

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25 Sep 15 News, Newsletter Comments Off on What Potential Customers Aren’t Telling You…

What Potential Customers Aren’t Telling You…

“If I can’t find your website – I don’t know what you sell”

Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the impact that a website has on a business. In the age of the informed consumer, the internet is increasingly the first place these consumers go to look for information before they contact you and the first chance you have to make a good first impression. Without a good website it will be difficult to attract first time and repeat customers to your business.

But just having a functional, visually appealing website is not enough; current and potential customers must be able to find it. A simple keyword search for a product or service can return thousands of competing results, so companies must be vigilant in making sure their website stays relevant and visible online. From SEO tactics, media exposure, and paid advertising, there are a variety of ways to ensure your website is showing up in relevant searches. The savviest marketers use a powerful combination of tactics to ensure they stay visible on the web – can you say the same?

Make sure the visibility of your site stays a top priority when marketing your product or service.

  • Ted M. McDermott, Vice President, MAI – A full service marketing & communications firm specializing in aviation marketing.

What Your Customers Dont Tell You – Ted McDermott

15 Sep 15 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Welcomes New Bombardier Global Aircraft Program Manager

WEST STAR AVIATION Welcomes New Bombardier Global Aircraft Program Manager

East Alton, IL, September 14, 2015—West Star Aviation is pleased to announce that Chad Adams joined the WSA team as Bombardier Global Aircraft Program Manager, effective Monday, August 31.

Chad has more than 19 years of aviation experience, and in his new role at West Star he will be pioneering a new team for them. Chad started his career in the U.S. Air Force working on A10 aircraft. He most recently held the position of Lead Technician at Bombardier.

“We’re very excited to have Chad join our team as Bombardier Program Manager,” says Dave Krogman, General Manager, West Star Aviation. “We didn’t waste any time putting him to work, as our first major Global project arrived from Portugal the day after he started.”

Based at the Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location, Chad will be responsible for the development, supervision and performance of the Global Program. He will be directing the work and flow of multiple projects, and providing unmatched customer service. Chad can be contacted directly at (970) 248-5236 or cadams@wsa.aero.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Columbia, SC. West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions. For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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14 Sep 15 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION’S Gary Edwards Retired and Mark Birmingham Promoted

WEST STAR AVIATION’S Gary Edwards Retired and Mark Birmingham Promoted

East Alton, IL, September 8, 2015—West Star Aviation’s Gary Edwards, with 37 years in aviation, has retired. Gary had been leading the aircraft paint programs at West Star’s Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location for 22 years. He was instrumental in developing the reputation of quality work by the company.

Mark Birmingham, an employee for eight years at West Star, has been promoted as the new Paint Program Manager at the GJT location in Gary’s place. Mark grew up in the industry, since his father worked in aviation through his career, and owned an aircraft painting business. In addition to Mark’s experience at West Star, he has spent a lifelong career painting aircraft.

“We’d like to thank Gary for his 22 years of service and welcome Mark into his new role in continuing the reputation of quality paint work,” says Dave Krogman, General Manager of GJT, West Star Aviation.

Mark can be contacted directly at (970) 683-4873 or mbirmingham@wsa.aero.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Columbia, SC. West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions.

For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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02 Sep 15 News Comments Off on WEST STAR AVIATION Welcomes New Paint & Interior Designer

WEST STAR AVIATION Welcomes New Paint & Interior Designer

East Alton, IL, September 2, 2015—West Star Aviation is pleased to announce  that Veta Traxler will join the WSA team as Paint & Interior Designer, effective Monday, August 31.

Veta has more than five years interior design experience with the last three exclusively in aviation related to the interior design of cabin class aircraft. She most recently held the position of Paint & Interior Sales Manager at Elliott Aviation. Veta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture (C.I.D.A. accredited) and a minor in Business Administration. She began her career as a Design Consultant and has received several awards.

“We’re very excited to have Veta join our team as a professional designer,” says Jim Swehla, Cofounder & Executive Vice President, West Star Aviation. “We value the impact our designs have on its users, environment and industry—and Veta will be an integral part of enabling us to fulfill this.”

Based at the Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location, Veta will be working directly with aircraft owners and West Star’s innovative design teams researching and recommending fabric, leather and carpet combinations, cabin configurations, galley and storage functions, as well as designing exterior paint schemes. Veta can be contacted directly at (970) 248-5276 or vtraxler@wsa.aero.

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Columbia, SC. West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO, Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL and Centennial Airport in Denver, CO. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions.

For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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18 Aug 15 News Comments Off on Eastman Aviation Solutions Strengthens Commitment to Responsible Care® Initiative Through New Collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions

Eastman Aviation Solutions Strengthens Commitment to Responsible Care® Initiative Through New Collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions

Kingsport, TN, August 18, 2015 – As news of new EPA regulations face the aviation industry, Eastman Aviation Solutions is striving to strengthen their commitment to the Responsible Care® initiative and provide additional support to customers by announcing a collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions, a manufacturer of high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Together, the two companies will focus on offering products and services to promote safety, responsibility and sustainability for their aviation partners.

Responsible Care® is the chemical industry’s unique global initiative that drives continuous improvement in health, safety and environmental performance. An active participant in Responsible Care® for nearly 30 years, Eastman remains committed to protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of their employees, communities, and people who handle their products around the world.

At the forefront of that commitment is Eastman’s SkyKleen® product, a new generation aviation solvent that combines excellent cleaning performance with environmentally friendly characteristics. With a BAC specification of BAC 5750, SkyKleen® is an effective and economical option for a variety of applications such as parts cleaning and surface preparation.

“Ensuring that our airline partners maintain safe operations by continually promoting safety, responsibility and sustainability during any cleaning process is a top priority for Eastman,” said Matt Stockum, Eastman Aviation Solutions Business Manager. “Whether a customer is working on an aircraft or managing a spill on the ground, we want to make sure they do so in the safest way possible.”

Eastman also helps other suppliers to the aviation industry deliver high-performing, safer products through its wide offering of specialty raw materials and additives.

RSC Bio Solutions has worked with Eastman to create their CSR-4000 cleaner, which contains Eastman Omnia™ high-performance solvent. Omnia has a unique chemistry that offers an exceptional combination of performance, safety and value to a variety of light- and heavy-duty cleaners.
In addition, RSC Bio Solutions offers specific absorbent products, marketed under the GreenSorb® and the GreenSorb Caddy brands. These products are specialized for the management of aviation spills on the ground and when used together, customers have a complete cleaning solution with GreenSorb® and CSR-4000 cleaner on the ground and Eastman SlyKleen® on the aircraft.

“Partnering with RSC Bio Solutions guarantees that our customers have the best combination of resources available and can benefit fully from environmentally friendly cleaning solutions on or off the aircraft,” concluded Stockum.

The recently announced collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions ensures customers are able to operate as responsible citizens in a safe and sustainable manner while furthering the sustainability and environmentally conscious goals that Eastman Aviation Solutions is working to achieve.

Eastman Aviation Solutions is committed to being a partner to its customers and offering comprehensive solutions to meet the needs of the industry. Eastman Turbo Oils, Skydrol® and SkyKleen® offer airlines a suite of fluids for proven performance operations. To learn more about Eastman’s aviation approved products, visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC
Established in 2010 and headquartered in North Carolina, RSC Bio Solutions is an affiliate of RSC Chemical Solutions and is focused on providing high performance chemistries that are safer, non-hazardous and environmentally responsible. To expand its offerings further, RSC Bio Solutions’ parent company, Blumenthal Holdings, recently acquired a controlling interest in an 18-year-old company, Terresolve Technologies, Ltd., and its EnviroLogic® product lines, including readily biodegradable functional fluids and oils that are tested and proven in some of the toughest environments possible. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com. GreenSorb® is a registered trademark owned by Sorbent Green, LLC.

About Eastman Aviation Solutions
Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formerly BP Turbo Oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people
around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

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Media Contact: Alisa Lewandowski / 636-530-0088 / alewandowski@mai-stl.com
Media Contact: Paul Fridman / 973-971-3584 / pfridman@eastman.com

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17 Aug 15 Aviation, News Comments Off on West Star Aviation Announces Expansion Into Chattanooga

West Star Aviation Announces Expansion Into Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN, August 17, 2015 – West Star Aviation (WSA) recently announced they will be opening an MRO facility at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (KCHA) in Chattanooga, TN. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority is expected to approve this hangar space lease on August 17, 2015.

The facility has 20,424 square feet of (heated) hangar space with 28’ high doors. It also features 20,424 square feet of heated and air conditioned mixed-use space which will be used for administrative and customer offices. The facility will also house engineering, avionics, cabinetry and upholstery shop functions as well as accommodate storage of customer aircraft parts.

West Star’s newest location sits on a ground-lease footprint that is approximately 3.92 acres, or 170,798 square feet with ample ramp space for uncongested aircraft movement. An additional 15-acre site adjacent to the facility is slated for expansion as well. Operations will include all disciplines of MRO support such as paint facilities, maintenance hangars, back shop activities and an accessory shop.

“The aviation-friendly location and existing facilities will allow West Star to better serve East Coast corporate aviation flight departments,” said Rodger Renaud, Chief Operating Officer. “This expansion represents the initial steps in a larger five-year plan that calls for continued growth in the Chattanooga area.”

Additionally, West Star is starting the process of filling 175-225 positions and looks forward to utilizing the area’s richly trained technical workforce. Learn more about the openings.

“West Star is pleased to collaborate on the purchase of the hangar from Jones Management Services Company. The availability of the hangar will facilitate our MRO expansion, corporate aviation growth and local employment opportunities in Tennessee,” said Bob Rasberry, President and CEO, West Star Aviation.

Allan Jones, CEO of Jones Management Services, based in Cleveland, TN, said “Having a state-of-the-art repair facility like this in Chattanooga will bring many CEOs to the area to have their company jets worked on. Today’s announcement is going to have a tremendous benefit to the economic growth of our area.”

Voted #1 Preferred MRO in Professional Pilot magazine’s annual “Preferences Regarding Aviation Services and Equipment” (PRASE) Survey for two consecutive years, West Star Aviation, Inc. specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts.

In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO; and Columbia, SC. West Star Aviation runs the maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO, and Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL. The company also provides complete FBO services for transient aircraft at its newly remodeled East Alton and Grand Junction facilities. West Star Aviation, Inc. is an industry leader in technical experience and expertise while providing world-class customer services in all the organization’s divisions.

For more information visit www.weststaraviation.com or call 800-922-2421.

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07 Aug 15 News Comments Off on English Field Aviation Receives 2015 Amarillo Award In Aerospace/Defense Category

English Field Aviation Receives 2015 Amarillo Award In Aerospace/Defense Category

Amarillo, TX, July 22, 2015 – EFA (English Field Aviation) has been selected for the 2015 Amarillo Award in the Aerospace/Defense category by the Amarillo Award Program.

Each year, the Amarillo Award Program identifies companies they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Amarillo area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Amarillo Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Amarillo Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Amarillo Award Program
The Amarillo Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Amarillo area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Amarillo Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Their organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. www.awardcontact.org Specializing in King Air and Citation aircraft, EFA provides expert aircraft maintenance, avionics upgrades and inspections and refurbishment services. From simple inspections to complete avionics package upgrades, EFA has the comprehensive capabilities to meet any request while delivering concierge quality customer service. As an FAA approved Part 145 facility, EFA features fully trained and certified technicians who utilize the latest tools and practices to deliver accurate and reliable aircraft service you can trust. Offering a convenient, mid-continent location in Amarillo, TX, EFA is perfectly positioned to serve you at Rick Husband International Airport (KAMA) . To learn more visit www.efa.aero or call 1-806-322-1971.

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