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New Leadership in Duncan Aviation's Engine Rapid Response Network

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 11:49 AM

RRT-Travel_KitDuncan Aviation’s Engine Rapid Response network has grown and is more widely dispersed than ever. With 30 technicians strategically located across the United States, the demand for AOG and scheduled support at customer locations continues to increase. And they are answering the call, making the trip and getting each customer back in the air and back on schedule.

With this continued growth, we are proud to announce the appointment of new leaders within our Engine Rapid Response (RRT) network.

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Joe Stubbs—Atlanta, Georgia

Joe Stubbs has been with Duncan Aviation for 10 years, nine of those on the engine line at the company's headquarters in Lincoln, Neb. In 2014, he successfully launched a new Engine Rapid Response office in Long Beach, Calif., then moved on to join the Seattle RRT. Turbine Engine Service Manager James Prater says that when the Atlanta leadership opportunity became available, Stubbs was the clear choice. "Joe's flexibility, versatility and wealth of engine knowledge make him a valuable resource in our RRT network. We are happy that he has accepted this leadership opportunity in Atlanta."

For engine service and support in the Atlanta region, Joe Stubbs can be reached at +1 770.286.4410.

Mike Bruhn—Chicago, Illinois

Mike Bruhn joined the Rapid Response Team in Chicago with experience as an A&P certified technician in flight departments and repair stations on a broad spectrum of corporate jets. In his five years at Chicago, he has built a strong rapport with area operators. "We are excited to allow Mike the opportunity to continue to strengthen those relationships while serving as Team Leader and work toward his vision for growing the team and expanding its presence throughout the area," says Prater.

For engine service and support in the Chicago region, Mike Bruhn can be reached at +1 773.294.5169.

Regis Biarrieta—Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale is Duncan Aviation's largest Engine Rapid Response Team. Regis Biarrieta has taken over as the new Team Leader for the Fort Lauderdale office. Baiarrieta has been with Duncan Aviation for four years, having worked in both Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale. His prior A&P experiences include airlines, corporate jets and government contracts where he spent seven years in Spain maintaining the Spanish Air Force Presidential and Royal fleet. Prater believes these experiences along with his Venezuelan roots and multilingual ability make him a great fit for Duncan Aviation's south Florida clientele. "He is a great asset in Fort Lauderdale and will be a tremendous Team Leader."

For engine service and support in the Fort Lauderdale region, Regis Biarrieta can be reached at +1 954.410.0058.

The demand for fast reliable mobile engine services in the south Florida region has grown to the point that another Rapid Response office has become necessary. Karl Johnson, Fort Lauderdale's longstanding Team Leader, is relocating to the Gulf Coast of Florida to open a new Duncan Aviation Rapid Response office near Punta Gorda. This new location is scheduled to open in March.

Tags: Engine Maintenance, AOG

Duncan Aviation Removes the Barriers to Better Health

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

GetFitHeadlineSubmitted by Marika Brack, wellness coordinator

At Duncan Aviation, the health and wellness of our team members is a top priority. One of our main goals is to help them achieve better health by removing the barriers that prevent them from exercising.  


According to the Centers For Disease Control, the current exercise recommendation for Americans is a minimum of 150 minutes (two hours, 30 minutes) of moderate to intense aerobic activity AND two or more days a week of muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups. However, one of the number one excuses or reasons we, as wellness professionals, hear as a barrier to exercise is the lack of time. Many of our team members commute, travel and have families, on top of their other day-to-day obligations.

Easy To Insane—Take Your Pick

To help alleviate some of this, we developed the Get Fit Body Weight Chart.

The chart is a tool that can be used by anyone, anywhere and without the need of any equipment. It is categorized by aerobic (cardio) moves, as well as five major muscle groups (Core, Legs, Chest, Back, and Arms).

This chart is for everyone, no matter what level you are on. With moves categorized from Easy to Insane and everything in between, you should have no problem finding a move that works for you.

Once you learn the moves, the possibilities for workouts are endless. By using this tool, you are able to tailor a workout to your needs.

We invite you to use this chart along with Duncan Aviation team members and create a routine of your own. Follow us on Facebook and post your own workouts.

Download the Duncan Aviation Get Fit Body Weight Chart now and get started towards better health.


Tags: Announcements

Todd Duncan: Protecting and Promoting Business Aviation

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Todd-StationaryIn an open letter to the aviation community, Duncan Aviation's Chairman encourages others to communicate their support of the industry to their elected officials.


Aviation Friends and Colleagues,

Given our shared interest in aviation, I'm writing to request your support of an important initiative designed to protect business aviation in the United States. Because we have Duncan Aviation facilities across the country, we are asking everyone to join in a nationwide coalition of aviation groups so we can unite our efforts to clarify the goals of general aviation and promote its growth.

I am very involved in the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) as a member of their Associate Member Advisory Council. In that capacity, I have come to really appreciate just how critical it is for any industry to have a strong and active community of grassroots advocates communicating with their elected officials.

I would like you to join a growing and vocal group of business aviation supporters who will periodically be called upon to communicate support of the industry to our elected officials. The NBAA has an online tool called Contact Congress that makes it exceptionally easy for individuals to develop and maintain communication with their elected representatives in the U.S. Senate and House.

While many key general aviation supporters have retained their seats in both chambers of Congress following mid-term elections, retirements and election losses will leave the General Aviation Caucus in both the House and Senate with much rebuilding in 2015. In addition, we will also be seeking new leadership due to the retirement of Senate Caucus Co-chair Mike Johanns who is retiring. The timing of this letter is key in introducing ourselves to our representatives in Congress following the shift in power. These caucuses take the time to explore and understand the issues affecting the general aviation community and their members play a vital role in protecting and supporting GA.

To initiate your participation in this ongoing effort, I am asking you to simply click here, fill in your personal and company address information on the page, and follow the simple instructions to send the pre-written letter to your elected representative introducing yourself and indicating your support of business aviation.

That is it. The entire process will only take a couple of minutes, but it will establish a line of communication with your elected officials in Washington that will be very important for business aviation in the months and years to come.

This effort to make aviation’s voice heard is an on-going effort. As mentioned above, I will periodically ask you to use the Contact Congress website to voice your support on specific issues critical to protecting and promoting business aviation in the United States. Thank you in advance for your support and willingness to stand with me. Business aviation depends on it!

Sincerely,

DuncanDTodd

D. Todd Duncan

  Contact Your Congressman   

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Duncan Aviation President Testifies Before Congressional Committee 

Tags: Announcements

Influence, Inspire, Innovate at NBAA's Leadership Conference

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 02:50 PM


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NBAA’s 2015 Leadership Conference is geared toward current and future leaders in every facet of the business aviation industry.

This year, the leadership team focused on three themes—influence, inspire and innovate.


February 25 and 26, you’ll hear from seven expert leadership speakers who will help you enhance your leadership skills, professionally and personally. Peter Sheahan and Tom Flick will speak to the conference’s three themes.

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Peter Sheahan is founder and CEO of behavioral change projects consulting company ChangeLabs™. He will touch on the pressures of growing and leading a business in the rapidly changing world.

Using his six books as a platform, Peter teaches leaders how to flip their thinking, find opportunity where others cannot, and execute their good ideas, turning them into profitable results.

He has delivered more than 2,000 presentations to over 300,000 people in 15 different countries, giving weight to his tagline: “Inspiring greatness…one audience at a time.”

Tom-Flick

Tom Flick is president of a communication company and a leadership expert associated with Kotter International. Tom is also a former Rose Bowl Champion and successful NFL quarterback.

He understands that people—not programs—help organizations change and grow.

Tom will provide insight on how the best leaders influence and inspire to create a successful business culture that allows team members to think innovatively and become a peak performer.


2015 NBAA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Whether you are a flight department manager, chief pilot, safety manager, aviation executive or anyone with the responsibility of leading a team of people, join NBAA at the 2015 Leadership Conference for two valuable days of thought-provoking sessions, networking with business aviation leaders and the opportunity to exponentially enhance your leadership expertise.

  • Influence: The best leaders influence others through their passion and clear vision. They challenge themselves and others to achieve results and accomplish excellence.
  • Inspire: The best leaders inspire others by exuding enthusiasm and living an inspired life. They acknowledge failure, create solutions, take responsibility, are courageous, listen, and persevere.
  • Innovate: The best leaders embrace innovation and are life-long learners. They collaborate and share ideas, and change and adapt to find ways to improve and add value.

Review the full schedule of events for the conference, with descriptions of each day's sessions.

Book hotel reservations and learn about rental cars in Tucson, Arizona.

Learn why the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference is a must attend event through our testimonials.

Register to attend the Leadership Conference using the secure online form.

DUNCAN AVIATION

Duncan Aviation is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference. Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development for Duncan Aviation is serving as co-chair for the conference held in Tucson, Arizona, on February 24-26, 2014.

Tags: Announcements, Careers & Recruiting, NBAA

Challenger! Learjet! King Air! Oh My! Gear Sets Are Landing at Duncan Aviation

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

Landing-gear-shop-fullA near-record number of landing gear sets and components are in-house at Duncan Aviation’s accessories shop in Lincoln, NE.

According to Tony Curtis, landing gear team leader, seven full sets of landing gear and a “whole slew” of individual components, such as struts and oleos, have filled the shop and kept the schedule very busy. All shifts are working tirelessly overhauling or inspecting gear sets and components from Challenger 300, Challenger 604, Challenger 601, Learjet and King Air aircraft.

Although three sets have been completed and already shipped back to operators, Jon Hein, accessories service sales rep, says the workload doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. “Over the next several weeks, many more sets and component parts are scheduled to arrive.”

Because an aircraft can’t go anywhere without its legs, Duncan Aviation has invested heavily in the landing gear customer more than doubling its Accessories shop area, gaining approximately 6,300 square feet of service area, doubling its work benches and adding new tooling and in-house capabilities, including an overhead crane and a new paint booth with curing room.

In 2014, they acquired the capabilities to completely overhaul and repair landing gear for both commercial and business Embraer aircraft. With the necessary technical data, maintenance manuals and aircraft landing gear parts, Duncan Aviation’s Accessories Services has received and successfully overhauled two sets of Embraer gear to comply with the 144-month landing gear restoration.

Take a moment and watch this before and after ERJ-145 overhaul video.

 

 

Tags: Parts & Accessories, Learjet, Landing Gear, Challenger

How are You Influencing Your Team?

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM


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The best leaders influence others through their passion and clear vision. They challenge themselves and others to achieve results and accomplish excellence.

To learn how to effectively influence your team, lead an inspired life and push innovative thinking, join industry leaders at NBAA’s 2015 Leadership Conference.

February 25 and 26, you’ll hear from seven expert leadership speakers who will help you enhance your leadership skills, professionally and personally. Both Bill Acheson and Ross Bernstein will speak to the conferences’ influence theme.

bill_achesonBill Acheson is a personal power and communication expert who will reveal how nonverbal cues account for more than half of the meaning in any face-to-face encounter.

Bill shows leaders how to communicate more effectively, build rapport, and enhance their personal skills through body language.

 

 

 

ross_bernsteinRoss Bernstein interviewed thousands of professional athletes while writing nearly 50 sports books. He applies those stories, lessons and scenarios to the business world.

Ross helps leaders and organizations think and act more like champions, and win at business—and life.

2015 NBAA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Whether you are a flight department manager, chief pilot, safety manager, aviation executive or anyone with the responsibility of leading a team of people, join NBAA at the 2015 Leadership Conference for two valuable days of thought-provoking sessions, networking with business aviation leaders and the opportunity to exponentially enhance your leadership expertise.

  • Influence.
  • Inspire.
  • Innovate.

Review the full schedule of events for the conference, with descriptions of each day's sessions.

Book hotel reservations and learn about rental cars in Tucson, Arizona.

Learn why the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference is a must attend event through our testimonials.

Register to attend the Leadership Conference using the secure online form.

DUNCAN AVIATION

Duncan Aviation is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference. Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development for Duncan Aviation is serving as co-chair for the conference held in Tucson, Arizona, on February 24-26, 2014.

Tags: Announcements, Careers & Recruiting, NBAA

Duncan Aviation to Give Away Prop in Support of Breast Cancer Research

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 09:50 AM

Schedulers-Prop-_SGKDuring the upcoming NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Jose, Calif., one lucky attendee will go home with this propeller custom-painted by Duncan Aviation aircraft paint experts. The propeller is black, silver and pink and is emblazoned with the well-known Susan G. Komen® running ribbon and Duncan Aviation’s unique aircraft logo.

For the Feb. 3-6 Conference, Duncan Aviation has joined forces with Susan G. Komen and will go Passionately Pink® to help educate attendees about breast health and to raise funds for Susan G. Komen, which is working to end breast cancer through groundbreaking research and community health outreach programs.

Troy Hyberger, FBO Services Supervisor at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., location, believes the male-dominated industry of business aviation is the perfect place to share valuable information from Susan G. Komen regarding risk assessment, screenings and healthy lifestyle choices. “Breast Cancer hits close to home for everyone, not just the ladies,” says Hyberger.

His inspiration comes from watching members of his own family go through the emotions of being diagnosed, treated and fighting hard against breast cancer. “It is our wives, mothers, daughters, and other female family members who are the ones fighting the fight against breast cancer.”

Look For The Pink Booth

You won’t be able to miss Duncan Aviation’s booth (#809) this year. It’s the one where everyone is wearing pink in front of the bright pink backdrop. In honor of every visitor who stops by to say hello and stays to fill out an informational card or provide a business card, Duncan Aviation will make a corporate donation to Susan G. Komen. The winner of the propeller will be drawn from these cards in the booth on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Duncan Aviation will also hold prize drawings every hour during the show for Duncan Aviation and Susan G. Komen merchandise.

To donate to Susan G. Komen through Duncan Aviation’s Passionately Pink efforts, please visit www.DuncanAviation.aero/events/sdc.

 

Tags: Conventions & Exhibitions, Announcements

Duncan Aviation President Testifies Before Congressional Committee

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 01:43 PM

Hilkemann,-Aaron_blogSubmitted by Aaron Hilkemann, President & CEO

On Wednesday, I had the unique experience of testifying on Capitol Hill to the House Committee of Transportation and Infrastructure.

I was originally asked to testify because of my positon on the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA). However, House committee members expressed interest in hearing about the experiences of Duncan Aviation and our longstanding and sometimes complicated relationship with the FAA.

My goal in testifying was to show support for some excellent recommendations the FAA itself has that are important to industry companies like Duncan Aviation. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included Section 313, a provision designed to improve consistency of regulatory interpretation and enhance communications between the FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification offices and industry, to promote better and more timely regulatory decision making. The Act required the FAA to establish an advisory panel to review and address findings of a report by the Government Accountability Office that cited inconsistent interpretation and application of regulations as one of the leading systemic issues affecting repair stations, air carriers and manufacturers. 

In July of 2013, the FAA submitted a report to Congress with the recommendations of this advisory panel. I wanted to highlight two recommendations that are of particular interest to Duncan Aviation. 

The primary recommendation was for FAA Aviation Flight Standards (AFS) and FAA Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) to consolidate the service organization-level regulatory and guidance libraries into a single Aviation Safety (AVS) master electronic database resource to allow the agency and industry access to relevant rules and documentation. Further, the FAA would conduct a review of all regulatory, guidance, policy, and interpretation documents to identify potential conflicts, cancel outdated material, and ensure proper cross-reference with applicable regulations. This ensures that FAA inspectors and industry representatives have access in one place to the regulations and all relevant interpretative material and acceptable methods of compliance to support consistent interpretation and application. 

The Section 313 report also recommended that the FAA establish a Regulatory Consistency Communications Board (RCCB) comprising representatives from AFS, AIR, and the Office of the Chief Counsel (AGC) that would provide clarification to FAA personnel and certificate/approval holders and applicants on questions related to the interpretation and application of requirements. This promotes consistency of interpretation and application of regulations to determine acceptable methods of compliance. The RCCB would be the arbiter for all parties.

The establishment of the RCCB will help promote constructive dialogue between the FAA and applicants for the resolution of potentially adverse issues in an expeditious and fair manner.

I am hopeful that committee members understand the importance of approving and properly funding these two recommendations.

To share your support in support of these issues, I encourage you to contact your Congressional Representative.

Click below to read my written testimony. 

  Hilkemann Congressional Testimony

Tags: Announcements

Are You an Innovative Leader?

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 10:00 AM


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The best leaders embrace innovation and are life-long learners. They collaborate and share ideas, and change and adapt to find ways to improve and add value.

Join future and current leaders at NBAA’s 2015 Leadership Conference to learn how to influence, inspire and innovate.


February 25 and 26, you’ll hear from seven expert leadership speakers who will help you enhance your leadership skills, professionally and personally. Both Kristin Arnold and Kevin Carroll will speak to the conferences’ innovate theme.

When it comes to innovation, the best leaders embrace innovation and are life-long learners. They collaborate and share ideas, and change and adapt to find ways to improve and add value.

Kristin_ArnoldKristin Arnold, president and founder of Quality Process Consultants, Inc., is passionate about leadership, teamwork, engagement, action and momentum.

She gives leaders a clear and deep understanding of team process—insight into how groups of individuals come together, work together, make decisions and handle conflict.

Using process tools and techniques, Kristin will facilitate a dialogue with the audience about leadership and critical issues facing business aviation today and in the future.

KevinCarroll-400Kevin Carroll, author of Red Rubber Ball, inspires leaders, businesses and entire organizations to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize potential and sustain meaningful business and personal growth.

As an agent for social change through his company, Katalyst, Kevin helps leaders turn innovative ideas into a reality.


2015 NBAA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Whether you are a flight department manager, chief pilot, safety manager, aviation executive or anyone with the responsibility of leading a team of people, join NBAA at the 2015 Leadership Conference for two valuable days of thought-provoking sessions, networking with business aviation leaders and the opportunity to exponentially enhance your leadership expertise.

  • Influence.
  • Inspire.
  • Innovate.

Review the full schedule of events for the conference, with descriptions of each day's sessions.

Book hotel reservations and learn about rental cars in Tucson, Arizona.

Learn why the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference is a must attend event through our testimonials.

Register to attend the Leadership Conference using the secure online form.

DUNCAN AVIATION

Duncan Aviation is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2015 NBAA Leadership Conference. Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development for Duncan Aviation is serving as co-chair for the conference held in Tucson, Arizona, on February 24-26, 2014.

Tags: Announcements, Careers & Recruiting, NBAA

Free NextGen Seminars in 2015

Posted by Kate Dolan on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

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In 2014, Mark Francetic, Regional Avionics Sales Manager for Duncan Aviation, hosted several free, day-long NextGen seminars. Because interest in information and equipment is increasing as we draw closer to the 2020 deadline for the NextGen mandates, Mark will once again host a series of free seminars in 2015.

“We’ve been talking about the mandates and how they affect all of us for several years now,” says Mark, “and the discussion is shifting from the theoretical to the practical. Instead of asking, ‘What is ADS-B?’ and ‘What is FANS 1A,’ we are now asking, ‘What equipment do I need to outfit or retrofit my aircraft so it complies with the mandates stipulated in the rapidly approaching 2020 deadline?’”

Mark’s mission is to provide practical information about precisely what equipment owner/operators need and what certified equipment is currently available or will be soon.

Many of our channel partners now offer certified equipment that fulfills the ADS-B and FANS 1/A mandates. As Mark hosts NextGen seminars at key locations throughout the United States in 2015, many of those partners, including Cobham, Universal, Safran Engineering Services, GoGo Business Aviation, Satcom Direct, ICG, Honeywell, L-3 and True North, will join him.

The free seminars feature presentations about new and existing NextGen products and Q&A sessions. The seminars are popular and fill up quickly.

“Last year, we had one attendee who drove 445 miles to attend the seminar in Seattle, Washington,” says Mark.

Mark will kick off the seminar series at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on January 29. Space is limited for these free seminars, and lunch is included.

Mark is also hosting a seminar in Salt Lake City on February 19 and one at AEA in Dallas on April 7. He plans to host five more throughout the year but dates and locations for those are not yet determined.

Contact Mark for information about registration or to RSVP.

Mark.Francetic@DuncanAviation.com

702.303.4888 (Mobile)

702.262.6142 (Office)

Tags: ADS-B, FANS, NextGen

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