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Would You Trade Places With Customers To Receive Your Customer Service?

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Be Kind. The person you help today may turn out to be the person you need tomorrow.

In 1997, Susan Masek was calling on aircraft parts brokers to locate parts in support of Duncan Aviation’s in-house aircraft maintenance customers. Every day she picked up her phone and attempted to locate the units on her list.

While searching, Susan often called the same brokers again and again. Over time, she learned who she could rely on to find what she needed. Susan’s first phone call was always to Meredith Daoud, who, at the time, worked for an aircraft parts broker in California.

"I knew Meredith had hundreds of customers, OEMs, FBOs, other MROs, and aircraft management companies. But when I called her, I always felt like I was the only one she was helping that day," says Susan. "She was the best at customer service and nearly always delivered what I needed."

Making Changes

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 In 2005, Meredith and her husband Jerry stepped out on faith, moving to McKinney, Texas, and starting their own parts brokerage business—Trinity Aviation.

And because Susan wasn’t the only customer who thought Meredith was exceptional at her job, when Trinity opened for business, many of Meredith’s former customers became Trinity customers. "I work hard to build relationships," says Meredith. "I want to get to know clients beyond the transaction. People appreciate that and respond."

At about the same time, Susan was in the middle of her own transition at Duncan Aviation, leaving the maintenance side and joining Duncan Aviation’s Parts & Rotables Sales team. Instead of purchasing parts, it was now her responsibility to locate and sell aircraft parts, instruments, and components. Guess who called?

Meredith knew from the beginning that she would be relying heavily on Duncan Aviation to help her fulfill the needs of Trinity Aviation’s customers. On one of her first calls to Duncan Aviation, by chance, she was connected to a new Parts Sales Rep, and an old friend.

Thirteen years later, the relationship between Trinity Aviation and Duncan Aviation is a strong one, connected by a professional friendship between Meredith and Susan.

Susan Masek

"When we think of Duncan Aviation, we think of Susan. For us, she is Duncan Aviation."
–Meredith Daoud, Trinity Aviation

When Meredith Daoud has a customer in search of aircraft parts, her first phone call is to Susan Masek. "She is extremely knowledgeable," Meredith says. "I trust all the information she provides and if she doesn’t have the answers right away, she’ll research it and call us back. Her customer service is first-rate."


This story was recently published in the Spring 2017 Duncan Debrief magazine. Follow the link below to find more stories like this or subscribe to receive your own copy. 

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Tags: Aircraft Parts, Customer Service

What's At The Core of A Duncan Aviation Customer Relationship?

Posted by Kate Dolan on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

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The late Stephen R. Covey, author, motivational speaker and business professor, said: Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

Duncan Aviation connected with...

94 new customers in January 2015.
1,159 International customers from 2013-Present
6,190 Domestic customers from 2013-Present
7,696 unique aircraft between 2010-2015

Tha'ts a lot of trust.

The Golden Rule

Duncan Aviation Project Manager Tammie Burns knows that building relationships with customers is the best way to earn trust and confidence. Many of her customers are from Mexico and are not familiar with Lincoln, Nebraska, at all.

“I just put myself in my customers’ shoes,” says Tammie. “If I were to go to a country that I’d never visited before and didn’t speak the language, I’d welcome all of the help I could get. It’s all about treating our customers how we’d like to be treated.”

Often, too, the project manager is the only point of contact for many customers. One Saturday before Christmas, several of Tammie’s customers from Mexico had gone to the Nebraska outlet mall store located between Lincoln and Omaha. While there, they accidentally locked the keys in the trunk. The rental agreement and all of the insurance information were locked inside the car.

Tammie was one of a handful of people they knew in the area, so they called her. She made a few phone calls to find out which rental company they had gone through and what insurance coverage they had, and she called the car rental company. A representative for the rental company took the stranded shoppers a new car so they could drive back to Lincoln, and he waited at the mall for a locksmith.

People Are People

Lincoln Customer Service Manager Monte Reeves says there’s no magic formula for building trust and confidence.

“It comes from taking the time to get to know each customer as a person,” says Monte. “Once you find out about their hobbies outside of work, where they like to vacation or what their spouse and kids’ names are, you have a way to connect. Regardless of whether you’ve known someone for four or 40 years, the bonds grow and thrive.”

In 2006, Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development Steve Gade proposed having customer dinners every other week at local restaurants in Lincoln and Battle Creek as a way to relax with our customers outside of work and to let customers meet and visit with one another.

“The Wednesday night customer dinners were originally planned to simply allow us to show our appreciation for those customers who were in town overseeing projects.  They have since evolved to also facilitate the creation of a sense of community amongst our customers,” says Steve. “I think the rule of degrees of separation in the aviation industry could be reduced to two degrees instead of six; so many of our customers share common experiences and relationships. Another unexpected benefit for us is that it provides our customers the opportunity to give our senior leadership unsolicited, casual feedback on the industry, our competition and our company.”

Rich Boyadjian, director of maintenance for TWC Aviation in Van Nuys, California, says, “Duncan Aviation has the customer service side of its business down. Everyone is included in the customer lunches and dinners, regardless of the cost or scope of the project. I especially like the customer dinners because they provide a way to relax away from the work day, and I get to talk with other owners and operators I’d probably never otherwise have met.”

Carlos Martinez Canchola, powerplant engineer for Aerolineas Ejecutivas, in Toluca, Mexico, was at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln facility with his company’s Learjet during a frigid February that produced a stretch of single-digit temperatures.

During introductions at one of the customer lunches, Carlos said, “This is my first time in Nebraska, and I do not like the cold at all. But everyone here at Duncan Aviation has made us feel warm and welcome. The people here are really very kind.”

Following Advice

In an effort to build relationships, encourage open communication and foster the trust and confidence of our customers, Duncan Aviation also established a Customer Advisory Board (CAB) in 2004.

“Listening to our customers is critical to our continued success. We convened the first Customer Advisory Board to help us accomplish our mission of continuous improvement and customer-centered innovation,” says Jeannine Falter, vice president of business development.

By working with boards in Europe, Latin America and the United States, Duncan Aviation hopes to tap into the insightful perspectives of the various members to gain a clearer understanding of business aviation and customers’ expectations around the world.

“Board meetings always involve lively, intelligent discussions about pressing business aviation challenges,” says Jeannine. “CAB recommendations have influenced company decisions on billing policies, customer service best practices, the use of technology and social media and many other important aspects of our business.”

Tim Ganse, aviation manager at Cimarex Energy Company in Englewood, Colorado, has been a member of the Duncan Aviation CAB for two years.

“The leadership at Duncan Aviation is open to the input and suggestions from CAB members. They encourage creative thinking,” says Tim. “Serving gives me the opportunity to discuss issues and items that affect operators who don’t have a seat on the CAB, too. Trying to solve problems and help Duncan Aviation evolve to become more successful is a goal that all CAB members take very seriously.”

By fostering opportunities to communicate with customers in as many settings as possible, Duncan Aviation hopes to keep the level of trust high. That, in turn, helps build the foundations of long-lasting business and personal relationships.

Read more Duncan Aviation customer stories in the Spring 2015 Duncan Debrief. 

Spring 2015 Duncan Debrief Read Now!

Tags: Customer Testimony, Customer Service

International Business Dealings with Duncan Aviation

Posted by Kate Dolan on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

In the seven years Technical Manager (Director of Maintenance) Klaus Rasmussen has worked for Denmark-based Air Alsie, he’s traveled to Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan, many times. 

Learn why he continues to fly the more than 6,500 kilometers for aircraft service.

Of the 20 aircraft Air Alsie manages, 15 of them are Falcons. Although Air Alsie is a factory authorized Dassault Line Center and performs smaller inspections, minor repairs and warranty claims, Klaus says he still sends the Falcon aircraft he manages to Battle Creek for major structural repairs and modifications and for C inspections because Duncan Aviation is a Dassault authorized heavy service center.

Starting the Relationship

In 2011, Klaus attended the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he met Duncan Aviation’s European Regional Manager Arjen Groeneveld. Klaus remembers wondering how Duncan Aviation’s prices compared to the European service centers.

Arjen quoted three C checks, some avionics installations and minor modifications. Klaus was impressed with the prices, and after taking those first Falcons to Battle Creek in 2011, he was also pleased with the workmanship.

“On that first trip to Battle Creek in 2011, we were checking out the quality. We’ve been to other facilities for inspections and interior work. In the end, our decision was based on the fact that we’ll get good quality at better prices at Duncan Aviation than at the other facilities,” says Klaus.

Another reason Klaus values Duncan Aviation is because of the transparent approval system. Duncan Aviation’s online project tracking system, myDuncan, lets him follow the check almost in real-time, and, when the work has been completed, all of the paperwork is finalized immediately.

“I appreciate it that we don’t have to wait. We get all of the paperwork, invoices and certification immediately,” says Klaus. “We check the invoice, and the prices are always pretty close to the figures that we had budgeted before going in. That’s extremely important to us because we don’t own the aircraft – we manage it – so all of the costs are passed along to our customers.”

Deepening the Relationship

Air_Alsie_blogL to R: Project Manager Shawn Busby, Technical Manager of Air Aisle Klaus Rasmussen and Airframe Service Rep Alan Monk.

Since that first trip, Klaus has been back to Battle Creek numerous times, and he’s developed close relationships with Senior Airframe Sales Representative Alan Monk and Project Manager Shawn Busby.

“The personal relationships make it easy to get in touch with the right people when there are issues. And, let’s face it, there are always going to be issues,” says Klaus. “It’s important to me to know Arjen, Alan and Shawn so well I can reach any of them at any time. I don’t want to have to go through a layer of people who don’t know me or care about me or my aircraft. I want to go to them directly, and I can and do.”

Often work relationships develop into close personal friendships, and Alan considers Klaus a friend as well as a customer.

“We both have families, and Klaus and I often talk about our kids. It’s interesting because parents seem to face similar issues no matter what part of the world they call home,” says Alan.

Shawn also values the close, personal relationship he has with Klaus.

“Personally, I consider Klaus as much of a friend as I do a customer. I enjoy hearing about his daughters, what they’re doing, and their horseback riding adventures,” says Shawn.

Read more Duncan Aviaton's customer in the latest issue of the Duncan Debrief.

Spring 2015 Duncan Debrief Read Now!

Tags: Customer Testimony, International Considerations, Customer Service

NBAA 2014: It's All About the Relationship

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 09:54 AM

As the only family owned MRO with thousands of team members and a presence that spans the globe, what helps us stand out, what makes us different, what allows us to rise above the rest, is our people and the relationships they develop and maintain year after year.

That focus will be very apparent in booth #208 at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Meeting and Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Fall-Debrief-Cover_blogFrom left to right: Project Manager Gary Dunn stands with Chief of Maintenance Greg Hamelink and Avionics Team Lead Matt Collins in front of three aircraft they've worked on together at Duncan Aviation's BTL location.

Why do relationships matter? Don’t all customers want the cheapest price and the fastest turntimes? Sometimes, yes. But when it comes to the jet your family, friends and co-workers fly on, you want a trustworthy individual you can call anytime about anything. You want to work with a place that values their team members, creates a sense of community and leaves a lasting impression.

Our customers demand a company that lends a hand to others instead of looking only at the bottom line. We want to convey that we value your needs as if they were our own. Customers aren’t just a number. They become part of our family.

Those relationships are the reason why our tech reps spend a holiday with their customers after helping them out of an AOG situation. They’re also why our project managers plan family vacations with customer reps and road bike together on the weekend when their jet is in one of our many hangars.

Those relationships extend beyond the one-on-one interaction. Teams who work with OEMs and others in the industry develop new products and improve existing ones because that collaboration and trust was built alongside a friendship.

So, this year at NBAA, we’ve opted not to build a brand new booth. Instead, we offer a comfortable place to sit and the opportunity to talk to our most valuable assets: our people.

Come, cultivate a new relationship and see why Duncan Aviation is an experience, unlike any other.

For more information, visit Duncan Aviation at booth #208 at NBAA 2014 held Oct. 21-23 in Orlando, or watch for announcements at www.DuncanAviation.aero/nbaa.

Tags: Conventions & Exhibitions, Customer Service

Meet A Duncan Aviation Regional Manager

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 04:58 PM

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“Every day, I get to do what I enjoy; I work with customers, and do my best to keep the business going.”

Allan Orsi, Regional Manager, South America

How does Duncan Aviation meet the needs of its South American customers, from the northernmost Punta Gallinas, Colombia to the southernmost Cape Horn and everywhere in between?

Meet Allan Orsi.

Recruited in 2008 by a family friend, Allan worked as an agent for Duncan Aviation throughout South America. After four years of hard work and a whole lot of travel, Allan became a Regional Manager in August 2012.

“There are many things I appreciate about working for Duncan Aviation. Ever

y day, I get to do what I enjoy; I work with customers, and do my best to keep the business going.

And Duncan Aviation is honest. Everyone has the same moral and ethical values that I have, and that environment makes for pleasant work conditions.”

Working for a company located in North America and living in Brazil with the entire South American continent as his territory requires quite a bit of travel. In addition to calling on customers, Allan visits the Duncan Aviation facilities in the United States roughly eight times each year.

One way from Sao Paulo to Lincoln takes 13 hours, unless the United States is off daylight saving time—then it takes 15 hours. From early March until November, Campinas and Lincoln, Nebraska, have a two-hour time difference; from November to March, it’s four hours, and the time difference complicates travel and phone meetings and requires careful planning.

Duncan Aviation Regional Managers

Duncan Aviation has 13 regional managers stratigically placed across the world in an effort to better support
our customers. Download the Duncan Aviation Regional Manager map and contact the one in your area. 

Download Duncan Aviation  Regional Managers Map

Tags: International Considerations, Customer Service

Worldwide Business Aircraft Operators Tell It Like It Is

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 12:59 PM

We have customers who fly from Europe to have maintenance completed at one of Duncan Aviation's United States locations. The fact that they're willing to make that trip tells us we're doing something right; their words tell us exactly what we're doing that makes the flight worth it.

Germany

Nataly and Ernst Langer, Owners / Pilots of Bombardier Global 5000

Nataly and Ernst Langer are owners and pilots of a large, long-range business jet. Watch and listen all about their incredible paint scheme application.

Air Alsie, Denmark

Klaus Rasmussen

- Klaus Rasmussen, Technical Manager

"Cost control is made easy by the use of Duncan Aviation’s web-based approval system, myDuncan.aero. Milestones can be followed, even if an operator is not on-site. I haven’t seen any other MRO with such a system.

"Duncan Aviation’s state of the art facilities and dedicated experts offer unique service. We receive very good support from Arjen Groeneveld, Duncan Aviation representative in Europe and we appreciate having a dedicated Project Manager with each event.

"At Duncan Aviation, final invoices are complete upon departure and our recent C-checks completed with them have not exceeded original budgets. This is much appreciated by our owners.”

Aircraft Serviced:

  • 2 Falcon 2000EX EASy’s for C-checks, winglets and paint

  • Falcon 2000 for 2C and paint

Sporavia, Spain

Eduardo Jimenez Martin-Ventas

- Eduardo Jiménez Martín-Ventas, Maintenance Manager

"Working with Duncan Aviation is a real pleasure. At Sporavia we feel that it is important to give operators consistent quality, no matter where they are flying or where they are going to maintain their airplanes. Duncan Aviation holds those same values and so we look forward to working closely with them in the future.

"Duncan Aviation’s AOG support is quick and successful. Their European representative, Arjen Groeneveld, is always available to help operators get the services they need. In addition to AOG support, I have great respect for Duncan Aviation’s modifications and technical support.”

Beechcraft Berlin Aviation GmbH, Germany

Edgar Boehlke

– Edgar Boehlke, Managing Director

"We enjoy working with Duncan Aviation because their team is well educated and we always receive professional and competent support. We look forward to working with Duncan Aviation on more projects in the future.

"The friendly and competent sales and support teams at Duncan Aviation are appreciated by our logistics department. Duncan Aviation’s availability of spare aircraft parts and knowledge in international shipments provides us excellent support.

"Extensive projects involving engineering support from Duncan Aviation are handled professionally and there is always a solution oriented team from Duncan Aviation available for answering our questions."

Global Aviation and Piper Parts, Germany and United Kingdom

Dieter Griesel

– Dieter Griesel, Board of Directors Member

"Duncan Aviation’s customer base extends far beyond what I can reach in Germany. They have the opportunity and ability to sell parts that we cannot.

Through Duncan Aviation’s consignment program, operators have a chance to profit from items that they would otherwise consider scrap. I could not have generated this money in sales in Europe. After many years, I find Duncan Aviation to be an excellent partner, serious and fair with everything. Take your surplus inventory, put it in a box and send it to Duncan Aviation today!"

Regional Managers

Duncan Aviation’s Regional Managers are strategically located across the world to better support our customers. 

Each travel throughout their region, meeting with aircraft operators, management organizations and other service providers with the goal of maintaining and building lasting relationships, providing customer service, educating operators and learning more about the region’s regulatory issues and processes while engaging in industry forums.

Get to know the Regional Manager for your region now.

Download Duncan Aviation  Regional Managers Map

 

Tags: Customer Testimony, International Considerations, Conventions & Exhibitions, Customer Service

We Are Duncan Aviation: Where Extraordinary Efforts are Part of the Job

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Duncan Aviation has team members from India to Michigan and our backgrounds are even more diverse. A common thread that ties us all together is an inherent sense of doing the right thing and a positive attitude that allows us to be a step ahead of the rest.

 It’s the people within a company who create such a strong brand. Duncan Aviation is an experience, unlike any other. We share stories like these within the company daily as a reminder to all team members just how much our customers mean to us and what it takes to create that exceptional experience time and time again.

Meet Troy and Stacy

Troy Reinke and Stacy Finch

Troy Reinke and Stacy Finch, Duncan Aviation Master Paint Specialists

When you need a creative and detailed paint scheme applied on your aircraft, where can you find a team with the skill and drive to complete it beautifully?

Paint master specialists Troy Reinke and Stacy Finch were excited to take on this large aircraft paint project. The custom paint scheme commissioned by artist Wilfrid Buch with countless lines swirling around the fuselage to create a psychedelic 3D image required talent, patience and detail few paint technicians possess.

For the rest of the story visit: www.DuncanAviation.aero/experience/paint.php.


Curt Campbell

Curt Campbell, Duncan Aviation Avionoics Tech Rep

Meet Curt

Your autopilot malfunctions mid-flight. Who can help you troubleshoot and express deliver a loaner to meet you upon arrival? Duncan Aviation’s components tech reps.

Curt Campbell has been a components tech rep for Duncan Aviation for 28 years, and he has nearly 40 years in the industry. So when he gets a phone call from someone in-flight with an issue, he walks them through the troubleshooting process as if he were in the copilot seat himself.

For the rest of the story visit:www.DuncanAviation.aero/experience/curt.php.



Meet Shirley

Shirley Crouch

Shirley Crouch, Duncan Aviation Parts and Rotables Sales Rep.

When it’s late in the evening on a Saturday and you need a part, who can you call?

When a customer in Spain had to be up and running in less than 24 hours, her experience led her to believe customs might cause a delay. So she opted to have a courier hand-carry the part to ensure all customs requirements were addressed along the way, reducing the AOG time from days to just hours.

For the rest of the story visit: http://www.duncanaviation.aero/experience/shirley.php





Duncan Aviation Core Values

Because Duncan Aviation team members work in a culture where honesty, integrity and doing the right thing is the norm, many think their extraordinary efforts were just part of the job—a testament to how incredible the teams are.

To read more stories about the day in the life of a Duncan Aviation team member, visit: http://www.duncanaviation.aero/experience/index.php

View Duncan Aviation's Core Value video and watch as team members express why the company's Core Values resonate so much with their teams and how they can be seen in every aspect of their workday.

We Are Duncan Aviation

Tags: Announcements, Careers & Recruiting, Customer Service

Join Duncan Aviation in New Orleans for SDC2014

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Thu, Jan 02, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Join Duncan Aviation in the Big Easy on January 14-17 at the 2014 NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014)! Right in the middle of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center along the main aisle, drop by booth #834 and visit to Duncan Aviation attendees representing the many aspects of Duncan Aviation’s FBO and maintenance services.

Here are the Duncan Aviation SDC2014 representatives and the messages they will be bringing to the show.

Travis Grimsley

Travis Grimsley

Travis Grimsley is the supervisor of FBO services at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan, locations. During SDC2014, Travis will be showing off pictures of the newly remodeled Duncan Aviation FBO lobby in Kalamazoo (KZO), Michigan, including added amenities, benefits and office space for lease. Stop by booth #834 to talk to Travis.

Troy Hyberger

Troy Hyberger

Increasing the awareness of the available maintenance services is a priority of Troy Hyberger while at SDC2014. As the supervisor of FBO services at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, location, Troy understands the value of prompt, attentive and friendly courtesies and free amenities for all pilots, passengers and customers, as well as being able to provide the option of full-service maintenance capabilities. 

Luke Swager

Luke Swager

Luke Swager is the assistant manager of customer service in Battle Creek, Michigan. He works directly with customers when they are at Duncan Aviation for maintenance events. While at SDC2014, Luke will be available to assist and answer any questions about the maintenance services and capabilities available at all of Duncan Aviation’s full-service MRO facilities. 

Rhonda Hawkins

Rhonda Hawkins

As the flight deck team leader, Rhonda Hawkins is well aware of what a customer expects when they arrive at the Duncan Aviation lobby at Battle Creek, Michigan. That is why she has a team of professionals that are already making things happen before they arrive. While at SDC2014, she wants to talk with attendees about the added amenities and concierge services at all of Duncan Aviation's FBO locations. 

Oakley Giveaway

Customer Duncan Aviation Oakley Glasses

Want a chance to win a custom pair of Duncan Aviation Oakley sunglasses? You know the eyewear that is created for “world-class athletes, who see the limits of possibility as just another challenge?”

I thought so.

Drop by booth #834 and talk with Travis, Troy, Rhonda and Luke. Get to know them and what Duncan Aviation has to offer. You’ll be glad you did. While you're there, download the Duncan Aviation AOG app and drop a business card on the box. 

In addition to the Oakley Giveaway, there will be hourly drawings for some Duncan Aviation swag. 

Make stopping by booth #834 a priority during SDC2014. Discover how Duncan Aviation is able to support you with all of your business aviation needs.

Tags: Conventions & Exhibitions, Customer Service

Duncan Aviation Customer Letter of Appreciation

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

In August of this year, Thriveni Earthmovers arrived with their aircraft at Duncan Aviation for a large multi-shop maintenance/upgrade event. Chris Neaves, Thriveni’s Director of Flight Operations, took the time to send the following letter to Andy Fernandes, Duncan Aviation Regional Manager to India, and Rich Jones, Duncan Aviation Project Manager, regarding their experience. We decided to share these remarks because although we can say we hold ourselves to a higher standard of service than other service providers in business aviation, nothing says it quite like our customers do.

Thrivani Earth Movers

Thriveni Earthmovers aircraft arrives with a new full metallic paint scheme in Titanium Silver Metallic and Dark Brown Metallic from Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Click to enlarge.

Andy and Rich,

On behalf of Thriveni Earthmovers, I would like to thank you and the mechanics of Duncan Aviation for your work on our aircraft.

We appreciate that you were able to work with a moving input date and remain flexible enough to take us with just a week’s notice. As you know, we came out of a nightmare-like situation where we had to take the aircraft to the manufacturer’s facility for some upgrades only they could perform. After a four-week overrun on their time estimate and a higher bill than expected at the manufacturer, we were relieved when we arrived at the Duncan Aviation Battle Creek, Michigan facility.

Everything about the whole Duncan Aviation experience—from the moment we arrived on the doorstep to day of departure—was amazing. Nothing was too difficult, and everyone was pleasantly open and forthcoming with both good and bad news as we completed the B, C and D check, Export Certificate of Airworthiness, repaint, a gaggle of new avionics and interior refurbishment work.

Convenient doesn’t even come close to describing myDuncan.aero and the phone app. I was able to go to the other side of the planet while still communicating with everyone at Duncan Aviation, receive photographs and explanations of issues, as well as approve and deny work orders. The website was great at describing the current expenditure and the progress when we weren’t actually onsite.

Also, no matter who you are, how big or small your aircraft is, everyone is treated as if they are Duncan Aviation’s number one customer. Any issues that arise during the work are dealt with instantly, and the attention to detail is amazing.

Our airframe work was suburb and your mechanics’ attention to detail was outstanding. Actually, every department at Duncan Aviation we worked with impressed us, including interior, paint shop and avionics. Having team members who are so skilled in their trades is quite an asset for both Duncan Aviation and aircraft owners. We experienced a significant savings when the scratches on the wood and the stains on the window shades were removed, leaving our aircraft looking nearly new. The full metallic exterior repaint of our aircraft turns heads. It is a perfect application without a single drip of paint. We are impressed with the aircraft’s overall appearance. The end result exceeded our wildest imagination. Also, your ability to modernize our entertainment system, integrating the new with the old means we now have a system where every cabin seat can listen or watch their own individual selection, or surf the internet, or both—something you never see in a jet this size.

Considering the scope of work, the timeframe we had available and the added full repaint, we were astonished that we came out a day early with a refund, not a bill.

Normally when you do this much work in a short span of time like we did, the last couple of days are a mad rush and it’s a flurry of paperwork to complete, bills to pay and a scramble to ensure nothing was missed, but not at Duncan Aviation. We encountered the simplest, smoothest experience at the end I have ever seen. It also helps that people at Duncan Aviation think ahead, treat the plane and work as if it’s their own aircraft and don’t leave anything to the last minute.

The quality of the Duncan Aviation workmanship was apparent when our aircraft was released for service just a couple of hours before our departure, and we were able to fly to the other side of the world without any faults or problems. Our aircraft performed flawlessly and flew like new, and it still does a month later.

We are starting the process for our next aircraft purchase and will not even consider looking anywhere else but Duncan Aviation for the work on it. With your new Indian DGCA maintenance approvals, we will also be bringing the aircraft back for future maintenance work.

Regards,

Regards,
Chris Neaves

Director of Flight Operations, Thriveni Earthmovers Pvt Ltd

Duncan Aviation

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. Services include major and minor airframe inspections, engine maintenance, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems, full paint and interior services and preowned aircraft sales and acquisitions. Duncan Aviation also has international aircraft components solutions experts available 24/7/365 who can handle any aircraft system problem with immediate exchanges, rotables, loaners or avionics/instrument/accessory/propeller repairs and overhauls.

Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Battle Creek, Michigan. Additional locations include Provo, Utah, and 27 other facilities strategically located throughout the United States to provide customers with local support and the quickest response to avionics, engine and airframe Aircraft On Ground (AOG) situations.

Tags: Customer Testimony, Airframe Maintenance, Announcements, Customer Service

Aircraft Parts On Speed Dial

Posted by Diane Heiserman on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 09:39 PM

Kassim Khan

"My customers continue to return to me for service because I turn to Duncan Aviation. They've never let me down."
Kassim Khan, Aviation Parts & Supply

If you’ve ever had to hunt for a specific aircraft part, component or avionics unit, you are well aware of how difficult it is to do a thorough research, locate a reputable supplier, negotiate pricing and schedule delivery. Most of the time, you are under a strict time constraints and need the aircraft part or avionics unit now and you don’t want to deal with all the issues that can complicate the process along the way; issues, such as no available inventory, managing billbacks, no traceability documents and lack of warranty support.

Kassim Khan, co-owner of Aviation Parts & Supply, an aviation parts broker supporting several corporate flight departments, has relied solely upon Duncan Aviation for 18 years to provide the parts needed to serve their customers. “The bottom line is that Duncan Aviation has never let us down,” says Khan.

Read Aircraft Parts on Speed Dial on page 29 of the Fall 2013 issue of Duncan Debrief and find out why Kassim has only one number in his phone when it comes to finding aircraft parts. 

Duncan Aviation maintains a large inventory of aircraft parts for sale. Our streamlined services and competitive turntimes satisfy hundreds of requests throughout the world 24 hours a day, 7 seven days a week. Our many awards testify to the quality of our service.

Tags: Customer Testimony, Parts & Accessories, Avionics & Instruments, Aircraft Parts, Customer Service

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