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Tom de Geytere Becomes MD of AJW
Aviation Singapore
Tom de Geytere has taken up the position
of Managing Director at A J Walter Aviation
Singapore Pte Ltd. His primary task will be to
develop the organisation’s regional presence
from a responsive sales unit to a highly
skilled business operation with autonomous
responsibility for customer liaison and the
development of unique solutions to suit the
creative and diverse business models of airlines
operating across the wide region.
His extensive industry experience enables De
Geytere to provide a holistic view of the airline
value chain. This has been honed by executive
positions in Asian and European airlines in
the fields of advisory services and business
development for start-ups and legacy carriers.
De Geytere joins the team AJW Aviation
Singapore from Air Via, where he was CEO for
the past four years responsible for restructuring
the loss-making Bulgarian charter airline. In
tandem with this role, De Geytere consulted on
a variety of projects globally and across cargo,
legacy and start-up airlines.
Before that, he undertook a number
of senior roles with Cargolux
Airlines rising from business analyst
to internal auditor, and ultimately
adviser to the President and CEO
on business development and
organisational engineering.
Fluent in English, French, Dutch and
conversational German, De Geytere is an MBA
and served in the Belgian Airforce as an officer
and pilot.
De Geytere’s appointment is an indicator of
the importance that AJW places upon the
whole AsiaPAC region and Group President,
Christopher Whiteside, is confident that he has
engaged a kindred spirit. “Tom is accustomed
to finding ways to deliver customer value that
look beyond traditional services and solutions.
He is innovative and entrepreneurial in his
approach and relates to AJW’s vision and the
relentless pursuit of excellence, without losing
the personal touch.”
Universal Appoints Miller as Director
of Corporate Programs/BD
Dan Reida, Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for Universal
Avionics, announced that Mr. Carey
Miller has been appointed to the
newly created position for Director,
Corporate Programs and Business
In his new role, Mr. Miller will oversee the activities
of the Corporate Program Management team.
In addition, he will continue his responsibilities
De Geytere
Jet Support Services, Inc. Targets BBJ/ACJ Market with
Associated Air Center Agreement
IKHANA Aircraft Services Delivers Second Vistaliner with
RWMI DHC-6-300 Re-Life Fuselage to Grand Canyon Airlines
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) announced it has signed a service center agreement
with Associated Air Center located at the Dallas Love Field (KDAL).
“This new relationship with Associated Air Center enhances our ability to
introduce and expand existing maintenance programs for the customized or VIP
airliner market. Certainly on the airframe side, this is a segment of the market that
has had very limited maintenance programs available. We are working very hard to
deliver more options to BBJ and ACJ operators around the world,” commented Neil
Book, President, and CEO for JSSI. “The reputation that Associated Air Center has
earned over the last 60 years in business is a testament to the quality service and
performance they deliver consistently,” added Book.
IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announced the delivery of a second DHC-6-
Vistaliner Twin Otter aircraft modified with IKHANA’s RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage
Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Grand Canyon Airlines of Boulder, NV. IKHANA’s
RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Fuselage is an FAA approved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
providing NEW 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life to an otherwise life expired
aircraft. “Maintaining aircraft values is what our RWMI Re-Life Fuselage STC was intended
to do,” states John Zublin, president/CEO of IKHANA. “Since originally modifying the
first Vistaliner in 1980, it is a remarkable event to have another aircraft depart our facility,
essentially as a new aircraft.” Jake Tomlin, president of Grand Canyon Airlines states,
“Maintaining the safety of our DHC-6 Twin Otter Vistaliner fleet with IKHANA’s RWMI
Re-Life Fuselage STC is a worthy investment. The value provided enhances our ability to
keep Grand Canyon Airlines as the premier tour operator for years to come.”
The original DHC-6-100, -200, and -300 Series Twin Otters, produced from 1965 to 1988,
have a fuselage fatigue life limit of 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles. The RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life
Fuselage STC, allowing NEW 66,000 hours/132,000 cycles of fatigue life, was awarded by
the FAA in November of 2011 and is applicable to all of the DHC-6 Legacy Series Twin
Otter airplanes. IKHANA’s predecessor, R.W. Martin Inc. modified the first DHC-6 Twin
Otter into a Vistaliner in the mid 1980’s and has modified over forty (40) Twin Otters as
Vistaliners. IKHANA has been a key provider of enhancements for the worldwide DHC-
Twin Otter fleet with products including the RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Wing Box, RWMI DHC-
Re-Life Fuselage, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Flight Controls, RWMI DHC-6 Re-Life Nacelles,
enhanced air conditioning, upgraded avionics, VIP amenities, cargo handling, camera
hatches, and integration of surveillance/patrol systems. IKHANA’s modifications support
a variety of customers in executive transport, regional/commuter airlines, and special
missions operations.
For further information, contact Naras “Bo” Alksninis, Director, Special Missions
Sales at 818.554.5906 or
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