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Valair Named Piper Aircraft Service Center

Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) August 14, 2012

Valair Aviation, an AGC Aerospace & Defense company, announced that the company is now an authorized Piper satellite service center for Kansas City Aviation Center (KCAC).

“KCAC considers the appointment of an authorized service facility a serious undertaking. After a lengthy due diligence process, we selected the best service source for our many Piper owners, Valair Aviation. We are pleased that Piper customers have a convenient and well respected facility to visit for their maintenance needs in Oklahoma,” commented Angelo Fiataruolo, KCAC president. “I’m confident in Valair’s maintenance capabilities and know they will provide excellent customer support for our operating fleet in the region.”

“Valair has built a strong legacy on providing quality service to aircraft owners and operators,” commented Darryl Wilkerson, president of Valair Aviation. “The factory authorization provides our Piper customers with another level of confidence as they bring their aircraft in for service.”

As a Piper Authorized Service Center, Valair Aviation is authorized to provide aircraft maintenance, repairs, inspections, avionics upgrades and routine service for new and pre-owned Piper Aircraft models. Valair is also authorized to provide factory warranty repairs if required for new Piper aircraft and support operators with factory spare parts. Customized paint and interior refurbishment can be provided as a comprehensive solution for Piper aircraft customers.

Valair, an FAA Part 145 repair station, functions as a turnkey maintenance, repair, and overhaul company for private, public, and military aircraft. The company specializes in heavy maintenance, avionics, interiors, and painting and also serves as an FBO at the Wiley Post Airport in Oklahoma City. Valair has over 50 years of aircraft maintenance, upgrade, repair, and overhaul experience. The company is also an authorized service center for Hawker Beechcraft, Twin Commander, Cessna Aircraft, Westwind Aircraft, Sabreliner Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Blackhawk Modifications, Garmin, and Avidyne Corporation.

AGC Aerospace & Defense is a global supplier of technologies, systems and services that support key commercial and military programs. Capabilities within the AGC Aerospace & Defense portfolio include: financing, engineering, integration services, manufacturing, logistics and aircraft modifications.

For additional information, please visit http://www.valairaviation.com or http://www.agcaerospace.com.

Contact: Johnny Lantz, Director of Marketing & Communications
AGC Aerospace & Defense
Phone: (405) 737-2676 ext. 2012
Email: jlantz(at)agcaerospace(dot)com


 



New WPA Website

OKLAHOMA CITY, July 24, 2012 – Wiley Post Airport officially launched its new website wileypostairport.com this week.  The dramatically redesigned site delivers more information for pilots and airport visitors, as well as providing more content about airport services. 

 “We are excited to introduce this new site to our airport users,” says Tim Whitman, General Aviation Manager.  “Visitors will find a graphically pleasing, user friendly site designed to provide a wide range of information for the diverse group of people who use our airport.”

The site includes new items such as interactive maps, current weather, pilot services, area businesses and mapping directions to the airport.  The site also introduces an updated logo for the airport.

Four key goals were laid out for the new website:
• Make the most requested information easy to find and more intuitive
• Make the site simpler to navigate
• Provide more information
• Be graphically creative and standout from other airport websites

The airport contracted with Funnel Design Group of Oklahoma City for development of the architecture, design and implementation of the site.

New information will continue to be added to the site including more content about doing business at the airport and airport development.



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New ILS

A new Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been installed at Wiley Post Airport (PWA) giving pilots more capability to land at the airport during inclement  weather conditions. The new ILS will be the second system installed at PWA and is located on the south end of 35R, the airport’s primary runway. The other ILS is located on the north end of 17L, the other primary runway.  With this addition, instrument-equipped planes have all-weather availability to the Oklahoma City airport.

An ILS is a ground-based instrument approach system that provides precision course and glide path information to an aircraft that is approaching or landing on a runway when low ceilings or reduced visibility, such as fog, rain or blowing snow, are present.  In Oklahoma, these conditions can occur frequently in late fall and winter impacting a large number of operations at Wiley Post.  Prior to the addition of the new ILS, planes approaching from the north during inclement weather would not be able to land and would divert to Will Rogers World Airport; a potentially costly occurrence to pilots and corporations. 

“The new ILS provides a significantly higher level of service for Wiley Post Airport,” says Tim Whitman, General Aviation Manager for Wiley Post and Clarence E. Page Airports.  “Our tenants are thrilled with the new system.  For many, if they can’t fly into the airport, they can’t do business, so this system is not only important to them, but to the airport overall.”  

The added ILS may also attract new business to the area.  Two ILS systems at general aviation airports are rare, so for  PWA, this is a very attractive amenity to corporate flight departments and general aviation pilots looking for airports to call home.

The system was commissioned by the FAA, and the Oklahoma City Airport Trust managed the construction.  The total cost of the project was $3.1 million.   The majority of the project was funded by corporate excise tax revenues received from the sales of aircraft in Oklahoma.  The remaining was funded by The Oklahoma City Airport Trust and The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Now that the project is complete, the FAA will operate and maintain the system.

Wiley Post has over 480 aircraft based on the airport.  The majority of the aircraft are equipped with the instruments needed to utilize the ILS systems.