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Eagle Creek Aviation Earns Multi-Aircraft Refurbishment Program For Colombian Army

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Inc., a full-service provider of aircraft sales, service and refurbishments, announced that it has initiated Grand Renaissance refurbishments for two (2) aircraft for the Colombian Army. The aircraft are a Twin Commander 980 and a Twin Commander 1000. The project will take about eleven months and over 14,000 man-hours to complete. Eagle Creek plans on delivering one aircraft in August 2011 and the other in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Eagle Creek is the global leader in Twin Commander sales and service, including Grand Renaissance completions. The Grand Renaissance program results in a certified aircraft of superlative quality, safety and long-term value, based on a comprehensive overhaul of all systems and virtually all components, along with worldwide service and parts support. The program process requires six months to complete and encompasses a disassembly of the aircraft to its aluminum shell and rebuilding with new or overhauled components.

Eagle Creek will also complete service bulletin work, an interior refurbishment and manage the exterior repainting of the two aircraft. An extensive avionics panel upgrade will be performed on both airplanes that will include dual Garmin G600 Flight Displays; WAAS-enabled Garmin GNS-530W and GNS-430W Comm, Nav and GPS Units; a Garmin GMA-347 Audio Panel; a Garmin GTX-330 Transponder; a Garmin GWX68 Radar; and Meggitt Avionics Engine Instruments Display Systems.

“We are honored to have been selected by the Colombian Army for this important refurbishment,” said Matt Hagans, Eagle Creek’s CEO. “We are firmly committed to the enhancement of the Twin Commander fleet worldwide. When these aircraft are delivered, it will be difficult to tell that they are not brand new given the level of detail and refurbishment being performed.”

Representatives of the Colombian Army came to Eagle Creek’s facility in Indianapolis to deliver the aircraft for the refurbishments. The two refurbished Twin Commanders will serve a dual role in the Colombian Army, functioning as military executive transport and also for medical evacuations. The refurbishment project was conducted in cooperation with Asesorias Y Representacion Para Ingenieria S.A. of Bogota, Colombia (ASERPA). ASERPA is a Colombian aviation advisory company and a provider of aviation parts, maintenance, repair, training, logistic and other services, for non-regular operators operating helicopters and small aircraft, and for the Army in Colombia. ASERPA has been a valued partner of Eagle Creek’s and an important resource for engaging with the Colombian Army.

“We are pleased with the strong interest being shown in the Grand Renaissance, especially from military and government operators, and congratulate Eagle Creek on securing this recent contract,” commented Twin Commander Aircraft President Matt Isley. “Making the right decisions about aircraft acquisitions and upgrades is never easy, but in difficult economic times those decisions become even tougher, requiring even more precise analysis. The fact that operators are choosing the Grand Renaissance is solid evidence that there is simply no new aircraft out there capable of delivering the all-around performance, fuel efficiency, and value of a Twin Commander, especially one that has benefited from the world’s only factory-authorized and monitored twin-turboprop airframe refurbishment program.”

The beginning of the refurbishment process for the Colombian Army follows Eagle Creek’s delivery of a Grand Renaissance Twin Commander to the Mexican Navy last year and completion of another Grand Renaissance Twin Commander for the County of Kern, California in 2009.

About Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Inc.
Eagle Creek Aviation offers business jet and turboprop owners and operators a full range of services including maintenance, avionics, interior refurbishment and parts support as well as aircraft sales and brokerage services. The company provides executive aircraft charter and management through its First Wing division, and operates a fixed based operation (FBO) in Indianapolis and Naples Jet Center in Naples, Florida. To learn more, visit www.eagle-creek.com.

CAPTION FOR PHOTO: Pictured from left to right are Luis Eduardo Albarracin (ASERPA), Dan Smock (Eagle Creek), Colonel Lieutenant Francisco Borbón Arias (Colombian Army), Andy Thimlar (Eagle Creek), Colonel Lieutenant Omar Rene Garzon (Colombian Army), Oscar Billy Lopez (ASERPA).