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BRANT AERO ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF A DEDICATED TURBINE ENGINE MAINTENANCE GROUP AT ITS BRANTFORD, ONTARIO FACILITY

Published: March 21, 2017

Brantford, Ontario, (March 21, 2017) — Representatives of Brant Aero, a division of the Progressive Air Group, announced today that the company has formed a dedicated turbine engine maintenance group and has selected industry veteran, Mitch Callaghan to head the new group. “A growing number of our piston-engine aircraft owner/operator customers are now moving up to turboprops and light jets,” stated Progressive Air Group’s President, Rob Wharf. “They know the high level of quality work and customer service Brant Aero offers and that’s what they want for their larger aircraft. We felt now was the time to expand our capabilities with regards to meeting their turbine aircraft inspections and maintenance needs.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to head the Brant Aero turbine group,” Callaghan said.

“Our turbine group is dedicated to providing not only the high levels of service, quality and support that our Canadian- and U.S.-based customers expect, but to do so in a timely and cost- effective manner.”

“We are very fortunate to have Mitch (Callaghan) oversee our new turbine engine group,” added Todd Collins, CEO of the Progressive Air Group of Companies. “Mitch is a Transport Canada Minister’s Delegate for 523 certified aircraft, as well as restricted category aircraft. He also holds aircraft certification authority (ACA) certification for the Cessna CJ525-series, King Air-series, and other popular general aviation piston and turbine aircraft.” “More importantly, he’s been with Brant Aero for over 20 years and in that time he has built very strong relationships with many of our customers,” Collins added. “They trust Mitch and everyone at Brant Aero to deliver the highest quality of maintenance services and ensure that they, their passengers and their aircraft are as safe as they possibly can be.” In addition to a full range of turbine engine services, Brant Aero’s in-house turbine group also provides turboprop and light jet owner/operators with an array of airframe maintenance and inspection services. In addition, the company offers avionics inspection and installation services, including RVSM compliance and testing. Brant Aero has been providing avionics services for over 40 years.

“The only engine maintenance we sub-contract out is hot-section work,” Callaghan said. “But that work is performed to our high standards here at our facility. We take full ownership of every piece of the process.”

Brant Aero is location at Brantford Airport (CYFD) in Ontario, Canada, just 60 miles west of Toronto. As an added service, the company will cover all landing fees at Brantford Airport for customer aircraft.

About the Brant Aero

Brant Aero, a division of the Progressive Air Group of Companies, is a 44-year-old family- owned company located in Brantford, Ontario at the Brantford Municipal Airport, CYFD. Brant Aero is a Transport Canada certified AMO, #10-74 and SMS Compliant. Brant Aero has a total staff of 13 AME’s and support staff. The company represents all leading avionics manufacturers, as well as specializing in aircraft sales and maintenance, import and export aircraft from around the world. From simple modifications and repairs to full panel upgrades, their avionics services include customization, installation, maintenance and repairs of most avionics systems on the market today. They are also an authorized Cessna and Beechcraft piston service facility and provide a fully array of maintenance and upgrade services for piston and turboprop aircraft. New capabilities include propeller balancing and propeller syncrophaser system testing equipment. For more information about our company and compliance with ADS-B, visit: http://www.brantaero.com/

About the Progressive Air Group of Companies

Founded in 1975 and based in Kamloops, British Columbia, the Progressive Air Group of Companies (PAG) is the parent company of Progressive Air Services (a global aircraft engine parts distributor), Pro Aero Aviation Ltd. (certified aircraft engine and accessories repair/overhaul, NDT, component painting and on-wing maintenance), and Aero Sport Power (experimental aircraft engines). The companies employ 30 licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), Technicians, Machinists and support personnel to provide the best service experience for its broad array of clients across North America and the world. For more information, visit: www.progressiveair.com, www.proaeroav.com or www.aerosportpower.com

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Media Relations Representative
Progressive Air Group
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PROGRESSIVE AIR GROUP CONTINUES ITS AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION PROGRAM WITH THE ACQUISITION OF BRANT AERO

Published: June 23, 2016

Joining two of Canada’s most established aviation companies creates the country’s largest provider of complete avionics, airframe, piston-engine repair and overhaul and, turbine-engine inspection and maintenance services for single- and multi-engine aircraft.

L/R: Previous owners of Brant Aero, Bud Field, Edie Craddock, and Pat Field. Todd Collins, CEO, Progressive Air Group.

L/R: Previous owners of Brant Aero, Bud Field, Edie Craddock, and Pat Field. Todd Collins, CEO, Progressive Air Group.

Brantford, Ontario, (June 21, 2016) — Representatives of the Progressive Air Group and Brant Aero announced today that Progressive Air Group has finalized its acquisition of Brantford, Ontario-based Brant Aero.

Based at Brant Aero’s current location at Brantford Airport (CYFD) in Ontario, Canada, the new company will continue to operate as Brant Aero. In addition, the company has established a new parts distribution center based at the facility. That group will operate as Progressive Air East.

“This is a very exciting opportunity. The acquisition allows us to bring together two outstanding companies, each with over 40-years of experience in the support and maintenance of private and business aircraft. The two companies are so closely aligned it was just a natural progression that Brant Aero should become part of the Progressive Air Group,” stated the Group’s President, Rob Wharf. “Bud and Pat Field have spent 43-years building an exceptionally strong technical team in a way that is the ideal complement to the priorities that the Progressive Air Group of Companies has established.”

“With the acquisition of Brant Aero’s Ontario-based facility, we can provide a full range of services to our general and business aviation customers including avionics and airframe MRO capabilities and a full array of inspection and maintenance services for both piston and turbine aircraft engines,” Todd Collins, CEO of the Progressive Air Group of Companies said. “This combination of customer-oriented services is certainly unique in Canada. In fact, only a few other companies anywhere in the world provide this extensive an array of services for private and business aircraft.”

“I feel very privileged to have served the aviation community for the past 44-years,” stated Bud Field, Brant Aero’s president. “Now I am very pleased that Brant Aero will continue into another era under the very capable leadership of the highly-respected owners behind the Progressive Air Group.”

Corey Anderson, General Manager of Progressive Air East stated that, Progressive Air Service staff are already located in Brantford have started taking parts orders and making deliveries. “We have the expertise and inventory based in Canada to not only provide the right parts in a timely manner, but a broad knowledge of engine parts and accessories to provide guidance on installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting,” he said.

In making the acquisition announcement, Collins confirming that both Bud and Pat Field would remain involved with Brant Aero going forward. In addition, Principal, Edie Craddock, a lifetime member of the American Bonanza Society, and avid aviator will remain a shareholder of Brant Aero.

“Between Bud, Pat and Edie we have over 100-years of experience and insight into aircraft ownership, operations, and maintenance,” Collins said. “This is experience that has served Brant Aero well in the past and will be invaluable to assuring our success and growth in the future.”

About the Brant Aero
Brantford Air Centre Limited (operating as Brant Aero) is a 43-year-old family-owned company located in Brantford, Ontario at the Brantford Municipal Airport, CYFD. Brant Aero is a Transport Canada certified AMO, #10-74 and SMS Compliant. Brant Aero has a total staff of 23 AME’s, engineers and support staff. The company represents all leading avionics manufacturers, as well as specializing in aircraft sales and maintenance, import and export aircraft from around the world. From simple modifications and repairs to full panel upgrades, their avionics services include customization, installation, maintenance and repairs of most avionics systems on the market today. They are also an authorized Cessna service facility and provide a fully array of maintenance and upgrade services for piston and turboprop aircraft. For more information, visit: http://www.brantaero.com/

About the Progressive Air Group of Companies
Founded in 1975 and based in Kamloops, British Columbia, the Progressive Air Group of Companies (PAG) is the parent company of Progressive Air Services (a global aircraft engine parts distributor), Pro Aero Aviation Ltd. (certified aircraft engine and accessories repair/overhaul), and Aero Sport Power (experimental aircraft engines). The companies employ 34 licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), Technicians, Machinists and support personnel to provide the best service experience for its broad array of clients across North America and the world. For more information, visit: www.progressiveair.com, www.proaeroav.com or www.aerosportpower.com

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L/R: Previous owners of Brant Aero, Bud Field, Edie Craddock, and Pat Field. Todd Collins, CEO, Progressive Air Group.

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Progressive Air Services Ltd.
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Progressive Air Group & Brant Aero Partner to Expand Service Offerings Throughout Eastern Canada

Published: Oct 28, 2015

Two of Canada’s most established aviation companies team up to provide expanded avionics, aircraft and engine maintenance services to their customers and manufacturing partners Brantford, Ontario, (September 29, 2015) — In a joint partnering agreement, Progressive Air Group and Brant Aero announced today that they have teamed up to expand their combined services and products offerings to piston and turbine aircraft operators in eastern Canada. As part of this partnership, Progressive Air will set up a staffed parts depot at Brant Aero’s hanger location at Brantford Airport (CYFD), Ontario (45 minutes west of Toronto). Additionally, Progressive will stock a select piston engine accessory core pool onsite. “There are tremendous opportunities around Ontario and we are thrilled to work with such a well-respected company as Brant Aero to serve our expanding customer base.

Bud and Pat Field have spent 43 years building an exceptionally strong technical team and like Progressive, they have built their company with an emphasis on customer support,” Todd Collins, CEO of Progressive Air Group of Companies said. “We are all excited to see what we can accomplish when we combine an extraordinary avionics and maintenance company like Brant Aero, with Progressive Air Group’s established position as an international aviation parts distribution company and engine accessories shop.”

“It is really exciting for us to be part of a project of this magnitude. We’ve been customers of Progressive Air Group for decades and it just seemed like a natural fit to partner up and complement each other’s unique skill sets,” stated Bud Field, President of Brant Aero. “With Brant’s years of avionics and on-wing maintenance, and Progressive’s decades of experience with engines, engine accessories, combined with an extensive parts distribution network, we will provide a full service package for our customers” Rob Wharf, President for Progressive Air Group also announced that Corey Anderson would be returning to the company to head up the “Progressive Air East” initiative.
“Corey was part of the Progressive Air Team for 10 years, and last served as Production Manager and Engine Inspector before taking a sabbatical in Australia,” Wharf said. “In his new role, Corey will relocate to Ontario and be the General Manager overseeing the expanding eastern operations.”

“Corey is the perfect candidate to offer parts advice to our joint customers,” he said. “Not only does he have a broad knowledge of engine parts and accessories, but has the expertise to provide guidance on installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting due to his extensive engine overhaul experience.” About the Brant Aero Brantford Air Centre Limited (operating as Brant Aero) is a 43-year-old family-owned company located in Brantford, Ontario at the Brantford Municipal Airport, CYFD. Brant Aero is a Transport Canada certified AMO, #10-74 and SMS Compliant. They represent all leading avionics manufacturers, specialize in aircraft sales and maintenance, import and export aircraft from around the world. From simple upgrades and repairs to full panel overhauls, their avionics services include design, installation, maintenance and repairs of most avionics systems on the market today. They are also an authorized Cessna authorized service facility and have turbine engine maintenance capabilities.

For more information, visit: http://www.brantaero.com

About the Progressive Air Group of Companies Based in Kamloops, British Columbia and founded 41 years ago, the Progressive Air Group of Companies (PAG) is the parent company of Progressive Air Services (a global aircraft engine parts distributor), Pro Aero Aviation Ltd. (certified aircraft engine and accessories repair/overhaul), and Aero Sport Power (experimental aircraft engines). The companies employ 34 licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), Technicians, Machinists and support personnel to provide the best service experience for its broad array of clients across North America and the world.

For more information, visit: www.progressiveair.com, www.proaeroav.com or www.aerosportpower.com

Contact:
Dale Smith | Media Relations Representative
Brant Aero & Progressive Air Services Ltd. | 904.260.4153 | dalesmith206@comcast.net

40 Years of The Right Stuff - From Canada to Kazakhstan

Published: June 18, 2015

Pulling up to the Progressive Air Group of Companies headquarters in sunny Kamloops, B.C., it’s quickly apparent this company is growing. The 15,000 square foot facility, located beside the Kamloops Airport, barely has enough parking in its lot to accompany the 30+ vehicles of the staff. The Progressive Air Group of Companies encompasses three distinct companies: Pro Aero Aviation which overhauls and repairs certified piston engines and accessories, Aero Sport Power which specializes in assembling, overhauling, and repairing high performance experimental aircraft engines, and Progressive Air Services which provides new OEM engines and parts to clients worldwide.

“The company has been in existence since 1975,” says Todd Collins, CEO/CFO for Progressive Air Group of Companies. “Brian Barron and Alvin Hickey purchased Kamloops Aircraft Services from Brian’s family in 1974. In 1975 they incorporated Progressive Air Services to provide quality new engines, parts and engine overhauls, setting the foundation for the company. In the past year we’ve experienced incredible growth here in Kamloops working with clients from all over the world from Australia and Kazakhstan to France and Dubai, and the future looks outstanding.”

Todd joined the company over a year ago coming from the financial sector and is in partnership with company President Rob Wharf. Rob worked at Progressive for years and is a helicopter mechanic by trade. When the opportunity became available for them to purchase The Progressive Air Group, it was a decision they were excited to make.

“Our company has always been one of maintaining the highest customer service standards and providing the best quality parts, service, and expertise,” says Rob. “We’re a very close group here and the opportunity to own a piece of an industry I’m passionate about is incredible. Not only do I enjoy working and living in Kamloops, but I enjoy working with our clients and our remarkable staff. We’ve got a dynamic team and it’s only getting better.”

In the last year the team has grown from 24 people to 36, and sales continue to rise year over year. It’s given the company the opportunity to branch out a bit too.

“Our Aero Sport Power team partnered with the team from Superior Air Parts out of Coppell, Texas to create the new 200 plus horsepower 382-Wildcat engine,” says Rob. “Superior Air Parts is a provider for the experimental side and we’re the exclusive global assembler and distributor of the engine for the experimental aircraft and helicopter markets.” Delivering over 200-horsepower on the dyno, the engine fills a much needed gap in the segment of the homebuilt engine market.

The team at Aero Sport Power has also had the opportunity to do sponsorships. Most notably has been the sponsorship of Super Dave Mathieson, a full time professional air show pilot and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Airshow” program. The team installed a high performance, high end engine in his MX2 aircraft, and Dave himself is thrilled.

“It’s a huge rush to work with the team at Aero Sport Power,” said Super Dave. “As the only full time air show pilot in Canada, I need my aircraft in pristine condition and the engine specialists at Aero Sport Power have been a great help. Initially, I had heard great stuff about the company and I can say that having my engine worked on every winter by the team not only improves my power, but also my safety, so I’m grateful for this partnership.”

Also singing the praises of the company is Kamloops-South Thompson MLA and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. On a recent visit to the airport, Minister Stone was impressed by the company’s vision. “It’s remarkable to have Progressive Air Group of Companies located in Kamloops,” said Stone. “The volume of work the three entities do as a cohesive company for customers worldwide, along with the innovative design on the 382 Wildcat engine, shows the talents and dedication of our workforce, and the ingenuity of this team.”

What’s on the horizon for the team at Progressive Air Group of Companies? To Rob, Todd and the team, it’s simple.

“We will continue servicing our customers and providing leading edge aviation technology,” says Rob.”With the three companies under the Progressive Air Group of Companies umbrella and the diversity of products and services we can provide to our clients, we can honestly say that the sky’s the limit!”

For Immediate Release

Published: June 5, 2014

AVIATION ENTREPRENEURS ROB WHARF AND TODD COLLINS ANNOUNCE FINALIZING THE PURCHASE OF AERO SPORT POWER, PROGRESSIVE AIR SERVICES AND PROAERO ENGINES

New venture will bring all three successful aviation businesses under the

Progressive Air Group of Companies and hasten the introduction of new products and services.

Kamloops, B.C.: Rob Wharf, Owner/President and Todd Collins, Owner/CEO/CFO of the Progressive Air Group of Companies announced today that they have finalized the purchase of Aero Sport Power, Progressive Air Services and ProAero Engines from the three companies’ original ownership group.

“Finalizing this purchase is very exciting for Todd and I. We both see great potential in the people and products the three companies offer. I have been the General Manager at Progressive Air since 2012 and to now be an owner/partner of not only that company, but its two sister organizations as well, is truly fulfilling,” Wharf said. “Alvin Hickey and Brian Barron, the original founders of the companies, and their longtime partner George Tetreau, have built an exceptional group of businesses and when they said they would be interested in selling it was just too good of an opportunity for Todd and I to pass up.”

Wharf also stressed that Hickey, Barron and Tetreau are going to remain as advisors and continue to provide support and guidance to the Progressive Air Group. “Their experience and knowledge are much too valuable to let slip away,” he said.

“Whether it’s building an experimental engine, supplying needed parts globally to maintainers or overhauling an owner’s certificated aircraft engine, the current management and technical teams at the three companies has already built an exceptionally strong reputation for quality and value,” Collins added. “Customers come to us knowing they are going to benefit from experts with years of experience. Many of our long-time customers have had the same engineers work on their aircraft, or aeronautical products for 15-or more years. That’s not going to change.”

Collins also said that along with finding ways to better integrate the skills already found in the three companies, he and Wharf are looking to expand their current service offerings.

“One immediate change is we will be updating the name of ProAero Engines to ProAero Aviation to better reflect the company’s introduction of new services including on-wing work, non-engine component repairs and NDT (non-destructive testing) services,” he said. “The combination of the talents we already have in the companies will also enable us to more quickly expand into other sectors including airframe MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) for both aircraft and helicopters.”

“We look forward to starting the next chapter in the successful, and long-standing history of what are now the Progressive Air Group of Companies,” Collins said. “Much has been done over the past years to implement and achieve the vision of maintaining top quality, in-house products and services. We now look to continue that high level of service to our current and future customers.”