People: Burt named COO at Duncan

LINCOLN, NEB. -- Tom Burt, a 26-year veteran of Duncan Aviation, has assumed the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer for Duncan Aviation's Battle Creek, Michigan, facility. Tom has been based in Battle Creek for the past 18 months where he was the Executive Vice President of Customer Service and Sales. Now, as COO, Tom will retain these responsibilities.

Duncan Aviation President Aaron Hilkemann states: "Our strategic plans for Duncan Aviation include significant growth over the next five years. Our investment in the physical expansion and our projected increase in the headcount of our Battle Creek location exemplifies this overall strategy and Tom is the perfect leader to facilitate this outside growth and make sure our values and customer service continue to be worthy of the reputation we cherish."

Bill Prochazka will continue in his roll as the Executive Vice President and General Manager in Battle Creek, focusing on community affairs, facility development and oversight of some of the production shops.

"Tom and Bill have worked together for many years and will continue to be a strong leadership team. Together, they will lead the significant effort to grow the Battle Creek facility by 350 to 400 employees over the next five years," says Hilkemann.

Burt has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. He began his career with Duncan Aviation in 1979 as an A&P Mechanic and has held various marketing, sales, and customer service positions through the years.

Duncan Aviation is an aircraft service provider with 1,800 employees supporting the aviation needs of government and business operators and other service providers. These services include airframe, engine, avionics installations, interior and paint completions/modifications, avionics/instrument and accessory/propeller repair/overhaul and parts support. Complete service facilities are located in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. Additional locations include 20 satellite avionics facilities located throughout the United States, a line service/regional support operation in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Lincoln-based Parts Support Services, a division that sells and consigns general aviation parts to aircraft operators and service organizations worldwide. For more information, contact Duncan Aviation at 402.475.2611 or 800.228.4277.