Helivia Aero Taxi Hires Operations Director and Joins International Helicopter Safety Team

RIO DE JANIERO, Brazil, February 28, 2013 – Helivia Aero Taxi S.A., a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today it has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Captain Renato Clark as its Operations Director.

Clark has more than 25 years of flying and management experience within the Brazilian military and the offshore oil and gas industry.  Prior to joining Helivia, he held key positions with two major operators in Brazil.  Helivia says it will utilize Clark’s vast knowledge of industry best practices to continue building upon the company’s high standard of safety, compliance and ethical behavior.

“One of Clark’s first actions was to engage us with the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) in Brazil,” said Greenwich do Brazil’s President John Fenton. “Helivia will be one of only three operators in Brazil, contributing to such an international committee. This reinforces our commitment in the effort to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80% by the year 2016.”

IHST is a team of government and industry leaders formed to address the factors affecting an unacceptable international civil helicopter accident rate.  Helivia representatives will be participating in various committee meetings, assisting in unofficial investigations of root cuases of accidents as well as reanlaysis of findings and recommendations from such investigations.  Additionally they will help spread IHST’s philosophy, safety toolkits, etc., within the Brazilian helicopter community.   

About Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A.

Established in 1987, Helivia Aero Taxi, S.A. is a Part 135 offshore and onshore helicopter charter company with main office in Rio de Janeiro, and Part 145 repair station and operating base and hangar located in Macae, RJ, Brazil.  For more information, go to www.helivia.com.br.

About Greenwich AeroGroup

Greenwich AeroGroup, Inc., owns and operates providers of general, commercial, government and military aviation services including: maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishments; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; parts distribution and financial services. Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, Del.; DAC International, Inc., located in Austin, Texas; Matrix Aviation, Inc., located in Wichita, Kan.; Professional Aviation Associates, Inc., located in Atlanta, Ga.; Professional Aircraft Accessories, Inc., located in Titusville, Fla.; Aero Precision Industries, located in Livermore, Calif., NASAM, Inc., located in San Francisco, Calif., and GCCUS Inc. located in Aptos, Calif. Additionally, Greenwich AeroGroup owns an interest in Helivia Aero Taxi located in Rio de Janerio. News and information are available at www.greenwichaerogroup.com.

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