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FEATURE
and return to service. WestWind also op- • Modification and Integration • DBI
erates manufacturing facilities adjacent to • Power Management and Distribution • Fastcol Aircraft Inc.
the airport for production of aircraft parts Hardware • JVYS
and modification kits as well as flight sim- • Engineering and Technical Services • L3 Communications
ulators for Army helicopters. • Manufacturing • Meggitt
• Systems Engineering • Presidential Airways
About Westwind
• Structure Analysis • Rockwell Collins
Founded as a privately held corporation • Mechanical Design • SAIC
in 1999, Huntsville headquartered West- • Electrical Design • Telephonics
wind Technologies’ “concept to installa- • Ballistic Protection Engineering and
tion to delivery” mantra has positioned it Production The staff of Rotorcraft Professional
to be an industry leader in the aircraft Magazine had an opportunity to spend a
modification and simulation systems busi- The uniquely broad capabilities of few minutes with Westwind CEO Roger
ness. With it’s corporate headquarters set Westwind Technologies has allowed them Messick, and learn a little more about
in Huntsville, adjacent to the U.S. Army’s to provide service and support to a wide Westwind and its people.
Redstone Arsenal and Army Material variety of customers, both military and
Command, Westwind is uniquely posi- commercial. These include;
tioned to provide support and service to • U.S. Army
customers both civil and military. • Australian Department of Defense
• Royal Jordanian Air Force
Capabilities
• Aviation Integration
Commercial Customers
• Simulator Production • ATK
• Fabrication • BAE Systems
• Logistics • Carleton
[ROTORCRAFT]
Recently Westwind announced that it
had reached the one million man hour
without a lost time incident benchmark.
How did Westwind lay the ground work
and what type of safety systems have you
developed that brought you this honor?
[ROGER MESSICK]
“First of all, we have been very fortu-
nate and have hired excellent people. We
have a health and safety officer, Jordan
Poole, who does a great job for us and
manages our very proactive safety pro-
gram. We are incredibly proud of our
safety record. It is a testament to every
employee’s commitment to excellence.”
[ROTORCRAFT]
With the addition of 62,000 square feet
of floor space Westwind is poised for
growth. Please tell us about some of the
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