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Soloy Avionics Division Is Operational

With the installation of cabi- netry and technician benches complete, the Avionics Services division of Soloy Aviation is fully ramped up and operating. Headed by three of the Northwest region’s most experi- enced installation and repair technicians Soloy can now offer virtually any configuration or avionics package piston and tur- bine pilots can dream up. Soloy’s Quality Assurance Manager, William Humburg, along with Don Hall and the father/son team of Pat and John Atchison have completed the necessary requirements to add Avionics Services to Soloy’s FAA repair station license. In addi- tion Soloy has become a dealer- ship and factory authorized facility for Garmin, Aspen Avionics and a distributorship for Aviall and Edmo.

Dave Stauffer, Soloy’s CEO expressed satisfaction in his

company’s new offering. “Soloy’s greatest strength has been engineering the finest fixed wing and helicopter tur- bine conversions in the world. But with those conversions, configuring for new avionics is usually a necessity. It was being done by third party vendors for Soloy. Today, there is so much for owner/operators to gain from modern avionics technol- ogy it just made sense for Soloy to add complete avionics capaci- ty in house.” Finding the right talent was Soloy’s highest priority. “We actively recruited Don, Pat and John. These guys have the knowledge and the decades of experience that give Soloy cus- tomers the highest degree of confidence when it comes to their avionics needs.

Their backgrounds include

NASA, Boeing, the US Army and Sundstrand. That’s some pretty tough experience to beat. We’re glad to have them representing Soloy.”

Soloy’s addition adds a much needed top tier Avionics facility to the Northwest region which includes Washington, Oregon,


Soloy’s avionics and electri- cal expertise is currently being demonstrated in the develop- ment of a Law Enforcement surveillance version of its Soloy Mark II Rolls Royce turbine powered Cessna 206. The air- craft will be equipped with a full suite of modern cockpit avionics and will include exterior mounted observation cameras with day and night tracking capability and a 270 degree rotating observer’s station in the aircraft’s rear section. ◆

Women in Aviation Launches Wings Society to Honor Donors

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) has launched the Wings Society to acknowledge both donors and the individuals who played a role in their development. A mini- mum cumulative donation of $500 made to Women in Aviation will enroll an individ- ual in the Wings Society. Donations will be tracked and donors acknowledged with a series of lapel pins to indicate their status.

“Since mentoring is a cor- nerstone of Women in Aviation, we wanted a fundraising plan that did more than just issue a receipt,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “At the time of the donation, the donor can


indicate individuals who they wish to honor. The Wings Society provides a unique way to recognize those who are dedicat- ed to the achievements of women in aviation.” The Wings Society has six lev- els of participation with the lapel pin becoming more valuable with the cumulative amount of the donation. The levels start with a pearl lapel pin for $500 to $999 in donations and esca- late through bronze, silver, gold, platinum and end with a dia- mond pin for cumulative dona- tions in excess of $20,000. “We made the donations cumulative to make it possible for all of our members to become Wings Society donors,” added Dr. Chabrian. “Our hope is that all our members see the Wings Society as something they can strive to be a part of.” In addition to the lapel pins, members of the Wings Society will be recognized during WAI’s annual Conference and their names and the names of the honorees will be displayed in a special section of WAI’s website called the Wall of Honor. Women in Aviation returns to Reno, Nevada, for its 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference scheduled at the Grand Sierra Resort, from February 24-26, 2011. For more information, visit ◆

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