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July 2017

The Runway’s a Beach

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Top Shop Winner Profiles


If it were easy, everyone would do it

Our Favorite Exhibitors


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CONTENTS July 2017

The Runway’s a Beach


Name that AirportThe Runway’s a Beach

favorite Exhibitors 8 Our at Orlando’s MRO Americas


ROGER BrOCHUAchieving Symmetr y

Top Shop Winner Profiles


If it were easy, everyone would do it

Aviation Trivia Our Favorite Exhibitors



Roger BrochuAchieving Symmetry


26.2- An interview with Samuel Bouveron


Top Shop Winner Profiles

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Name that Airport

Is the only airport in the world whose runway is a beach?

Has been in operation since 1936? Schedules flight times around high and low tides?

Uses vehicle lights to illuminate the runway during emergency night time landings?

Barra Airport (called Port-adhair Bharraigh in Scottish Gaelic) is a short-runway airport located on the wide, shallow bay of Traigh Mhòr at the northern tip of Barra Island, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique because it’s the only airport in the world where planes take off and land on a beach. The airport was opened on August 7, 1936 as islands were among the first places in the UK to really benefit from air transportation. The original single fare for a flight back to the mainland of England in 1936 was £4. The flight schedule is still governed by the ebb and flow of the tides. The beach is set out with three runways, marked by wooden poles at each end. The runways vary between 2,231 and 2,776 feet long (680 and 846 meters). This allows the planes to almost always land into the wind. At high tide, the runways are under water. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights indicating the center line of the runway and reflective strips laid on the beach.

Answer: Barra Airport

Islands Limited. Passenger numbers at Barra are now over 11,000 per year, with around 1,400 aircraft movements annually. There are also around 60 private, light aircraft flights per year. The draw of landing on the beach at Barra makes it an ideal film location for many film producers. The airport is constantly being filmed year-round because of its unique landing runways. Barra Airport has seen an increase in passenger numbers and flights in and out of the island in the past 10-15 years. This trend is expected to continue as Barra offers a picturesque spot for passengers to have a once in a lifetime experience.

In 1974, Loganair began operating flights into and out of Barra under contract with British Airways. In 1994 the responsibility for Barra Airport passed from Loganair to Highland and


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our favorite Exhibitors at MRO Americas 2017 This past April’s MRO Americas trade show in Orlando was one of the largest ever. With over 800 companies exhibiting at the show, we thought it would be fun to showcase some of the booths that in our opinion, were the most impressionable.


Lufthansa Technik was home to our favorite interactive display. In an effort to bring attention to their new digital platform known as AviatorÂŽ, Lufthansa brought out a high striker to encourage attendees to pick-up the mallet to see if they had the strength to send the puck all the way up the tower to ring the bell. Hundreds of people gathered around their booth to watch as both men and women were each given three consecutive attempts to ring the bell. Only about 10% of the participants successfully rang the bell, but each time someone did the crowd would erupt with cheers and applause. The high striker was definitely a crowd pleaser. Lufthansa Technik Component Services is one of the largest MRO component services provider in the Americas, with local repair capabilities for hydraulics, pneumatics, avionics, as well as emergency equipment. From single event business and flight hour based contracts to loan /exchange and access to local material pools, their wide range of MRO services can help companies save significant time and money.


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Aero-Zone auctioned-off a circa 1965 black and white photo of Elvis Presley and his then wife Priscilla boarding a private jet. It was a very cool photo to put in essentially any office. Coincidently, about 30 days after the show a red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar, once owned by Elvis and featured on the National Geographic Channel, was also auctioned-off after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. Aero-Zone is a specialized provider and marketer of parts for commercial and corporate aircraft. With a combination of global scale and family ownership, Aero-Zone is a unique company with a unique corporate culture. Founded in 1994, Aero-Zone has evolved into a globally recognized company with facilities in the United States and Europe. Their client base includes thousands of parts distributors as well as the world’s largest airlines and maintenance providers.


Spinners - What started out as a fidget toy for kids with ADHD to occupy their hands to help improve concentration is now all the rage within the general population. Spinners have a stable middle disc surrounded by bearings and two or three paddles that can be spun, similar to a ceiling fan. W.S. Wilson, a well-known distributor of aircraft bearings that’s been in business for over 100 years, picked-up on this trend and effectively used them as giveaways at the last MRO Americas trade show. Let’s just say we’re still playing with the ones we got at the show! W.S. Wilson Corporation is an authorized worldwide distributor of aircraft bearings, bushings, rod ends, and associated hardware. The company is headquartered in Port Washington, NY, and has been in business now for 100 years. With sales offices around the world, the company maintains more than $30 million of inventory including hard to find bearings, bushings, and rod ends. When it comes to specialty hardware, W.S. Wilson is one of the industry’s preeminent supply chain solutions providers.


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GA Telesis is the global provider of integrated aviation solutions serving the aviation and aerospace G.A. TELESIS industries. The company helps its customers achieve higher levels of performance by creating custom-tailored, multi-faceted solutions integrating its financial asset structuring expertiseOur withfavorite component 30x40 supply display chain was thesolutions, GA Telejet booth. engine MRO, aircraft systems MRO sis It’s easy to throw money at bigand disaerostructures MRO services. Considered a plays, but it’s hard to design one in such a way pioneer in the sector, GA make Telesis over that it does more than just anserves impression. The Telesis display attractive, yet well 2,000GA customers on sixwas continents supporting designed forBoeing, optimalBombardier functionality.andThe layout all Airbus, Embraer was such that there was ample room for visitors aircraft as well as CFM International, General to stand and chat, several more intimate meetElectric, International Aero Engines, Pratt ing areas forand casual sit-down conversations and & Whitney Rolls-Royce jet engines. GA of course the larger private conference rooms. Telesis is the global provider of integrated All-in-all it was a very impressive display. aviation solutions serving the aviation and aerospace industries. The company helps its GA Telesis is higher a global provider of intecustomers achieve levels of perforgrated aviation solutions serving the avimance by creating custom-tailored, multi-faceted solutions integrating its financial asset structuring ation and aerospace industry. The company helps its customers achieve higher levels of performance by creating custom-tailored solutions for component supply chain, jet engine MRO, aircraft systems MRO and aerostructure MRO services. GA Telesis serves over 2,000 customers on six continents, supporting all Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft as well as CFM International, General Electric, International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce jet engines.

expertise with component supply chain solutions, jet engine MRO, aircraft systems MRO and aerostructures MRO services. Considered a pioneer in the sector, GA Telesis serves over 2,000 customers BEST 20X40 BOOTH on six continents supporting all Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer aircraft as well as CFM International, General Electric, International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney andUNICAL Rolls-Royce jet engines. Unical’s booth was really eye-catching. It had a very open floorplan, lots of colors, great graphics, chic carpet and modern furniture, but our favorite part was the smorgasbord of Asian confectionary snacks they were giving away rice crackers, wasabi coated peas and peanuts, hard candies, chocolates, cookies, gummies; you name it they had it. Fun booth to visit. Unical Aviation is a leading supplier of expendables, consumables, and rotable spare parts. The company supports over 3500 customers worldwide with repair management, component lease/exchange, and 24/7 AOG support. Unical is headquartered near the Los Angeles International Airport and is comprised of the following affiliate companies: Unical Defense, Unical Aero, Unical MRO and Unical 145.

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SR Technics is a world leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector. The company LAUNCH offers comprehensive and fully customized solutions for the technical support and management aircraft, engines components. The of 10x10 displays wereand by far the hardest This is coupled withWith extensive engineering category to judge. hundreds of displays to knowhow, 24/7wecomponent availability worldchoose from found the Launch booth to be wide and broad technical training offerings. the most memorable. Why? It all came down to color really. Most of us in aviation a tendenHeadquartered at Zurich Airport,have SR Technics cy to useservices a lot of red, white, blue and black as our provides to over 500 airline customers central color schemes, so we all look very similar. through a network of international operations Even at The 145,in our 10x10 booth used Asia whiteand and and sales offices Europe, America, blue as the two primary colors. Although there the Middle East. SR Technics is a world leadwere a lot of great looking small booths out there, ing MRO service provider for the civil aviation Launch was one of the only displays that really sector. comprehensive and stood The out company to us, due offers to their use of lime green. fully customized solutions for the technical sup-

port and management of aircraft, engines and components. This isTechnical coupled with extensive engineering knowhow, and LAUNCH Workforce Solutions, LLC., is one24/7 of component the aviationavailability industry’sworldwide fastest growbroad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich Airport, SR Technics provides services to over ing staffing solution, with contract resources in more than 160 locations globally. The company 500has airline customers through a network of international operations and aviation sales offices in Europe, America, a robust recruiting and operational infrastructure to support customers with techniAsia the Middle East. Technics is aby world leading MROOEMs serviceand provider forcenters. the civil The aviation sector. caland resources for all skillSRsets required airlines, MROs, service LAUNCH TheTeams company offers comprehensive and fully customized solutions for the technical support and management division is involved in avionics, structures and AOG projects that reduce budget and span of aircraft, engines andthe components. Thison is coupled engineering knowhow, component while maintaining highest focus quality. with Theextensive LAUNCH Professional division24/7 specifically foavailability worldwide and broad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich Airport, SR Technics cuses on staffing senior professional aviation roles in engineering, supply chain and program manprovides services to over 500 airline industry customersknowledge through a — network of international operations and sales offices agement. LAUNCH’s in-depth coupled with their ability to access the best in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. available talent — helps their clients gain access to the most qualified candidates in the industry.


There were over 800 exhibitors at this year’s MRO Americas in Orlando. To exhibit is one thing, but to have a booth that stands-out and is memorable is no easy task. If you attended the MRO this year, and you were asked to describe as many exhibitors as possible, the majority of us might remember five, maybe ten if we’re lucky. We loved the SR Technics booth because it was unique and because it had a great ambiance. The fact that is was different from everyone else is what helped make it memorable. Nice job SRT. SR Technics is a world leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector. The company offers comprehensive and fully customized solutions for the technical support and management of aircraft, engines and components. This is coupled with extensive engineering knowhow, 24/7 component availability worldwide and broad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich Airport, SR Technics provides services to over 500 airline customers through a network of international operations and sales offices in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East.


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SR Technics is a world leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector. The company offers MONARCH comprehensive and fully customized solutions for the technical support and management of aircraft, engines and components. This is coupled with extensive enginM 24/7 component availability worldIf you were walking the show, youSR couldn’t helpprovides but notice wide and broad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich Airport, Technics Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s booth. Bright yellow, white services to over 500 airline customers through a network of international operations and sales offices andSR royal purple iswas a really eye-catching color combination, in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. Technics a world leading MRO service provider but the other thing that impressed us about boothfor wasthe its for the civil aviation sector. The company offers comprehensive and fully customized their solutions simplicity. One look and you knew how long they’ve been in technical support and management of aircraft, engines and components. This is coupled with extensive business (fifty years) and what their core competencies were: engineering knowhow, 24/7 component availability worldwide and broad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich Airport, SR Technics provides services• to over 500 airline customers through Base Maintenance a network of international operations and sales offices in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. • Line Maintenance SR Technics is a world leading MRO service provider for the civil aviation sector. The company offers • Airworthiness Management comprehensive and fully customized solutions for the technical•support andServices management of aircraft, Technical engines and components. This is coupled with extensive engineering knowhow, 24/7 component availability worldwide and broad technical training offerings. Headquartered at Zurich–Airport, SR TechSimple, eye-catching and memorable all key ingredients nics provides services to over 500 airline customers through a network of international operations and of an effective trade show display. sales offices in Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East. Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL) is celebrating their 50th year in business this year. The company’s engineering division of Monarch, a leading low-cost airline and holiday company, provides aircraft maintenance services to clients around the globe. With superior knowledge in maintaining legacy fleets, MAEL is also a leading MRO for new technology aircraft, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for which the company is a Boeing-approved GoldCare provider. Additionally, MAEL provides Continuing Airworthiness (CAMO), Design Services (DOA), Approved Type Training and Component Services.


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Louis Paulhan and Milan Stefanik will forever be linked with what aviation first? A. The first man powered team flight across the Atlantic Ocean B. The first pilot/patient combo to perform a medical evacuation C. The first aviation team to fly over the South Pole D. The first two people to die in an airplane crash Answer: B


n the multi-billion dollar industry of aviation, one aspect that can be overlooked is the role aircraft play in helping sick or injured people receive quick medical help. During World War I, while stationed in Serbia, Milan Stefanik flew with the MFS 99 Squadron on the Serbian Front. Although the details are lost to history, sometime during the fall of 1915, while still in Serbia, Stefanik became very ill. His life hung in the balance and with no quick way to get him the help he needed, French aviation hero Louis Paulhan stepped up and flew Stefanik to safety. Stefanik survived because of Paulhan and the conveniences of a faster, more direct method to connect people with medical help. Unfortunately, Stefanik died shortly after the war ended in a plane crash, but he will forever be listed with Paulhan as the first medical evacuation, or “medevac.”


Now a days, every major hospital has at least 1 helicopter to assist in transporting patients. There are even companies like Global Rescue that assist in large scale rescues, like the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, and yearly trips to Mount Everest to rescue stranded climbers. The ability to transport sick or injured patients to medical facilities quickly has saved the lives of thousands of people. In fact, a recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins found that, “one in 65 significantly injured patients brought to a Level I trauma center by helicopter would have died if ground transportation was the only option.” Having the option to be medically evacuated seems very commonplace, but one hundred years ago it saved the life of the first of many thankful patients.

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the discipline and focus required to actually get to the point where I am ready to compete has helped me appreciate my life on a greater level—and it helps me keep a good attitude.

Roger at the Europa Orlando 2016

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Competitive Bodybuilding, Entrepreneurship, and Family Life with Roger Brochu


raining, tracking progress, meal planning, posing, competing—on paper, bodybuilding in its competitive form, looks and sounds like a full-time job. And for many who operate in this sport, it absolutely does become one. However, for Roger Brochu, the dimension of his life is full and varied. In addition to the title “competitive bodybuilder,” he holds several others, including husband, father, and Vice President of Unique Airmotive Services (UAS). Indeed, balance is required—and Roger has worked diligently to hone and develop this skill.

Reflecting on his time growing up, Roger admits that he struggled with fitness and diet. He was consistently overweight and this is something that plagued him throughout his boyhood and then, as a young man in the Navy. It wasn’t until 2008 that Roger

decided to get serious about his health and drop the pounds that he had carried around for years. Focusing primarily on cardiovascular fitness and a low-fat diet, he lost 70 pounds pretty quickly; however, he was left feeling unsatisfied with the results. Standing at 6’4”, Roger felt that he looked “skinny” and decided to hit the gym on a different level. While Roger dedicated himself to building muscle through weightlifting, it was not until 2013 that he was exposed to the world of competitive bodybuilding. “I saw a good friend compete,” he explains, “and I thought to myself, ‘I wish I could look like that’.” He mulled over the idea in his head, and initially believed it was somewhat farfetched to picture in his own life. After all, in addition to being a husband and father of four young children, he was also co-owner of


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Unique Airmotive Services, an FAA and EASA approved repair station possessing full capabilities on the GTCP85 and GTC331200 Series Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). “Up until the time that I got serious about my health and fitness, the core of my focus was on my career and family,” Roger notes. “The irony there, as well, relates to the fact that I didn’t necessarily plan my life’s roadmap to a ‘T’.” Case in point, Roger began his aviation career when he got out of the Navy in 1998, and while he always held a desire to become his own boss and run his own business, it was not an endeavor that he believed would come to fruition when he was young, especially considering he had no experience. When Roger left the Navy, he began working for a company that managed JT8D and JT3D engines for various airline customers. Serving

as a Warehouse Manager, Roger worked his way up through the ranks to become Director of Quality in 2000. As another decade passed, it was in 2011 that he decided to take the leap and venture out, feeling that he had enough experience and knowledge to make a go of it independently. Initially, the plan was to buy and sell APUs and piece parts; however, he experienced a change of direction as he reached out to friends and colleagues to announce his resignation from his current company. Placing a call to the man who would become his business partner, the idea for UAS was borne, and the pair decided to open a shop that would directly serve the APU industry. His partner provided financial backing while Roger moved into a Vice Presidential role focused on operations. Roger was introduced to the bodybuilding scene at the same time that UAS officially become certified as an FAA Repair Station and earned its EASA Approval.

“doing this with Kristine helps us be a better parenting team to our children—Gwen, Jonathan, Ryan, and Calvin.” Brochu family 2016


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Sunset Classic 2016 where Roger took 1st place

Finding success in his professional life, however, did not afford Roger the opportunity to rest on his laurels. Still intrigued by the notion of competitive bodybuilding, and structuring his days so he not only had time for work and family, but also for fitness, Roger formally hired a coach in 2014 and picked a show to compete in. He opted to participate in a fairly new division to the National Physique Committee (NPC) called Men’s Physique. Roger was attracted to this division because Men’s Physique requires competitors to have high levels of discipline and focus—and he believed that he would be able to transfer these skills from a professional environment to one centered on fitness. “These same disciplines are required with managing and running a business,” he explains. “I knew that I needed this level of structure in order to manage my time successfully. I could not be in a position where I was missing training, meals, work, and most importantly, time with my wife and children.”

Embarking on this new journey, Roger was not immediately successful. However, it was in 2015 that he started placing either 2nd or 3rd in shows. By June of 2016, he finally reached his goal of winning 1st place at the Sunset Classic.

How are your days structured? When I am preparing for a show, I wake up at 5am and start with cardio. Doing cardio at this time of day, on an empty stomach, allows you to maximize your fat burning and metabolism for the day. I follow that with breakfast, which is one of my largest meals and includes a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Then I head to work. At some point, I go back to the gym for weightlifting. Overall, this training comprises 2-3 hours of activity with the remainder focused on nutrition. Of course, I still carve out time for running the business as well as time with my wife and kids. The trick here is you simply have to be hyper vigilant of your schedule, but still flexible enough to know that life is going to happen.

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What were your wife and business partner’s reactions when you first told them about competitive bodybuilding?

So, how big of a deal is nutrition?

At first, they both thought that I was simply being a “health nut” and that I would eventually grow out of it and find a different hobby. And I did struggle with letting my partner know about what I was considering because of all of the horror stories one hears about the sport in general. However, they both came to realize just how serious I was taking it, and I am lucky that they both are such fantastic supporters. In fact, my wife, Kristine, started competing in Bikini. I suppose she figured that she was living the lifestyle already so she may as well get on stage and showcase her hard work. I’m blessed to have her in my life—she is truly the backbone of our family.

It sounds like this is a family affair then. What is it like training to compete alongside your wife? Actually, doing this with Kristine helps us be a better parenting team to our children— Gwen, Jonathan, Ryan, and Calvin—and it helps us manage our schedules as her nutrition and training plan are very similar to mine. We will do our cardio at the same time, hit the gym at the same time, and eat all of our meals together. Of course, the only difference is related to the amount of food she eats and what exercises she has to focus on. Ultimately, for Bikini division it is not about the size of the muscles, rather the overall shape of her body. We have even transformed our house so we are able to practice posing together—we took one part of our downstairs and installed hardwood flooring and mirrors across one wall. Doing this has eliminated the need to leave the house for another gym session, so we can be at home in the evenings with our kids.


Probably the “biggest deal” truth be told. When I am training, I have to eat six meals per day and drink 1½ -2 gallons of water—but manipulation of a nutrition schedule is something that is very fluid throughout training and changes the closer you get to the competition. And here is another area where I have to give my wife her due credit. When I first started this, I had no idea just how critical it was to maintain a strict diet—and it is here where Kristine is the key to my nutritional success. It is necessary to prepare and weigh all of my meals for the day because I have to eat every 2½ to 3 hours, which means I have to take three meals to work every day. If I didn’t have Kristine’s help, there is no way I would have the time. And you simply must do this because the nutritional schedule is the key to speeding up your body’s metabolism, which is necessary if you want to achieve extremely low body fat percentages.

Any words of caution for others considering this sport? Simply put, if I had to pinpoint some advice it would be this: Find your balance and never lose sight of your priorities. Being on stage and experiencing the glamour and the fame of the sport is exhilarating, but it’s also an arena where

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a person can forget about what is actually important. In fact, I have learned this the hard way—and I came close to even retiring from the sport. It is imperative to remember the people who got you there, especially during the times where everything doesn’t look and feel so glamorous. This is a sport that can easily consume your life because competitive bodybuilding requires such an intense training regimen and an “eye on the prize” mentality. I have had to actively rearrange my priorities so that training does not affect my relationship with my wife, my kids, my business partner, or my church.

Krissy, far right at the Sunset Classic in 2016 during prejudging.

Challenges and time management skills aside, how do you feel this sport has changed your life? Outside of helping me with my fitness and health, competitive bodybuilding has provided me with so many incredible opportunities. It has made me happier and a better person. And I have made new friends—I met my current training partner at the gym and he has become one of my best friends. He has been one of the people key to my success because he pushes me to be the best every day at the gym, even when I am not feeling it.

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to three months where it is a part of your life, and then you can go back to normal.

Additionally, the discipline and focus required to actually get to the point where I am ready to compete has helped me appreciate my life on a greater level—and it helps me keep a good attitude. Training for this sport is temporary, you have to remember that. You have two to three months where it is a part of your life, and then you can go back to normal. I’m pleased with my results, but I suppose this sport and what it demands from me makes me appreciate everything else in life that much more.

26.2 One of the greatest things about the aviation industry is the people in it. Take for instance, our good friend Samuel Bouveron; if you’re a customer of Thales or if you happen to train for marathons in the middle of winter in Canada, you may know him as well. We recently spoke with Samuel about his marathon lifestyle and make no mistake, it is a LIFESTYLE. Our joints hurt just thinking about it! We’re sure you’ll be just as impressed with Samuel as we are, so enjoy the read.

If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Q: When did you first start running? A few years ago a work colleague talked me into registering for the NYC half marathon and sure enough I was selected. I was really excited but quickly realized I only had 3 months to get ready. I was in my late thirties and at the time the idea of marathon running was daunting and possibly beyond my physical abilities. Despite it all, on January 1st, 2014 I made a New Years resolution and in the middle of winter in Ottawa Canada I started running. The snow and the cold could have stopped me from running ever again but my brother-in-law would accompany me around the block with a flask of brandy to keep us warm. Just 3 months later I had completed the NYC half marathon in 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Q: When did you first start training to compete in full marathons? Excited by my first half marathon achievement, I immediately registered for the Quebec City Half marathon and Philadelphia Half marathon. After completing those events I experienced my 1st runner’s

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depression (lol). I asked myself, what's next? And of course, running a full marathon came to mind. So, in 2015 I started running consistently. I ran my first full marathon in Burlington, VT. Since then, I have enjoyed the many benefits of running, such as a higher energy level (which helps me chase after my two young kids), a stronger immune system, stress outlet, and an overall happier and healthier life style.

Q: How often and how far do you run each week? I have found that an essential part of running long, healthy and happy, is to listen to your body and not be too focused on following a regimental training program. I run for fun and don’t ever follow any specific training program. A lot of my running partners have coaches and follow training programs to the letter. I will usually run whatever their coaches tell them to run and add my own personal twists to the workout. I run for fun. This might not be recommended by running coaches but the most important thing is having fun and staying healthy. Typically, I have an “intense training week” with mileage of about 45-50 miles followed with a “recovery week” with mileage of about 20-30 miles.

Samuel and his friend training outdoors.

Q: Does your training schedule change when you prepare for a marathon? Yes. I start running less leisurely in terms of distance and pace as I get closer to the marathon day. Training for a marathon happens in phases to get the body and mind ready for such an event. Not only does my weekly mileage increase but I also increase the intensity of my workouts with speed drills and hill circuits. The most important training run of all is the “long run” which increases in distance week after week until about 2 weeks prior to marathon date when the tapering phase begins.

Q: What’s the farthest you’ve ever run? The farthest I have ever run was during the JFK 50 Mile, America’s oldest ultra-marathon held in Pennsylvania's Appalachian mountains. Training for an ultra-marathon is different than training for a 5k or marathon; the pace is much slower and the goal is to train your body and mind to go through a long sustaining effort. Ultra-Runners have to train multiple times a day to mentally prepare for running on already tired legs. My longest mileage week was 97 miles which included back-to-back “long runs” of 20 miles on Saturday and 30 miles on Sun-

Samuel and his wife.

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Samuel training indoors.

day. During that week I ate 5 times a day and weight melted off me.

Q: How did you train differently for the Boston Marathon and the Boston Marathon qualifiers? After running my first marathon I decided to one day run in the "Holy Grail" of marathons; the Boston Marathon. I joined a running club and began training every morning at 5 AM. All of the other members were experienced runners who had participated in the Boston Marathon many times. Training with a group is very different than running alone. The effort is different and it helps you improve significantly. There is no shortcut in preparing for a marathon: You must put in the effort, the time, the mileage and only then will the results follow. Of course, training physically is important but the other essential component is to develop the mental toughness and the confidence to achieve what was once inconceivable to believe.

Q: What was it like running the Boston Marathon? Running the Boston Marathon was a truly unique, a one of a kind experience. I really tried to take in and enjoy every moment of it. In the morning, hundreds of runners were loaded into shuttle buses. At the beginning it was quiet and after a few miles people started talking to each other and it got louder and louder,like a bus full of teenagers. At the start area, music was blasting and the excitement was really built up. Every step I took towards the start line I was gradually getting into my zone, some kind of meditation state where running becomes a pure moment of joy and happiness. The gun went off; it was a gorgeous day for a long run. I started a little fast following the flow of some of the elite runners. Eventually the heat and dehydration started to hit me and my pace slowed. From the very first strides the crowds cheering and supporting the runners were loud and it got louder as we ran closer to the finish line. The noise from the crowds was the most difficult part for me because I usually run “quiet” marathons where you can run miles and miles without any mental distractions. At the Boston Marathon, the crowds make you aware of each stride. The best moment of the race was after I passed the finished line and I saw my kids and their mom running towards me to give me the warmest hug. It was an emotional moment. I promised my daughter I would bring back a medal and I didn’t disappoint. She was so proud. That was my Boston Marathon experience and a dream come true for me.

Q: Do you engage in any strange running practices such as covering your feet in Vasoline or taping your nipples? Funny that you ask this question. When I get prepare before the start time, as a "rookie" I look at others attentively and try to pick up on things I should do like warming-up, stretching, listening to music, etc., and sometimes I notice runners being very meticulous, tying their shoe laces several times, undoing them and redoing them. I do none of these things, and so far it has worked out well for me.”

Q: What's the worst injury you've sustained while running? My worst injury was (what I believe) a stress fracture that happened 2-3 days after running the JFK ultra-marathon. I never got an actual diagnosis from a doctor but from the symptoms it led me to strongly believe I had a stress fracture. About 2-3 days after running the JFK 50 miler, I was running with my son on my shoulders to keep his shoes from getting wet in the rain. Suddenly, I felt something painful in my tibia. The pain lasted for a couple of weeks. There is nothing to do for stress fracture except rest and stay off the leg. Then the pain and discomfort gradually faded on its own.

Q: Have you ever hit “the wall” and just couldn’t go on? I hit "the wall" a couple of times while training for my first marathon and it’s like your body literally stalls. You haven’t an ounce of energy in your body to keep running, your pace slows down drastically and there is nothing you can do about it. Even with the strongest mind, every stride becomes an inhuman effort. A running partner with tons of marathon experience explained to me my nutrition mistake and advised me to eat salt several times during the run. Since then, I have never hit any wall again.

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Samuel and his wife before the JFK 50 Miler.



or the past nine years the annual Top Shop Awards have been the gold standard for shops with superior customer service, quick turn-around-times, competitive repair pricing and innovative repair solutions. The process begins by soliciting hundreds of nominations from many of the best airlines and suppliers from around the world. Once the time to submit nominations has expired, we compile a shortlist of nominees from all the nominations received, that is sent out to forty airlines and suppliers. The airlines and the suppliers are then ultimately responsible for selecting the winners from the shortlist. This year the awards were presented during the MRO America’s trade show in Orlando, Florida. We’d like to congratulate all those repair centers that made the cut to be recognized as 2017’s best shops in twenty-one different repair categories. Continue reading to learn more about each company’s core repair competencies and what sets them apart from other repair centers.



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Best Accessories Class I, II and II Elite Aerospace

Elite Aerospace a Meggitt company is an industry leader in the test, repair and overhaul of hydraulic, pneumatic, heat transfer (engine and environmental control [ECS]), avionics and instrumentation accessories and components. The company possess capability for Air Lab diagnostics and testing, with a large DER Research and Development emphasis. Incorporating United Technologies’ ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) methodology and EFLO (Proprietary Lean Management Tool) Elite Aerospace is recognized globally by many of the world’s most successful airlines, engine centers, OEM’s and maintenance centers.

Best Airframe / Aerostructures Repair Air transport Components Air

Transport Components (ATC) is a certified aircraft accessory repair station which has received 11 aviation maintenance performance awards, including nine TOPSHOP™ awards and two AVIALL® SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS. ATC was founded in 1998, and provides repair and overhaul services for components and accessories found on both commercial and military air transport aircraft. The company performs its own repairs, quality control tests and refinishing inside its new 62,000 square foot Gilbert, Arizona facility.

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TurbineAero was created to become the world's most comprehensive, flexible and customer focused APU MRO services company in the world. TurbineAero is the world's leading independent aerospace component maintenance, repair, and overall service providers focused on APUs and related products. The businesses provide military, commercial, cargo and regional airline customers with comprehensive maintenance solution for their legacy and new APU engine models. TurbineAero provides global coverage in two modern facilities located in Chandler, Arizona and Chonburi, Thailand and is a provider of hot-section component manufacturing and repair services for OEM, aircraft operators, and repair/overhaul in its Tempe, Arizona facility.

Best APU Overhaul and Repair TurbineAero

Best Avionics and Instruments Repair Aero Instruments and Avionics

Aero Instruments & Avionics is the premier independent repair center in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art testing equipment and one of the world’s largest independent ATE testing facilities. Our highly experienced technicians average 20 years of industry experience and less than ½% of our repairs come back for warranty. If you’re still asking yourself why choose us as your component repair partner, let us give you one more reason; our tag is recognized worldwide. With 48 years in the avionics market, you can depend on Aero Instruments and Avionics to keep your fleet moving.

Best Electro-Mechanical Repair PHS/MWA Aviation Services PHS/MWA Aviation Services, located in Temecula, CA was acquired by the Wencor Group in 2015. Combined with the extensive range of capabilities offered by the additional Wencor MRO companies, PHS/ MWA Aviation Services can now offer additional value through large scale, custom tailored solutions while maintaining the business partner culture our customers have come to expect over the past.

Best Engine Accessories Repair Accel Aviation Accessories


Accel aviation accessories, LLC., established in 1996, is a global leader in the repair and overhaul of aerospace engine and airframe fuel related components. We are a uniquely positioned company with continued growth reaching worldwide offering a total solution for your fuel components offering the test repair and overhaul of several fuel controls and pumps. We are constantly reviewing our product capability against current market demands. We are committed to providing our customers with quality, reliable products and services in a cost–effective manner. We offer guaranteed turn times and AOG support.

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MTU Maintenance is the worlds largest independent provider of engine services and a trusted OEM network partner. As engine experts, we offer a wide range of individually – tailored solutions encompassing innovative MRO services, integrated leasing and asset management. Our programs span the entire lifecycle of an engine, providing customers with minimized operational costs and maximized engine value. With 30 plus engines in our portfolio and having completed more than 16,000 short visits in just over 35 years, we have the necessary technical experience and market knowledge to make all the difference. We listen to our customers, understand their needs, and develop solutions

Best Engine Overhaul and Repair MTU

Summit Aerospace, Inc. services more than one hundred clients a year worldwide. We help our customers reduce their repair and overhaul maintenance cost with innovative solutions. Our employees are dedicated to continuously improving the quality, value and above all, the safety of all our services for our customers. We manage the growth of each of our businesses - by investing in all aspects of our services. We work in partnership with our customers by continuously integrating our services within the wider air transport industry. “Partnering our companies with our customers ” is our vision. We do this by creating the best possible relationship – thinking of the long term relationship from the moment our customers decide to put their trust in our services. Our vision also means that we aim to get closer to our customers and share common goals with our partners.

Best Engine Components Repair Summit Aerospace

World-class engine component repair and overhaul is the driving force at StandardAero Component Services. By focusing on process excellence, outstanding quality, competitive pricing and superior value, StandardAero sets the industry standard as the preferred OEM-aligned engine component repair and overhaul supplier. With facilities in Cincinnati, OH; Miami, FL and Winnipeg, Canada, StandardAero repairs leading engine platforms from CFMI, GE Aviation, GE– Land & Marine, Honeywell, IAE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce. With exceptional on-time delivery, constant communication, rapid quoting and frequent progress reports, customers can expect a one-stop shop solution for all their component repair needs. In addition, StandardAero is committed to continuous quality improvements and capital investments that deliver new capabilities & repairs to the industry.

Best Engine Components Repair StandardAero

Best Fuel Systems and Fuel Accessories Repair

Safe Fuel Systems

Safe Fuel Systems FAA/EASA MRO repair facility specializes in the test, repair, overhaul and modification of fuel systems, hydraulics, pneumatics and power generation components for the commercial aircraft industry. With highly experienced and qualified staff of technicians, we ensure exceptional quality and quick turn times, along with competitive rates.

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Best Galley Product Repair Soundair Aviation Services Soundair Aviation Services, located in Snohomish, WA was acquired by Wencor Group in 2012 and remains committed to maintaining an entrepreneurial culture dedicated to providing innovative solutions to the aerospace industry. Soundair now has access to more than 5,000 PMA parts and a large distribution network that reaches and helps more customers.

Best Gyro Repair A.I.R.S

Best Heat Transfer Repair American Cooler Services

Best Hydraulics Repair HEICO Component Repair Group - Accessories

A.I.R.S. is an EASA and FAA certificated repair station based in Miami, Florida, serving the aviation community for over 25 years with capabilities in Instruments (Class 2 Electrical, Class 3 Gyroscopic, Class 4 Electronic); Accessory (Class 3 Electronic Accessories); and Radio (Class 1 Communications Equipment, Class 2 Navigational Equipment, Class 3 Radar Equipment). The business is housed in a state-of-the-art repair facility with the latest ATE testers with capabilities for over 18,000 line items servicing operators and and commercial fleet types including: A300/A319/A320/A321, B727/B737/ B747/B757/B767/B777, DC8/DC9, MD80/MD11 and ATR. We specialize in TCAS, MODE-S, ADF, DME, HF, VHF, RADAR and LCD instrumentation. Our mission is to deliver on our customers' expectations. American Cooler Service (ACS) is a 20+ year old privately held firm where the founder, Steve Dellinger, is still the CEO. The company is fully certified in 16 ATA Chapters and provides MRO support on over 1600 specific line items. ACS offers affordable and dependable maintenance solutions as well as an Exchange Pool to support demanding Turn-Around-Time requirements. Their technicians are among some of the industry's most experienced, with an average tenure of more than 20 years at the component level. This level of knowledge allows the company to deliver some of the highest quality repair work in the industry. Customers around the world count on ACS to provide maximum value, so they are continuously working to reduce maintenance costs through DER repair and PMA parts development. American Cooler Service – Quality right to the CORE. HEICO corporation is a successful and growing technology – driven aerospace, industrial, defense in electronics company. For more than 60 years, HEICO has thrived by providing customers with innovative and cost – saving products and services. HEICO's products are found on large commercial aircraft, regional, business and military aircraft, as well as on a large variety of industrial turbines, targeting systems, missiles and electro – optical devices.


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1st Choice Aerospace is a FAA/EASA Part 145 Repair Station with locations in Miramar, Florida and Cincinnati, Ohio. We are a minority owned small business specialized in pneumatics, fuel, electrical, crew seats, O2, cargo, and waste systems for commercial, cargo, & military aircraft. Our facilities feature state of the art technology capable of supporting both new generation & classic aircraft. In addition to traditional T&M MRO services, we offer many different levels of support with programs tailored to each customer’s specific requirements. We carry a large inventory of rotable components to support our repair operations as well as industry demand. Our team is dedicated to providing every customer “Responsive Reliable Service.”

Best Interiors Repair 1st Choice Aerospace

Best Landing Gear Repair Air Transport Components

Air Transport Components (ATC) is a certified aircraft accessory repair station which has received 11 aviation maintenance performance awards, including nine TOPSHOP™ awards and two AVIALL® SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARDS. ATC was founded in 1998, and provides repair and overhaul services for components and accessories found on both commercial and military air transport aircraft. The company performs its own repairs, quality control tests and refinishing inside its new 62,000 square foot Gilbert, Arizona facility.

Best Lavatory / Sanitation Components Repair

Illiff Aircraft

The "I LOVE AIRCRAFT LAVATORIES" Company!! Iliff Aircraft repair is your single source for ATA 38 waist and water component repair. We have been in business since 1964 Dash F AAA/EAS a. All we repair in overhaul is Vac toilets, Chem toilets, faucets, waste ball valves, portable water tanks, fill valves, etc... If it has to do with an aircraft lavatory component, it is Iliff! The only company where a crappy attitude is encouraged!

Rockwell Collins delivers innovative aviation and high – integrity solutions to commercial and government the customers worldwide. Backed by a global network of service and support, we stand committed to putting technology and practical Innovacion to work for you whenever and wherever you need us. Our support solutions are uniquely tailored to maximize long – term supportability and reduce lifecycle costs. In this way, working together, we strive to build trust. With every customer, every day. Every time.

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Best Pneumatics Repair GA Telesis Component Repair

Best Safety Equipment Repair HRD Aero Systems


GA Telesis is a worldwide leader in providing support services to the commercial aerospace industry. With financial, supply – chain, component in heavy jet engine MRO businesses spanning the globe, GA Telesis is recognized as a pioneering leader in solutions – based services in its sector. As an innovator, GA Telesis is one of the few independent companies in the world capable of providing a total–support–solution to its customers from its front door, with several fully integrated operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Our business is integrated aviation solutions, our mission is customer success.

HRD Aerosystems is the largest independent MRO for repair/overhaul of all safety and survival equipment, oxygen and Firex. We have three locations worldwide Los Angeles, CA, Rome, Italy, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. HRD Aerosystems also has a Crew Member Emergency Training program complete with fuselage and pool at our California location.

Best Total Solutions Provider Delta TechOps

Delta TechOps is a division of Delta Airlines. Delta TechOps' 9,600 employees system-wide provide complete maintenance for more than 150 other operators worldwide in addition to full – service aviation maintenance to Delta and its fleet of more than 750 aircraft. We are proud to offer our customers the same operational expertise, quality, and service that enable Delta Airlines to enjoy industry-leading aircraft in engine reliability at low operating costs. As a full – service MRO, Delta TechOps can provide comprehensive MRO services on engine, APU, landing gear, thrust reverser's and components; airframe in line maintenance on airbus in Boeing aircraft; plus inventory support; GSE; engineering services and repair management.

Best Wheel and Brake Repair Dallas Centerline

Dallas centerline overhauls and assembles all types of wheel and brake assemblies. With more than 30 years experience in the wheel and brake industry, we have the ability and knowledge to service virtually ANY aircraft. We offer quick turnaround-times, with an acute attention to detail. We embrace being a REPAIR station. We do our best to help our customers get the most out of their aging aircraft components, while maintaining our impeccable quality and safety standards. Our promise: To provide our customers with the BEST quality, and personalized customer service. To be available to our customers for any questions, and guidance that can be offered as their wheel and brake experts. Let your wheels and brakes ride on US!

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145 is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to people in the aviation industry.

145 Magazine Vol. 4 Issue 2, July Issue  

145 is a lifestyle magazine dedicated to people in the aviation industry.