Milestone Aviation Opens in Australia 

GECAS, Milestone Aviation open new office in Sydney, Australia

Company aims to grow Australian business in near term

Milestone Aviation Group (Milestone) and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) have opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, effective May 1, 2017. With the opening of the new location, Milestone and GECAS are available locally to better support Australian customers with the company’s full suite of helicopter and commercial aircraft financing products.

“Now that we are on the ground with our Australian customers, we can provide them with better service and the most efficient financial structures,” said Robert Dranitzke, Executive Vice President Commercial for Milestone. “GE has operated in Australia since 1896, and we are proud to join the GE legacy of investing in and finding solutions for customers in the country.”

GECAS’ commitment to the Australian market started in 2001 with an operating lease for Virgin Blue Airlines. Today, GECAS’ combined total investments and assets on lease in Australia are nearly half a billion USD. This investment includes 17 helicopters valued at approximately $345 million on lease to operators such as Babcock, Bristow, CHC and LifeFlight Australia, plus five fixed-wing aircraft with Airnorth and Jetgo Australia; and engine leases with operators such as Virgin Australia and Jetstar.

With our new office in place and our continued focus on providing customised financing solutions to our Australian customers, we are expecting exponential growth in the next few years,” said Dranitzke.

Antony Snelleman, Senior Vice President Commercial for Milestone Aviation, will head the new office, which is located at 99 Walker Street, North Sydney. “We are excited to grow our footprint in the Australian market, and we look forward to increasing our business with our fixed- and rotor-wing partners, including those in search and rescue, emergency medical services, and offshore oil and gas,” said Snelleman.

The primary sales executives for customers in Australia are Brett Rankin, Milestone’s VP Commercial – South Asia Pacific Region, and Aashish Sonawala, GECAS’ Senior Vice President, Asia Region.

Acquired by GECAS in 2015, Milestone is the leading helicopter leasing and financing company in the industry and backed by GECAS’ unparalleled financial strength and 50 years of industry experience.

You can contact the Australia team online at


Have Fun at the Truckee Tahoe Airshow 


The FREE Truckee Tahoe Air Show & Family Festival
Saturday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Here’s a sneak preview of some of this year’s highlights:

Red Bull race pilot, Kirby Chambliss, one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the world, along with the Red Bull Air Force Wing Suit Team (the guys who appeared in the most recent Point Break movie!) plan to fascinate fans. And, to top things off, two of the wing suit team jumpers are Tahoe locals, Charles Bryan and Mike Swanson. An owner of Skydive Truckee Tahoe Inc., located at the Airport, Swanson is a four-time world champion in free-fly skydiving with more than 22,000 jumps under his belt.

The Suddenlink sponsored STEAM Expo is the place where people can enjoy free, fun, and educational hands-on exhibits specializing in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The Suddenlink STEAM Expo allows children and young adults to engage in interactive activities with experts in STEAM and learn about career opportunities too. 

At the Airshow, plan to sign-up your child (ages 8 to 17) in the Experimental Aircraft Association building to take a free flight on Sunday, July 9. Experienced volunteer pilots and ground crew from the EAA Truckee Chapter 1073 Young Eagles Program bring the thrill of flight to young people


This free family event is presented by the Truckee Tahoe Airport District.


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Start your Air Show Weekend Early
Planes of Fame Air Museum opens at 10 am on Friday May 5th! Regular admission to the Air Museum includes a tram ride out to the Air Show area as well as access to Planes of Fame Air Museum. Aircraft will be arriving throughout the day and practice sessions start at 1pm!
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Schweiss Doors Easy Splice Connections 

Schweiss Doors Now Offers Quick, Easy “Splice Connections”

Schweiss Doors is proud to announce the invention of its new hydraulic door Splice Connection system. Schweiss engineers came up with this one-of-a-kind Splice Connection that allows the doors to be broken down, shipped, and easily assembled at a fraction of the cost. 

The highly engineered, patent-pending Splice Connection allows the installer to easily slide both hydraulic door sections together and secure corresponding splice plates with bolts. No welding is necessary, and the splice connection is literally self-aligning for effortless and quick-field assembly. Customers like the fact that the door can easily be shipped or picked up from the factory. Best of all, it makes large over-width doorframes extremely sturdy. 

One dealer said, “With this innovative system, you’re not dealing with costly over-width permits. Shipping those huge doorframes can be dangerous and illegal when not complying with DOT regulations.” To learn more, please visit the Splice Connections page on the Schweiss Doors site: .

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit .

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