In Remembrance Armando Leighton Jr.

To all,

It is with a heavy and broken heart that this message goes out to you. The aviation industry has lost one of its great entrepreneurial pioneers and a lifetime Business Aviation family member that touched people around the world.

We are truly saddened and heartbroken to announce that Armando Leighton Jr 58 years on this planet has passed away. Armando began his aviation career as a young teenager working with and around C-130 parts, went on to become a purchasing manager of a major airline at the tender age of 21 and soon after opened a company called Corporate Rotable & Supply which later  became known as CRS Jet Spares in his mom’s garage with the help of his mother. CRS came into existence because Armando believed business jet operators deserved a choice other than the OEM when it came to supplying parts. It is hard to imagine in 2017 this being a novel idea with as many “Parts” companies that exist today. However, very few had thought this was a successful business model 35 years ago. Growing into an International Aftermarket Support company that included CRS Jet Spares, Thrust Tech Aviation and Jet Tech Engineering. This was a man that seized opportunities within our industry trying to offer improvements and better solutions to those that were currently being offered. The Lear replacement generator “The Power of Blue” is an example of this wherein he decided that his small company could take on the existing OEM; Honeywell. By offering an STC PMA approved generator that provides almost twice the TBO and added reliability to a system that operators called for at significant savings. A capitalist with a heart as he sought PMA and DER process specs to support the unsupportable!

So many in our industry had a connection with Mr. Leighton and no matter how slight it might have been, there is a familiar theme with them all. This was a very nice man, a truly decent human being, he was one of the “Good Guys”

Armando was a businessman, philanthropist, community leader, but most of all he was a family man. He was a man that surrounded himself with his family. Armando is survived by his wife Diane Leighton his daughter Alyssa and son Aram, his siblings  Damaris Leal and Neysa Fulton (both of whom work at CRS), Marissa Kubinski and Andrew Leighton, as well as many loving nieces and nephews, Diane’s parents George and Claire Nenezian were very close to him and of course his mom Mirta Chang whom helped start the business back in her garage known to many in the industry as “The CRS Mom”.

It is a sad enough day when our industry loses a legend, but when someone still so full of potential is taken away so suddenly it leaves even a larger whole in this community.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to two of Armando’s favorite non-aviation organizations: The Gilda’s Club South Florida or Jack & Jill Children’s Center both located in Ft. Lauderdale Florida.

You will be remembered and you will be missed as much has been gained from your being such a valuable member of this Business Aviation Community.

Parting is such sweet sorrow….

The CRS Team

CRS Jet Spares, an NBAA Exhibitor for Over 25 Years, Will Give to One Lucky NBAA Attendee a 2017 Harley Davidson SuperLow

harleyThroughout the show, the CRS Team greets attendees as they stop at the booth to view our motorcycle giveaway. Hundreds of business cards will be entered into the drawing, but only one person can take home the bike. Three cards are randomly chosen and each contestant picks an envelope. At the same time, all three of them open their envelopes and one of them will be the lucky winner!  This drawing has become a CRS and NBAA tradition, and we are proud to be able to hold our special drawing again this year. CRS would like to invite all corporate operators, jet owners and maintenance departments attending this year’s annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida to participate in this exciting giveaway!  The drawing will take place at the CRS Booth #4477, on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m.  

Thales Adds CRS Jet Spares as Authorized Distributor for Challenger Aftermarket Support

untitled-1Thales which stands as one of the top 3 players for electrical equipment and systems for Aerospace has announced the selection of CRS Jet Spares, as its distributor for the Thales DC Generator (P/N A3579-102) a 3-stage brushless machine. This generator is original equipment on all Bombardier Challenger 300 & 350 model airframes.  Terms of this agreement allows CRS to provide sales, service and technical support to the aftermarket for this generator with total OEM backing to better serve Challenger operators. CRS Jet Spares is an aftermarket parts support company with over thirty years of experience in the Business Aviation Community.

This collaboration is created to enhance the support and services to operators of this airframe that currently has a fleet size exceeding 500.  “Having worked together with CRS in the past on various projects provided a level of comfort and confidence in making this decision” Says Greg Rowan / Director of Sales and Support “We are extremely excited that CRS’s experience with our generator and excellent reputation makes them the right choice to enhance our aftermarket support to operators of our Challenger generators.” Rowan added.

 

CRS has been offering tip to tail services and support on the CL-300 platform since they have been coming off warranty. “CRS Jet Spares is pleased to add this authorization and have the backing of Thales in our support to Challenger 300/350 operators” stated CRS President and Founder Armando Leighton.” CRS will increase stock levels for its exchange program and make units available for spares provisioning as well. The scope of this joint support for this generator looks to maintain and increase dispatch reliability for operators.  “Through OEM quality and CRS service the partnership with the Thales is a critical element in providing operators with what is expected” said Leighton

CRS Jet Spares is recognized as a worldwide leader in the aftermarket support of Business Jets.  Programs include Sales, Exchange, Spares Provisioning and Managed Repair options for all series:  Gulfstream, Global Express, Astra, Falcon, Hawker, Lear, Beechjet and Challenger.

A solutions driven sales team ready to serve you.

Thales provides a global range of support and services for avionics in the civil aerospace market, tailored to each customer’s needs. As an integrator, Thales has extensive and recognized expertise in the provision of avionics services on all type of aircraft – from large airliners to business jets and helicopter.

Crane Announces Selection of CRS Jet Spares, LLC, as SmartStem® Authorized Distributor

SmartStem webCrane Aerospace & Electronics has announced the selection of CRS Jet Spares, LLC, as the SmartStem® authorized distributors for the business and regional jet market. Under
the terms of the agreement, CRS will serve as a worldwide distributor for SmartStem Wireless Tire Pressure Systems that can be retrofitted to Boeing, Bombardier, and Gulfstream aircraft.  Boeing has approved SmartStem installation via amended Type Certificate on 737NG Boeing Business Jets, and Crane has received FAA, Transport Canada Civil Authority (TCCA), and European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) on a variety of Bombardier and Gulfstream aircraft, including:• Bombardier Challenger 300, 350, 600, 601, 604, and 605; Global Express; Global 5000; Global 6000; and CRJ 100, 200, 440, 700, 705, and 900.

• Learjet 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36, 40, 45, 55, 60, 70, and 75.

• Gulfstream G300, G350, G400, G450, G500, and G550.

“Aviation authorities have acknowledged the important role that regular tire pressure checks play in aviation safety.  SmartStem is broadly recognized as a cost-effective tool for making tire pressure checks easier and more accurate for business and regional jets.  With over tens of thousands of these aircraft in service, business and regional jet operators are an important part of our overall aftermarket business.  We are extremely excited and confident that CRS’s experience and excellent reputation makes them the right choice to better serve this market with a positive game-changer for aviation safety.”

Rick Jones, Senior Vice President, Sensing & Utility Systems, Crane Aerospace & Electronics

“CRS Jet Spares is very excited about this new distribution agreement and look forward to bringing this technological advancement in the way tire pressure checks are handled today to aircraft operators around the world! Providing aftermarket products that offer safety, reliability, cost savings or improved standard practices is something that CRS has been providing the aviation community with for over 30 years. We feel that the SmartStem process for tire pressure checks will be fully embraced by Bombardier, Gulfstream and Boeing operators once the systems are made available through the CRS network. For a demonstration or additional information on SmartStem contact your nearest CRS representative or email info@crsjetspares.com. With sales offices throughout the United States, Mexico, England, Brazil and Singapore CRS is available to support you where and when you have the need worldwide and around the clock!”

NBAA Giveaway Celebrate 15th Year; CRS Harley Drawing

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Parts support provider CRS Jet Spares will be holding its annual giveaway at this year’s NBAA event in Las Vegas once again. This year will be the 15th year CRS has been hosting this event. “It is hard to believe we have doing this for so long already” said Armando Leighton CEO and Founder of CRS Jet Spares. The drawing which attracts a large crowd to the CRS booth every year is an enjoyable production put on by CRS. Three lucky people are chosen who are in attendance to have a chance to win the motorcycle. “Over the years the drawing has generated a lot of interest, some good stories and a few lucky NBAA attendees” says Jack Caloras VP Sales and Business Development. The three contestants’ each get an envelope and when the time is right open them to find who the lucky winner is. Come by the CRS booth # C8529 to see if you are eligible for the drawing and you might just be a winner this year in Las Vegas!

For more information contact your local CRS representative today 954.972.2807 or stop by our booth # C8529 at NBAA Las Vegas 2015. 

 

CRS Delivers its 1000th Sealed Lead Acid Main Ship Battery

CRS Jet Spares an authorized Securaplane/Meggitt sales and service facility delivered its 1000th Sealed Lead Acid Main Ship battery last Friday to an undisclosed U.S. customer. CRS supplies batterySecuraplane Main Ship and Emergency Batteries to the Business Aviation Community both original equipment and replacement power solutions.  Hawker, Gulfstreams, Falcons, Challengers and Global Express most models utilize Securplane products. ”This delivery number is significant in confirming the quality battery and acceptance that these lead acid main ship batteries have received from operators throughout our community” claims CRS VP of Sales and Business Development Jack Caloras. The Quality and reliability of this product is something that operators around the world have come to enjoy and look for when requiring power solutions for their aircraft. The drive for customer satisfaction, the cutting-edge design and the performance of the Securaplane/Meggitt products continues to draw new operators and enhance customer loyalty. Contact your CRS Representative to discuss your power requirements.

Stop by our booth # C8529 at NBAA Las Vegas 2015.

 

Win- Win Consignment Program’s surge at CRS Jet Spares

CRS Jet Spares, the Business Aviation leading provider of “Aftermarket Parts Solutions” for classic, out of warranty airframes, has seen an increase in its consignment programs in 2015. A consignment program is not unique to the aviation
industry and how one functions is fairly common. An owner or material chooses another to sell this material under agreement to terms for purpose of generating dollars for said material.  What is not common to CRS Jet Spares and the many current and past consignors is the process, effort and positive results experienced during these agreements that provide a win-win program for the parties involved.

“Our Consignment Program utilizes an extensive network in the business aviation community coupled with CRS processes to sell and market parts for others” stated jack Caloras VP Sales and Business Development at CRS. “This is our core business; to store, handle, ship 24/7, invoice, collect payments, provide technical support and handle buyers concerns is what we do every day.” Says Caloras

So instead of a company that has excess, surplus or little used assets trying to divert their resources, CRS handles it all for an agreed upon fee. An interesting option for operators with inventory that they might still have a need for an occasion is the recall program offered in a CRS Consignment Agreement. The ability to recall parts anytime from CRS through our logistic and distribution system is a positive for operators inclined to keep more inventory than they might need on hand. The ability to generate revenue for excess or surplus inventory that one might have under the CRS consignment program is a win-win process that CRS has developed and excelled for years.

See/Rescue Emergency Distress Locating Devices are now available at CRS

CRS Jet Spares, the Business Aviation leading provider of “Aftermarket Parts Solutions” has been providing our industry with products for over 30 years, has been appointed as the authorized distributor for the military approved See/Rescue streamersea product line for the Business Jet Community. This state of the art, yet simple locating technology is available in various sizes with several different options.

The Sea Rescue devices are used primarily for alerting Search and Rescue personnel to your location after any type of emergency situation exists where you are in need of being located.

“The genius of this product is not only in the simplicity of the design but, that it is so clearly does what it says and how obvious it is that this piece of equipment is needed” Claims Jack Caloras VP Sales and Business Development. Dr. Robert Yonover has been involved with safety and lifesaving products for over 20 years. “We have partnered with a person who has not only marketed but also has designed and invented various products which we feel are breakthrough in both nature and application” said Caloras The Sea Rescue streamers are safety devises that  are simple and cost effective pieces of emergency equipment that all operators should consider.

CRS Jet Spares Releases New Thrust-Reverser Ball Screw Actuator

CRS Jet Spares, a leading business aviation aftermarket parts supplier, announced today the distribution of the Thrust-Reverser Ball Screw Actuator, Part Number 3272570-6. The new item is available on exchange bases for flat rate of $8500 thrust-reverser assy_3272570-6which includes NEW FAA/PMA Ball Screw Assembly Part Number 3238470-2. Backed by a No Bill Back Guarantee with   Two-Year Unconditional Warranty, this Thrust-Reverser Ball Screw Actuator is compatible with the Challenger 600, 601, 605 Series and the CRJ-100/200.

“We are committed to providing our customers with quality parts, comprehensive solutions, stellar service and competitive purchase options,” said Armando Leighton, Jr., President/CEO. “We stand behind our ‘no bill back’ policy which gives our customers peace of mind.”

CRS Jet Spares Widens Support for APU’s

CRS Jet Spares, the Business Aviation leading provider of “Aftermarket Parts Solutions” for classic, out of warranty airframes, has increased its APU support programs with the addition of a GTCP36-100E and a GTCP36-150CL. These two apuAPU’s in addition to current inventory and programs will increase support for offerings to include, rental and managed repairs, exchanges and outright sales.

Through an approved vendor process which follows AS9120 Quality requirements CRS monitors the APU program to the highest standards. “Increasing our inventory levels to continue to support our customer base is an ongoing effort here at CRS” stated CEO and Founder of CRS Armando Leighton, Jr. The programs that CRS offers are a direct result of what we see as a need in the industry as expressed by the operators we support.

The APU’s are housed and stored at the CRS Fort Lauderdale facility in a climate controlled environment in accordance to all requirements. For more information on these and additional APU’s contact your CRS Representative today, 954.972.2807 www.crsjetspares.com, or stop by our booth #C089 at EBACE 2015.