ACASS launches US operations



    ACASS introduces senior management team dedicated to US market and
    opens office in Atlanta, Georgia

    MONTREAL, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - ACASS, a leading international supplier
of corporate aviation services, today officially entered the US market with
the opening of an office in Atlanta, Georgia with emphasis on pilot and crew
placement services for US-based business aviation operators conducting
domestic and international missions.
    Bringing a wealth of business aviation experience in the US market, the
new leadership team includes:

    Nick Houseman, Managing Director, USA. Prior to joining ACASS,
Mr. Houseman was Program Director and Head of New Program Development (for the
Global XRS and Global 5000 aircraft models) at Bombardier Aerospace. In this
role, Nick was directly responsible for overall program profit and loss.
Specifically, he led several initiatives, including increasing the Global
5000's range and the Global Vision cockpit upgrade. From 2003 to 2007,
Nick Houseman was Director of Flight Operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where
he managed demonstrator aircraft, interim lift, charter and pilot provisioning
for Learjet, Challenger and Global flight operations, from bases in Wichita KS
and Hartford CT. Earlier in his career, Mr. Houseman was General Manager of
Bombardier Skyjet North America, headquartered in Washington DC, one of the
leading companies that revolutionized the business aviation charter industry
by introducing block hour programs and a Web-based brokerage service. In
addition to bringing the company to profitability, Nick was also instrumental
in Bombardier's initial decision to acquire Skyjet in 1999.
    Kevin Rodgers, Vice President Sales, USA. Before joining ACASS,
Mr. Rodgers was a Regional Director of Sales at Jet Aviation. Earlier in his
career, Kevin served as Vice President of Operations and Director of Sales at
Bombardier Aerospace's Skyjet North America division. Kevin Rodgers has worked
with numerous clients, including Fortune 100 companies, to support business
aviation needs. An active pilot and licensed dispatcher, Mr. Rodgers serves on
the Board of Directors of the Georgia Business Aviation Association and is a
member of the Southeast Corporate Aviation Management Association, which
represents many leading flight departments in the southeastern US.
    George Tsopeis, Director of Aircraft Services, USA. Mr. Tsopeis brings
more than a dozen years of aviation experience to the ACASS team. Most
recently, George was Director of Business Development at CAMP Systems, the
number one global provider of business aircraft maintenance tracking services.
Earlier in his career, George Tsopeis held several management positions with
Bombardier Aerospace, including: Manager of Business Planning and Performance,
and Manager of Strategic and Business Development.

    With more than 7,000 pilots in its placement database (90% are FAA
certified and the majority are US based), ACASS is extremely well positioned
to serve the unique requirements of the US business aviation market. With the
necessary resources to adjust to last minute flight plan changes, ACASS
delivers levels of service quality that surpass industry standards.
    "Having served at least 2,000 flight departments in more than
25 countries worldwide, our team of 100 full-time employees offers a
resource-rich blend of experience and dedication to the US market. Despite the
current economic situation, the US remains the most attractive business
aviation market in the world," said Andre Khury, President, ACASS. "We are
proud to welcome our US management team, including several talented industry
veterans led by Nick Houseman and look forward to serving our new American
clients with the highest standards of professionalism and discretion," Mr.
Khury concluded.

    About ACASS

    Founded in 1994, ACASS is a leading international supplier of corporate
aviation services. Offering pilot and crew placement services, aircraft
management, interim lift, sales and acquisitions, and charter services, ACASS
delivers the highest standards of customer service. With its integrity,
discretion and dedication, ACASS has created long-lasting relationships with a
global client base that includes Fortune 500 corporations, heads of state and
VIPs. For more information, please visit www.acass.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Mark Lowe, PRagmatic Communications, For ACASS,
(514) 499-9632, mark.lowe@pragcom.com

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