People of Determination Group Designs and Develops Wheel Chocks for Etihad

People of Determination Group Designs and Develops Wheel Chocks for Etihad

Elliott Aviation has promoted Roger Woolums to engineering manager at their Moline Ill. headquarters (KMLI). He will lead and oversee the company’s in-house engineering department, as well as product development for the company’s manufacturing division, Elliott Technologies.

Woolums joined Elliott Aviation in 1998 after working in the U. S. Navy as an avionics technician on F/A-18 aircraft. He has worked as an avionics wiring technician, an avionics modifications team lead, and an avionics supervisor before he transitioned to the Engineering department in 2006. He was the lead certification engineer on all of Elliott Aviation’s ADS-B STC’s, which have been installed in nearly 750 turbine-powered aircraft worldwide. He was also the lead certification engineer on Elliott Aviation’s STC for the Mid-Continent MD302 installation in the Citation 560XL as part of the Garmin G5000 retrofit program, and in the King Air 200/300 series as part of the Garmin G1000 NXi retrofit program. He has also added 10 models of aircraft to Elliott Aviation’s Part 23 and Part 25 cabin WiFi STC. Woolums has also helped in the STC and production of Prizm aircraft lighting, which is manufactured through the Elliott Technologies division.

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“Roger has successfully led our company to create several major STC’s,” said Mark Wilken, vice president of Avionics Programs and Operational Logistics for Elliott Aviation. “He has many leadership qualities that will position the Elliott Aviation and Elliott Technologies for growth.”

Determination, a group that works to promote inclusion of individuals with special needs and orphans.

The wheel chocks bear the Bee Logo, a distinctive trademark which designates the wheel chocks as products by people of determination.

Wheel chocks keep the aircraft and ground staff safe while they work on the ramp. Each aircraft needs approximately six wheel chocks placed close to the aircraft wheels to secure its parking position and prevent movement that could lead to accidents.

Initially, Etihad received two wheel chocks to evaluate and assess if they adhered to safety regulations and were the correct measurements. The evaluation process concluded with great success by the airline’s technical team.

By the end of this year, Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination will provide Etihad Airways with 50 wheel chocks to be used in day-to-day operations.

Etihad says they are “proud to partner with Zayed Higher Organization in supporting people of determination and encouraging them to develop their skills.”