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NAC Announces New Hire For General Manager

Anchorage, AK – April 11, 2016 – Northern Air Cargo, Inc. (NAC) recently named Gideon Garcia as General Manager for the Anchorage based, all-cargo airline. Gideon joins NAC bringing over twenty-two years of Alaska travel trade and business operations experience. He has previously served as Regional Manager for Holland America Tours; and, most recently and more notably as Chief Operating Officer of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation where he managed a portfolio of five business units in Southcentral Alaska. Gideon’s strong qualifications in the areas of safety, operations management, fiscal strategies and sales are welcomed, optimal competencies essential to the ongoing and future success of the 60-year old business.

“While Gideon will be embarking on his first venture in the air cargo industry, he has vast experience with managing large companies with hundreds of employees in a safety sensitive, regulated environment. We are confident that he will be a great leader for NAC’s cargo operations and look forward to the additional stability he will bring,” said Dave Karp, president & CEO of Northern Aviation Services, NAC’s parent company. In the position as General Manager, Gideon’s primary responsibilities will focus on cargo operations and sales.

Gideon holds a General Management M.B.A. at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. From 1988 to 1989, Gideon served with HHC, 119th Military Intelligence Brigade in Ft. Lewis Washington. Gideon leads numerous community organizations and currently serves as president of Anchorage East Rotary Club and Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and board member of Resource Development Council.

NAC & NAMS Receive AMT Diamond Award

Anchorage based Northern Air Cargo, Inc. (NAC) and its subsidiary, Northern Air Maintenance Services (NAMS), were recently awarded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence for its Aviation Maintenance Technician training program.
The Diamond level award is the highest level of achievement in the AMT program. The award recognizes the airline and its eligible maintenance technicians for a 100% participation rate in the program.
“Receiving this award is a testament to the overall daily commitment to quality, safety and professionalism within our organization,” said David Karp, president and CEO of Northern Aviation Services, parent company of NAC and NAMS.

NAC Celebrates 60 Years Serving Rural Alaska

Anchorage-based Northern Air Cargo (NAC) is proudly entering its 60th year providing airfreight services to towns and villages throughout western and northern Alaska. Originally founded in 1956, the airline was established as a charter airfreight service, pioneering delivery of oversized cargo, general freight and essential goods to Alaska’s rural communities.
Today, NAC has grown to become the state’s largest all-cargo airline with scheduled flights to 12 communities not connected by a road system and employs more than 300 Alaskans. Alaska industries such as oil and gas, mining, construction, and commercial fishing use NACs services for the businesses to run smoothly. From groceries and generators to medical supplies and lumber, rural residents and businesses rely on airfreight transportation as an essential service vital to their way of life.
For six decades NAC has demonstrated it dedication, adaptability, sustainability and continued growth to meet the needs of Alaska’s marketplace for the next 60 years.NAC60_logo_final

New Hires & Promotions

Anchorage based Northern Aviation Services (NAS), recently appointed Dave Squier to Chief Operating Officer of the company. Squier previously held the position of Vice President of Cargo Services of Anchorage based subsidiary Northern Air Cargo (NAC). In his new capacity Squier will have oversight of cargo and ground operations at both NAC and Honolulu, Hawaii based subsidiary, Aloha Air Cargo.

Northern Air Cargo recently hired Sami Glascott for the position of Chief Operating Officer. Sami previously served as Director of Sales for NAC and formerly president and CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Regulatory Affairs Manager at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Sami holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Foraker Certificate in non-profit management and a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College.

Brian Heath has assumed the position of General Manager of Northern Air Maintenance Services (NAMS), a subsidiary of Northern Air Cargo and will oversee the management of NAMS Ground Services. Brain has been a key leader of the NAMS team for the past 7 years as Director of Maintenance and is a 20-year Air Force retiree.

Bob Reith, a 23.5 year employee of NAC, most recently serving as Director of Ground Operations of its subsidiary NAMS, has transitioned to the new position of Director of Deadhorse Operations for NAMS.

Lorrie Rogers joined the NAC staff as Manager of Tech Pubs. Lorrie comes to NAC from PenAir where she worked for 9 years in their technical publications department and brings comprehensive experience in technical writing, editing, proofreading and publishing company manuals.

About Northern Aviation Services
Northern Aviation Services specializes in aviation related services and is comprised of five operating brands: Aloha Air Cargo, Aloha Tech Ops, Northern Air Cargo, Northern Air Maintenance Services, NAS Contract Service, and Air On Demand.

About Aloha Air Cargo
Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii Island, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

NAC Sponsors Nordic Skier Kornfield

Northern Air Cargo is pleased to announce that it has entered a Gold sponsorship agreement with APU Nordic ski champion and Olympic hopeful Tyler Kornfield for the 2013/2014 season.

Tyler, a lifelong Alaskan and UAF Mechanical Engineering graduate, became the youngest ever National Champion in cross-country skiing when he won the classic sprint in Anchorage, Alaska in 2010 and repeated it in 2012 in Rumford, Maine. Tyler joined the world-class APU Nordic Ski Team in 2013 and continues to build on his success and his dream to represent the U.S. at the Olympics.

“We’re thrilled to sponsor Tyler and support his efforts to achieve his personal and professional goals in the sport. Already a two-time National Champion among other substantial achievements, Tyler is well poised for a successful season and we’re confident his focus on hard work and training will be rewarding,” said NAC marketing and communications manager, Blake Arrington.

Tyler Kornfield remarked, “The community support for skiing in Alaska is beyond compare. There are many actions that go into achieving national and international success. They include training, coaching, travel, equipment, and nutrition among many others and, support from sponsors like Northern Air Cargo makes the financial side possible. I am happy to have them with me on the trail.”

NAC Ships 50K Lbs. for ALPAR in 2012

Northern Air Cargo announced today that as a result of its 2012 sponsorship of the Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) Flying Cans & Bottles program, the company shipped a combined total of 50,000 pounds of aluminum cans and #1 PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles collected in rural communities throughout Alaska bound for RockTenn Recycling in Anchorage.

“We are very grateful to Northern Air Cargo who donates the backhaul for this material. They, along with other participating air carriers and businesses in Alaska who support ALPAR programs, are key to making this program feasible and sustainable,” says Mary Fisher, ALPAR executive director.

Over the past five years, the Flying Cans & Bottles program has received a steady increase in volume of these recyclable materials, from over 26,000 lbs. in 2008 to over 50,000 in 2012. The recycled materials will save landfill space, decrease litter and pollution and provide feedstock for manufacturing products such as fleece clothing, fiberfill, and new plastic bottles and aluminum cans.

Telpin Wins 7th Annual Nayokpuk Award

Northern Air Cargo presented the 7th Annual Herbie Nayokpuk Award to Iditarod Musher Mikhail Telpin, 59, of Yanrakkynot, Chukotka, Russia at the Iditarod XLI Finisher’s Awards banquet in Nome, Alaska on Sunday, March 17.

The Northern Air Cargo Herbie Nayokpuk Award is presented to the Iditarod musher who best exemplifies the humble nature, sportsmanship and unparalleled spirit that Herbie “Shishmaref Cannonball” Nayokpuk brought to the Iditarod.  The winner is selected by a vote of the checkers along the coast which incorporate the Bering Straits Native Corporation, the region in which Herbie lived, to include checkpoints from Unalakleet to Nome.  The award consists of a unique Alaskan plaque or gift, and 1,049 one-dollar bills stuffed in the pockets of a Carhartt jacket.

NAC Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Iron Dog Inc., the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race, announced today that Anchorage based Northern Air Cargo (NAC) has been inducted into the Iron Dog Hall of Fame. NAC has sponsored Iron Dog since the first race in 1984 and the induction of a corporate sponsor is a first for Iron Dog.

”Over the years, hundreds of racers and thousands of volunteers have participated in the Iron Dog and helped to make it grow. We have honored a few of these folks by inducting them into our Hall of Fame. We’ve never honored a company before but we recognize that without the help and support of Northern Air Cargo, this race would not exist,” said Iron Dog president, Jim Wilke.

“The Northern Air Cargo family is pleased to be a long-time sponsor of Iron Dog. We are greatly honored to be inducted into the Iron Dog Hall of Fame and recognized for our contribution to the success and longevity of the race. We look forward to a continued partnership for many years to come,” said Blake Arrington, NAC’s marketing manager.

NAC Creates First Class Terminal

Northern Aviation Services, a division of NAC, has reconfigured its leased building on former Kulis Air National Guard Base into a first class charter terminal. The facility will be supporting the transportation of Shell Alaska Exploration employees and contractors during their offshore exploration season.

NAC is the first air operator to lease the former Kulis base space since it was offered up by the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. NAC’s chartered Boeing 737-400 passenger aircraft from Miami Air wll also be based at Kulis.

“We’re very fortunate that the airport has this type of facility available to meet the needs of the aviation industry and that of our expanding customer base. We believe the transfer of Kulis to the state, and subsequent availability to private sector will facilitate new growth at the Anchorage Airport,” said David Karp, NAC President and CEO.