After a career at Duncan Aviation that has spanned 21 years and several states, Bob Hazy, manager of the satellites in Sacramento and Hayward, California, will be retiring in June 2021. Current crew leader Greg Gancarz has agreed to assume the responsibilities as the manager of both Sacramento and Hayward on 1 April.
Gancarz has worked for Duncan for nearly 13 years, and he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to his new position. He began flying at the Northeast Philadelphia airport while he was still in high school.
“I wanted to learn something new, get to turn wrenches and continue to pursue my passion for aviation,” he says.
Gancarz went to work for Hughes AMI Instruments in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, building simulators for F-16s. After accepting a position at Raytheon Aircraft Service in Atlantic City, New Jersey, he continued adding to his resume and building his line skills. When an offer came from a company in Sacramento, California, he leapt at the chance and moved from the East Coast to within two hours of the West Coast. When Duncan Aviation acquired the Mather avionics shop in 2008, Gancarz made the transition to the company and within a few years worked his way to avionics team leader at the Sacramento satellite.
“Although we're always sorry to see long-time managers retire, and we'll truly miss Bob, we're confident that Greg will do well in this leadership role and continue to serve Duncan Aviation's customers well,” says manager of satellite operations Matt Nelson.
Hazy welcomes his retirement and looks back with fondness on his years with Duncan Aviation. “During my 21 years here, many of my closest friends are people I've worked with and customers who've trusted their aircraft with Duncan Aviation,” he confirms. “It's the people who make this company so great, and that's who I'll miss most when I retire. I'll always cherish the friendships and the memories.”
Meanwhile Dustin Johnson has accepted the component repair shop supervisor's position for Duncan Aviation's component repair and overhaul services department.
As the shop supervisor, Johnson leads more than 160 technicians to inspect, install, troubleshoot, service and repair virtually every type of equipment an aircraft might have or need to have aboard. He has daily operational oversight of the avionics and accessories repair service teams located at the Lincoln, Nebraska MRO facility and the accessories service teams at Duncan's Battle Creek, Michigan and Provo, Utah MRO locations.
Shortly after high school, Johnson entered the Electronics Program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln. In 2003, while still in school, he was hired as a bench tech assistant in the Duncan Aviation avionics repair shop.
He grew technically in this position and was hired full-time in 2004. While working his way through the different technical levels, his leadership skills were recognised, and he was promoted to team leader in 2010. Before assuming his current position, he was team leader of the ADF (automatic directional finder) and DME (distance measuring equipment) bench teams.