Socata North America honors two long-time employees

SOCATA North America has honored the two most senior employees at DAHER-SOCATA’s U.S. subsidiary, celebrating their careers that span more than 20 years of service. The two employees are Kam Phongsavath, who is SOCATA North America’s Director of Quality Control; and Scott Ross, Shop Manager at the company’s Repair Station.

The combination of their careers is equal to the total time of SOCATA’s 40 years in the United States, which began with the sales and marketing of the Rallye Minerva general aviation aircraft in 1972.

Phongsavath joined SOCATA North America from the U.S. Air Force, while Ross came to the company with a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Texas Aerotech.

SOCATA North America traces its roots to 1977 when Rallye Aircraft Corp. was created in the state of New York, becoming Aerospatiale General Aviation at Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1987. These operations handled the U.S. sales and support center responsibilities for all SOCATA aircraft in the market. After deliveries of the first TBM 700 in 1991, the activity grew rapidly and more people were hired.

Phongsavath and Scott joined the company on the same day: April 15, 1992. In late 1996, they were among the few who followed SOCATA North America to its new location at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, near Hollywood, Florida, where they both were welcomed by company manager Nicolas Chabbert during his first assignment as the Vice President for Sales and Marketing.

“With this recognition, we are highlighting the workmanship, loyalty, and dedication of Scott and Kam, as they have provided their expertise to SOCATA from the very beginning of the TBM program,” said Chabbert, who today is President of SOCATA North America and the Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA’s Airplane Division.

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