New York investment firm Global Technology Investment and construction firm Punj Lloyd have each bought a 33-percent share in Airworks India. It is believed to be the first deal of its kind in the country’s general aviation sector.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Goodrich Aviation Technical Services (ATS), the airframe heavy maintenance component of Goodrich, has been sold to a subsidiary of Macquarie Group.
ATS has more than 1,200 employees at its 950,000-sq-ft facility in Everett, Wash., and serves a broad base of North American and global customers by providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services to airlines, cargo fleet operators and aircraft owners.
Goodrich has broken ground for a new 110,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Dubai targeting the Middle East, Africa and South Asia markets.
Dell Canada has partnered with Bombardier Aerospace to provide computer notebook technology to manage maintenance operations for Challenger 605s.
Bombardier will provide a Dell Latitude D530 notebook with every new aircraft ordered. The computer will be equipped with custom maintenance application software and will be used by aircraft maintenance technicians to perform time-saving troubleshooting operations.
Summa Technology, a provider of high-end sub-systems and precision machining, fabrication, welding and engineering services, has been acquired by AAR. The acquisition extends AAR’s portfolio of manufactured products and engineering services.
Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) has announced that he and Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) are working on legislation to provide general aviation parts manufacturers with common-sense protections against lawsuits. “These lawsuits are driving up insurance costs and forcing some manufacturers to stop production on parts certified by the FAA,” Ehlers said.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive will open a regional turbine center (RTC) in the Pittsburgh area by the end of this month. It will be located at Washington County Airport about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh International Airport.
In addition to repairing its 10,000th rotor blade at its Grand Prairie, Texas shop, American Eurocopter announced that it will open its first regional service center, one of several it plans to launch within the U.S. The West Coast Regional Service Center is to be located at the Long Beach Airport in the Daugherty Skyharbor Complex.
On November 27 Jet Aviation became the first international business aviation services group to establish a support operation in Moscow when it took possession of a hangar next to the Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal. It has also begun construction on a 33,000-sq-ft hangar that should be completed early this year.
Market analysis and consulting firm AeroStrategy recently completed a study showing that the yearly market for helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul will grow from