Sabreliner Corp. and Midcoast Aviation each have been recognized by Honeywell as top-performing service centers, earning Honeywell’s prestigious Staar (service target authorization and approval rating) award. “All of us at Sabreliner and Midcoast are proud to be recognized for providing a level of service excellence that surpasses even Honeywell’s stringent requirements,” said Ron Herman, vice president of operations for Sabreliner.
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“The fleet is growing and we want to make the right decision at the right time. We are in the midst of discussions about Mesa but there’s no decision so far,” a Cessna spokeswoman told AIN. The comment comes on the heels of an announcement by Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker in his State of the City address that Cessna would be building its 10th domestic Citation Service Center there.
Phazar Flight Support at Meacham nternational Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding. In particular, its aircraft refurbishment center, due for completion this month, is growing. The new facility includes a 44,000-sq-ft hangar devoted to completion work and the company is already converting two MD-87 airliners to executive/VIP configuration.
Yingling Aviation recently opened a new 15,500-sq-ft facility that will include 12,000 sq ft of hangar space in addition to a customer spec room, shops and offices. In recent years the Wichita-based company has focused on its Oasis program, installing executive/VIP cabins in Cessna Caravans.
MacCarthy Interiors in Surrey, England, has delivered its first Sikorsky S-92 with an executive interior. The job for a private owner was part of a contract with Harrods Aviation (MacCarthy is a preferred interiors supplier for Harrods), and involved first stripping out the old interior. Among the upgrade items is a forward lavatory and new leather seats.
Jet Aviation in Basel, Switzerland, is well under way on an executive/VIP Airbus A320 interior it expects to deliver in July to a first-time customer. The airplane will accommodate up to 25 passengers and cabin amenities will include on-demand audio/video, LED lighting and a humidification system. Among the more unusual aspects is a faux finish in place of wood.
In a city that already had two interior completion and refurbishment centers, one more might have been one too many. But rather than fight for every job, the three facilities at Tucson International Airport– DunnAir Business Jet Completion, Evergreen Air Center and Hamilton Aerospace Technologies–have decided that a cooperative agreement would benefit all.
During a discussion with a friend recently he touched on a problem he and most others in his industry are having. It seems that the labor market has been getting tighter for certain kinds of employee. He was not talking about the MBA types or the attorneys as we seem to produce more than enough of them to satisfy demand.
Newly named Landmark Aviation is still growing within the business aviation community, at least when it comes to name recognition. While the name may be new–it made its debut at November’s NBAA Convention–the company’s roots go deep.
The Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) has awarded its quality system standard ASA-100 to CRS Jet Spares. ASA developed the quality standard to satisfy the requirements outlined in FAA Advisory Circular AC No. 00-56A, which describes the voluntary industry distributor accreditation program.