Darnell Martens, president and CEO of Vitesse, has devoted his career to business aviation. He began his career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and at age 22 left the position of senior consultant to cofound American Helicopters, the first of several business aviation companies.
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.
Mxi Technologies has announced that Teknik Servis Sanayi Ticaret (myTechnic), a start-up MRO facility in Turkey, has selected the Maintenix maintenance management software. MyTechnic is located on the Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Ameco Beijing has begun construction on an 86,300-sq-ft, 50-foot-tall central warehouse scheduled to be operational next October. The $6.3 million building will house material and equipment to support the company’s MRO facility.
GE Aviation and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding for global cooperation.
As part of the agreement, GE and DAE will collaborate in several areas related to the commercial aerospace industry based on their respective competencies and capabilities which, among other interests, include assisting DAE in the development of MRO capabilities.
ASD’s European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG) and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that calls for LTT, a provider of training to the aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul industry, to join ASD-EAQG’s service provider network–Aerospace Performances Improvement (API).
Researchers at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park and at the Sadeghi mechanical engineering laboratory have developed tiny wireless sensors resilient enough to survive the harsh conditions inside jet engines.
The German Airworthiness Authority has certified Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) as a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO+) as referred to in Part-M Section A Subpart G.
TAT Group subsidiary Sabena Technics has agreed to provide full A319 Airbus Corporate Jetliner support to the Armenian company Armavia. The Armenian State aircraft is slated to enter service this month.
The AMTSociety has joined forces with Northrop Rice Foundation to generate scholarships for aviation maintenance-related education. Under the agreement, Northrop will administer the funds to be applied toward AMTScholarship awards.
Securaplane recently announced that CRS Jet Spares, a Securaplane mainship and emergency battery line distributor, has sold its 20,000th mainship battery. Securaplane emergency battery systems use Hawker sealed lead acid batteries instead of nicads and are either original or approved replacement equipment for most business jets.