Jet Aviation has added a 420-sq-ft interior shop to its new hangar facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park to expand its cabin capabilities from minor interior repairs and touch-ups to full interior refurbishment. The facility is outfitted to support upholstery, wood and veneer finishing and carpeting, and is complemented by a new 7,000-sq-ft spray-painting and buffing shop.
AINmxReports » April 16, 2014
Gal Aerospace has completed the acquisition of AeroQuest of Lawrenceville, Ga. AeroQuest provides aircraft interior components manufacturing and specializes in turnkey products for business and commercial aircraft, including showers, countertops, window shades, cabinetry and cabin peripheral panels. The company offers both build-to-print and design-to-build services.
Banyan Air Service, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, recently completed installing a dual Garmin 600 glass cockpit upgrade on a Pilatus PC-12. The project included a Garmin GTN-750, GTN-650, GMA-350 and dual GTX-330 transponders. The installations were performed using both Garmin and Pilatus STCs.
To supplement its service and support presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Gulfstream opened a customer support contact center at its Product Support Asia headquarters in Tung Chung near Hong Kong International Airport. The center will initially focus on over-the-counter sales and warranty support. Technical operations personnel, to include avionics/electrical and technical/mechanical systems specialists for all Gulfstream models, will be added later this year.
The OEM has maintenance technicians at the Gulfstream Beijing service center to perform the work.
Lufthansa Technik will establish a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Puerto Rico for servicing short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority.
Lufthansa Technik plans to break ground on the new facility within the next three months.
Dassault Falcon Jet plans to bolster its parts inventory in China three-fold this summer, to 3,000 items worth $13 million. “China presents a unique set of business challenges that Dassault has been able to negotiate successfully thanks to a healthy relationship we have with the Chinese authorities. This level of parts commitment is just one example of our long-term dedication to this market,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has received STC approval for Boeing 737 (-300 through -900ER) Wi-Fi solutions for the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). The dual-band unit can manage multiple systems such as Swift64, SwiftBroadband, Ku band, Ka band and X band both airborne and on the ground. The SDR also has a 3G cellular service feature for use on the ground. The system can be integrated with existing platforms and systems manufactured by Cobham, Thrane & Thrane, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.
RBR Maintenance has hired Kenneth “Bo” Slajar as a Hawker crew chief. Slajar’s aviation career started in 1985, leading to a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy working on F/A-18 fighters. While in the Navy he attended Navy leadership school, general airframes and corrosion control school, and aircraft firefighting school. He retired in 2005 as an Aviation Mechanic First Class–E6. In corporate aviation he has worked for various companies and gained experience on Citations, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Challengers, King Airs and Beechjets but he specializes in Hawkers.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based VAS Aero Services has named Tommy Hughes as chief commercial officer. Hughes, formerly senior vice president for sales and marketing for the company, is responsible for global assets and repair services, in addition to worldwide sales. During a 20-plus-year career in engine MRO services and sales, and before VAS, Hughes worked with Delta Air Lines tech ops, where he led engine maintenance and test cell operations for that airline and its third-party customers.
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