The fraud trial of Flying Tigers and its president, Jay Stout, began last Friday in Philadelphia federal court before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III. One of the prosecution’s primary witnesses is Stout’s son Joel, who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in March last year to one count of fraud and six counts of mail fraud. Both Stouts, the company and mechanic/inspector Howard “Bud” Gunter were indicted in August 2012 for allegedly charging aircraft owners for inspections that were not conducted by FAA-certified inspectors.
AINmxReports » April 2, 2014
GE Aviation and Evergreen Aviation Technologies have formed a joint-venture company, GE Evergreen Engine Services, to specialize in the overhaul of the GEnx engine.
A spokesman for GE Aviation told AIN the two parties are investing approximately $130 million over the next five years.
The new venture will be located at the GE Aviation and Evergreen Aviation Technologies facility in Taipei. The facility currently provides airframe and engine work. “There is also ample real estate available, so we’re looking at all the options,” said the spokesman.
Vilnius, Lithuania-based FL Technics has been accepted as a member of the European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee, a Netherlands-based non-profit association that comprises various aviation maintenance training organizations from Europe and other parts of the world.
Luanda, Angola-based Best Fly Maintenance plans to open a Part 145 line station at Luanda International Airport in the fourth quarter. The new station will offer line maintenance tasks and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance checks for the G450/550, Falcon 900, Falcon 7X and King Airs. Best Fly will be qualified to work on more than 30 aircraft types.
FlightSafety International completed the first line and base maintenance course for the Rolls-Royce BR725 offered at its Learning Center in Savannah, Ga.
Long Island MacArthur Airport-based Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has expanded its hours by adding a second shift, seven days a week. “With the increased demand for our maintenance services from our in-house, retail and transient customers, we extended our hours to provide our customers with the added convenience of maintenance services whenever they need them and to minimize downtime,” Ralph Michielli, vice president and director of maintenance, told AIN. New hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Part parent company ARC Aerospace Industries recently acquired a majority interest in Maxair Ventures of Tucson, Ariz. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Maxair Ventures will be providing Part with logistical support, along with the remarketing of ARC’s surplus parts inventories. Currently ARC owns parts inventories from Boeing 767s, 757s, 747s and 737s already torn down. This month ARC purchased a Boeing 737-400 and a 767-200 for teardown and parts distribution.
Duncan Aviation’s avionics and instruments department has added several BendixKing product lines to its repair and overhaul capabilities over the past two years, most recently the KS270C/271C/272C. Eric Olson, Duncan Aviation autopilot team leader, says the BendixKing Charlie series is a more advanced servo that uses a surface-mount technology to benefit many Beechcraft, Cessna and Piper models. Duncan Aviation has also developed internal FAA-approved repair procedures to replace parts that are no longer available for the KFC200/250 autopilots.
Comlux The Aviation Group has appointed David Edinger as executive v-p of Comlux Management and board member of the Comlux Group. Edinger initially joined Comlux in 2008 as the CEO of Comlux America, the completion and services segment of Comlux in Indianapolis. Jim Soleo is taking over Edinger’s duties and is promoted to CEO of Comlux America. Soleo has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry, with multiple years of experience at the executive level and as a former partner in ownership of a completion center in Savannah, Ga.
Spirit Aeronautics, based in Columbus, Ohio, has named Jerry MacDonald as an aircraft production supervisor. His 36 years of work experience includes stints with Owens Corning, SSK Industries and GE Aircraft Engines, where he held positions with varying levels of responsibility and authority. MacDonald holds a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a minor in meteorology from Purdue University. He is a licensed FAA A&P mechanic with inspection authorization.
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