AINmxReports » December 5, 2012

December 5, 2012 - 12:31pm

Aircraft maintenance labor charges will be largely exempt from Florida state taxes effective January 1, according to the Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA). Airplanes with an mtow of more than 2,000 pounds and rotorcraft with an mtow of more than 10,000 pounds are covered under legislation introduced and passed in mid-March during the 2012 Florida Legislative Session.

FATA worked with the Florida Airports Council and AOPA to change the language of the statute to clarify that FBOs and MROs are exempt from the “intangible tax.”

December 5, 2012 - 12:27pm

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) has received Indonesian approval for the installation of its supplemental type certificate (STC) approved aft jump-seat kits for the Beechcraft King Air 300 and 300C (350).

December 5, 2012 - 12:24pm

Finding qualified aircraft maintenance personnel is becoming increasingly difficult and has led one recruiting firm to go on the road. Aerotek St. Louis recently held a job fair in Kansas City to recruit more than 100 aircraft mechanics, technicians, inspectors and engineers for a defense contract.

December 5, 2012 - 12:17pm

Embraer Executive Jets has appointed maintenance and refurb center Comlux Aviation Services as the first independent Lineage 1000 authorized service center in North America. Comlux is also an approved service center for the Legacy 600/650. Comlux Aviation Services will support Embraer Executive Jets’ large executive jet fleet by providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics, structural repairs and interior refurbishments at its Indianapolis facility.

December 5, 2012 - 12:13pm

Gulfstream Beijing has been approved as a Part 145 maintenance facility by the Civil Aviation Administration of China and is now authorized to work on aircraft registered in that country. Gulfstream Beijing is a joint venture among Gulfstream and two subsidiaries of Hainan Airlines Group: Deer Jet and Hainan Aviation Technik. The latter offers MRO services, and Deer Jet, China’s largest business jet charter provider, has the biggest Gulfstream fleet in China.

December 5, 2012 - 12:07pm

Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories division has posted a new website. The redesigned Internet presence provides current and prospective customers access to various tools and technical resources. According to the company, the site simplifies purchasing options and includes expanded search capability in Aeronautical Accessories’ electronic catalog of more than 4,000 unique parts and accessories and 360 STCs. The site also offers a new quoting feature to assist customers in their purchasing decisions.

December 5, 2012 - 12:02pm

Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install ADS-B out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance date set by airworthiness authorities. Both aircraft received similar FAA STC approval within the past year.

December 5, 2012 - 11:55am

Twin Commander Aircraft has launched a training program for technicians who will perform the inspections detailed in Service Bulletin 241. It is for the hardware that attaches the fuselage to the wing main spar in the 690, 690A and 690B, with the exception of certain serial-number 690As and Bs that have already been inspected and modified. Later-model Twin Commanders, the 690C/D and 695A/B, have a different attachment design and are not affected.

December 5, 2012 - 11:50am

Stevens Aviation has appointed Robert Wyatt to the position of general manager of its Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport facility in Broomfield, Colo. Wyatt has held an A&P license since 1996 and has worked at various levels of aviation management, including 10 years with Bombardier Learjet. “Robert’s broad-based experience, from lead Learjet technician to service manager, makes him uniquely qualified to lead Stevens’s Denver facility,” said Stevens Aviation president Neal McGrail.

December 5, 2012 - 11:45am

ABS Jets has appointed Thierry Barre to the position of technical director to help the company develop its maintenance and engineering services. Barre joins ABS Jets after more than 20 years working with Luxair, where he spent the last four years as head of maintenance. Before that he was deputy head of engineering, a position where he gained experience working with Embraer aircraft and technology. Barre’s career began in the French Navy, where he pursued studies in aircraft engineering.


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