Growth is the word in the Asia-Pacific region, and since 2010 Jet Aviation Singapore has more than doubled the number of skilled workers it employs; three-quarters of the new employees are local hires. To meet growing demand for business aviation services in the region, Jet Aviation Singapore has raised its employee headcount to 123 from 59 in 2010 and plans to hire 13 more aviation professionals this year.
AINmxReports » February 12, 2014
Bombardier has formally opened its new business aircraft service center at Singapore Seletar Airport. The new 92,000-sq-ft facility is the first factory-owned service center for Bombardier business aircraft operators in the Asia-Pacific region. The new facility has 41 employees, including 25 technicians. Bombardier recruited local staff before the center was built and sent them to its service center in Hartford, Conn., for training.
Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS), a Chinese composite materials specialist headquartered at Bao’An International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China, is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity. LTS is tripling its workshop and warehouse capacity to nearly 269,000 sq ft and strengthening its presence in the areas of component supply, logistics services and airline support teams for engine services across China and Asia.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a four-year college scholarship for eligible seniors attending West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) in Grand Rapids. WMAA is a tuition-free public charter high school that offers an aviation education, along with a “rigorous” academic curriculum.
Gulfstream will award a $60,000 scholarship to one WMAA graduating senior each year from 2014 to 2017, totaling $240,000. Students will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance and enrollment in an aviation-related degree path at an accredited higher education institution.
Vancouver, Canada-based TrainingPort.net has released an online training course on RVSM for business aviation maintenance personnel. Annual per-person subscriptions to the service provide a collection of 20 to 25 topics depending upon the needs of the company. The typical subscription provides a lesson every week to 10 days throughout the year. The company currently offers 60 topics, ranging from airborne icing to health and safety.
AJW Group has boosted its investment in China with expanded offices in the heart of Shanghai’s commercial sector. Marketing director David Brown said, “AJW is ideally placed to offer the Chinese aviation market a range of strategically tailored services that meet the particular needs of the operators. They recognize the cost alignments our flexible power-by-the-hour programs and versatile component stocking and repair options can bring.”
Cadorath Aerospace has entered into a partnership with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Jaguar Aviation to provide repair, modification and overhaul services of aeronautical products to Latin American customers. Cadorath will work on Rolls-Royce 250 and T56, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Honeywell T53 engines and Bell and Sikorsky helicopters.
EASA has given FL Technics Jets of Vilnius, Lithuania, a certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for the Bombardier CL-600-2B19 series (CRJ100/200/440 and the CRJ200-derived Challenger 850). In early 2012, FL Technics Jets became the first authorized Hawker Beechcraft service center in Eastern Europe. Soon afterwards the company became the first authorized service center for Tronair ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.
Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) has approved CenTex Aerospace’s Halo 250 conversion for the Beechcraft King Air 200 series. It allows any King Air 200 to carry up to 920 pounds more payload by increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 13,420 pounds from 12,500 pounds. A new Airplane Flight Manual supplement has performance data for takeoff flight path to 1,500 feet agl and the landing approach flight path in normal and icing conditions.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Hawker Pacific to discuss the framework for Hawker Pacific to become the first FBO in the region to provide repair services for P&WC’s engine diagnostics, prognostics and health management (DPHM) products.
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