A federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Jacksonville, Fla., has indicted Franklin Williams and Stacy Willis on three counts of fraud involving aircraft and space vehicle parts in interstate commerce and one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. The aircraft, a Piper PA-32R-301T, was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and written off as a total loss. According to the indictment, an unidentified Brazilian national purchased the Piper from a salvage company in 2008 and arranged for Williams have it exported to Brazil.
AINmxReports » January 25, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey-based Teknik Servis Sanayi ve Ticaret (MyTechnic) has received approval from the General Administration of Aviation of China to provide maintenance services for China-registered aircraft, engines and components. MyTechnic is located at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport on the Asian side of Istanbul, making it readily accessible to operators in both Asia and Europe. Established in 2008, the MRO has a 165,700-sq-ft hangar bay, 267,000 sq ft of shops, office and storage and a 64,500-sq-ft engine shop.
Earlier this month a BeechJet 400A left Fort Lauderdale’s Banyan Air Service for Argentina outfitted with the Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 Swift Broadband system. “About half our customer base is in South America, and that market is about to explode,” Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics, told AIN.
AeroThrust Holdings has signed a joint-venture agreement with Bahraini partners to establish AeroThrust Gulf Aviation Services in Bahrain. The company will provide a range of aircraft engine MRO services for the Pratt & Whitney JT8 and CFM56 series of engines. AeroThrust expects to invest about $20 million in the facility over the next three years. The 94,000-sq-ft facility features a test cell with dust-free climate control technology.
Conklin & de Decker will host its “Essential Tools for Your New Maintenance Manager’s Role” from February 15 through 17 in Irving, Texas. “The seminar provides helicopter maintenance managers the necessary tools needed to master their challenging position,” said Brandon Battles, v-p and co-owner. “Many maintenance professionals, when thrust into a management role, feel behind the power curve.
Emerald Coast Aviation has closed its doors at Destin Airport approximately nine months after the MRO subleased services for Miracle Strip Aviation. Emerald Coast offered maintenance and flight instruction for Miracle Strip. Emerald Coast continues to maintain an FBO at Crestview, Florida’s Bob Sikes Airport and also provides fueling service at Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Jonathon Dunn, president of Emerald Coast Aviation, declined to comment.
Air-Tec Aviation Maintenance signed an agreement to be a GE-authorized service center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. Air-Tec will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRUs and engine spares for both engines. In addition, Air-Tec will provide some on-wing heavy repairs and manage a pool of spare/rental engines for the African region.
StandardAero has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with Slovenia’s Adria Airways for its Honeywell RE220 and GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Slovenia’s flag carrier operates four CRJ900s fitted with RE220 APUs and six CRJ100/200s fitted with GTCP36-150RJ APUs. Beyond the manufacturer itself, StandardAero is the only independent maintenance, repair and overhaul provider authorized to service the Honeywell RE220 APU and holds a favorable position in the GTCP36-150RJ APU market. The work will be performed at StandardAero’s Maryville, Tenn. facility.
Jet Support Services, an independent provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, was recently elected to membership of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. In addition, Louis Seno, JSSI chairman and CEO, has been invited to serve on the GAMA board of directors. GAMA’s primary purpose is to foster and advance the welfare, safety, interests and activities of general aviation.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Christopher Ellender as a senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Ellender is based at the Gulfstream facility in Luton, England, and reports to Jeff Hill, Gulfstream’s director of international product support sales. Ellender is responsible for maintenance sales to Gulfstream operators in Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Most recently, Ellender led the Global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.
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