AINmxReports » July 30, 2008

July 30, 2008 - 11:57am

A Sentient Flight Group executive told AIN today that the funding round referenced in yesterday’s issue of AINalerts (click here for story) has closed, putting the company on a more stable financial footing.

July 30, 2008 - 11:55am

Piper Aircraft’s single-engine PiperJet flew for the first time today, taking off from Piper headquarters at Vero Beach (Fla.) International Airport. It is the company’s first jet in its 71-year history and a large-cabin contender in the growing single-engine jet market. Piloted by Dave Schwartz in the left seat and Buddy Sessoms in the right seat, the PiperJet lifted off from Runway 29 at 11:11 a.m. EDT for a one-hour flight.

July 30, 2008 - 11:30am

John Rahilly, principal of Rahilly Aviation Associates and former president of maintenance and completions center K-C Aviation, has joined ServiceElements as a training facilitator and strategist. While retaining his own company, Rahilly will aid ServiceElements in helping clients improve the quality of their customer service.

July 30, 2008 - 11:29am

The XL Go VideoProbe by GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies weighs only 3.8 pounds (14.3 pounds with the carrying case) but offers high-resolution video in a compact easy-to-carry package. It can be used with AC power or cordless, thanks to a lithium-ion battery that is available in two sizes: 5,100 or 10,200 mAh. The sensitive optics are protected by a braided tungsten insertion tube with 360-degree articulation.

July 30, 2008 - 11:27am

Gulfstream this month logged its 10,000th downlink via its PlaneConnect maintenance datalink system. There are about 135 large-cabin Gulfstreams using PlaneConnect, according to Gulfstream.

July 30, 2008 - 11:25am

Minden, Nev.-based Maintenance On Reliable Engines (More Co.) received approval from the FAA for its instructions for continued airworthiness to extend the time between overhaul (TBO) for seven Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine models. More Co. is the holder of eight FAA STCs for TBO extension programs on PT6As ranging from the -11 through -45R and -110 through -135A.

July 30, 2008 - 11:10am

In a demonstration of how congressional mandates force lawmakers to come to grips with reality, the process of granting Part 145 repair station certificates to companies outside the U.S. has ground to a halt. Last August, Congress passed the “9/11 Recommendation Implementation Act of 2007,” part of which mandated that the TSA create new security rules for foreign repair stations.


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