Greenwich AeroGroup has named Ralph Kunz as general manager of Summit Aviation. Kunz has more than 20 years experience in aerospace operations. He will be responsible for operations at Summit’s Middletown, Del., and Somerset, Ky. facilities. Kunz most recently served as vice president of operations for Airborne Tactical Advantage. Previously he held senior leadership positions with Keystone/Sikorsky Helicopters, Vector Aerospace and Parker Hannifin.
AINmxReports » June 27, 2012
Jet Aviation Basel said it will save as many as 60 jobs previously slated to be eliminated. A Swiss labor law-mandated consultation phase resulted in 115 employee suggestions on how to reduce the cuts. Last September AIN reported Jet Aviation would axe up to 300 of the 1,565 jobs at its Basel completions facility over a 12-month period as part of a larger cost-cutting program.
Vector Aerospace recently acquired Pratt & Whitney Canada’s A’Asia wholly owned subsidiary in Brisbane, Australia. According to Brian Thompson, Vector’s senior vice president commercial, “Vector is buying the 30,000-sq-ft facility and all its assets. It will officially be a P&WC PT6 designated overhaul facility and will hold FAA, EASA and Australian CASA approvals.” P&WC will retain the name A’Asia, so the facility will be rebranded as Vector Aerospace. Thompson said it is the company’s first infrastructure-based investment in the Australian/Asian market.
The Jet Aviation Sorocaba FBO and maintenance facility of Jet Aviation has been rebranded as Gulfstream Brazil. Both companies are owned by General Dynamics. The 20 employees, including nine maintenance or avionics technicians, will remain in place. The Sorocaba facility joins two more international service centers: Gulfstream Luton, north of London; and Gulfstream Beijing, scheduled to begin operations later this year.
Air Works India Engineering has made an investment in Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group. EAG offers aircraft sales, management, charter, finance and insurance. “The acquisition will help us establish a significant footprint in the Middle East by providing maintenance to EAG’s fleet of managed aircraft. In return, EAG will provide aircraft management services to Air Work’s customers in India,” Vivek Gour, Air Works managing director, told AIN.
The Bombardier Challenger 601-1A/3A/3R and 604 have been added to Banyan Air Service’s FAA Part 145 repair station approval at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, as well as to its EASA certification and Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela approvals. “We have a large customer base and as they transition into larger aircraft we intend to augment our capabilities to be able to continue to offer them service and support,” said Paul Rose, Banyan’s vice president of technical sales.
Air Service Basel’s continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) status has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. It is now authorized to provide continuing airworthiness reviews for all Cayman-registered Gulfstreams, Bombardier Challengers, Global Express, and Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Cessna Citations and Embraer Legacy 600/650s. It has been an established EASA and Bermuda BDCA-approved Camo+ organization for several years and holds both EASA and FAA repair-station approvals.
The civil aviation authorities for mainland China, Macau, Canada and the Cayman Islands have accepted Hongkong Jet as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. They follow recognition by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “With the strong growth in business aviation in mainland China and customers’ increasing level of sophistication, more customers on the mainland are requesting maintenance services to international standards as they travel to Hong Kong and beyond,” said Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for variants of the Bombardier Challenger 600 and 601. There have been several reported incidents of jamming/malfunctioning of the left-hand engine thrust control mechanism on the affected airplanes.
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