Associated Air Center named Chip Fichtner as vice president of engineering. Fichtner previously served as director of production, engineering and program management for Gore Design Completions, where he led the engineering, operations and program management effort on multiple single-aisle and widebody executive completions.
AINmxReports » October 19, 2011
Gulfstream Aerospace will expand its service center at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass. The $20 million project will add a 100,000-sq-ft maintenance facility to the complex.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Gulfstream Aerospace Galaxy and Gulfstream 200, citing cracked nuts found on the aircraft’s production line during routine post-assembly inspection. Investigation revealed that the cracks resulted from hydrogen embrittlement combined with high hardness.
Honda Aircraft has announced an $80 million expansion at its Piedmont Triad International Airport location. According to a Honda spokesman, about $20 million is earmarked for an 80,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility and $60 million for site preparation, equipment and other items.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received Hong Kong Civil Aviation Authority approval to perform line maintenance on the Dassault Falcon 2000EX EASy/LX.
Hawker Beechcraft’s turbine-powered aircraft are approved to use biofuels, a renewable resource that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions. The biofuel must meet American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) turbine fuel standards to be eligible.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and Honda Aircraft have announced the development of the industry’s first certification for aerospace coatings applicators. Jason O’Neal, Michael Garza, Eliot Ewald and Jeffrey Varner, all Honda Aircraft employees, are the first four recipients of the new certification.
Stony Point Group, a private equity and management firm focusing on middle-market companies in the aerospace, defense and industrial sectors, has acquired the assets of Broadwing Air Repair (BAR). The Melbourne, Ark.-based FAA Part 145 repair station provides composite and sheet metal repair and is known for its expertise in flight control surface and door repair.
Grant Hundley, president of Global Appearance Partners, spent nine years with NetJets as manager of aircraft appearance for the U.S.-based fleet. Last October “I thought it was time to move on and do something different based on what I’d learned about the detailing business. What we’ve done is develop a different approach to aircraft detailing,” he told AIN.