The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance approval to ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in a move that significantly boosts the country’s still limited maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for business aircraft. The joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation and Tianjin Haite is now cleared to provide support for most Bombardier executive jets.
Aviation International News » August 2012
Gore Design Completions recently delivered its first aircraft of 2012, an ACJ320-200 for a returning head-of-state customer. The first cabin outfitting project for the unidentified head of state was a Boeing 767 completed in 2008.
The ACJ320-200 represents the first in a string of single- and twin-aisle bizliners scheduled for delivery by the San Antonio-based center this year.
Bell Helicopter’s Aviation Service maintenance facility in Prague, Czech Republic, has received a Part 145 maintenance organization approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration.
“The addition of a Ukrainian service offering enhances our ability to take care of our customers in Eastern Europe. Our mission is to make service expedient and efficient for them so their aircraft are ready to go when duty calls,” said Eric Cardinali, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of customer support and services.
Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, has been chosen by Cessna Aircraft to be the base of operations for a new mobile service unit (MSU). Cessna MSUs provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for Citation operators. The specially outfitted trucks carry most of the same tools and equipment found in Cessna Citation factory service centers and can perform a variety of procedures up to and including engine exchanges. This latest MSU joins 17 others already in service in the U.S. for a total of 22 throughout North America and Europe.
Dassault Falcon has signed an agreement with Indian charter operator Taj Air to operate a Dassault Falcon authorized line service station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The 35,000-sq-ft facility, which is now operational, will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for all Falcon 2000s. Initially it will serve Indian-registered Falcons but EASA approval is expected early next year.
Apple, Android and BlackBerry owners operating Sikorsky aircraft have a new tool to help them interface with Sikorsky Aerospace Services. SAS has launched new mobile applications for the Sikorsky360 Web portal, a proprietary online support capability currently used by more than 4,000 operators globally.
Construction has begun on a new FBO at Blair Municipal Airport (BTA) in Nebraska. SkyWerx Aviation, the first service provider at the airport, hopes to attract flight departments from local corporations as well as transient aircraft on fueling stops, to the Omaha-area field, which expects capitalize on its lower operating costs to offer attractive fuel prices. “Blair Airport has been overlooked by the general aviation community because it lacked services,” said Bob Joyce, general manager of privately owned SkyWerx.
Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) and Oakland Air, two of the 11 service providers at Oakland County International Airport in Michigan, have combined their FBO service staffs and facilities but will continue to remain separate entities. The two companies–which occupy adjacent plots at the Pontiac airport–will now share their ramps and hangars, giving them a combined 12 acres of outdoor aircraft parking and 220,000 sq ft of heated indoor storage space, respectively.
A new international airport is under construction in the Caribbean’s St. Vincent and the Grenadines. When completed late next year, Argyle International Airport will have a paved runway of 9,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, with domestic and international terminals designed to handle about 1.5 million passengers annually. The airport will accommodate Boeing 747-400s and will allow for direct flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Central and South America.
The recently launched UVair FBO Network–an alliance between Epic Aviation and Universal Weather & Aviation’s UVair Fuel Program–announced it has added 10 members: in Colorado, Denver Jet Center at Centennial Airport; in California, Napa Jet Center at Napa County Airport, Jet West at Salinas Municipal Airport and both Maguire Aviation locations at Van Nuys Airport; in Texas, Textar Aviation at Dallas Love Field Airport; in Michigan, Grand Rapids Air Center; in Or