Aviation International News » February 2009

January 29, 2009 - 10:03am

Aircraft Parts (APC) has been acquired from Unison Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric’s GE Aviation, by TransDigm Group in a stock purchase valued at approximately $68 million.

Holtsville, N.Y.-based APC has been a supplier of proprietary, highly engineered components to the commercial aerospace industry for almost 50 years. The company has reported annual revenues of approximately $33 million.

January 29, 2009 - 10:01am

Like a lot of young Americans in the late 1960s, Pete Cranick was introduced to aviation through the U.S. military.

“The Navy trained me as a jet mechanic and I was assigned to Hawaii to work on the P-3 Orion,” the president of Phoenix Rising Aviation told AIN. “It was a good deal until we rotated to Adak, Alaska.”  

January 29, 2009 - 9:59am

Maintenance technicians have a new way to accumulate training toward their Inspection Authorization (IA) and the FAA Awards Program.

Global Jet Services has launched its first E-learning course, Barfield 450 for aviation maintenance technicians. The highly interactive Web course enables students to learn at their own pace from any location and gain IA and FAA Awards Program learning credit for eight hours.

January 29, 2009 - 9:58am

Lufthansa Technik has invested nearly $67 million in its new 161,500-sq-ft overhaul center for engines in Hamburg. The new facility will be staffed by about 700 employees, and capacity for overhauls rises from the present 320 to more than 400 engines per year. By commissioning the new facility, the company is making a significant contribution to securing the more than 2,000 engine maintenance jobs at the Hamburg site over the long term.

January 29, 2009 - 9:55am

The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) has announced the election of its 2009-2010 executive board of directors.

January 29, 2009 - 9:53am

Atlantic Southeast Airlines sent furlough notices to 80 pilots last month as partner Delta Air Lines pares back Bombardier CRJ flying. The furloughs take effect February 9. Delta plans to cut its domestic capacity by 8 percent to 10 percent this year in response to falling travel demand.

January 29, 2009 - 9:52am

Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Great Lakes Aviation announced it would launch EAS routes to four Montana destinations from Billings on February 1, marking an end to nearly a year’s wait for service since the now defunct Big Sky Airlines stopped flying to Glasgow, Glendive, Havre and Wolf Point.

January 29, 2009 - 9:52am

The second of four planned Sukhoi SSJ100 prototypes–S/N 95003–took to the skies on December 24, joining the flight-test program started in May with the first flight of S/N 95001. The aircraft took off from the factory runway and safely landed after a two-hour, 30-minute flight that reached an altitude of 20,000 feet. Piloted by Sukhoi test pilot Capt.

January 29, 2009 - 9:51am

Horizon Air has negotiated a deferral of Q400 deliveries with Bombardier to re-time the shipments to coincide with the removal of the Seattle-based regional’s CRJ700 fleet. Horizon announced last year that it planned to sell its 70-seat jets, but as of last month it continued to fly 18 of them and had managed to sell just two to an operator outside the U.S.

January 29, 2009 - 9:50am

Embraer delivered a record 204 airplanes last year, including 162 jets in the regional/commercial sector, leaving the company on what it hopes proves firm enough financial footing to readily absorb the economic “challenges” that lie ahead for this year.

 
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