Janesville, Wis.-based Helicopter Specialties (HS) is carving a national niche as a maintainer and refurbisher of EMS helicopters. Avionics technician Jim Freeman founded the company in 2000, starting with a single BK117 HEMS refurbishment in a 3,000-sq-ft hangar and a handful of employees. Today HS has 25 employees working in nearly 50,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art space. HS is certified to work on 22 different makes and models of helicopter and six different engine types.
Aviation International News » February 2012
This is The Jet Business’s new store in Mayfair, London’s fanciest neighborhood. It opened fully in January, complete with purpose-built 32-inch iPads that allow prospective clients to specify their private aviation preferences and view specifications and cabin layouts on life-size video walls. Sales discussions take place in a full-size mockup of an Airbus ACJ, featuring a living room, dining room and office. Company founder Steve Varsano tells AIN he is already busy fielding inquiries from visiting clients drawn from around the globe.
Sheltair’s newly constructed FBO at Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (ECP) in Panama City is the gateway to the Emerald Coast, a 100-mile stretch of powdery white-sand beaches on the Sunshine State’s panhandle that has long been a resort destination for general aviation passengers and pilots.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has urged the European Commission (EC) to correct what it views as anti-competitive aspects of its controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS). Unlike NBAA in the U.S., which has joined calls for ETS to be abandoned altogether for non-European operators, the European group supports ETS “as part of a multi-pronged approach to mitigating the rise of carbon emissions,” but is calling on the EC to ensure “fair and equitable implementation.”
India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) is urging the nation’s government to abandon plans for new restrictions on flights by foreign-owned aircraft. The campaign comes as the country’s tax authorities are probing 15 Indian companies that they believe have registered corporate aircraft offshore with the intention of avoiding customs duty and taxes.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is scrutinizing approximately 15 Indian companies that it believes are basing their foreign-registered corporate aircraft overseas to evade customs duty and taxes. In particular, the agency has confirmed it is looking at the status of a Boeing 727 owned by the UB Group, Punj Lloyd’s Gulfstream, Essar’s Boeing 737 and Bharat Hotels’ Embraer Legacy 600. Several other corporate jets are also understood to be under investigation.
In the wake of news that Boeing plans to close its defense, space and security operations in Wichita by the end of 2013, the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) has helped launch an aviation task force to develop strategies that will promote the city’s aviation industries.
Italy’s parliament has approved plans for a new tax on all business aircraft, regardless of country of registration, as part of the effort to reduce the country’s massive national debt. Business aviation interests expect to learn the details of how the legislation will work by the end of February, but it could impose a tariff of several hundred thousand dollars on the owner of a large jet that spends more than 48 consecutive hours in the country.
Gulfstream has promoted Bill McLeod from sales director for the Midatlantic region to v-p of North American sales, central division. The Savannah airframer also appointed Christopher Ellender as a Europe-based senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Most recently, he led the global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has approved a five-year extension of its partnership authorizing National Air Transportation Association Compliance Services (Natacs) to continue as a trusted fingerprint facility to process biological and biometric information for general aviation and commercial aviation worldwide.