Both houses of Congress last month passed a bill recognizing the entire general aviation community, including business aviation, for Haiti relief efforts following the devastating January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation. According to NBAA, business aircraft have made more than 715 flights to Haiti since the earthquake, carrying 3,800 passengers and more than 1.4 million pounds of relief supplies.
Aviation International News » June 2010
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. The Canadian airframer last month officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Business Jet Access focuses on the operational aspects of maintenance, according to general manager Brian Hoffman, who credits his stint as a mechanic and a crew chief in the Marines for his ability to consider how maintenance affects the operation of the aircraft.
Jet Aviation’s new Paris Le Bourget facility, which recently received EASA Part 145 line station approval, was appointed a Bombardier AOG line maintenance facility. The appointment covers line maintenance and AOG support for all Bombardier Learjets, Challengers and Globals. Jet Aviation has opened the new operation in a hangar owned by Universal Weather & Aviation, which runs an FBO at the airport.
Eclipse Aerospace has named Boca Aircraft Maintenance located in Boca Raton, Fla., the exclusive U.S. Southeast region factory-authorized gold service center for the Eclipse 500. Boca Aircraft Maintenance will provide maintenance services, parts distribution, airframe, engine and avionics inspections as well as AOG services for the Eclipse 500 within the region.
The Ruag Group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities in response to a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.
ACC Columbia Jet Service, formerly known as Aviation Center Cologne, has a new facility at Hannover Airport as a result of its recent merger with Columbia Jet Service. The group, which offers maintenance for Bombardier Challengers and Learjets and Cessna Citations, has expanded to include the Gulfstream G100, G150 and G200, as well as the Dassault Falcon 2000EX.
Spain’s Valencia Airport will be the site of Cessna’s new European Citation service center. According to Cessna, the decision was made after two years of study, research and negotiations with Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA), Spain’s aviation administrative office.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has been host to an expanding Cutter Aviation since 2002. As a result, the company has finalized plans to consolidate all of its metro-area operations at Cutter Aviation’s North Dallas location in McKinney, Texas on Collin County Regional Airport.
Work on Gulfstream’s midsize jets played a major role in keeping 2009 income levels up for Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation. The Pilatus Aircraft-owned company also supports the PC-12 and Porter turboprop singles as well as the TBM 700/850 series, Citations and Caravans, the DHC-6 Twin Otter and the Beech 1900. Altenrhein’s 50,000-sq-ft facility can accommodate five Gulfstreams.