A new program that offers value-added solutions to the business jet aircraft sales marketplace is being offered by Duncan Aviation. Enhancements by Duncan Aviation bundle the company’s glass box installations, Duncan Design creations and airframe inspections on model-specific aircraft and subsequently brands those aircraft as Enhanced by Duncan Aviation.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a second field service representative (FSR) in Hong Kong and a second FSR in Singapore to support its growing Asia-Pacific fleet. It has also positioned a specialized PlaneView cockpit technician in Hong Kong as well as a maintenance technician Metro Jet’s Hong Kong facility to assist transient operators.
Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Landmark Aviation’s Los Angeles facility an authorized service center for Bombardier Learjets and Challengers. According to Dave Orcutt, vice president for customer support at Bombardier Business Aircraft, “Landmark was previously approved to work on the Global, making it the only ASF in the U.S. to service all three lines of Bombardier aircraft.
The FAA has put its proposed expansion of the drug and alcohol testing program on the back burner for six months, canceling the April 10 compliance date. The new implementation date is slated for October 10. Meanwhile, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) continues to press a federal court challenge to prevent the proposed changes, saying they are an “unnecessary burden with no safety-related benefit.”
In response to its growing worldwide fleet, Bombardier continues to expand its product-support capacity. Most recently the company has implemented 24/7 operation at all of its customer action centers. Concurrently, it has instituted an around-the-clock hotline for contacting Learjet, Challenger and Global field service representatives (FSRs).
Summer in the Swiss Alps is short, and construction companies have to work fast in the mountains and valleys. Many of them come to Berne-based Heliswiss having learned that, when it comes to building structures such as ski-lift towers, the Ka-32 can deliver the accuracy and, thus, the speed of progress that they need.
Carson Helicopters and Sagem Avionics’ U.S. arm have teamed to introduce a new upgrade package for the venerable Sikorsky S-61N. The package includes new composite main rotor blades on the outside and flat-panel cockpit displays, autopilot and attitude heading reference systems in the office.
The Helicopter Association International expects to have its international online database of disaster-relief rotorcraft ready for rollout next month.
Spanish operator Helisureste has taken delivery of an Agusta- Westland 139. The new helicopter will be used on the company’s scheduled service flying between Malaga and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the north African coast.
Having flown more than 32,000 hours to date on the Kamov Ka-32, British Columbia, Canada-based Vancouver Island Helicopters (VIH) Logging can claim the title of the world’s most experienced commercial operator of the Russian twin. Since taking delivery of two Ka-32s in 1997, it has added another to its fleet and uses them primarily on logging and construction contracts at sites remote from its base.