I hope that by the time you read this Randy Babbitt will have been confirmed by the Senate and be hard at work on the 10th floor of 800 Independence Ave. He’s an excellent choice to lead the FAA through these turbulent times in the aviation industry. He has the technical expertise as a pilot, the confidence of the unions and experience as a successful businessman. And he’s personable.
Aviation International News » May 2009
I can’t help noticing that our accident rate seems to have taken a nosedive recently (for first-quarter statistics from safety analyst Bob Breiling, see page 6), along with several unfortunate aircraft. It is still too early to tell, of course. But it’s never too early to sit up and pay attention. Any spike could be just a fluke or the beginning of a trend.
The Southern California developer who built the Premier Jet FBO at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport is proposing a $1 billion redevelopment of San Diego’s Brown Field (SDM).
When Kevin Malutinok took the position of vice president and general manager of Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Wilmington last year, he was the company’s first general manager to have an A&P, and he was determined that “I would not sit in an office all day but rather would be more of a working general manager.”
More than doubling its service space to 110,000 sq ft, Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Little Rock recently completed an expansion project at its Adams Field facility. DAS-Little Rock can now service up to 15 Falcons simultaneously with more than 100 Dassault Falcon-trained maintenance technicians on-site.
Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines has been acquired by Avatas Aerospace. The FAA-certified repair station, which specializes in the PT6 turboprop, conducts hot-section recertification, power section repair, gas generator repair, fuel nozzle overhaul and exchange, and bleed valve overhaul and exchange.
Prime is an authorized distributor of FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval parts for PT6 hot sections.
Cessna Aircraft has added three companies to its stable of Citation authorized service facilities.
Flying Group, part of Antwerp International Airport-based Flying Holding, is an authorized service center for all Citations except the Citation X. Flying Group is EASA Part 145 approved. There are currently 28 Citations registered in Belgium.
Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft has signed a deal with Phoenix Heliparts appointing the company a factory-authorized aircraft sales distributor and service center for the line of Schweizer commercial helicopters.
Innotech Aviation, which supports Bombardier Challengers and Globals and is a preferred completion center specializing in Globals, has renewed its authorized service facility (ASF) agreement with Bombardier. The agreement covers all Challenger 600/800 series and Globals.
Blackhawk Modifications has received EASA approval for its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A upgrade program for the Conquest I.