Spearheading a rally of more than 2,000 general aviation workers in Wichita in March, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood lauded the importance of general aviation manufacturing to the state of Kansas and the U.S. industrial base, and promised a visit to “the air capital of the world” from the President next year.
Aviation International News » May 2011
Bell Helicopter’s service facility at Prague Ruzyne International Airport is the site of sister Textron company Cessna Aircraft’s newest Citation service facility. The EASA-approved Cessna operation shares the 32,000-sq-ft facility and has already begun offering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and warranty work. Cessna staffs and manages the facility.
Embraer has named Duncan Aviation’s Provo, Utah facility an authorized service center for its Phenom 100 and 300. A spokesman for the Brazilian manufacturer said it expects an OK to add the Legacy 600 and 650 in the near future. Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., facilities received Phenom 100 and 300 approval in October.
In the first quarter of this year U.S.-registered business turbine aircraft suffered three more accidents and two more fatalities compared with the same period last year. According to AIN research, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year.
Hawker Pacific announced it is developing an $11.6 million business aviation service center at Seletar Aerospace Park to replace its East Camp operation at Seletar Airport. The new 101,180-sq-ft facility will house the company’s regional headquarters in addition to a heavy-maintenance jet service center, spares distribution depot, and FBO with dedicated undercover jet parking.
Airborne telecom specialist TrueNorth Avionics is offering what it calls the industry’s first touchscreen graphical telecom display, facilitating communications management in larger executive aircraft in the single-aisle and twin-aisle category from ACJ up through the Boeing 747-8.
A provision in the House FAA reauthorization bill that greenlights residential through-the-fence (RTTF) access agreements at general aviation airports has drawn opposition from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Vector Aerospace will maintain its separate identity as a stand-alone MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) company even after it is acquired by Eurocopter Holdings, according to Vector CEO Declan O’Shea.
In an effort to reduce accidental runway incursions, Garmin has partnered with wireless technology provider I.D. Systems of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., to offer SaveNav, an on-vehicle GPS-based navigation and alert system aimed at providing airport vehicle operators with real-time situational awareness. The system, which comes loaded with maps of more than 950 U.S.
The management and pilots of American Eagle are “aggressively” preparing for an eventual divestiture of the regional airline from AMR, Eagle’s Air Line Pilots Association master executive council vice chairman, Dave Ryter, told AIN in late March.