Aircraft Completion Management, a new company established by completion and refurb veterans Mike Herchick and Ron Gero, opened for business in July to offer “precise and comprehensive guidance of aircraft through the completion and refurbishment process.” The company is based in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Before setting up Aircraft Completion Management, Herchick managed large aircraft completions for Flight Options.
Aviation International News » September 2002
A former marketing executive at fractional aircraft provider Bombardier Flexjet has established Fractional Insider, a company that he promises will provide current and prospective share owners with objective information about the fractional industry. Initially, all services, except for a bi-monthly newsletter, will be fee-based, according to president and CEO Mike Riegel.
The FAA has installed nearly 30 Webcams in Alaskan mountain passes, rocky coasts and remote villages to supplement the agency’s aviation weather reports. Each of
the sites includes the direction being viewed plus a “loop” feature that permits a nearly 360-degree view. Images can be viewed at http://akweathercams.faa.gov.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have sold their interests in the annual Aviation Services and Suppliers SuperShow, known as AS3, to Cygnus Business Media. The buyer is a diversified holding company that publishes trade magazines, including those for FBOs and maintenance technicians, and operates other trade shows.
Nimbus Group, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company that recently failed to obtain sufficient financing to complete its proposed purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 entry-level twinjets, has signed a letter of intent to swap shares of stock with Miami-based Horizons Aviation. If the agreement is approved, the controlling shareholders of Horizons will own a controlling share of Nimbus.
Less than two weeks after the July 16 crash of a Bristow Sikorsky S-76A+ (G-BJVX) that killed all 11 passengers and crew when the helicopter apparently lost a main rotor blade and plummeted into the waters of the North Sea, the FAA issued an emergency AD covering all S-76As, -Bs, and -Cs.
Honeywell last month filed a second patent infringement law-
suit, this time against Phoenix-based Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), alleging that the company’s forthcoming terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) uses technology protected under patents filed by Honeywell in 1996 with the introduction of the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS).
T-G Aviation, based at Hamilton Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide category I maintenance, including hot-section inspections, for three P&WC engine series–the JT15D, PT6/6T and PW500. The service is a natural extension of the T-G Aviation Super Cheyenne conversion package for the Piper Cheyenne I and II, which specifies PT6A-135A turbine engines.
The fractional aircraft industry has been involved in just seven non-fatal accidents since 1986, the year that this segment of aviation is considered to have been created, according to a new study by business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
Part 135 operators of turbine airplanes configured with 10 to 30 passenger seats and manufactured after August 19 must have upgraded flight data recorders installed (FAR 135.152). Because the initial requirement was issued five years ago, the FAA has turned down most petitions for temporary exemptions or permanent exceptions, including requests by NetJets to exempt a new Gulfstream V from the requirement for the 88-parameter FDR.