Aviation International News » September 2010

September 22, 2010 - 8:07am

MJets, the sole handling provider for business aircraft at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, is seeing a recovery in traffic volumes following the severe disruption to Thailand’s economy during the political unrest in May and June. Between March 16, when the company’s five-year handling license began, and the end of July, the new MJets FBO handled barely 150 aircraft, with the number dropping by 60 percent, to around 20 per month in May and June.

September 22, 2010 - 8:03am

By the time you read this, I hope the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Comair and the FAA have reached agreement and reinstituted the maintenance Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) at Comair. It’s a sad day indeed for air safety when a voluntary program with so much safety potential becomes the pawn in a labor-management disagreement and the FAA is unable or unwilling to mediate the dispute effectively.

September 22, 2010 - 8:00am

While some seating companies were focused on the small and midsize market and took a hit during the recession, PAC Seating Systems took aim at the large-cabin business, and with some success.

September 22, 2010 - 7:58am

In 1986, at age 18, Mario Diaz came from his native Argentina "to spend a couple of months." Twenty-five years later he is CEO of Cabin Crafters, a fast-growing completion and refurbishment center tucked away in the suburbs of South Hackensack, N.J., five minutes from Teterboro Airport.

September 22, 2010 - 7:53am

Construction is well under way on JCB Aero's new aircraft interior completion and refurbishment center scheduled to open this fall near l'Isle Jourdain in southwest France.

The initial step is a 53,800-sq-ft hangar. A second hangar of the same size will allow the center to build its own cabin components, from cabinetry to upholstery, as well as expand its role as an aircraft interior components vendor.

September 22, 2010 - 7:50am

Independent completion and refurbishment center BaySys has signed an agreement with Royal Air Maroc and "a strategic regional investor" to support development of an executive cabin maintenance facility in Casablanca, Morocco.

September 22, 2010 - 7:45am

The consolidation of the regional airline industry continued unabated last month, as St. George, Utah-based SkyWest revealed plans to acquire Houston-based ExpressJet. The $133 million transaction will involve a direct purchase by SkyWest's Atlanta-based subsidiary, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), of all of ExpressJet's common shares for $6.75 each in cash.

September 21, 2010 - 10:11am

Frank Robinson feigned insult when asked about his possible retirement at a 2009 press conference.

“Why?” Robinson shot back with a grin when asked about it. “You know what [the late comedian] Jack Benny said when they asked him what he was going to do with all that money when he died? He said, ‘If I can’t take it with me I won’t go.’ He didn’t need [a retirement] and I think I don’t either.”

September 21, 2010 - 10:09am

Richard Santulli’s re-entry into the helicopter game drew mixed reaction from a variety of operators who spoke to AIN. Santulli is the CEO of the newly formed Milestone Aviation Group, a company that will devote most of its resources to helicopter leasing and sale leasebacks.

September 21, 2010 - 10:07am

Sandel Avionics last month announced TSO approval for its HeliTaws helicopter terrain warning system. Sandel said that with radio altitude and air-data computer inputs, HeliTaws will meet or exceed the performance of any current Taws for helicopters.