Signature opened its new facility at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last month. The previous Signature location (built in 2003) was knocked down as part of the airport’s runway expansion project. The new $3 million FBO occupies a 151,600-sq-ft footprint, more than 25 percent larger than the previous facility’s area. It includes a 9,150-sq-ft terminal with a large lobby, management offices, a conference room, VIPlounge, crew lounge with showers, and a ground support equipment maintenance bay.
Aviation International News » September 2012
BBA Aviation subsidiary Signature Flight Support has added a facility at Edmonton International Airport to its global aviation support network. Airside FBO Operations signed an agreement to become a licensed Signature location, the second in Canada, joining the company’s facility at Pierre Trudeau Montreal International. The newly built facility has four 20,000-sq-ft hangars, a 9,000-sq-ft terminal and office space.
StandardAero has received FAA approval for a supplemental type certificate (STC) for upgrading Mark V EGPWS computers with Honeywell’s Smart Runway and SmartLanding Runway Safety Package for the Falcon 50, 50EX,900 and 900EX.
StandardAero completed the STCs via its organization designation authorization at the Springfield, Ill. facility and offers installation at any one of its four North American service centers–the others being in Los Angeles, Augusta, Ga., and Houston.
MRO provider Vector Aerospace has been appointed a Pratt & Whitney Canada designated overhaul facility (DOF) for the PW150A turboprop and plans to have an MRO facility in the Asia-Pacific region fully operational by the middle of next year. The company, which has engine MRO facilities in Prince Edward Island & British Columbia, the UK, Africa and France, is a P&WC designated overhaul facility supporting the P&WC PT6A/PT6T/JT15D/PW100/PW305/PW306/PW307/PW308.
Avisa Gulf, a joint venture between Avisa UK and Al Jaber Aviation, has been awarded the first UAE, Middle East and North Africa region airworthiness GCAA Part M Continued Airworthiness and Maintenance Management Organization approval for a private company.
Western Jet Aviation, a heavy-maintenance facility based at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, has opened a satellite maintenance base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. Located in the former Jet West FBO facility, the Western Jet satellite is equipped for light through heavy maintenance and staffed by two mechanics. Western Jet founder and general manager Jim Hansen said he plans to employ five to 10 mechanics at the Reno facility. “The airport is committed to grow,” he said.
Air China and GA Telesis have agreed to establish an Asia-based integrated spare parts supplier in China. After almost a year of planning, the companies have respective top management approvals to move forward with the formation of GA Telesis China (GATC), a joint venture based in China. The enterprise claims it will be the first aircraft part-out business and integrated full-scale redistribution stock list based in China covering the entire Asian market.
Three Jet Aviation U.S. operations have met the requirements to establish, document, implement and continually improve their environmental, health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The locations that received the internationally recognized certifications are St. Louis; Teterboro, N.J.; and Boston/Bedford, Mass.
Kalogridis International had a better year in 2011 than in 2010, and this year, said founder George Kalogridis, promises to be even better.
Demand for high-end carpeting in the single-aisle and twin-aisle bizliner market, he said, wasn’t affected so much by the recession as the smaller business and private jet segment. Now, he added, activity is starting to pick up in that smaller jet market.
Rosen Aviation is “refreshing” its entire display product line to high-definition, from seven-inch seat monitors to 42-inch bulkhead-mounted variants.
According to Jeff Unger, v-p of engineering and business development, the entire line of display screens will be full high-definition by year-end.
Unger said the Eugene, Ore.-based firm is also keeping a close eye on 3-D technology, including systems that do not require special glasses.
Rosen’s entire line will be on exhibit at this year’s NBAA Convention, to be held from October 30 to November 1 in Orlando.