As prospects dim for Avantair, the Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti turboprop fractional ownership program, concerns about its future are taking a back seat to questions about how owners will recover their aircraft. Among recent developments:
The House of Representatives passed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 on July 16. A companion bill has already been introduced in the Senate.
The FAA’s NextGen ATC modernization program could be stalled by substantially reduced funding. In June, the House appropriations committee released transportation funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2014 that would reduce the FAA’s capital funding account, which supports NextGen programs, to its lowest level since 2000.
At a House aviation subcommittee hearing yesterday, it was revealed that the $2.1 billion allocated for the FAA’s facilities and equipment account is 22 percent below the agency’s request and less than Congress provided in the current fiscal year.
Runway 16R/34L, the primary runway at Van Nuys Airport in southern California, is closed until July 26 at 11:59 p.m. The closure is part of a $20.5 million improvement program, which includes asphalt milling and paving of more than 4,000 feet of the center section of the runway. Runway 16L/34R (4,000 feet long) remains open as normal (closing at night from 10:45 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Pilots are urged to check notams before flying to Van Nuys. The runway improvement project will be completed in August.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch recommended Thursday that operators of Boeing 787s disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitter following last Friday’s fire aboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) and VistaJet International signed a deal under which JSSI will provide hourly-cost maintenance coverage for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engines and Honeywell APU on the operator’s first of 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s on order. The long-term agreement is valued at more than $205 million.
“This is the largest contract in our history and, to the best of our knowledge, one of the largest if not the largest ever in the hourly-cost maintenance sector,” Neil Book, JSSI’s president and CEO, told AIN.
PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) AeroAsia, an Indonesian’ maintenance company, has received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recognition. “We are grateful the training organization undertaken by GMF Learning Services has been recognized at the international level,” said GMF Learning Services and corporate culture vice president Hermawan Syahrul. GMF Learning Services is set to provide the required training to meet the MRO’s technical personnel needs and will also offer maintenance training to both national and international aviation industry technicians, he added.
Duncan Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul location in Lincoln, Neb., has received South African Civil Aviation Authority approval as an aircraft maintenance organization. “It’s important to be able to provide service to all of our customers, regardless of location, which is why we’re constantly working to secure new certifications,” said Chris VanderWeide, chief inspector of international airworthiness.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HSNA) has named Eric Hicks as regional sales director for Western Canada, Alaska and Hawaii. Hicks will support helicopter operators across Western Canada from British Columbia to Saskatchewan, the Yukon, Northwest territories , Alaska and Hawaii, representing HSNA’s Rolls-Royce 250, Turbomeca Arriel 1 and 2, Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, GE CT7A and CT58 engine lines as well as providing helicopter dynamic component and airframe and avionic MRO services.
International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has finalized an order for the purchase of 50 E2 E-Jets from Embraer, including 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s, the Los Angeles-based AIG subsidiary announced Wednesday. The order, originally announced as a letter of intent at last month’s Paris Air Show, also includes options for another 50 airplanes.