The Central Europe Private Aviation’s fourth annual CEPA Expo, held recently in Prague, drew a “record number” of attendees. The delegates, partners and sponsors at the event took part in several panel sessions and networked with industry colleagues. At the opening ceremony, CEPA chairman Philippe Lienard, the director of foreign trade at The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, welcomed conference attendees and confirmed the group’s commitment to help business aviation thrive in the region.
Kaunas, Lithuania-based FL Technics is implementing a $15 million MRO development plan that will create almost 300 new jobs, including more than 200 aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel supporting commercial and business aviation customers. The company is focusing on operators from Europe, the CIS and Asia-Pacific.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently marked the first anniversary of its 82,000-sq-ft Beijing service center at Beijing Capital International Airport. It is the only business-jet manufacturer to offer factory service in China.
“It has been a successful first year for Gulfstream Beijing,” said Mark Burns, president of product support. “We have experienced steady growth and have expanded our capabilities. As the Gulfstream fleet continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, we’ll look for ways to enhance and add to the services we provide at Gulfstream Beijing.”
Heli-One has enhanced its website so customers can go to its helicopter Exchange Parts Inventory Channel (Epic) pages. The Epic feature enables customers to do more by connecting them to two searchable databases: Heli-One’s exchange component pool database or its surplus parts inventory database of almost 1,900 items.
Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic named Malcolm Venturi as regional sales and service manager for southern and western Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. According to the company, Venturi has more than 22 years of technical and hands-on aviation experience coupled with a “deep knowledge of the Australian and Asia –Pacific aviation markets.” Venturi will provide support for fixed-wing operators flying with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, PW100 and PW150A engines.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) abandoned a radical plan for a commercial company to manage the UK’s defense procurement.
J.P. Morgan North American Equity Research’s latest business jet monthly update, released yesterday, paints a somewhat optimistic picture even though the data remains “mixed.” It said that business jet flying activity picked up steam in October, while pre-owned inventories continued to dwindle last month, settling at 10.3 percent. However, it is concerned that pre-owned prices haven’t yet found their footing.
After climbing to its highest level since 2008 in October, business aircraft activity “cooled down” last month, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Overall, flying in this segment fell 2 percent year-over-year.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics announced on Friday that it is promoting Robert Smith to president of Jet Aviation. He will report to Joe Lombardo, executive vice president of General Dynamics’ aerospace group. Smith succeeds Daniel Clare, who is being tapped as the CFO of Gulfstream. Both appointments are effective January 1.
Aviation “knowledge management solutions” firm Web Manuals signed European charter operator GlobeAir as the latest customer for its cloud-based compliance application, Web Manuals 4 Draken. The Web Manuals application enables the authoring, publishing, distribution and control of the entire manuals library in an easy-to-use tool, saving time and manpower while improving quality. Web Manuals 4 Draken also automatically highlights any updates to the EASA regulations for easier compliance.