Desert Jet of La Quinta, Calif., named James Silverman as director of maintenance. Silverman, who has more than 25 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance and management, will lead in the development of Desert Jet Maintenance, a Part 145 repair station focusing on the Citation. Desert Jet is an aviation management company with expertise in acquiring, operating, maintaining private jets and generating revenue from their use. The company also offers on-demand charters with a fleet of jets based in Palm Springs, Orange County and San Diego.
Mahindra Aerospace, currently India’s only manufacturer of light aircraft for private/utility use, is preparing to open its new 270,000-sq-ft facility near Bangalore. This will be used for manufacturing metal components, aircraft assemblies and aerostructures, according to executive director and global CEO Arvind Mehra.
India’s defense minister AK Antony has confirmed that military spending will be cut in the budget for the next fiscal year (April 2013 through March 2014). “The [Indian] government is passing through a difficult phase; the recession is affecting us,” said Antony in response to a question from AIN during a packed press conference at Aero India today.
Technology issues need to be addressed collaboratively to meet challenges not only from design to deployment, but also throughout the life cycle of the products and systems, according to Anil Kumar, chairman and managing director of India’s Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has appointed Ted Farid as sales vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, which spans all of North and South Asia, including India.
Cessna sees growing demand in India for both its Caravan and Citation families. The U.S. manufacturer believes that business applications for the aircraft will increase in response to anticipated government reforms intended to improve infrastructure and free up market access.
Maini Global Aerospace (MGA), the Bangalore-based design and manufacturing company, is looking for opportunities provided by Indian defense offsets that will help fuel its aggressive expansion plan. It expects to boost annual revenue from approximately $60 million to about $100 million by 2015.
Pentastar Aviation Implements Growth in 2013
Building on the recent FAR Part 145 approval of its new maintenance facility in Oxford, Conn. in the final days of last year, Pentastar Aviation is implementing several growth initiatives this year. The certification allows Pentastar to offer customers a range of aircraft maintenance capabilities on the East Coast.
While millions watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday evening, the local FBOs at the Big Easy’s airports were gearing up for their own second half as many of the more than 800 private aircraft that flocked there would seek to depart soon after the game ended.
In a decision opening the way for Hawker Beechcraft to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the second half of this month, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the Wichita OEM’s joint plan of reorganization late Friday. “[This] ruling marks the final significant step in the restructuring process,” said Hawker Beechcraft CEO Steve Miller.