Signature Flight Support has promoted Maria Sastre to president. She retains her position as COO. In her new role, Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature’s international network of fixed-base operations and maintenance centers. Her focus as Signature’s COO has been on the development of a service and safety culture. Under her leadership, customer satisfaction ratings have increased significantly over the past three years, Signature has increased its footprint to 115 locations and invested in updating facilities and infrastructure.
Flight-support provider Universal Weather & Aviation added two new ways for its subscribers to access its flight-planning products, the company announced yesterday at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The UK’s Cambridge Airport and its FBO partner ExecuJet Aviation are celebrating the first anniversary of their cooperation by offering a free landing for all operators who buy between 5,000 and 10,000 liters (1,320 gallons to 2,641 gallons) of fuel.
Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday with Brazilian aircraft company Embraer to establish a joint venture to manufacture AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both the domestic and regional military and civilian markets.
Today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas, online aeronautical chart and flight planning tool provider SkyVector launched its new global FBO directory. Projected onto the company’s existing online chart viewer, the free directory seamlessly integrates into the mapping interface and displays real-time fuel prices on the charts in relevant currencies and units of measure.
Business aircraft flight activity was “generally flat” last year, rising 0.3 percent compared with 2011, according to a TraqPak special report released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The report indicates that business aircraft flying did increase in the first half of last year, but fell in the latter six months. Traffic climbed 1.2 percent and 0.6 percent in the first and second quarters, respectively, but slid 0.1 percent and 0.5 percent in the last two quarters, respectively.
Rockwell Collins introduced enhancements to its Flight Manager web-based application today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The changes to the program, which is part of the Iowa-based company’s Ascend flight information solutions, include dynamic graphical flight tracking and an electronic advance passenger information system (APIS) reporting tool for Part 91 operators.
Aviation services provider Jetex is attending the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference this week in San Antonio, Texas, along with the UK’s London Oxford Airport to announce that Jetex has been selected as the airport’s preferred flight-planning partner. Next month, the Dubai-based company will open a new flight-planning lounge in the airport’s Oxfordjet FBO.
For the third year in a row, NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers committee is sponsoring “Pay It Forward,” a charity drive centered around the annual Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which is taking place this week in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were asked to bring gently used business attire to the show, which will then be donated to this year’s charity, Dress for Success San Antonio.
Uvalde, Texas-based Sierra Industries delivered its 50th Cessna Citation with the Williams International FJ44-2A engine retrofit last week. This milestone Citation was handed over to customer Dr. Howard Tobin, a director of the Citation Jet Pilots Association. Including the company’s previous Eagle 400 modifications and FJ44-3A upgrades for Citation IIs and S/IIs, Sierra has performed engine retrofits on more than 70 Citations.