Quebec City-based Gal Aviation and Mena Aerospace Enterprises of Bahrain have joined to form Galmena. The joint venture, based in Bahrain, provides comprehensive services for corporate aircraft, including executive airliner interior design, refurbishment and installation.
Tracy Gandy has joined Dallas Airmotive as manager of the company’s F1rst Support operations. Gandy will oversee day-to-day operations of the command center in Grapevine, Texas, and field-service technicians across the U.S. Gandy, a licensed A&P/IA, has more than three decades of aviation experience working in the military and with airframe and engine OEMs. Before joining Dallas Airmotive he was program manager at Consolidated Turbine Service in Mesa, Ariz.
Eurocopter has appointed Jean-Brice Dumont as its new chief technical officer and head of engineering. He will report to CEO Lutz Bertling and will be a member of the executive committee. Until recently head of the EC225 program, Dumont will succeed Jean-Michel Billig, who is to leave the company for a similar position at car manufacturer Renault.
Pilots at the offshore helicopter transport company ratified a three-year deal that provides for 4 percent annual wage increases retroactive to March 26, 2012. The new contract covers 235 helicopter pilots flying in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
The manufacturer and operator of the S-64 Air-Crane raised $31.9 million from its long-awaited April initial public stock offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq exchange and narrowed its latest quarterly operating loss to $1.7 million. Erickson said its backlog is $207.9 million, and it expects to make deliveries representing $84 million of that total this year.
Rockwell Collins CEO Clay Jones may not be a pessimist when it comes to the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). But the leader of one of the world’s major avionics manufacturers is not brimming with optimism either.
Eclipse Aerospace launched production of the Model 550 twin-engine very light jet on Friday in conjunction with its first international Eclipse dealer and sales conference, which was attended by dealers from more than 30 countries. During the meeting at Eclipse’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters, technicians mated the forward keel to the fuselage of 550 Serial Number 1001, which will be delivered to a customer next year.
Demand for charter flights this month is poised to increase encouragingly, in what aircraft charter operators hope will translate into a prosperous summer season. According to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode, the forward-looking demand index reached 199.45 on Friday, almost 76 points above the beginning of last month and nearly 50 points above where it had been a year ago.
Argus Prism released what it claims is the first-ever flight-risk analysis tool (Frat) app for the iPad. The free app is intended to be integrated with a comprehensive safety management system (SMS). With the app, operators can access specifically designed flight-risk analysis report forms, allowing them to record risk factors, submit the Frat report and activate any required notifications for excess risk.
Bombardier Flexjet is taking its rebranding efforts to the next step with the addition of Christopher Bero as the company’s new director of marketing. He joins Flexjet with more than 15 years of experience in brand marketing and communications. Most recently, Bero was responsible for managing strategic marketing activities and media initiatives at Samsung Mobile Electronics.