UTC Aerospace Systems has become the first U.S. company to manufacture aerospace products in India under the terms of a bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) signed in 2011 by the U.S. FAA and India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The agreement gives blanket approval for manufacturing U.S. aerospace products in India, or vice versa.
Signature Flight Support has promoted several executives as company head Michael Scheeringa fills a new role as president and CEO of the newly created Flight Services division at parent BBA Aviation. Taking over for Scheeringa at Signature is Maria Sastre, who has been promoted to president and COO at the FBO chain. Sastre reports directly to Scheeringa. In addition, Signature promoted Geoff Heck to senior vice president of sales and marketing, a position where he will focus on global sales.
To help build sales momentum as it prepares to emerge from bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft is offering a free upgrade to the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite for customers who purchase a King Air 250 or 350i by February 28. The Fusion system features touchscreen primary and multifunction flight displays, as well as wireless updates of all flight-related databases and wireless downloading of maintenance information. According to Hawker Beechcraft, the upgrade also comes standard with synthetic vision and a graphical flight management system.
The annual Aircraft Electronics Association Rate & Labor Survey showed that most respondents expect their businesses to grow this year and that rotorcraft work is increasing.
According to the survey, 56 percent of respondents (up from 49 percent last year) expect their level of business to grow during the coming year. Just 6 percent expected business to decrease, down from 15 percent in 2009 and 8 percent in 2010.
Avionics installation work that the companies expect to see includes retrofits of glass cockpits, ADS-B upgrades and Wi-Fi system installations.
Odyssey Aerospace Components, a manufacturer of business jet interior cabinetry and components, is hiring, with jobs open for cabinetry manufacturers and stress engineers. The company recently hired John Turner, who “is responsible for engineering leadership while meeting the company’s vision and customer-centric goals.” Turner most recently worked at Weber Aircraft and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in industrial engineering and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards. Nominations are due by March 1.
JPMorgan North America Equity Research is forecasting a 5-percent rise in business jet deliveries this year, according to the firm’s latest monthly business jet report. It predicts that 627 business jets (excluding very light jets) will be shipped this year, compared with an estimated 596 jet deliveries last year.
Embraer announced yesterday that it delivered 99 business jets last year, matching its total deliveries in 2011.
In the fourth quarter the Brazilian company shipped 53 business jets, three more than in the same quarter in 2011 and seven more than it did in the combined first three quarters of 2012. By model, the Brazilian OEM delivered 13 Phenom 100s, 24 Phenom 300s, 15 Legacy 650s and one Lineage 1000 in the last quarter. During the first three quarters of last year Embraer handed over 16 Phenom 100s, 24 Phenom 300s, four Legacy 650s, one Lineage 1000 and one ERJ shuttle.
Nextant Aerospace named Sean McGeough as president today to help the Cleveland-based company build on its growth with the remanufactured 400XT. McGeough, previously Hawker Beechcraft president for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, will concentrate on developing strategies that will allow Nextant to boost its global market penetration. Since late 2011 the company has delivered 25 Nextant 400XTs to buyers on four continents and has a sales backlog exceeding $175 million.
Business aviation veteran Jim Christiansen joined FlightSafety International as vice president for international business development, where he will lead the training company’s efforts to increase the support it provides to customers who live outside the U.S.