Citing its intention to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the standalone Beechcraft Corp., Hawker Beechcraft notified employees yesterday that it will begin the process of closing Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio. The Wichita-based OEM also affirmed that approximately 240 employees will be affected at these locations.
NetJets opened a new exclusive-use facility for its customers at Atlanta DeKalb-Peachtree Airport yesterday. The fractional aircraft provider has signed a long-term lease with Atlantic Aviation for the 2,800-sq-ft facility, which includes customer and crew lounges, a conference and business center and flight-planning facilities. According to NetJets, DeKalb-Peachtree is one of its most popular domestic destinations, with approximately 4,000 NetJets flights coming in and out of the airport annually.
Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SAIT Polytechnic to make its classrooms and labs at SAIT’s Art Smith Aero Centre in Calgary, Alberta, available for Bell Helicopter to use in the delivery of approved maintenance, repair training and certification programs.
Professional Aircraft Accessories had a formal reopening of its facility to mark completion of its 20,000-sq-ft expansion. The addition brings the total facility size to approximately 60,000 sq ft. A spokeswoman for the company told AIN, “The demand for work, particularly landing gear work, necessitated the expansion.”
The addition also provides room for growth of the company’s service area, accessory shop, instrument and avionics lab, expanded machine shop and paint shop.
Tennessee-based Inventory Locator Service has released a mobile-friendly version of its website to enhance its services and create more value for its clients. “Mobile devices play an ever-increasing role in business as we know it today,” said ILS president Eric Anderson. “The new mobile version of ILSmart provides something no one else offers: the ability to perform several types of aviation marketplace transactions quickly from a smartphone.” The mobile site offers parts search, RFQ and quotes sending and receiving and it helps operators quickly locate parts and vendors.
Timco Aviation Services has purchased the assets that were used by Pemco World Air Services in its former aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operation at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. The company has also signed a lease agreement for the hangar previously occupied by Pemco and will use the facility to expand the existing base of business there serving regional aircraft operators.
Private Jet Company (PJC), a new $4 million FBO due to open next week on the Isle of Man, is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union (EU). Since the British Crown Dependency is outside the EU, it claims it can provide savings of up to 60 percent from reduced exposure to the cost of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme charges.
Lyon Bron airport in central France is bucking the trend with an 8.3-percent year-over-year growth in business aviation traffic over the first nine months to 4,767 aircraft movements, according to local statistics. Europe-wide data indicates a 4-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
Vision Systems is here with two new cabin products, Smart Up, a tablet support arm, and VisiConnect, for in-flight Internet connectivity. Both products are available for all types of business jets.
The Lyon, France-based company has designed a motorized-deployment arm, integrated in the passenger’s armrest. Smart Up can accommodate any type of tablet in portrait or landscape position. The arm weighs 3.3 pounds, according to Vision Systems. Embraer has adopted the new arm for its Phenom 300 light business jet.
Accelerating the growth potential for business aviation in Central and Eastern Europe will top the agenda for the second annual Cepa Expo, which will be held November 28 to 30 in Czech Republic capital city Prague. According to Dagmar Grossmann, founder of the Central European Private Aviation Association (Cepa), market conditions are generally stronger in that part of the continent than they are in Western Europe.