The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) last month issued a report that examined the effect that rising fuel prices have had on civil aviation in the U.S. The government’s interest lies in the excise taxes imposed on the sale of aviation fuel and their contribution to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was created in 1970 as a dedicated source of funding for the nation’s aviation system including the FAA’s capital improvement programs and a sizable portion of the agency’s operating budget.
NBAA Convention attendees are invited to join the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) for a panel session on trends and changes affecting new and used aircraft sales. The session, “Current Trends Impacting Business Aircraft Sales,” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, at 3 p.m. in Room S320E and is part of the Management and Aircraft Ownership educational track session.
Aviatechnik’s landing gear overhaul and repair services are just one of the product lines that the Mississauga, Ontario company provides. The company also offers repair and overhaul and lease and exchange of landing gear for commercial, regional and business aircraft as well as MRO for hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, all capabilities that the company is highlighting at its NBAA booth (1372).
The manufacturer of the Lektro electric aircraft tug brought its 4,500th tug–an AP 8850 SDA–to this year’s NBAA show and will present that tug to the customer, Jet Aviation Dubai, at Booth 1881 tomorrow. Warrenton, Ore.-based Lektro, the official NBAA static display towing provider since 1996, began making electric-powered aircraft tugs available for the show at the 1986 convention in Anaheim, Calif.
It was back in 1989 when newly established Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) rolled out its first engine maintenance program for the Honeywell (formerly Garrett) TFE731. Now, as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary, its very first client to enroll in the program is still onboard. Wood product manufacturer Boise Cascade Corporation still owns the very same Dassault Falcon 50, and its three original engines have been tended by JSSI for the past quarter-century.
William “Bill” Highfill has joined Spirit Aeronautics in Columbus, Ohio, as director of maintenance. Spirit provides maintenance services, avionics design and installation and interior refurbishment for corporate, military, government and commercial operators.
Insurance underwriter Global Aerospace is highlighting its partnership with consulting firm Waypoint Global Strategies to provide training and logistical support to the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and Global Aerospace customers through its SM4 safety program.
Component Control has been named an exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. Component Control’s Quantum MRO and logistics software provides a best-practices platform for aviation repair organizations to efficiently and comprehensively manage MRO processes while promoting adherence to rigorous quality and regulatory standards.
Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth 871), which supplies a variety of components to several diverse aviation market segments, has opened a new 67,800-sq-ft logistics center in Toulouse, France. Liebherr provides flight control and actuation systems, landing gear, and air management systems for business jets, civil and military helicopters, airliners and trainers. The new $14.5 million center will process incoming and outgoing inventory, including inspections and shipping procedures.
On the heels of changing its name from Aircell in early September, Gogo Business Aviation is positioning itself as a one-stop shop for all business aviation connectivity needs, while showcasing here at the NBAA Convention in Orlando new products announced at last year’s gathering in Las Vegas. The airborne communications provider, established in 1991 to bring voice telephone service to general aviation aircraft, changed its name to take advantage of the brand recognition of its Gogo commercial aviation airborne broadband Internet service, launched in 2009.