Competing in the MRO business requires more than just maintenance skills and a good price, according to one company. Rick Veague, chief technical officer for IFS North America, a global enterprise software vendor, believes it also takes simple and efficient data tracking.
Madrid-based charter operator Suraviation has signed an agreement with Marshall Aviation Services to provide MRO and technical support for Suraviation’s seven Cessna Citations, predominantly Mustangs, plus one CJ2. Marshall has 40 years’ experience with the Citation line and operates FlairJet, a Europe-based charter and management company operating a Cessna Mustang, Excel and Bravo as well as an Embraer Phenom 100 and King Air 350s.
Precision Aviation Group has acquired Aviation Controls (ACI), an MRO for engine accessories specializing in components and accessories for the GE J-85, Honeywell LTS-101 and Rolls-Royce 250 engines. David Mast, president and CEO of PAG, said, “The acquisition of ACI further diversifies PAG’s MRO capabilities by expanding our services into engine accessories. Our investment in ACI allows us to provide our customers additional capabilities that will improve service levels and facilitate more streamlined purchasing operations.
Malaysian company Aspirasi Pertiwi signed an agreement to invest in Kunovice, Czech Republic-based Evektor, which will help fund final development and production of the twin-engine EV-55 Outback utility airplane. The companies expect the June 26 agreement will eventually reach a total investment of $200 million.
Deer Jet, China’s largest private aviation services provider, opened its newest base at Changsha Huanghua International Airport in Hunan Province. Funded jointly by the company and Hunan Airport Economic Development, the facility occupies nearly 108,000 sq ft and includes a lounge and a customer parking lot. The FBO handled its first flight on May 31, but it will service only Deer Jet flights until its official opening next May, according to a company spokesperson.
Elbit last month launched Skylens, a wearable head-up display for an enhanced flight vision system. The ski goggle-shaped device offers a greater field of view than night-vision goggles (NVG), according to the company. Developed specifically for helicopters, the system also fuses infrared (EVS) and synthetic (SVS) images with flight parameter symbology for improved safety in poor visibility. The symbology will present flight and critical engine parameters.
Fifteen years after inventing the jet card, which simplifies the purchase of a block of charter hours, Sentient Jet sees no slowdown in demand for the product it pioneered. “We’re having a great year,” said Sentient president Andrew Collins. “In many respects it feels a lot like stuff we’ve been talking about is coming to fruition.”
Myanmar received its first FBO this week when Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center (MMBAC) opened at Yangon International Airport. The new venture is a partnership between Bangkok-based business jet and FBO operator MJets and the WahWah Group, which provides aircraft handling and aircraft parts distribution in Myanmar, with support from Myanma Airways, the country’s national airline.
Embraer plans to begin assembling its new midsize Legacy 450 and 500 business jets at its Melbourne, Fla., campus by 2016. The company will break ground soon on a major new plant expansion at its Melbourne facility and expects to add 600 more jobs when it is fully up and running. Embraer already assembles Phenom 100s and 300s at the Florida facility. Meanwhile, Embraer Executive Jets senior vice president Jose Eduardo Costas added that certification of the fly-by-wire Legacy 500 is “imminent.”
Charter hub Returnjet.com is extending free access to aircraft availability data to brokers in a bid to challenge the market dominance of rival portal Avinode. The change, which took effect July 14, will also allow operators who have registered their fleets with the site to have complimentary access to the real-time data.
Operators will continue to pay a 3-percent “introduction fee” for any flight conducted as a result of customer contact from the site. Returnjet plans to introduce reduced introduction fees for flights booked by brokers.