Pats Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., completion specialist for widebodies and BBJs and sole provider of auxiliary fuel-tank installations for BBJs, was acquired from Wayzata Investment Partners by Moelis Capital Partners (MCP) of New York City. Pats plans to continue concentrating on BBJ completions, expanding its business by finding more customers overseas and possibly putting more emphasis on its refurbishment business, according to John Martin, who retains his position as Pats president and CEO.
Gulfstream Aerospace launched a new iOS app that allows customers to peruse the company’s pre-owned aircraft inventory on an iPad or iPhone. The Gulfstream Pre-owned Aircraft Sales app offers real-time inventory listings with interior and exterior photographs; detailed aircraft information, including flight hours and landings; the aircraft’s entry-into-service date; and pricing. Push notifications alert customers when a listing changes status.
Just five months after celebrating the delivery of its first new-build Eclipse 550 light jet, Eclipse Aerospace laid off a “substantial” number of employees at its Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters and facilities in Chicago and Charleston, S.C., citing slow sales for its very light jet.
Continuum Applied Technology’s Version 11 of Corridor Aviation Service Software adds three modules and a mobile application. Modules include Tool Crib for tracking calibration and usage; Time & Attendance, a personnel-management tool to track employee time and attendance; and Planning & Scheduling, which integrates work orders and quoting with a graphical calendar view to schedule and monitor progress.
An acquisitive Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE. TRU’s president and CEO is James Takats, one of the founders of Florida-based simulator manufacturer Opinicus, which became a Textron property in November last year.
Eclipse Aerospace has added General Enterprises as its second European Gold Service Center, expanding its international service center network for Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 very light twinjets. General Enterprises will provide maintenance, inspections, parts and warranty support, as well as AOG service. Based at Groningen Airport Eelde in Eelde, The Netherlands, General Enterprises has been a service center for single- and twin-engine piston aircraft since 1993, and has been servicing Eclipse jets since 2011.
Rockwell Collins’s Venue cabin management and HD entertainment system was selected by Sabena Technics for installation aboard a Boeing BBJ. The updated BBJ cabin will feature HD monitors and digital audio throughout the aircraft for watching Blu-ray disc movies and other high-resolution content, such as real-time flight information from Rockwell Collins’s Airshow 3-D moving map. These features are built upon a fiber-optic backbone that ensures maximum system availability and enough bandwidth to integrate the latest consumer technologies.
Textron has assembled a new flight simulator manufacturing and training company–TRU Simulation + Training–that its leaders believe will offer strong competition to entrenched players FlightSafety International and CAE.
Textron Aviation’s TRU Simulation+Training has announced an agreement with sister company Bell Helicopter to develop the first level-D, full flight simulator for the Bell 525 Relentless medium helicopter.
TRU will take care of all the steps from design to installation at Bell’s Fort Worth, Texas headquarters. The simulator will be FAA- and EASA-certified and is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2016.
One option for an aircraft technician faced with a thorny mechanical at home base or stranded far from the home hangar would be to take photos with a smartphone and send them to a source of help such as the manufacturer’s tech support team.
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