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September 18, 2014, 2:15 PM

Todd Baumgartner has joined Seattle-based FBO consulting firm FBO Partners as senior partner. Previously he was the senior vice president of acquisitions for the Ross Aviation FBO network, recently purchased by Landmark Aviation. Baumgartner “brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm that is simply without equal,” noted FBO Partners president Doug Wilson. “His expertise in FBO operations, procurement and mergers and acquisitions is truly remarkable and will be a valuable resource to clients of FBO Partners.”

September 18, 2014, 2:05 PM

Sikorsky Aircraft marked 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began Sept. 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground “to tabletop height” in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. That first flight began a four-year test program that “proved the efficiency of Sikorsky’s single-rotor design, gave birth to a global helicopter industry and forever changed the course of aviation history,” the company noted.

September 18, 2014, 2:00 PM

Gulfstream Aerospace named Jim Tait vice president of sales operations and analysis. He will oversee customer relationship management, commercial contracts, market research, aircraft pricing, residual-value analysis and customer financial support. Tait joined Gulfstream in 1999 as a senior financial controller and was promoted to director of financial planning and analysis in 2000. He has more than 25 years of experience in the engineering, defense and aviation industries, focusing on long- and short-range business plans, trend analysis, financial outlooks and pricing strategies.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

As part of a strategy to improve the performance of its aerospace business, Timken is eliminating its aerospace segment leadership positions and integrating aerospace activities under the direction of Chris Coughlin, executive vice president and group president.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM
A319ACJ interior

At the recent JetExpo show in Moscow, Jet Aviation showcased an interior for a private Airbus ACJ319 created by the Jet Aviation Design Studio and completed at Jet Aviation Basel.

The ACJ319, managed by Austrian operator MJet and originally built to accommodate up to 23 passengers and six crew, is certified in its new configuration to accommodate 19 passengers on charter flights. It features a private bedroom and en suite bathroom with shower, a guest lavatory, and crew, staff, lounge and dining areas in addition to spacious double “wet” and “dry” galley areas.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft is retooling its MRO sales and service team following inauguration of its recently expanded facility. In addition to expanding its existing facility by 26,000 sq ft, the company also augmented its employee roster, to 200 from 150.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

The FAA Van Nuys FSDO has named Dukes Aerospace of Northridge, Calif., in an Unapproved Parts Notification advising “all aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, maintenance organizations, and parts suppliers and distributors regarding improper maintenance performed on aircraft components.”

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

The FAA is proposing a $425,000 civil penalty against Gulfstream Aerospace for failing to comply with training-related FARs. The penalty, announced by the agency on September 16, was the result of inspections conducted in November 2009 and March 2010. At that time the FAA determined some Gulfstream mechanics did not complete required training within time limits required in its FAA-approved training manual and that they missed numerous training deadlines.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

Peerless Electronics is now distributing the full line of Master Lock aviation safety products, including the new aircraft circuit breaker lockout/tagouts. The S2329 Master Lock aircraft circuit breaker lockout prevents accidental re-energizing of an electrical system by locking a circuit breaker in the “off” position. They assist in FAA and OSHA compliance for lockout/tagout (aircraft LOTO) systems. S2329’s universal fit accommodates long or short aircraft circuit breakers, with or without collars and with three- and six-prong power receptacles.

September 17, 2014, 6:00 PM

New Castle, Delaware-based Volo Direct has moved into a newly renovated 40,000-sq-ft warehouse and office space. According to Kevin Wargo, the company’s president, the move will accommodate continued expansion and will allow Volo Direct to serve its customers better. Volo Direct has more than 12,000 unique aircraft parts in inventory for airframes, including the Astra, BAe-146, Challenger 600/601/604, Dornier 328, Falcon 50, Hawker 400/700/800, Learjet 35/45 and Westwind.

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