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October 29, 2014, 10:55 AM

Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic (ES-A) has renewed its network services agreement with Turboprop East, based in North Adams, Mass. Turboprop East is an independent King Air, Avanti and Citation maintenance facility. ES-A will provide engine repair and overhaul support for the P&WC PT6A and JT15D from its distributor and designated overhaul facility in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Contractual support includes engine repair, hot-section inspections, testing, modifications, overhaul services and parts distribution on the PT6A and JT15D.

October 29, 2014, 10:50 AM

Flightdocs has released the first module of its new Flightdocs Enterprise suite of aviation data-management solutions. This new tool allows web and mobile-based users to track inventory, requests for repairs and parts requisition, purchase orders and shipping information. It gives customers a complete view of the purchasing and parts management process, allowing for real-time updates and access to orders, component data, documentation and status.

October 29, 2014, 10:45 AM

Aviall has entered into a distribution agreement with AeroControlex to market and distribute the latter’s pump products. The agreement includes exclusive rights worldwide, with the exception of China, where Aviall will operate non-exclusively. AeroControlex designs and produces fuel, hydraulic and lubrication pumps, mechanical controls and gearbox actuators.

October 29, 2014, 10:40 AM

Constant Aviation has promoted Mark Crotty to general manager at its Las Vegas location. Crotty joined the organization in 2010 as the service manager at the Cleveland facility and became director of operations in 2012. “Mark understands the importance of customer service and attention to detail. He was a key contributor to the advancement of the Cleveland location, and I am excited to have him overseeing our Las Vegas location,” said Kevin Dillon, vice president for operations.

October 29, 2014, 10:13 AM

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 will soon find its first home in Western Europe under the terms of a letter of intent between Moscow-based aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance and Belgian carrier VLM Airlines. The LOI calls for VLM to take a pair of SSJ100LRs in April of next year under a 12-year operating lease, just ahead of the launch of the airline’s planned new regional services from its base in Antwerp. The deal includes options on another two SSJ100s and so-called purchase rights on another 10.

October 29, 2014, 9:50 AM

I’ve worked for a variety of magazine publishers in my career—from giants like Time Inc., which has (or at least had) tens of thousands of staffers, to small, privately owned operations like AIN Publications, my employer for the last decade. In every case, what most determined whether the company was innovative, enjoyable to work for and successful was not some corporate mission statement, not the audience the magazines addressed, not the financial resources the publisher possessed.

October 29, 2014, 8:37 AM
Graphic of ADS-B ground stations

U.S. aviation industry representatives and the Federal Aviation Administration have agreed to form an “Equip 2020” working group to rally aircraft operators behind automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) technology. The FAA announced the plan following an invitation-only “call to action” meeting it convened on October 28 in Washington, D.C.

October 28, 2014, 3:30 PM
Bombardier Challenger CL-604

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) awarded Cobham SAR Services an A$640 million ($566 million) contract to provide airborne search -and -rescue services for 12 years beginning in 2016. Cobham will take over the mission from AeroRescue, the current contractor.

October 28, 2014, 3:05 PM

The three-day 2014 NBAA Convention, which concluded on Thursday in Orlando, Fla., “was an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The exhibit floor and aircraft displays had lots of activity and excitement. Education sessions were informative and well attended. The event once again showcased the industry’s size, diversity and significance.”

October 28, 2014, 2:42 PM

On October 17 the FAA formally rejected Bell Helicopter’s appeal of a 2012 agency decision denying the company a type certification exemption to the 7,000-pound maximum weight limit under FAR Part 27 (normal-category rotorcraft) for the Bell 429 light twin. Bell certified the helicopter under Part 27 in 2009 and has delivered more than 200 since.