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July 9, 2014, 12:04 PM

Elliott Aviation, an authorized service center for the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP, has acquired multiple sets of Beechjet/Hawker 400XP landing gear. The landing gear will be used for exchange purposes to ensure minimal aircraft downtime during overhaul. Elliott Aviation’s accessory shop has overhauled multiple sets of Beechjet/Hawker 400XP landing gear and completed some 20 trunnion repairs. Elliott Aviation has completed 250 full landing-gear overhauls, 350 actuator overhauls, 500 brake assemblies, 500 wheels and 1,400 NDT inspections.

July 9, 2014, 11:59 AM

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has named Adrienne Robinson vice president of business development. Before her new appointment, Robinson served PAG in dual roles: she joined the company in 2012 and three months later was asked to take on the additional role of president of Precision Aviation Services (PAS) in Peachtree City, Ga. During her leadership of PAS, Robinson negotiated an agreement with Airbus Helicopters designating PAS as an AHI Service Center, the first in the Atlanta market.

July 9, 2014, 11:55 AM

Pro Star Aviation has promoted Kurt Kitner from avionics installations lead to avionics installations manager. Kitner has been working as an installations lead since Pro Star Aviation’s founding in 1998. Before he joined Pro Star, Kitner worked at Stead Aviation in Manchester, N.H. for 10 years as both a mechanic and installations technician. He obtained his A&P certification through the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked as a crew chief and mechanic.

July 8, 2014, 7:39 PM

This has got to stop. We all know that FAA inspectors at the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) level are overworked and that FAA regulations, policies, procedures and programs impose impossible requirements on agency personnel. But when a drop-dead simple piece of paperwork that needs an approval signature hits the desk and gets delayed for some obscure confounded reason, causing the grounding of a multimillion-dollar jet, well, this simply has got to stop.

July 8, 2014, 2:50 PM

U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes were involved in fewer total accidents in the first half of this year, but corporate jets recorded more fatalities over the first half of this year than in the same period last year. According to preliminary data tabulated by AIN, there were 21 total accidents involving business turboprops and jets in the first six months, compared with 27 in the same period last year.

July 8, 2014, 2:45 PM

Three Chinese general aviation operators signed orders and commitments with Airbus Helicopters yesterday for 123 light singles and twins, including AS350s, EC130s and EC135s. Fujian Xinmei General Aviation (GAC) will be acquiring five AS350B3es, to be delivered this year. The company, which focuses on agricultural and utility work, has committed to another 50 light singles and twins over the next six years.

July 8, 2014, 2:40 PM

NBAA, AOPA, airport businesses, local aircraft owners and a corporate operator have filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA about California’s Santa Monica Airport. The complaint seeks to settle the issue of when the city, which owns and operates the airport, is no longer subject to grant assurance obligations that require it to keep the airport open. While the city believes that its obligations expire on July 1 next year, the complainants claim that a 2003 request by the city to amend the last grant agreement extended the period of time that the airport must remain open to August 2023.

July 8, 2014, 2:35 PM

There were 67,311 business aviation flights in Europe last month, and while this was a “seasonal leap” of 9 percent over May, it was still down 0.9 percent from a year ago, according to data released today by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. “June’s decline completed a negative second quarter and means year-to-date flight activity [in Europe] is 0.4 percent lower than in 2013,” it noted.

July 8, 2014, 2:30 PM

Kevin Boardman, who was the aviation director/chief pilot for Elmer’s Glue parent company Berwind Corp. from 1998 until earlier this year, was formally indicted by a grand jury of defrauding his former employer to the tune of at least $2.7 million. According to a release issued yesterday by the Eastern Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boardman allegedly “devised numerous methods to embezzle money from his employer” between 2006 and last year.

July 8, 2014, 2:25 PM

Donald Lowe, 82, a former vice chairman and director of Bombardier Aerospace, died on June 26 in Toronto, following a series of illnesses. His aerospace career began in 1975 when he was brought in to run United Aircraft (later Pratt & Whitney Canada) following a long labor strike. During his tenure, P&WC launched the long-running PW100 series of turboprop engines. In 1986 he joined a financially troubled Canadair as president and CEO, as it was sold by the Canadian government to Bombardier, and oversaw the launch of the CRJ series of regional airliners.

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