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September 24, 2014, 10:35 AM

The FAA has granted Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia repair station authorization for Gulfstream aircraft. The approval allows the MRO to support its customers in Jeddah and Riyadh with light scheduled maintenance (A checks) on the Gulfstream II, GIII, GIV and GV.

September 24, 2014, 10:30 AM

APFT Maintenance Training aviation school and Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) have signed a contract for the training of aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The program begins in January, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 students from APFT as EASA-qualified aircraft mechanics.

September 24, 2014, 10:25 AM

Aspiring maintenance and other technical professionals will have an opportunity to witness what the industry has to offer on October 3 when 250 students will participate in a science, technology, engineering and math-based (Stem) educational event. The Aerospace & Aviation Career Day at Melbourne International Airport in Florida is sponsored by Northrop Grumman and held in cooperation with the Brevard Schools Office of Career and Technical Education and the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.

September 24, 2014, 10:25 AM

Palm Beach Aircraft has been named a Hartzell Propeller recommended service facility. To achieve the designation, the repair facility met a number of requirements such as on-site quality systems, process audits, and factory-trained and -qualified propeller experts. In addition, Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller is required to maintain Hartzell-approved specialized propeller tools and equipment as well as meet the company’s special-process approvals.

September 24, 2014, 10:20 AM

AIM Aviation, a UK-based designer of custom cabin interiors, has acquired Altitude Aerospace Interiors from Air New Zealand. Altitude Aerospace Interiors is a designer of custom cabin interiors, and its proximity to the Far East and Australasian markets complements AIM’s presence in Europe, the Middle East and North America. AIM and Altitude cover the entire cabin interior, from the cockpit to the rear pressure bulkhead, offering monuments and bar units, lounges, seat modules, galleys and stowages.

September 24, 2014, 10:15 AM

Spectrum Aeromed completed its first installation for SevenBar Aviation in a King Air 200. The Albuquerque, N.M.-based aircraft is staffed with a medical team from Lifeguard Air Emergency Services. LAES is a department within Emergency Services of University of New Mexico Hospitals and is New Mexico’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. In addition to the dual-patient configuration and patient loading system, Spectrum Aeromed installed IV poles, stretcher bridges, custom medical equipment mounts and an infant transport deck.

September 24, 2014, 10:05 AM

Mid-Canada Mod Centre, in conjunction with Rockwell Collins, is offering a Pro Line 101 session at the Ontario AME Symposium Thursday, September 25. Dave Hume of Rockwell Collins and Bill Arsenault of Mid-Canada Mod Centre will conduct a review of current and pending systems, maintenance and management items, development and maturity items, mods, best use of systems, new developments, changes required through general nav technology and system updates or mandatory retrofits. The AME Symposium, hosted at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ontario, runs through September 27.

September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM

Constant Aviation has hired Brian Sprecher as Southeast regional sales manager. Sprecher joins the organization with more than 15 years of sales experience. He was most recently with AtlanticAero as the regional sales manager covering the Southeast and before that was a sales manager with Landmark Aviation. Sprecher holds an A&P certificate and served in the Marine Corps. He is based at Charleston International Airport, S.C., and will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior modifications/refurbishments, parts and composite/accessory services.

September 24, 2014, 9:46 AM

Controversy continues to swirl in India over whether excessive spending by Air India on a fleet acquisition order in 2006 has led to its present financial difficulties. The clamor follows a book by former Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai titled The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper-Not Just an Accountant. The CAG acts as an independent authority established by the constitution of India to audit the expenditures of the government of India and its corporations.

An airline with revenues of $1.2 billion was asked to take on a debt of $8.2 billion [including pre-existing debt],” said Rai during a recent television interview. He credited former aviation minister Praful Patel for having ‘nudged’ Air India to increase the Boeing order from the original 28 to 68 denied the allegation. The government has given the airline a $5 billion equity infusion until 2021.

Air India’s order consisted of 111 aircraft—43 Airbus A320- seriesfamily jets and 68 Boeings, including eight 777-200LRs, fifteen 777-300ERs, eighteen 737-800s and twenty-seven27 787-8s.

Air India has been sliding—there is no doubt about itprobably [because of] certain decisions thatwhich were forced [upon it]…it has been pushed [into]…buying and selling of aircraft,” Indian aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pasupati said at a recently held press conference. “This does not appear to have been done with a commercial plan in mind.”

Air India has also drawn criticism for selling five newly bought 777-200LRs. “When any purchase has a debt portion of 97 percent, there’s no way it can be commercially viable,” said Rai. “Within five years of the 777s being bought, they had to be sold to Etihad for the price of one…at one-fifth of the price.”

Still, according to former Air India senior official Shakti Lumba, unforeseen market forces contributed to the 777s’ withdrawal.

In all fairness, Air India was never able to use these aircraft to full capacity as the market went down,” he told AIN. “However, the carrier got value for its money as the remaining loan is now being paid by Etihad.” Besides, he explained, the order got placed before the merger of Indian Airlines and Air India, and both airlines listed individual requirements. “The main culprits of Air India’s poor dispatch reliability were the 777s and 787s, with their constant breakdowns,” Lumba added.

Air India has already taken delivery of 17 of 27 Dreamliners. It expects the final delivery by 2016. On whether Air India appears headed toward divestment, Pasupati said no decision hasd been taken. “I do not want to stir a hornet’s nest,” he added.

 

 

September 23, 2014, 2:50 PM

NetJets announced today that it has been granted its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and can begin charter operations within the country, making it the first international aircraft operator to earn that distinction.

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