Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) is developing a course on FBO management and is seeking industry feedback in the form of a survey on what aspects and skills the class should cover. “If we know what they want from an employee who walks in the door, then we’ll give it to them.” said Gary Witt, ERAU’s director of academics, who expects the school to offer the course next year.
HNA Group of China and Bravia Capital of New York will acquire a majority stake in myTechnic. According to Daglar Cizmeci, CFO, board member and investor in myTechnic Aircraft MRO Services, the company is the first lean (zero waste) greenfield maintenance, repair and overhaul center in the world.
The Russian United Business Aviation Association is well aware of illegal charter flying in the country and is deeply concerned about it, according to the group’s vice president, Eugeny Bakhtin. He told AIN the association is urging authorities to adopt Western standards to iron out legal anomalies that allow the so-called gray market to thrive there.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation will be opening a new accessory facility from which it will offer composite repair services for on- and off-wing repairs. “We are in the final stages of opening a new 15,000-sq-ft facility that will house both our new composite shop and the expansion of our accessory business.
Qatar Airways is set to be made the newest corporate partner of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The membership will be conferred on Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker here at the Farnborough airshow by the Society’s new chief executive, Simon Luxmoore.
The University of North Dakota (UND) Flying Team won the 2010 Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) national collegiate aviation competition, which was held at Indiana State University-Terre Haute from May 17 to 22. The win marked UND’s 16th SAFECON championship in the 25 years that the university has participated in this competition.
“The most significant issue facing the maintenance community in 2010 is financial sustainability,” Aaron Hilkemann, president of Duncan Aviation, told AIN. “As demand decreased this past year, additional incentives were provided to operators. These incentives have reduced or eliminated already low profit margins for many maintenance providers.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) group has expanded its international service support network with the opening of field service centers in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. The new centers will provide troubleshooting, parts support, borescope inspection and on-wing hot section inspection and repairs.
On the agenda for this year’s National Air Transportation Association FBO
Leadership Conference are a variety of events covering marketing, airports, security, media attacks on aviation, general aviation manufacturing issues, building codes for foam fire-protection systems and a keynote speech by George Mason University head coach Jim Larranaga. The FBO Leadership Conference is scheduled for June 9 to 11
Miami-based High Standard Aviation has been acquired by Ametek as it expands its MRO capability in the Southeastern U.S. market. High Standard Aviation, with annual sales of $31 million, specializes in hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical and electromechanical repair services.