Turbine engine overhauler Standard Aero on Thursday celebrated the ground-breaking of a new 80,000-sq-ft facility at its Winnipeg, Canada headquarters. The new plant adjoins Standard Aero’s existing 55,000-sq-ft GE CF34 repair and overhaul facility and is needed to accommodate growth in the CF34 program. The new section will open by next July and Standard Aero expects to add more employees to perform the additional CF34 work.
The idea of opening a new Gulfstream repair station in southern Florida was evolutionary for Vincent Wolanin. Its roots go back to Wolanin’s days as chairman of TopNotch Entertainment, a rock-and-roll management company that worked with groups such as Aerosmith, Kiss, John Mellencamp and many others.
The very light jet segment got a bit more crowded early last month when Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft and Israel Aircraft Industries publicly announced a partnership to develop a six- to eight-seat (including pilot) twinjet.
Gulfstream deliveries are down. In its report for the first half, parent company General Dynamics revealed that Gulfstream Aerospace second-quarter green deliveries were down from 24 aircraft last year to 19 aircraft this year, and that deliveries had dropped from 51 airplanes in the first half of last year to 34 airplanes in the first six months of this year. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the Savannah, Ga.
Dassault Falcon Jet selected the Nordam Group to manufacture cabinetry for the Falcon 7X. The deal calls for the Tulsa, Okla.-based company to produce full
Stephanie Snyder, vice president of marketing and communications at Gulfstream Aerospace, resigned unexpectedly last month. She had been with the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer for more than six years. Snyder also served as an executive assistant to former Gulfstream president Bill Boisture, who left the company abruptly in April, to be replaced by then vice chairman Bryan Moss (AIN, May, page 1).
Texas FBO Abilene Aero is doing better than it ever has in its 40-year history, according to president Joe Crawford. The biggest challenge for the company is not finding work but rather finding qualified technicians to provide maintenance on customer aircraft.
The 200th Gulfstream G200 rolled out June 4 at Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) manufacturing plant at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. “This is a historic moment for Gulfstream and IAI,” said Gulfstream Aerospace president Joe Lombardo.
Several steps to add to the support structure for MU-2 operators were announced at NBAA 2002 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America’s aircraft products support division. These include appointment of Aero Air of Hillsboro, Ore., as an authorized Mitsubishi MU-2 service center, and Turbine Aircraft Components (TAC) of Addison, Texas, as exclusive distributor for a number of aircraft overhaul components.
Although they haven’t been manufactured for a decade and a half, Twin Commanders continue as workhorses for many small- to medium-size companies, thanks to Twin Commander Aircraft Corp. (TCAC).