With a clear mandate from India’s 100-day-old government to make aerospace manufacturing a focus area for domestic and export markets, there is renewed interest by manufacturers to be in the forefront. This was clear at a recent conference the Center for Air Power Studies and the Confederation of Indian Industry held in New Delhi.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace, through wholly owned subsidiary ST Aerospace Engines, will be injecting a pro rata share of $20.8 million as additional capital into its Xiamen-based engine MRO joint-venture company, ST Aerospace Technologies (Statco). The planned capital injection is subject to regulatory approvals by the Chinese authorities. Upon transfer of the funds, STA Engines’ total share capital contribution in Statco will stand at $41.6 million. Statco provides MRO and support services for the CFM56-7B engines that power the Boeing 737.
Springdale, Ark.-based AirResource Group received its FAA Repair Station certificate for maintenance, preventive maintenance, inspection and alteration of aircraft and associated products. AirResource Group was formed in 2007 by Carl Finch and Cheri McKelvey, who have more than 50 years of combined experience offering aircraft brokerage, acquisition and management services.
Christopher Hart was appointed NTSB chairman. A licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings, Hart previously served on the NTSB as board member. He replaces Deborah Hersman.
The FAA has granted Colorado Springs-based Trine Aerospace & Defense certification that enables it to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on rotary-wing aircraft.
“Trine is one of the few facilities in our region with helicopter repair station certification,” said Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO. “The certificate enables us to serve our customers better by providing in-house repair and replacement of non-warrantied parts as well as avionics and installation repair.”
Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) is in the final stages of receiving approval to open a center for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of composite and bonded metal/composite components for a wide range of business aircraft types. The center will be the first of its kind in South America.
Marshall Aerospace Canada has acquired a 4,343-sq-ft facility at Abbotsford Airport in British Columbia to serve as its Canadian head office and base. It will accommodate up to 35 employees, the majority of whom will be engineers and technical staff, and will further consolidate Marshall Aerospace Canada as an integral part of Marshall’s UK headquarters, which holds design authority for a number of aircraft so it can undertake and certify OEM-type work on components, systems and structures.
Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) will this week start installing the first set of its high-Mach blended winglets on a Brazilian-registered Dassault Falcon 50. An existing U.S. FAA supplemental type certificate has been approved by Brazil’s ANAC agency. The U.S. company received FAA approval for the modification earlier this year.
Al Gorthy’s recent NBAA webinar Runway Excursions, the Biz Av Perspective began with a recap of a few recent overrun accidents for perspective, namely those involving a Cessna Citation at Santa Monica, a Bombardier Challenger at Aspen and the Gulfstream GIV at Bedford, Massachusetts. According to Gorthy, who is the FAA’s assistant regional runway safety program manager, “75 percent of all business jet excursions happen on a dry runway more than 5,000 feet long.” Between 1995 and 2010, there were 660 runway excursions in the U.S., or about 44 each year.
Bombardier on Wednesday announced the retirement of Bombardier Aerospace president and chief operating officer Guy Hachey as part of a wider restructuring that will see 1,800 layoffs “in the coming months.”
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