Bombardier Aerospace is opening its first wholly owned European aircraft service center at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Michael McQuay, president of Bombardier Aircraft Service Centers, told AIN that the decision to locate in Europe was based on the region’s growing fleet of more than 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
Chris Erickson, chief repair station officer and compliance officer at Erickson Air-Crane, has been elected president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) at the association’s annual board meeting. Erickson assumes the presidency after two years as the association’s senior vice president. Dr.
Sonny Perdue, governor of the U.S. state of Georgia, is here
leading a 30-member strong delegation of government officials and representatives of aerospace and aviation companies headquartered in his state. Georgia is a first-time Dubai show exhibitor at Stand E636B and Chalet A67.
Britain’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security (ADS) trade association is making
its airshow debut here in Dubai this week (UK Pavilion, Stand W128A). The group formally began operations last month following the merger of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers and the Defence Manufacturers Association.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands, will be the site of Bombardier Aerospace’s first wholly owned European aircraft service center. According to the company, the new addition is to better support a fleet of over 550 Learjets, Challengers and Globals in the region. It is slated to open early next year, joining a network of six facilities in North America.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.
Eclipse Aerospace held a supplier summit on October 27 for manufacturers and vendors of Eclipse EA500 very light jet components. Eclipse Aerospace purchased the assets of bankrupt manufacturer Eclipse Aviation on September 1 and is focusing on supporting the existing fleet of EA500 VLJs.
US Aviation’s maintenance and avionics division is offering full Phase 1 through 5 inspections and structural inspections on the Hawker and most Cessna Citations. The Denton, Texas-based MRO is also a factory-authorized maintenance facility for Mooney and Diamond Aircraft, and Pratt & Whitney Canada jet engine service.
EADS and Eurocopter last month signed a cooperation agreement with sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna to create a public-private joint venture in Kazakhstan. Under the agreement, EADS and Eurocopter will transfer “skills and know-how”
Aerion chairman Robert Bass said that the company remains committed to its supersonic business jet program “as long as we see progress in our discussions with OEMs. We are seeing progress,” he told attendees at the NBAA Convention late last month. “In fact, we are quite encouraged by our discussions.