Arinc Direct announced that its FAA Part 145 certified repair station at Scottsdale, Ariz., has been named a factory authorized service center for the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II. It is only the second Part 145 repair center in the U.S. to earn the authorization.
Arinc Direct Flight Support Services is a suite of Web-enabled capabilities, including flight planning, flight following, weather briefs, aircraft messaging and a 24/7 flight coordinator staff for customer assistance. “Using our assessment tools, Arinc is able to pinpoint and home in on issues pertinent to its specific service challenges,” said Service Elements president Bob Hobbi.
Arinc Direct, which showcased its SkyLink satellite broadband service on two Gulfstreams at the Paris Air Show earlier this summer, expects to go active in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of this year. Arinc Direct will offer the service as part of a joint venture with ViaSat of Carlsbad, Calif., using the Eutelsat satellite array.
The FAA has recently awarded a repair station certificate to Arinc Direct’s Scottsdale Airport facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Arinc regional maintenance facility will now be able to service and repair more than 50 types of aircraft built by Raytheon, Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream.
The companies have deployed new VHF air-ground stations to cover the airspace at Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne airports. The launch represents Arinc’s first GlobaLink VHF coverage on the continent, according to a spokesman. Arinc and AeroThai currently operate more than 40 GlobaLink stations providing communications across the Asia-Pacific region. Each ground station supports several hundred sq mi of airspace.
When Macquarie Infrastructure completes its planned $338 million acquisition of the Trajen FBO chain in the third quarter, the aviation industry will have three dominant players. Macquarie owns Atlantic Aviation and will merge the 21 (possibly 23 by the time the deal concludes) Trajen bases with the 19 Atlantic Aviation FBOs that it already owns.
The airlines that own Arinc are said to be interested in selling the 77-year-old aviation communications company, and the reasons are purely economic. Arinc posted impressive revenues of $890 million last year, but its owners, including financially troubled Delta and American, are reluctant to make necessary investments in the company.
Landmark Aviation, The Carlyle Group’s FBO and maintenance business, is pursuing global growth. Having rebranded two of its three components under the Landmark identity last fall, president Shawn Vick said the company has adopted a “structured approach” to expansion through mergers, acquisitions and partnerships.
Arinc Direct Aircraft Services has expanded its FAA Part 145 certification to perform full-service aircraft maintenance at its repair station in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Former Gulfstream and NetJets Aviation executive Bill Boisture has resurfaced at Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm The Carlyle Group as a senior advisor to the aerospace and defense team.