Tracy Gandy has joined Dallas Airmotive as manager of the company’s F1rst Support operations. Gandy will oversee day-to-day operations of the command center in Grapevine, Texas, and field-service technicians across the U.S. Gandy, a licensed A&P/IA, has more than three decades of aviation experience working in the military and with airframe and engine OEMs. Before joining Dallas Airmotive he was program manager at Consolidated Turbine Service in Mesa, Ariz.
Uniflight of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a repair station certificate by Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aeronautics. “We have a team of mechanics that we can send to Mexico on short notice due to our proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth airport, and for any helicopter we’re less than one fuel load from the Texas/Mexico border,” said Manny Ortiz, director of maintenance for the MRO. “And many of our staff here in Grand Prairie are bilingual.”
Transport Workers Union president James Little expressed “shock” last week at the depth of concessions AMR Corporation has asked from its employees as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Bell Helicopter has put a price on playing catch-up: $1 billion. That’s how much the Textron company plans to spend on accelerated research and development, new and renovated facilities, taxable inventory and operations during the next four to five years. It’s all in an effort to recapture some of the market share Bell has lost to Eurocopter and AgustaWestland over the last three decades.
West Star Aviation has named John Hayes general manager at its Dallas Love Field facility. Hayes has more than 33 years’ experience in the aviation industry and was most recently director of maintenance with Business Jet Access in Dallas. Before that he held positions with NJI, Executive Jet International, Net Jets Middle East, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulfstream.
Million Air Dallas completed the validation flight requirements to obtain authority to conduct RNP-AR (formally SAAAR) approaches in its Gulfstream G450. The Dallas FBO developed its own RNP-AR program without the help of any consultants, it added.
Dallas Airmotive has unveiled a dedicated Web site for its First Support command center. FirstSupportAOG.com provides customers with a look at how FirstSupport operates and provides several options for contacting the center. A newsroom provides media information, including press releases on all of Dallas Airmotive’s activities, a map of service locations, contact information and photo downloads.
Two freak Dallas-area winter storms–one ice, the other snow–in the days leading up to the Super Bowl were bad news for air travelers trying to get to the big game. On Thursday night, a system dumped four inches of snow in an area ill equipped to handle the white stuff, causing both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth Airports to shut down completely on Friday morning.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul Group has positioned three mobile response vehicles to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to support visitors to the Super Bowl, company president Hugh McElroy told AIN. There are more than a dozen business aviation airports within a 60-minute drive of the Super Bowl site.
The Steelers and Packers aren’t the only teams who have spent months preparing for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas on February 6. The FAA, along with Dallas-area airports and FBOs, have also invested countless hours and millions of dollars getting runways and facilities ready for the more than 4,000 fans expected to arrive by private aircraft.