Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter operator Elite Aviation has created a new division and is now offering its previously in-house maintenance services to the public. Elite Aviation Jet Services, a Part 145 repair station, has a staff of factory- and FlightSafety-trained technicians who cumulatively have more than 100 years of corporate aircraft maintenance experience and more than 60 years of avionics expertise.
Under an agreement reached between Wayfarer Aviation and FlightSafety International, maintenance crew training will be discounted off FlightSafety’s
A new 44,000-sq-ft maintenance training center has opened near the Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) Wichita facility and is offering a full schedule of technical training courses. It is a joint effort between Hawker Beechcraft and FlightSafety International. According to Christi Tannahill, vice president for Hawker Beechcraft global customer service and support, the first course offered is MxPro.
When asked about the Hawker 450 at the Hawker Beechcraft Corp. (HBC) press conference yesterday, chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said, “We are going to introduce another version of that fine, light jet.” He declined to reveal any additional information. He also said there will be a follow-up Hawker 400 timed “to meet the economic updraft, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 2678), with customers in 154 countries, is here at the NBAA Convention with news of a host of new products, services and awards. The company has rolled out a new online recurrent international procedures training system, as well as new availability for King Air 200 and Bell 200/400 series helicopter training.
Aerosim Technologies might not be a name familiar to most business aircraft pilots who train in full-motion simulators, but pilots who need to learn how to use an FMS have probably used an Aerosim FMS trainer. Now Aerosim (Booth No. 2085) is developing Virtual Procedures Trainers for business aircraft, which enable training in cockpit procedures at a much lower cost than a full simulator or flight-training device.
NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Committee has added Jet Aviation FBO & Charter Sales to the list of companies that sponsor the scholarships it administers. Other sponsors include Ac-u-Kwik, Air BP Aviation Services, Chevron Global Aviation, ExxonMobil Aviation and the Avitat FBOs, Jeppesen DataPlan, Signature Flight Support and Universal Weather and Aviation.
MxPro, a training partnership between FlightSafety International and Hawker Beechcraft, incorporates both academic and hands-on situational training for maintenance professionals. “Our goal is to develop a program that will enhance
the technicians’ ability to troubleshoot and repair aircraft quickly while minimizing down time,” said Bill Brown, president of Hawker Beechcraft global customer service and support.
While attendees described the 13th annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference, held June 25 to 27 in New Orleans, as “upbeat,” the economic recession had an obvious effect.
This year’s Greater Washington Aviation Open raised $95,000 for the Corporate Angel Network, the White Plains, N.Y.-based charity that puts cancer patients in unoccupied seats on corporate aircraft for free transportation to and from treatment facilities.