English Field Aviation opened its doors in May 2010 and has built its business by “working on whatever comes through the door,” COO Travis Lamance told AIN.
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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.”
Aeria Luxury Interiors has been launched as an affiliate of ST Aerospace San Antonio. Ron Soret, general manager of completions, outlines his plans for the new company in an interview with AIN contributing editor Thierry Dubois.
Bell will build its new medium-twin Magellan helicopter in Texas, company CEO John Garrison revealed in a memo sent to employees yesterday.
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.
On June 8, the new Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) and its Henriksen Jet Center FBO held a grand-opening celebration. The modern facility sits on land adjacent to what used to be tiny Bird’s Nest Airport about 15 miles northeast of downtown Austin, Texas. Austin Executive is the second airport that Ron Henriksen has built, using his own money and zero government funding to create facilities uniquely suited to general aviation operations.