Transport Canada has granted Falko Regional Aircraft full transport category type certification for the Avro RJ series of airliners. The jets had not been certified in Canada when originally in production with BAE Systems, although the earlier BAe 146 models were approved by Transport Canada.
Flying Colours announced today that Paul Heaver, vice president of completions and modifications at U.S. subsidiary Jetcorp Technical Services, died on May 20. Heaver joined Flying Colours in 2007 as director of business development and was promoted to vice president of completions at JetCorp 18 months ago. A 25-year industry veteran, he worked for de Havilland Canada and Bombardier before joining Flying Colours. Flying Colours president and CEO John Gillespie said Heaver “made a significant contribution” to the completion company’s growth over the past five years.
Germany-based Flight Ambulance International (FAI, Stand 749) has ordered six Spectrum Aeromed 2800 series stretchers for its newly acquired Bombardier CRJ200. One of the stretchers will be fitted with “advanced life support systems.” To its fleet of “special-purpose” aircraft, FAI plans to add two BAE Systems Avro jets, also able to carry six stretchers or more each, by year-end.
Recent start-up aviation asset manager Falko (Booth No. C8030), teamed with design consultancy Design Q, has unveiled its final concept for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) line, an airplane “that James Bond would have loved,” according to Design Q director Gary Doy. The mock-up of the interior is being shown at NBAA 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention in Las vegas, October 10 to 12.
BAE (Booth No. 8237) is moving heavier into aircraft remarketing, according to Stewart Cordner, vice president of the company’s Avro Business Jet (ABJ) unit.
Some things are simply unthinkable, such as the city of Wichita without Hawker Beechcraft. But according to Machinists District 70, which represents some 2,400 hourly workers at the OEM’s Wichita plant, that’s what the company is considering.
BAE Systems has contracted with Design Q to develop five concepts for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ) and revealed the first of the new designs–the ABJ Explorer–yesterday at EBACE. A unique design element of the Explorer is the “Air Deck” viewing platform adapted from the cargo side-door modification.
Hawker Beechcraft is establishing a new sales and customer support team in this part of the world. The U.S. manufacturer has recruited former Asia Jet CEO Justin Firestone as its new president for the AsiaPacific region. Firestone will continue to be based in Hong Kong and will lead a network of staff extending in Beijing, Singapore and Australia.
BAE Systems announced last month that it has contracted to deliver a 46-passenger Avro business jet corporate shuttle version of the BAe 146-200 regional jet to UK-based motorway infrastructure construction firm Gill Group. The interior work will be done by Inflite Engineering Services at London Stansted Airport, with oversight from Bristol-based Waypoint Aviation.
Jim Schuster, Hawker Beechcraft’s chairman and CEO since June 2001, on November 20 announced his intention to retire from the Wichita aircraft manufacturer. “Earlier this month, I began discussing my retirement plans with our board. After nearly eight years as CEO, I feel the time is right,” Schuster said.
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