Dale Meiler, lead maintenance inspector for Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, is the recipient of the ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician’s Award. The annual honor is given in recognition of the outstanding performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for 20 or more years.
For the second year in a row the Gulfstream Service Center in Dallas has received an Outstanding Achievement Award for its excellence in base maintenance of the NetJets G200 fleet.
The Bell 429 has received its production rotor blades. They replace the prototype blades that supported the first flight on February 27. In addition, engineers have loaded new software for the cockpit displays. Bell said the new software is more representative of the production aircraft.
Brazilian manufacturer Embraer released mixed first-quarter delivery numbers last month. The company delivered 25 aircraft, of which five were business jets.
Rocket Engineering of Spokane, Wash.–the company involved in the Piper Malibu JetProp DLX Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A conversion–is at it again. This time Rocket has been quietly working for the past two years on a P&WC PT6A-35-powered Beechcraft Duke BE60 conversion.
Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes in the first half of this year increased by more than 31 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released Thursday evening. The report shows that OEMs delivered 100 more airplanes (87 jets and 13 turboprops) in the first six months of this year than in the same time last year.
Cezar Lima, Embraer’s senior manager for fleet maintenance support, received the Overhaul & Maintenance Award for his outstanding achievement in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
The University Aviation Association recognized its 2003 Collegiate Aviation Award recipients during the fall education conference awards banquet in Dayton, Ohio. The organization’s William Wheatley Award was presented to Col. Emmett Johnson, chairperson of the aviation management and logistics department at Auburn University. Other award recipients were Mary Ann Turney, V.L. Laursen Award; Dr. Triant Flouris, Frank E.
Keystone Helicopter, a West Chester, Pa.-based helicopter services company, announced that one of its employees, John Profico, is the recipient of the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
The FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive last month to all Robinson R22 owners and operators, calling for them to carry out immediate checks to assess the serviceability of their main rotor blades.