Robinson Helicopter built 356 helicopters (212 R44s, 88 R66s and 56 R22s) last year, a significant increase from the 162 helicopters it manufactured in 2010. The Torrance, Calif.-based company also booked orders for 360 turbine R66s last year, and it began this year with an order backlog for 400 helicopters. Robinson recently expanded its manufacturing facility and announced it is hiring additional employees.
Chicago-based AAR has been selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office as aviation industry partner for a new education-to-careers engagement strategy between the City Colleges of Chicago and private business to prepare residents for jobs in high-growth sectors. The Colleges to Careers initiative focuses on building industry partnerships for careers in aviation, healthcare, logistics, hospitality and information technology.
Airbus’s plan to transfer more work on its A320 wings to Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has caused a stir among the members and leadership of Unite, the UK’s biggest union, which described the move as “a massive own goal.”
All 41 Bombardier CRJ900s and 19 Bombardier CRJ200s flying with Mesaba Airlines as Delta Connection on January 4 moved to the Pinnacle Airlines certificate, marking a “huge milestone” in Memphis-based Pinnacle’s efforts to shed one of its three operating certificates. Although Pinnacle Airlines Corp.
In lieu of holiday cards and gifts to its members, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) donated $1,000 to the Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF) for an aviation maintenance scholarship. “ARSA started a small scholarship fund last year; it believes every company in this industry should make a similar effort. It’s past time for this industry to commit continuous resources to workforce development.
A total of 119 more American Eagle ATR 72 pilots flying out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport face possible furloughs in connection with American Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
Colleyville, Texas-based staffing agency Strom Aviation is now offering placement of employment candidates in permanent positions, through its new Strom Direct Aviation Staffing division. The new division will focus on executive search, crew placement and direct placement for the corporate aviation and helicopter segments. Strom Direct will also offer payroll and insurance services for crew and operations personnel.
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a “landmark agreement” with Boeing yesterday that will ensure labor peace between the company and its 31,000 machinists for another four years and guarantee the production of the 737 MAX in Renton, Wash.
Pinnacle Airlines said in late October that it would close the headquarters of its Eagan, Minn.-based Mesaba Airlines subsidiary toward the end of next year’s first quarter as it moves to reduce the number of its operating certificates from three to two. Pinnacle also owns Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air.
Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will vote on December 7 on a four-year contract extension that includes a commitment by Boeing to build the 737 MAX in Renton, Wash.