The U.S. state of Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal is leading a business mission to the Paris Air Show–the state’s first ever participation–from June 16-19. Industry giants such as Boeing, Raytheon, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman operate in Georgia (Hall 3 AB 97), one of the top five states for aerospace employment. The state recently published a report on the economic impact of Georgia’s aerospace industry with the Georgia Department of Economic Development responsible for planning and mobilizing state resources to attract new investment.
Officials for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters charged Republic Airlines management last month with violating training rules and the recommendations of its FAA check airmen by firing the president of the carrier’s local Teamsters chapter, Craig Moffatt. In retaliation, the Teamsters pulled union volunteers involved in joint safety programs, crew scheduling, training and other functions for all three of Republic Airways’ regional subsidiaries–Republic Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America.
Paris Air Show organizers have redoubled the event’s emphasis on recruiting new talent to the aerospace sector. “We [the industry] need to invest a lot in young people if we are to be ready for increasing production rates in the coming years,” said SIAE chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles.
The world commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will reach a value of $49.2 billion this year, according to recent market research conducted by Visiongain. The commercial aircraft MRO market is forecast by Visiongain to experience growth over the next decade, providing numerous business opportunities.
GA Telesis and Finnair have entered into an agreement in which GA Telesis has acquired part of Finnair Engine Services and will employ 80 engine-service professionals from Finnair’s existing workforce. The deal comprises the sale of assets and transfer of personnel to GA Telesis Engine Services (Gates). Gates has simultaneously entered into a long-term lease of all of the engine maintenance and test cell facilities from Finnair.
Vector Aerospace has added a new 45,000-sq-ft office and hangar complex at its Andalusia, Ala., helicopter MRO facility. The added space doubles the size of Vector’s facility and will fit up to 20 aircraft concurrently, according to the company, as well as facilitate implementation of lean manufacturing processes that will reduce turn-around time for customers. Vector plans to expand the Andalusia workforce to 170 employees from the current 140.
The Columbus, Ohio police temporarily grounded its MD500 fleet and hired an independent maintenance company to inspect the helicopters in April after discovering “gaps” in maintenance records.
Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans last week to develop a new helicopter, as well as a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters. Construction is set to begin next month on an $8 million, 70,000-sq-ft expansion. Enstrom was purchased late last year by Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment. Over the last 18 months Enstrom has more than doubled its employment to 165 and plans to deliver 32 helicopters this year and 45 next year.
West Star Aviation was recently recognized by the Department of Defense for its continued support of its National Guard and Reserve employees. The recognition comes from the MRO’s commitment to the support of troops as they are called into action and its willingness to prepare and integrate the people back into their team upon their return. Colonel Lou Brackett (Ret.), the Employer Outreach Coordinator for the State of Colorado, presented the award.
Jet Aviation expanded its management support service offerings to help aircraft owners and operators comply with the upcoming April 30 deadline for emissions allowances under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. All operators that are required to surrender emission allowances must open a union registry account in their appointed member state and submit the allowances by the deadline or face penalties. Jet Aviation is providing union registry account opening and administration services to help operators comply with the regulations and avoid non-compliance fines.