In these times of high fuel prices, currency worries and looming recession, it is worth taking a hard look at how the efficiency of the supply chain can be improved. It doesn’t take long to discover that despite all the hyperbole and rhetoric over the past decade from consultants and IT “solution providers,” many in the aerospace industry feel they’re not getting the return on investment they expected.
The quiet revolution that sped through the airliner supply industry over the past decade has become mainstream doctrine: no longer can subsystems suppliers rely on the lead OEM to assume the design and integration responsibility for their products, at least according to the companies that occupy the upper tiers of the supply chain.
Aeronautical chart provider Jeppesen is experiencing first hand some of the angst that can accompany a business’s transition to the brave new world of digital product and service marketing. In Jepp’s case problems arose from glitches with its FliteDeck electronic approach chart software, a recent version of which wreaked serious havoc by locking up users’ computers.
A voice-capable, three-frequency ELT made by the UK’s HT Smith Group is now being marketed in North America by Winslow Life Raft of Lake Suzy, Fla. The 1.3-lb ELT has two-way voice transmission capability on 121 MHz and 243 MHz. The $2,975 unit also sends distress signals on 406 MHz.
South Florida operators wanting a louder voice in regional aviation matters are invited to form a local business aviation association. Interested parties should contact Harry Houckes, NBAA southeast regional representative, at email@example.com to discuss scheduling an organizational meeting.
Next to fighter jocks, helicopter pilots are probably the most iconoclastic flavor of aviators flying today. That’s why the issue of unionization can be so sensitive. Both Petroleum Helicopters Inc. and Air Log have unionized pilot workforces. Both made the transition in widely different ways.
Cabin-management and entertainment system specialist IEC International has been acquired in a management buyout led by sales and marketing v-p Chris Nicholls. The UK company will now trade as IEC In-flight Systems and will focus largely on the business-aviation sector, while also remaining in the airline market. IEC intends to move its headquarters from Langley, near London Heathrow Airport, to Farnborough Airport.
Legislation has been introduced that would exempt foreign-national commercial pilots from the current 45-day background check requirement to obtain flight training in the U.S. The bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would also require all foreign initial student pilots to comply with the background checks before starting training in the U.S., regardless of the size of aircraft involved.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group has moved its authorized Citation service center from a shared maintenance hangar in Montreal to a new dedicated facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Hawker Beechcraft named Russ Meyer III the company’s director of new product development. Meyer, son of the former Cessna chairman, was most recently program manager for Cessna’s Citation Mustang program.