U.S. Customs and Border Protection has awarded its highest supply chain security rating to Gulfstream Aerospace. The business jet manufacturer’s efforts to ensure its supply chain is safe and secure achieved “Tier Three” status. As a result, Gulfstream is eligible to receive the highest level of benefits available to members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
The National Air Transportation Association provides an annual salary survey for business aviation professionals including pilots, line-service personnel, maintenance technicians, inspectors, dispatchers, customer service representatives and stock clerks.
Mike Redenbaugh has made quite an impact at Bell in the 18 months since he became the company’s CEO. He moved in at something of a low point in the company’s fortunes, with an aging product line and the embarrassment of competitor Eurocopter claiming more than 50 percent of the domestic turbine market.
Who’s the best choice when a flight department manager position opens up? For the past 50 or so years, the people who usually got the nod were pilots, whether or not they were the best candidates.
Pilots flying helicopters for the French hospitals’ emergency medical services went on strike twice recently to protest low wages and long hours. In response, the operators’ trade association, SNEH, said that it has already addressed the pilots’ highest-priority grievances. Early last month the pilots expressed confidence that negotiations were nearing completion.
Don Baldwin has led the Texaco and Coca-Cola flight departments and served as chairman of NBAA’s board of directors. This week, he’s in Atlanta to introduce a flight ops mentoring program that he and his staff at Baldwin Aviation Safety and Compliance (Booth No. 2840) are in the final stages of developing.
Abu Dhabi Systems Integration, the United Arab Emirates joint venture of Selex Systemi Integrati (a Finmeccanica company), and Abu Dhabi Ship Building have signed a three-year contract worth more than $6.75 million with the UAE air force and air defense (UAE AFAD) to implement the Capability Maturity Model for Integration (CMMI). This requires the use of the CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement developed by the Software Engineering I
Bombardier’s business model for the C Series airliner family includes fleet management services along the lines of Boeing’s GoldCare program for the 787 that would enable operators to pay a fixed per-hour fee to cover maintenance, spares and overhaul.
Now the Canadian airframer is considering a similar program for its existing regional aircraft.
Managing a flight department is a task equally as challenging as any confronted by other executives within a company. It involves dealing with talented people, each of whom might have his or her own thoughts about how best to run the show. The dollar investment in equipment is large, and the responsibility is significantly larger.
Reliance Aerotech Services (RAS) of Nashville, Tenn., has launched a toll-free recruitment hotline to make it easier for prospective employees to contact the company’s recruiters. RAS provides outsourced aviation maintenance personnel and integration solutions for the defense, government, business and commercial aviation markets.