Sabreliner’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Susan Aselage as president. Aselage additionally serves as vice chairman and vice president, secretary and assistant treasurer. She has been with Sabreliner since its inception in 1983, and was the company’s second employee. Before her appointment as president, her responsibilities included managing the corporation’s risk-insurance program and maintenance of all corporate records.
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Rockwell Collins has sent its workhorse Sabreliner 50 business jet to what might be the world’s best retirement home, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Ore. The Sabreliner, a 1964 model, was the flying testbed for many key Rockwell Collins avionics products and logged about 8,000 hours and more than 5,000 landings since the Collins division of Rockwell International bought the jet in 1976. The job of flight-testing new Rockwell Collins systems falls on the shoulders of the company’s Challenger 601.
Sabreliner has opened a new $7 million aircraft paint hangar at its Perryville Municipal Airport facilities in Perryville, Mo.
The 32,000-sq-ft facility, sized to accommodate aircraft up to the size of a GIV, includes a large bay for stripping and prep work and another for paint application. The climate-controlled facility features a three-stage filtration system. Workers use an electrostatic paint process that reduces the amount of paint used as well as the total emissions.
Sabreliner announced it has recently completed its first Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) on a Learjet 35 air ambulance. The OEM has teamed with L-3 Communications Flight International in Newport News, Va., to perform SLEP services and uses L-3’s FAA-approved STC. The aircraft is owned and operated by Aero Jet International, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based air ambulance company with more than 18 years experience in the industry.
Sabreliner will create approximately 400 new jobs over the next four years as it expands its operations. The company has broken ground for a 27,000-sq-ft aircraft stripping and paint facility in Perryville, Mo., that will enable it to accommodate more customers and aircraft up to the size of the large-cabin Gulfstreams.
Lockheed Martin has begun flight testing a new sensor for the F-35's targeting system, developed by the company's missiles and fire-control division. The test aircraft is a highly modified Boeing 737 operated by BAE Systems and is known as the CATBird (cooperative avionics testbed).
Sabreliner NA-265-80, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 1, 2008–Depletion of pressure in the aircraft’s hydraulic system, along with the pilot’s failure to operate the emergency braking system properly, was to blame for a taxiing accident that damaged three other airplanes, according to the NTSB. A non-functioning hydraulic system aural warning in the aircraft was also found to be a contributing factor.
Sabreliner NA-265-80, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 1, 2008–While taxiing the Sabreliner from the repair station–following a months-long stay for corrosion repairs–the pilots attempted to maneuver around a Cessna Caravan that had stopped, facing it on the same ramp. As it passed, the Sabreliner’s left wing struck the Caravan’s rotating propeller, causing damage to both aircraft.
Airmark International, an independent Learjet parts distributor, has teamed with aviation services provider Sabreliner to install Airmark-provided GKN Aerospace windshields in Learjet 24/24D/25/28/29/35/36s.
Tracy Ogle joined St. Louis-based Sabreliner (Booth No. 2736) two years ago as its rotary-wing program manager to help the company expand its efforts in support of the