Sabreliner Corp., a name long synonymous with the business jet market, has turned to designing and installing custom interiors in government VIP helicopters.
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Heinz Kohli, who in May 2003 was named CEO of Jet Aviation Group, abruptly decided to leave the company “effective immediately.” In revealing this development today, officials of the Zurich-based worldwide business aviation services conglomerate would not comment beyond saying, “Differences over the company’s future strategy” led Kohli to resign.
Since the sale of its Midcoast Aviation subsidiary last year, Sabreliner has returned to its roots by refocusing on providing resources and a continuing commitment to supporting the Sabreliner fleet.
Swiss-based Jet Aviation Group announced today that it reached an agreement to acquire St. Louis business jet maintenance and modification company Midcoast Aviation from Sabreliner. The deal is subject to the customary approvals and is expected to be closed in the spring. Sabreliner purchased Midcoast in 1994. When Jet Aviation was acquired by Permira Funds last October, the new owners committed to expanding the company.
Headquartered in O’Fallon, Missouri, Avmats (Aviation Material & Technical Support) specializes in supporting mainly (but not only) business aircraft, particularly focusing on Dassault Falcon, Raytheon Hawker and Sabreliner models. The company services and supplies APUs, avionics, brakes, some engines, starters and generators, instruments, wheels and much more, to clients in the U.S. It also has a facility at Ringwood, England.
By March, Sabreliner Corp. should be generating annual sales of $50 million, thanks to support of Sabreliner and Learjet 30-series business jets, subcontract manufacturing for other manufacturers and its Premier Turbines engine overhaul business.
“To understand why Midcoast Aviation’s Perryville, Mo. operation is such a strong force in the Learjet MRO sector requires an understanding of our history,” Ron Herman, vice president of operations for Midcoast Aviation Perryville, told AIN. “Today’s operation is built upon the Sabreliner business that started here when Rockwell International was building Navy and Air Force T-39 trainer jets.”
Rockwell International NA-265-80 Sabreliner, Brownwood, Texas, May 9, 2005–Debris, possibly from a bird, was found on the combustion chamber mating flange and throughout the second-stage turbine nozzle of the left GE CF700 of the Sabreliner that crashed on takeoff from Brownwood Regional Airport.
Rockwell International NA-265-80 Sabreliner, Brownwood, Texas, May 9, 2005–The NTSB blamed bird ingestion for the damage to the first-stage compressor of the Sabreliner’s left engine that caused loss of thrust. The incident happened during the takeoff roll, just after V1.
A Sabreliner owned and operated by Compass Acquisitions and Development in Dallas ran off the runway at Brownwood Regional Airport, Texas, on May 9 following an engine failure at V1. The pilot set the nosegear back on the runway but was unable to stop the aircraft before it went off the end of the runway. The airplane traveled another 1,300 feet before finally stopping, according to the NTSB.