Cessna Aircraft is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Greensboro Citation Service Center at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. It is one of the busiest in the network of 15 company-owned service centers and this year handled approximately 2,500 service orders for aircraft based in or traveling through the mid-Atlantic U.S. The facility doubled its original ramp area in 2008 and in recent years stationed mobile service units within the Greensboro service area.
Honda Aircraft celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the HondaJet prototype’s first flight on Tuesday. “The proof-of-concept HondaJet first flight was a pinnacle moment,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN. “Our team had spent years researching and testing the advanced theories and concepts incorporated into the aircraft’s innovative design,” which includes its over-the-wing engine mounting.
Honda Aircraft is putting the final touches on its new Greensboro, N.C. customer service facility, slated for an opening ceremony next month. A spokeswoman for Honda told AIN, “Once in service, the facility will complement the HondaJet dealer network,” which includes three dealers in Europe and seven in North America. FAA Part 145 certification is expected by year-end.
As the pool of maintenance technicians recedes, Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services is meeting its hiring requirements through a program with Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). According to Kip Blakely, Timco’s v-p of industry and government relations, local-area residents are attracted to the maintenance program because it offers graduates the potential for a well paying career in the local area.
Aviation alphabet groups praised today’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He is the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.“Now, as he leads the U.S. transportation system, we hope Foxx will adopt policies that encourage the success and growth of general aviation nationwide, allowing the industry to add to its $150 billion annual economic impact and 1.2 million jobs,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We look forward to working with him in his new role.”
In Afghanistan, soldiers still pull the trigger. Civilian contractors do almost everything else. While the U.S. and its allies may be preparing for a troop draw-down there next year, for the contractors flying an assortment of 50 helicopters in country, things have never been busier or better.
President Obama nominated Charlotte, N.C. mayor Anthony Foxx yesterday to be the next Secretary of Transportation. He will succeed current Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced in January he would leave the post once a successor is chosen. Under Foxx, Charlotte has developed a facility connecting freight from the city to global ports, along with a third parallel runway at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
Following a dispute with Fayetteville, Ark. airport authority, Million Air quit operating the FBO at Fayetteville Executive/Drake Field Airport last month after eight years at the airport. “We’ve had to take a hard look at all of our locations and maybe rethink some of the markets that we’re in,” Million Air president and CEO Roger Woolsey told AIN, referring to the industry downturn of the past several years. “Fayetteville unfortunately happens to be one of them.”
Helicopter appraisal firm HeliValue$ has laid bare the market so that visitors to this year’s Heli-Expo can get an idea of what is actually going on in the market, based on prices. “At HeliValue$, our most-asked question of the past quarter has been ‘What’s going on with the helicopter market?’” said Sharon Desfor, president of the Wauconda, Ill.-based company.
A Pilatus PC-12 crashed on January 16 five miles northeast of Burlington-Almance Regional Airport (BUY) in North Carolina. The turboprop single crashed at about 6 a.m. local time and claimed the life of the pilot, the only person on board. Burlington Airport is 20 miles east of Greensboro. No details have been released yet about the possible cause.
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