ARG/US is offering safety training to round out its portfolio of safety-related services. Three courses are available: safety manager training, a three-day course on how to run a safety-management system; on-scene investigation, a three-day course designed to teach operators how to handle accidents effectively; and an aviation auditing course designed to teach the skills necessary to conduct effective internal audits.
Occupational safety and health
Ron Swanda, who was the first representative of the U.S. aviation industry to participate in the European Joint Aviation Authorities’ deliberations on operational rules and regulations, has retired as the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s senior vice president of operations after 25 years with the organization. He was also a member of the U.S.
Approach and landing accidents cause 45 percent of hull losses, according to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), despite the fact that this phase of each flight accounts for just 4 percent of flying time. In an effort to address the number of accidents that occur in that brief but critical phase, NBAA began distributing an approach and landing accident reduction (ALAR) training aid at the NBAA International Operators Conference.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), which represents nearly 700 members of the international aviation maintenance and alteration community, recently published the results of its 2007 member survey.
The survey highlighted the success and subsequent growing needs of the industry, as international contract maintenance stations continue to expand their role of ensuring safety and efficiency in the skies.
The top spots at two of the country’s largest FBO chains are changing hands. Mercury Air Centers (16 locations) has confirmed that president John Enticknap has been replaced by Randall Jones; and Signature Flight Support (43 North American locations) has verified that Beth Haskins will step down in September. Signature has not named a replacement for Haskins, who served as the company’s CFO before taking the reins as president in 2000.
Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure confirmed that it is buying Allied Capital’s chain of 24 FBOs, which includes Mercury Air Centers, Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center. Price of the purchase is $456.2 million, and the deal should close in the third quarter, “subject to consent (or letters of estoppel) being received from relevant airport authorities,” according to a Macquarie statement.
Spurred by the popularity of Bombardier’s blockbuster annual standdown in Wichita, safety stand- downs are becoming regional one- day events. The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association recently hosted its own one-day safety and security standdown at Signature Flight Support’s FBO at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Publicly traded Macquarie Group, the Australian company that owns the Atlantic Aviation chain of FBOs, is purchasing the FBOs owned by private-equity firm Allied Capital and will merge them into the Atlantic network. Macquarie, which bought Atlantic in April 2004, is performing due diligence to purchase Allied’s 22 Mercury Air Centers, Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center FBOs, according to Atlantic v-p Sue Sommers.
As AIN went to press, the severity of the 2003 forest fire season was repeating, as feared, in Europe as well as in the western U.S. Blazes in forest and scrub land were causing havoc, particularly in France, Portugal, Spain and, on the eve of the Olympic Games, in Greece.
Allied Capital, a Washington, D.C.-based business development firm, last month finalized a complex, controversial $81 million deal (including closing costs) to acquire the Mercury Air Centers (FBO) division of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group.