Bombardier has designated Comlux Completion USA as an official AOG/line maintenance facility for its Learjet, Challenger and Global product lines. The approval was confirmed yesterday at the end of a long period in which the Canadian airframer evaluated the company’s training and equipment infrastructure in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 227) is back at the EBACE show looking to add to its base of foreign customers who already account for about 15 percent of the U.S. group’s business. “The services we provide include large multi-shop work scopes where we are able to offer very efficient turn times, as well as more specific accessory and engine repair work or parts sales,” Duncan president Aaron Hilkemann told EBACE Convention News.
New European fractional ownership provider Jet Republic says it is capitalizing on the downturn in both air transport and business aviation. The company, which in September is due to take delivery of the first of up to 110 Bombardier Learjet 60XRs for which it has orders and options, said it is receiving more inquiries than it had anticipated from people who previously owned their own aircraft.
Embraer’s 100-seat E190 in late March formally began its campaign to gain certification for flights into and out of London City Airport (LCY). The certification, expected by Embraer near the end of this year, would not immediately apply to the Lineage 1000–the executive transport that uses the E190’s airframe. However, Embraer plans to pursue Lineage certification for LCY once it finishes the process for the E190.
Hawaii’s Island Air will fly de Havilland Dash 8s between Kahului, Maui, Lihue, Kauai and Hilo as Go!Express under the terms of a tentative code-share deal it signed with Mesa Air Group in late February.
Owners and operators of Embraer Phenom 100s that are entering into service can have their new very light jets serviced at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich. facilities, which in 2006 were named authorized service centers for the Legacy 600 and Phenom 100 and 300.
Is the light at the end of the tunnel of our economic crisis a reality, or merely the triumph of wishful thinking over reality?
Even as Congress haggles over the details of an $800 billion economic stimulus plan there are some signs of movement in a positive direction within the business aviation industry.
Zurich-based aviation services provider Jet Aviation is restructuring its U.S. executive management following the announcement that Jim Ziegler, CEO of U.S. operations, will be leaving the company. Ziegler, who joined Jet Aviation in 2007 after stints at Learjet and Bombardier, will continue to act as a consultant for the company.
A labor arbitrator rejected a grievance filed by the ALPA-represented pilots of Midwest Airlines challenging the Milwaukee-based carrier’s decision to replace mainline Boeing 717 service with 12 Embraer E170s operated by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways. The first of the 76-seat Embraer jets, at one time used to serve Republic’s now dissolved Frontier Express network, began flying as Midwest Connect on October 1.
After 14 months as COO of U.S. operations for Jet Aviation, Jim Ziegler is leaving the company but will retain an advisory role. A 1979 graduate of Wichita State University, Ziegler spent 23 years at Learjet and Bombardier, including stints as president of Bombardier Aviation Services and vice president and general manager of Bombardier’s Learjet manufacturing operations.