TAG Aviation Asia and China First Mandarin Group (CFMG) signed a preliminary joint-venture agreement to serve the business aviation market in Asia with aircraft charter, management and maintenance services. The agreement will be finalized when Chinese government approval is received, which is anticipated to occur in early 2011, according to Robert Wells, CEO of TAG Aviation Holding CEO.
Techniques d'Avant Garde
TAG Aviation is in the final stages of receiving an air operator's certificate from the Kingdom of Bahrain and expects the AOC to be issued by the end of this month.
In the U.S. the FAA bestows its Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” award on people who have spent more than 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession. Canada doesn’t seem to offer the same level of recognition for such achievements, but if it did, the name of Leslie Pingel would be high on the list. Pingel, 89, has spent 64 years in aircraft maintenance positions and is still working for Tag Aeronautics as director of technical support.
It seems every few days lately I get an offer to put my aircraft on someone’s Part 135 certificate and start generating revenues 1-2-3. Never mind that I don’t own an aircraft and never have; these e-mails seem to be targeting anyone and everyone on an aviation mailing list. One solicitation called it a Part 135 “business in a box,” another claimed it was an “easy” way to enjoy the tax benefits of Part 135.
TAG Aviation (Booth No. 651) is substantially upgrading its operation here at Geneva Airport. The expansion includes a new hangar built around the existing workshops, and topped by a four-story office building. The new facility, scheduled to open this summer, will include 61,500 sq ft of hangar space, one third more than the previous surface area, and 9,700 sq ft of new offices.
The public inquiry into Tag Aviation’s application to increase the total number of permitted annual movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000 will begin on May 18. This follows Tag’s appeal against a local government decision to block the move.
The fallout from the failure of JetDirect Aviation earlier this year reverberated throughout the aviation industry, magnifying the effect of the recession on dozens of aircraft owners and operators and the people who fly, maintain and support the aircraft that were, for a brief time, under the JetDirect umbrella.
Tag Aviation has appealed a local government ruling in November that blocked its application to increase annual movements at the London-area Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000. The central government’s Department for Communities and Local Government received the appeal on December 7. A public inquiry is likely to begin this year.
The FAA considered trying to extract $100 million from Tag Aviation during its investigation of the firm in 2007 before revoking the charter company’s operating certificate on Oct. 12, 2007, the agency recently confirmed.
Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will retire at the end of the year. He will be succeeded by Jim Albaugh, the former head of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems.
Carey Bond has been promoted from v-p and chief marketing officer to president of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. He will continue his duties as chief marketing officer.