India has completed its ground network for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) tracking of aircraft, according to supplier Comsoft. The German company announced on June 12 that it has finished installing seven new ADS-B ground stations under a second phase of the deployment, which India has integrated into its ATC system.
Bacau, Romania-based Aerostar is nearing the end of a program to bring eight Mozambique Air Force MiG-21 fighters back to life after some 20 years in storage. The company is best known today for its commercial MRO and aerostructures business. But the latest MiG work follows Aerostar’s previous contract to upgrade 110 Romanian air force MiG-21s to the Lancer standard, with new avionics designed by Elbit Systems.
Business aircraft flying trended positive last month in every operating category and all jet segments, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Overall, activity climbed by 1.9 percent year-over-year in May.
For the first time this year, Part 91 operators led the way, with flying up by 2.3 percent in this operating segment versus a year ago. Part 135 activity wasn’t far behind, rising 1.9 percent from May last year, while the fractionals eked out a 0.2-percent gain.
Jet Aviation signed an agreement today with Luxaviation Group, a major European business aviation operator, to provide exclusive handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Under the FBO service agreement, Jet Aviation will provide dedicated handling services to Luxaviation’s managed fleet of almost 100 aircraft at its FBOs in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Boeing Business Jets announced an order on Tuesday for a BBJ 777-300ER to an undisclosed customer. This is the second widebody bizliner order for the company this year, it said. Since Boeing Business Jets introduced the 747-8 and 787 in 2006, widebody airplanes have accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total net orders at the division. The BBJ 777 will be delivered green to the customer’s completion center of choice for outfitting.
The U.S. Congress would have a say in White House plans to open customs pre-clearance facilities in foreign countries under legislation a House committee passed on June 11. Airline industry groups, which last year opposed but failed to prevent the opening of such a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, appear to have accepted the legislation even as news surfaced of U.S. plans to open a pre-clearance facility in Dubai.
Gulfstream Aerospace will move its maintenance operations at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, Brazil, to a more centrally located, larger and more modern hangar at the same airport. The new 34,768-sq-ft facility is expected to be fully operational by mid-July. The new hangar has a 1,077-sq-ft bonded parts warehouse, seven customer offices, a conference room and secure parking under the hangar.
Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies (Part) recently completed a major maintenance project in support of a South American presidential 737-500. The aircraft left Part’s facility earlier this week after a C-check and full interior restoration, new paint and satcom and IFE upgrade. Part, an ARC Aerospace Industries company and Boeing Gold Care Provider, is located in Victorville, Calif., and provides MRO services for Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and others from its 300,000-sq-ft facility.
Jet Aviation Basel recently received FAA approval to provide line and base maintenance for the G650. The company received similar EASA approval last month. “We are continuously investing in new technologies and training our employees,” said Erik Vandegrift, director of Gulfstream maintenance operations at Jet Aviation Basel. “We are pleased to broaden our maintenance capabilities for Gulfstream owners and operators in the region.”
Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.