Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Joël Frugier has been named general manager of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France. The facility, which employs about 270 people, specializes in servicing and maintaining ACJs, including those in the A320, A330 and A340 series. It has delivered 27 VIP cabins for ACJ319s and ACJ320s to customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Aircraft service provider Duncan Aviation (Booth 208) has introduced what it calls the On-Target Turntime program. The goal: “getting customers back in the air faster” and ensuring accurate completion times for maintenance and repair work.
The first project completed under the program was a C-check inspection and due items along with EASy II provisioning for a Dassault Falcon 2000EX. Duncan finished the job in the promised 21 days, a full week faster than its usual time for this inspection.
Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) announced that its Ovation Select cabin management system has been selected by PATS Aircraft Systems (Booth 4285) for installation on a Boeing BBJ2. According to Honeywell, the system is the “ultimate solution” for onboard high-definition entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.
For pilots needing to obtain an airline transport pilot (ATP) certificate, Sporty’s (Booth 1357) has developed an FAA-approved ATP certification training program (ATP-CTP). Sporty’s partnered with ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio, for the simulator portion of the training.
Associated Air Center (AAC) delivered its first green Airbus A330-200 VVIP widebody completion last month. The project for a prominent, undisclosed customer included a fully customized cabin with full front and rear galleys and a stand-up shower. The equipment installed at the company’s Dallas facility included a high-speed connectivity satcom, high-definition in-flight entertainment, sound insulation throughout the cabin and a complete zonal drier and humidification system.
CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is back at NBAA with another Harley raffle, this year a 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883N motorcycle. “This has become a CRS and NBAA tradition and we are proud to be able to hold our special drawing again this year,” said Armando Leighton, CRS CEO.
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For the past six years, cabin interior specialist and maintenance service provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT, Booth 2289) has been working on a legend. At a specially built hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine, the German company, in conjunction with its Oklahoma-based Bizjet subsidiary, has been painstakingly restoring one of the last remaining Lockheed L-1649A Super Stars with the expectation that it will someday fly again.
Aviatechnik’s landing gear overhaul and repair services are just one of the product lines that the Mississauga, Ontario company provides. The company also offers repair and overhaul and lease and exchange of landing gear for commercial, regional and business aircraft as well as MRO for hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, all capabilities that the company is highlighting at its NBAA booth (1372).