When Kevin Malutinok took the position of vice president and general manager of Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Wilmington last year, he was the company’s first general manager to have an A&P, and he was determined that “I would not sit in an office all day but rather would be more of a working general manager.”
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Cessna Citation II, Wilmington, N.C., Jan. 4, 2008–The Citation II ran out of fuel and was significantly damaged while landing gear-up at Wilmington International Airport. No injuries were reported. The jet had made three missed approaches to Wilmington in fog before declaring an emergency on the fourth. The left engine had quit on the third approach and the right quit on the fourth.
The FAA has awarded Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence. It is the highest of five awards an organization can receive for its dedication to maintenance training.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced last month that as a central thrust in its strategy to bolster customer support it has spent more than $7 million on the Wilmington, Del. service facility and FBO that it bought from Atlantic Aviation in October 2000. Including the undisclosed purchase price, DFJ expects to invest $30 million in the facility all told.
Dassault Aircraft Services plans to double the size of its Little Rock Service Center and is simultaneously implementing a multi-year expansion plan at Dassault Falcon’s Wilmington, Del. facility on New Castle County Airport. The Wilmington plan includes using an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for completions and adding more than 100 employees.
Five FBOs and a New York City heliport have joined the Atlantic Aviation chain en masse, bringing the network to a total of 18 locations. The new FBO locations include Burlington, Vt.; Gulfport, Miss.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Wilmington, Del. The deal also includes the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.