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.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) opened a new line maintenance station at Riga International Airport in partnership with Latvian partner Baltic Business Aviation Center and its FBO Riga subsidiary. The facility, which has been approved to EASA Part 145 standards, offers support for Bombardier business jets, including the Learjet 40, 45 and 60, the Challenger 601, 604 and 605, and the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS.
Bombardier business jet operators now have more options in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has opened a line maintenance station in Riga, Latvia. The operation recently completed the required audit by the German Airworthiness Authority, acting on behalf of the EASA, and the facility is now open.
Bombardier Aerospace “is starting to see signs of recovery as shown by the significant reduction in business aircraft order cancellations,” Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin said yesterday during an investor conference call. During the second quarter ending July 31, Bombardier took gross orders for 26 business jets but had 12 cancellations, resulting in net orders for 14 business aircraft.
Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, will use the Avtrak GlobalNet platform to support its factory maintenance tracking program–Viking MX. According to Rob Mauracher, v-p of business development and MRO general manager for Viking, the Viking MX system will allow operators to plan, track and schedule maintenance activities, maintain regulatory compliance and work closely with the OEM in monitoring overall aircraft systems reliability.
Fractional share provider Bombardier Flexjet is celebrating its 15th year in operation. “Over the past 15 years,” said Flexjet president Fred Reid, “the company has progressed immensely.” Last year, he said, “We did lose some money, a small fraction of what our competitors lost.
Bombardier Aerospace has earmarked $30 million to support its growing fleet of business and commercial aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region. According to James Hoblyn, president of customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, the investment is the first phase of an aggressive plan to build a comprehensive service and support network for the Asia-Pacific region.
Executive charter operator VistaJet has ordered six more Bombardier aircraft for its planned expansion into markets in West Africa, the Middle East and Russia. The deal announced in Farnborough includes four Global Express XRS and two Challenger 605 jets that are due for delivery in 2011 and 2012. The additional aircraft will expand VistaJet’s fleet to more than 30 airplanes.
Canadian company Viking Air and Moscow-based Vityaz Avia Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding for the potential development of a final assembly facility in eastern Russia for the new Twin Otter 400.
Canada’s Viking Air today at the Farnborough airshow handed over its first new Twin Otter 400 to launch customer Zimex Aviation. The Swiss operator plans to send the turboprop twin to North Africa to work in support of contracts for the oil and gas industry. The updated version of the classic workhorse made its first flight in February and completed the Canadian and European certification process last month. U.S.