Gulfstream Aerospace has named Cindy Halsey vice president for completion planning and design. She reports to Scott Neal, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing. Halsey has 36 years of experience in aircraft completions and interior design. Before joining Gulfstream, she was senior vice president for interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she was responsible for leading interior design, industrial design and interior engineering functions for all Textron Aviation products.
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Boeing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the start of construction of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the company’s Everett, Washington campus. The company gained permits for the new 1 million-square-foot facility some seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops here at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of the Cessna Latitude, its midsize jet currently undergoing certification.
In December the Comlux group is set to begin the expansion of the completions hangar at the Indianapolis, Ind. headquarters of its Comlux America division. The investment, announced at last year’s NBAA show, represents a leap of faith on the part of a company that believes rising demand for VIP completions of larger Airbus and Boeing aircraft will offset the relatively sluggish narrowbody sector.
Textron Aviation is showcasing its complete line of business jets and turboprops this week at NBAA 2014, with all 12 models on display at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport, led by the debut appearance of its midsize Cessna Latitude, which is expected to be certified in the first half of next year.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has inducted the company’s first Boeing 787-8 to be completed for a head-of-state customer at its facilities at Dallas Love Field.
“The composite structure and advanced systems on the 787 require special engineering, tooling and technical capabilities; it’s a whole new ball game,” said James Colleary, president of Associated Air Center. “Our team is up for the challenge and excited to have the aircraft in our shop, where the real work now begins.”
Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology will receive a commercial regional jet, donated by Delta Air Lines, to be used for on-the-ground research and teaching at the Purdue University Airport.
The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.
King Aerospace Commercial, a refurbishment and modification center for large private jets with facilities in Ardmore, Okla., and Dallas, has been awarded a paint contract for a green Boeing Business Jet. The assignment–a subcontract from Aeria Luxury Interiors of San Antonio, Texas–will involve four silver and blue pearl paints as well as multiple nose-to-tail geometric design elements.
Approximately 300 pilots and other employees of NetJets took to the picket lines yesterday in a three-pronged “informational” protest outside the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters and at its bases at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and California’s John Wayne Orange County Airport.
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