Duncan Aviation’s location in Provo, Utah, has been designated by Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. In addition, the company’s Battle Creek, Mich. location recently received approval from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation. Besides the FAA, Duncan Aviation’s locations in Lincoln, Neb., Battle Creek and Provo hold certificates from 10 more civil aviation authorities around the world.
Lisa Piccione, who has served as NBAA’s senior vice president of government affairs for the past nine years, will be stepping down at the end of the year to move to Brussels with her husband, who has accepted an overseas position. “Lisa has been extremely effective at both raising the profile of business aviation among policymakers and opinion leaders, and helping them understand the tremendous benefits our industry provides to companies, communities and our country,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. In her role at NBAA, Piccione has overseen outreach to the U.S.
The FAA last week released its roadmap outlining current and future policies, regulations, technologies and procedures that will be required as demand increases to safely integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into civil airspace. The roadmap details items such as new or revised regulations, policies, procedures, guidance material, training and understanding of systems and operations to support routine unmanned aircraft operations.
South Korea’s air force would be best served in the near term by a mix of fighters that includes an advanced version of Boeing’s F-15, according to retired U.S. Air Force general and former chief of staff Ronald Fogleman. The F-15 would provide needed combat capability to counter the threat posed by North Korea right away, whereas Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will lack full combat capability until around 2020 when its Block 3F software is installed and tested, he said.
Buoyed by the recent win of Turkey’s long-range aerial and missile defense system (T-Loramids) tender, China’s radar and defense electronics industry is pushing to enter more markets outside its traditional customer base. These include nations in Latin America–such as Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile–as well as some of the former Soviet republics.
Eight senior air force commanders from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East have agreed to speak at the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference (DIAC), which immediately precedes the Dubai Air Show on November 16. They include the British and French air force commanders, and the commander of the USAF’s Central Command. Their decision to attend the conference and show may reflect a desire to reassure allies in the Gulf of their support, after recent disagreements over policy toward Egypt and Syria.
Embraer Executive Jets President Ernest “Ernie” Edwards announced his pending year-end retirement last week during his company’s NBAA 2013 press conference. Edwards joined the Brazilian airframer in 2005 as vice president of executive jet marketing and sales for North America and the Caribbean. He served as president of Embraer’s executive jet division since 2011, and his four-decade-plus aviation industry career also included senior sales stints at Gulfstream and Cessna.
The FBI has stepped up its efforts to squelch laser pointer incidents by assigning the investigation of two recent attacks to its Joint Terrorism Task Force. Two different aircraft last week became the targets for laser pointer attacks at New York’s La Guardia Airport. No cockpit crewmembers were injured in either incident.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) last week notified Congress of another massive sale to Gulf countries by American companies. Saudi Arabia is buying air-launched weapons worth $6.8 billion for its new F-15SA Strike Eagles; the UAE is buying air-launched weapons worth $4 billion for its F-16s. The main U.S. contractors to benefit are Boeing (providing SLAM-ER and Harpoon missiles and small-diameter bombs) and Raytheon (providing JSOW missiles and Paveway “smart” bombs).
Aviall, a Boeing Company, has been shaking things up near the top, as far as staff are concerned. The company announced during NBAA 2013 that Terry Scott has been named to a newly created position, senior vice president of business development.