Midcoast Aviation announced last week it will take over the operations of sister company Savannah Air Center. Both facilities, along with Jet Aviation and Gulfstream Aerospace, are part of General Dynamics’ aerospace stable. Midcoast and Savannah Air Center perform major maintenance, repair and overhaul work, as well as cabin completion and refurbishment.
Midcoast Aviation of East Cahokia, Ill., announced last week it will absorb the operations of sister company Savannah Air Center of Savannah, Ga., and expects the transition to be complete by year-end. Both Midcoast and Savannah Air Center provide aircraft interior completion and refurbishment and maintenance and overhaul.
Based on relatively good news from manufacturers and analysts, many in the business aviation industry are on board the recovery boat. But amid indications of a recovery, there are also signs the boat is still leaking and more bailing is required.
Gulfstream Aerospace completed installation of a Kollsman General Aviation Vision System (GAViS) on a Gulfstream IV. The head-down enhanced vision system is also available for the GV and GIII, Gulfstream said.
Deer Jet, China’s largest business-jet charter operator, has been named by Gulfstream Aerospace to support the OEM’s growing fleet of Gulfstreams in China. Beijing-based Deer Jet owns three G550s, two GVs, four GIVs and four G200s.
Gulfstream Aerospace and sister company Jet Aviation “will return to growth this year,” according to Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics. Speaking at the Sanford C.
Opera Aircraft Sales has become a sales agent for Gulfstream business aircraft in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. The company, which is based in the Slovak capital Bratislava, is part of the same group as charter operator OperaJet, which operates two Cessna Citation CJ3s, a CJ2, a CJ and a Mustang. It is due to add a Dassault Falcon 2000 this month.
Business Jet Access focuses on the operational aspects of maintenance, according to general manager Brian Hoffman, who credits his stint as a mechanic and a crew chief in the Marines for his ability to consider how maintenance affects the operation of the aircraft.
At Moscow Vnukovo airport, Jet Aviation has completed the steps to operate as an independent Russian legal entity. The company has operated since late 2007 as
a branch of Jet Aviation Dusseldorf. The facility now provides maintenance services under its own EASA Part 145 approval.
General Dynamics yesterday reported first-quarter 2010 earnings from continuing operations of $599 million, up from $593 million for the same period in 2009, giving much of the credit to gains in the aerospace business segment, which consists of Gulfstream, Jet Aviation and General Dynamics Aviation Services. “It was a good first quarter,” said GD president and CEO Jay Johnson in an investor conference call.