The results of this year’s AIN Product Support Survey are in, and some big changes have upended last year’s rankings.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the oldest and most respected names in aerospace through its long history, consisting primarily of military work. While it has been involved in business aviation for many years, and has 40 years’ experience in performing MRO work on Cessna Citations, the group is now dramatically expanding its footprint in the sector.
FlightSafety International promoted Brian Moore to assistant manager of the company’s Cessna learning center in Wichita. He succeeds Randy Annett, who was promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s center in Tucson, Ariz. Moore joined FlightSafety in 1990 as an instructor at the Hawker Beechcraft center, also in Wichita. He worked his way up the ranks and most recently served as FlightSafety’s relationship manager with Beechcraft. Moore, an ATP with more than 3,000 flight hours, has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.
GlobalParts Aero Manufacturing (GPAM) has named Jim Mercer, a veteran aerospace manufacturing executive with extensive experience in the use of multi-axis machining centers, to the position of director of operations. He reports to COO Malissa Nesmith. Mercer came to GPAM from Spirit AeroSystems, where he served as senior director of global quality. In 2012 he was involved in developing transition strategies as a business unit leader for Hawker Beechcraft before its emergence from bankruptcy as Beechcraft.
EASA has given FL Technics Jets of Vilnius, Lithuania, a certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for the Bombardier CL-600-2B19 series (CRJ100/200/440 and the CRJ200-derived Challenger 850). In early 2012, FL Technics Jets became the first authorized Hawker Beechcraft service center in Eastern Europe. Soon afterwards the company became the first authorized service center for Tronair ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.
King Air deliveries climbed 52 percent last year, according to fourth-quarter and year-end 2013 delivery data released yesterday by Beechcraft. Shipments of the three in-production King Airs–the C90GTx, 250 and 350i/ER–rose from 89 in 2012 to 135 last year.
Aircraft sales and support company Hawker Pacific (Booth H65, Chalet CD31/32) is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the opening of its new facility at Seletar Aerospace Park here this week. It is showcasing its portfolio of services and presenting several aircraft on static display.
“We have a busy program of events, a fantastic line-up of aircraft and participation of our key partners and principals,” promised Tony Jones, COO Hawker Pacific Asia. “We will also be making a number of exciting announcements,” he added.
In one of the biggest consolidations in the business aviation industry since Bombardier Aerospace combined Canadair, Learjet, de Havilland and Short Brothers in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Cessna Aircraft parent Textron announced on December 26 that it will acquire Beech Holdings LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corp., for approximately $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close by the middle of this year.
Bell Helicopter will build its new short light single (SLS) helicopter at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana, the company announced last month.
As Super Bowl XLVIII approaches, major business aircraft manufacturers are putting plans in place in the New York area to support their operators who are in town for the game. Here’s what’s in the works to help ensure the worst thing you have to worry about is what happens to your team on the field.
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