Sharjah-based Aerostar Asset Management and Air India Engine Overhaul Division in Mumbai, India, have announced the creation of an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul brand, “The A-Team.” It also will provide engine management services. The A-Team will start with marketing its offers to Middle Eastern prospects.
At NBAA’09, CAE SimuFlite (Booth No. 251) is offering demonstrations of its e-Learning and technical training programs. “We are trying to bring training closer to our customer base,” said CEO Jeff Roberts. “We are talking about e-Learning, our online distributed learning program.” The e-Learning courses make it easier for customers to train without the expense of traveling to a training center for long periods of time.
SimCom Training Centers is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as well as the addition of new training programs and upgraded simulators. One new program–
the light jet familiarization course–is aimed at pilots who are thinking about transitioning to a light jet, which ties in perfectly with the new Light Business Airplane content at this year’s convention.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) is transforming its Lafayette, La. component repair operation into a support and logistics center. The component repair work currently being done at the facility will be moved to the company’s Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility. “This action is in line with our long-term strategy of building our component repair business,” stated BBA Aviation ERO president Hugh McElroy.
“Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” a study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and conducted by AeroStrategy, has yielded insight about the breadth of the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry and its impact on the U.S. economy.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is conducting a survey of regulated aviation businesses affected by the lack of FAA standardization on regulatory interpretations. “We have launched the survey in response to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) review of inconsistencies in how field inspectors interpret and apply requirements on regulated entities,” Jacqueline Rosser, director of regulatory affairs, told AIN.
The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs, that requires direct-observation drug testing for return-to-duty, safety-sensitive transportation industry employees who have already failed or refused to take a urine drug test. The rule takes effect August 31.
Jet Aviation has restructured its maintenance, repair and overhaul sales organization for Europe, the Middle East and Asia into six regions and appointed Markus Inäbnit as vice president for MRO sales. Inäbnit is based in Basel and leads a team of six previous Jet Aviation sales managers who have been assigned new responsibilities in their roles as regional sales directors.