After a 26-year relationship with FlightSafety International, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it will shift MU-2 training to SimCom Training Centers in Orlando, Fla., initially using existing former FSI simulators.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation today signed a letter of intent with Ogden, Utah-based Kemp Development to open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility and Jet Aviation FBO at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The Swiss company plans to assume the existing FBO operations of Kemp Jet Services, following the close of the deal.
Amendments to the DOT’s rules that require flight crew, instructors, mechanics and others involved in the operation and maintenance of commercial aircraft to undergo periodic testing for drug and alcohol abuse go into effect on August 1.
Ascent Technologies of Parish, N.Y., has a new product for sucking up spilled fluids from aircraft, ground vehicles and de-icers. The Safety-Vac is faster, safer and less expensive than using absorbent materials, according to Dave Munger, operations manager for Ascent. “The most important feature of the new product is that it is safe from static electricity discharges, so you don’t have to worry about starting a fire.
Global Express simulator training will be launched late next year by FlightSafety International. FlightSafety Simulation in Tulsa, Okla., is currently manufacturing an FAA level-D simulator that will be delivered to an as yet to be decided FlightSafety training facility “most convenient” for Global Express customers.
NDT International has developed a smaller, less expensive way of providing C-scan images of bond flaws in composites and honeycomb structures. At just 1.5-lb, BonDetector is smaller than other bond analysis instruments, the manufacturer claims, and provides immediate visualization and interpretation of flawed areas.
“It doesn’t matter how small the operation, training is a key component to safety and success,” Sarah MacLeod, executive director of the Alexandria, Va.-based Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) told AIN. “Training for FAR Part 145 repair facilities has been an issue for the 17 years I’ve been in aviation, and even a lot longer before then. Shops that don’t recognize this deserve to go under.”
Bombardier revealed last month it is developing an enhanced vision system (EVS) with partners Thales Avionics of France and CMC Electronics of Canada for its Global Express business jet.
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
An 18,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility was slated to open on Singapore’s Changi Airport before the end of last month. The new facility continues the expansion of Ametek Aerospace & Defense’s growing presence in the global MRO services market and will operate as a unit of Ametek Southern Aeroparts.