Chicago-based Jet Support Services (JSSI) hosted its first private Management and Maintenance Business Aircraft Conference in China last month, with more than 60 in attendance. The invitation-only, three-day event involved industry professionals from aircraft management companies and aircraft leasing and finance businesses, as well as aircraft owners’ representatives. JSSI presented an analysis of how programs are structured to control maintenance costs and quality as well as enhance aircraft value.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
Aviall has earned recognition as a 2014 Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. This marks the second consecutive year Aviall has earned this recognition. Companies competed for the title in a survey of more than 5,000 employers. The resulting survey data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based on methodology established by Victory Media.
Patrick Gentile has joined Spirit Aeronautics as regional sales manager to spearhead new business development in the U.S. Southern Region. Gentile brings more than 20 years of experience and relationships in aviation sales and marketing to Spirit Aeronautics. Most recently, he was founder and president of Gentile Aircraft Consulting, orchestrating corporate aircraft evaluations, interior and exterior planning, pre-purchase inspection oversight, post-purchase upgrades, scheduled maintenance and contract negotiations.
CRS Jet Spares, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based AS9120/ISO 9001-certified provider of aviation parts, has named Marcus Cortez to the position of quality systems manager and Robert Friedman to quality director. “Quality within an organization is the requirement of all within CRS; however the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the organization is in compliance with the quality standards of AS9120/ISO9001 will be in the hands of Cortez and Friedman. Their industry experience and quality backgrounds will be a great asset,” said CRS president and CEO Armando Leighton.
Greenpoint Technologies, a completion center specializing in Boeing cabin completion work, has won a contract for the interior completion of an executive version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Issuing a rule to improve the security of domestic and foreign repair stations should be one of the first duties of recently confirmed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to industry representatives. December marks the 10th anniversary of President George W. Bush signing into law a bill requiring the issuance of such regulations.
When tornados and storms ripped through central Illinois on November 17, Chicago-based Jet Support Services (JSSI) organized an employee donation match initiative for the victims.
“So many of us felt a connection with these specific tornado victims because they are less than 200 miles away from our corporate headquarters in Chicago,” Frank Hattula, director of human resources for JSSI, told AIN.
Ruag Aviation has plans to open a helicopter facility at Sion Airport in western Switzerland. Initially the facility will focus on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Sikorsky S-76s, with planned growth to include more types in the future.
Amac Aerospace has successfully completed a 16-year/192-month structural inspection on a Gulfstream V at its hangar in Basel, Switzerland. The project included repetitive eight-year/96-month inspection tasks.
Bell Helicopter has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206s, 407s and 429s under the certification of Transport Canada. The authorization includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; inspections, repair or recertification; component replacement; incorporating airworthiness directives, service bulletins and technical bulletins; incorporating STCs or servicing instructions; and helicopter disassembly and re-assembly.