Honeywell Aerospace will be the exclusive hardware provider of domestic air-to-ground communication for AT&T’s planned in-flight connectivity services, which will bring faster Wi-Fi to passengers on airliners and business jets. With the new 4G LTE service, passengers will experience air-to-ground speeds significantly higher than today’s. Under terms of an agreement in principle with AT&T, Honeywell exclusively will build and deliver aircraft hardware needed to connect to AT&T’s planned air-to-ground system in the U.S.
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.
Duncan Aviation’s avionics team is validating STCs in response to Aircell’s announcement that Gogo Biz will be available in portions of Canada this year. Duncan has completed 11 STCs to date.
Corey Wilkinson has been appointed to Universal Avionics’ newly created position of sales manager for Latin America. His background includes various roles at L-3 Communications and Monarch Aviation encompassing sales, marketing and business development. In his new role, Wilkinson will be based in St. Louis and responsible for developing the business aviation market for the company in Latin America, including Mexico.
Randy Soutiere has joined Elliott Aviation as v-p of operational support. In his new role, Soutiere will oversee engineering, quality control, customer support, lean manufacturing, parts and FBO services. The newly created position is part of an organizational restructuring that appoints Ed Chevrestt to the new position of v-p of operations. Elliott says the changes represent its sharpening focus on customer support. Soutiere’s 30 years of experience include a long career with Cessna, where he was most recently general manager of the Mesa, Ariz.
Winner Aviation’s roots date back to 1946, when Beckett Aviation opened its doors to the Youngstown, Ohio flying community. The new company was located on Youngstown Municipal Airport, in Vienna, Ohio. One of the last federal Works Progress Administration projects, the airport opened in 1940 and would eventually be known as Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
The FAA released final versions of two important pieces of guidance: FAA Order 8110.42D Parts Manufacturer Approval Procedures, which cancels revision C; and FAA AC21.303-2 Application For Parts Manufacturer Approval Via Tests and Computations Or Identicality. Both have a direct effect on PMA producers.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) will join forces at Quad-A’s 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville on May 5 and 6 to help Army pilots and technicians who want to prepare their careers for the future. Representatives from helicopter operators spanning all sectors of the civilian market will be available to discuss opportunities with pilots and technicians, and meet with qualified candidates. The job fair will be led by Stacy Sheard, a test pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft and 11-year active-duty U.S.
JetSeat is offering drug-and-alcohol testing programs for FAR Part 145 repair stations worldwide. FAA Part 91, 135 and 145 operators are required to implement and administer drug-and-alcohol testing programs that include written policy; drug-and-alcohol testing; supervisor and employee training for all safety-sensitive positions; and a continuing drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention program.
The global market value of the aircraft dismantling services market is set to reach $80 million this year, according to an industry study by TeamSAI Consulting, conducted in partnership with the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (Afra).
After a five-month delay, MidairUSA has resumed construction of an expansion project at Melbourne International Airport. The FAA had ordered a work stoppage, citing concerns about the project’s impact on airspace and air traffic. The 87,000-sq-ft expansion is expected to be completed this October and will consist of an additional ramp, two hangars and administrative offices, as well as sales, planning and engineering facilities and a warehouse. The facility will house a back shop for parts fabrication and repairs.