Less than two years after breaking ground on its second paint facility, Wing Aviation has announced that principal construction on its third paint hangar has been completed at the company’s Lone Star Executive Airport facility located just north of Houston in Conroe, Texas.
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.
A recently completed 120,000-plus-sq-ft facility is the new home of Jet Source Business Aviation Center at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif.
The new facility will provide a home for Jet Source’s FAA-certified Part 145 maintenance and avionics repair stations as well as an executive terminal. The FBO also provides aircraft charter, management and aircraft sales/acquisition.
For years Corpair Supply of O’Fallon, Mo., has been closely associated with the repair and overhaul of Sabreliners. The company recently announced that it has expanded its capabilities to include Falcons (the 10, 20, 50, 200 and 900) and Hawkers (the 400, 600, 700 and 800).
The Hangar Incorporated (THI) has entered an agreement with Shreveport, La. FBO TAC Air. Under the terms of the agreement, THI will operate the maintenance portion of the FBO services at Shreveport Regional Airport. THI was most recently contracted to be the maintenance provider for Wilson Air Center on Memphis International Airport, in Memphis, Tenn.
Bombardier Aircraft Services (BAS) has received approval from the FAA to eliminate skin contour tests for the ongoing operation of the Learjet 31, 35, 36 and 55 in reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) airspace. The approval was based on aerodynamic analysis and the sampling of multiple aircraft that revealed insignificant variances over time in RVSM-critical regions.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., announced a service-center agreement with FirstFlight Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of FBO Air, located at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in New York.
Sharp Details now offers Granitize Aviation International’s new product, Xzilon (pronounced zy-lon), an aircraft exterior high-solids formula corrosion inhibitor, on all of its aircraft cleaning and detailing work. Sharp Details provides full-service aircraft cleaning and support services, including aircraft washing, bright work polishing, waxing, interior cleaning, facility services and full-time, in-house contract employees.
AMAC Aerospace is preparing to open a new business aviation completions, refurbishment and maintenance facility in Switzerland next August. The Swiss start-up company, founded by former Jet Aviation CEO Heinz Kohli, will be based at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Jet Aviation’s completions center in Basel. In late October, AMAC signed a 35-year lease on a 452,000-sq-ft site at the airport.
Most maintainers believe that the aviation industry focuses on the flight 99.9 percent of the time, allotting the remaining 0.1 percent for the other aviation specialties. While those numbers certainly are exaggerated, the reality is that flight-deck issues receive much more attention than any other. That could be because pilot error is the number-one cause of aircraft accidents today.
Darnell Martens, president and CEO of Vitesse, has devoted his career to business aviation. He began his career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and at age 22 left the position of senior consultant to cofound American Helicopters, the first of several business aviation companies.