On Saturday, fractional provider Avantair grounded its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops to conduct “a comprehensive examination of all maintenance records and aircraft.”
AINalerts » October 23, 2012
Business aviation visionary leader Albert Ueltschi, 95, founder and chairman emeritus of aviation training provider FlightSafety International, died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Thursday evening. After being bitten by the flying bug at an early age, Ueltschi soloed at 16 and later bought an open-cockpit airplane and barnstormed around the country.
Retired Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton was elected chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) yesterday after the association’s board of directors accepted the resignation of president and CEO Rod Hightower. In his role as EAA chairman, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition.
Hightower joined EAA in 2010. According to EAA, he is leaving to spend more time with his family in St. Louis, since they didn’t make the move to Oshkosh as originally planned.
In a reorganization plan filed in June with the bankruptcy court, Hawker Beechcraft listed a number of options and assumptions available during the process, among them that the company might cease all jet production–something the company reiterated it planned to do last week when announcing it would emerge from bankruptcy as standalone company Beechcraft Corp.
According to NBAA, a “VIP” movement that is anticipated to take place in Orlando, Fla., on Monday would likely affect aircraft arrivals for the 65th NBAA Convention. The show officially opens on Tuesday in the same central Florida city.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published a further “special bulletin” late last week in its investigation into the controlled ditching of a Bond-operated EC225 medium twin in May in the North Sea, confirming an earlier hint by Eurocopter that the emergency lubrication system gave the pilots a false failure warning.
Deanna White was named president of Bombardier Flexjet yesterday, following the retirement of Fred Reid, who has been at the helm of the fractional provider since August 2008. The appointment was made “effective immediately,” suggesting the change was sudden. White joined Flexjet in 2005 as the finance director and most recently served as the company’s vice president of finance. “Deanna possesses a passion for driving strategic change and implementing business plans that support the organization’s long-term strategies,” said Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin.
NationAir Aviation Insurance has added in-house IS-BAO audits to its services. The company’s claims advisor, Tom Surgalski, is now an accredited IS-BAO auditor and will provide its new offerings, which include Stage I, II and III IS-BAO audits, gap audits and general consulting on IS-BAO standards and safety management systems. Surgalski will be available to discuss IS-BAO issues at NationAir’s booth at the NBAA Convention next week.
Baltimore Helicopter Services has expanded its services to include travel to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), giving clients the option to land at the airport closest to the nation’s capital.
“Giving our clients access to DCA allows them to travel in the most convenient way possible throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said company director of sales and marketing Jessie Bowling. “We have eliminated unnecessary travel steps for our customers, so they will have more time in the D.C. area.”
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold the grand opening on Friday for the new Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center at its Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. The $13 million, 37,000-sq-ft facility replaces the former Spruance Hall administration building, which was destroyed by a tornado in 2006. The structure includes office and meeting spaces for ERAU president Dr. John Johnson, as well as other university administration personnel.
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