Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. “We’ve had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C. facility,” Carter told AIN.
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Toronto-based Star Navigation Systems offers business jets something better than the airline black box: the Star In-flight Safety Monitoring System (Star-ism). “Our original system, introduced in 2005, provided current information to pilots and ground controllers, giving them the ability to note anomalies and nip problems in the bud,” said Viraf Kapadia, CEO of Star Navigation Systems Group.
StandardAero’s Springfield, Ill. facility will be getting $500,000 worth of sprucing up, according to a spokesman for the company. “We have an on-going, company-wide process in which our facility managers maintain a dialog with our leaseholders. Our Springfield facility is fairly old and not the image we’d like to portray. So the Springfield Airport Authority has agreed to make the investment in the infrastructure,” he told AIN.
Amac Aerospace received EASA Part 21 Subpart G Production Organization Approval in late August, a few months after it was awarded the EASA Part 21 Subpart J Design Organization Approval. These approvals allow the company more independence in building and certifying parts for aircraft systems and interior modifications to be approved under minor modification approval or supplemental type certificates.
Anyone who has ever faced a potential repair of an old car knows the dilemma about throwing good money after bad. Do you make yet another expensive repair to avoid the cost of buying a new car or does the sum of the mounting repair bills equal the payments on a new purchase that will result in lower maintenance costs?
Jeppesen Mobile TC, a free iPad application that the company recently launched, allows anyone with a Jeppview electronic chart (paid) subscription to access terminal charts via the Apple e-reader. The application is not currently available on the iPhone or iPod Touch, even though these devices share the iPad’s operating system. Download and installation can be done seamlessly via Apple iTunes App Store on a PC or the App Store on the iPad.
Heavy-lift helicopters from private contractors and the military are continuing to play a critical role in restoring the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystem in the wake of the BP oil spill. This month, Columbia Helicopters is flying a pair of Boeing Vertol 107-IIs equipped with brush grapples to remove sections of hard and soft boom that had been placed to protect estuaries from encroaching oil.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) claims that general aviation, still struggling through a stalled economy, is facing “unfair international competition. Some foreign governments are heavily subsidizing–sometimes illegally–their domestic aircraft industries,” he said in a statement last week. He singled out Embraer in particular, claiming that the Brazilian OEM is now responsible for about 14 percent of all global sales of business aircraft.
President Obama announced in Milwaukee yesterday that airports and the Next Generation Air Traffic System will be part of a more than $50 billion investment in the U.S.'s transportation infrastructure in the next year, the first installment of a six-year transportation strategy that includes creating an “infrastructure bank.” White House officials said the cost will be offset by raising taxes on oil and gas companies.
“Elevated used inventory, attractive used pricing and macro uncertainty continue to hold down demand for new business jets,” JPMorgan Equity Research noted in its latest business jet monthly report, issued this morning.