Idaho Governor Butch Otter has signed bill H.417, which exempts sales tax on aircraft parts installed on out-of-state aircraft. An emergency clause included in the legislation makes the bill take effect immediately.
AINmxReports » March 14, 2012
Weinberg & Bell Group (WBG), based in Cleveland, Ohio, has acquired Londonderry, N.H.-based AeroRepair and Hemico for an undisclosed price. Founded in 1994, AeroRepair is an FAA-certified repair station specializing in the repair and overhaul of brake assemblies, wheel assemblies and landing gear for regional airlines, corporate operators and military aircraft. It also manufactures a line of replacement or modified aircraft parts under an FAA PMA certification and maintains a pool of rotable assets and critical aircraft components.
A former Cessna employee has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling stolen aircraft parts on eBay and was also ordered to pay $130,000 restitution. Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran (35) of Wichita pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. In his plea, Paz-Teran admitted he stole aircraft parts from Cessna and sold them on eBay.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed an STC for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi system in the Phenom 300. It is the first such approval for the Phenom 300 and includes a satellite phone.
With more than 100 of its executive jets operating in Brazil, Embraer has signed an agreement with the State of São Paulo that will see a modern service center established at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, approximately 55 miles from São Paulo. With an estimated investment of $25 million during the first five years of the project, the facility will generate up to 250 direct jobs.
ExecuJet Australasia’s Australian operation at Sydney Airport recently received approval from the Bermuda DCA as a continuing airworthiness management organization. The MRO already held the Bermuda DCA approved maintenance organization designation. ExecuJet Australia also has the capability to draft BDCA compliant aircraft maintenance programs and minimum equipment lists for customer aircraft. Additionally, the MRO is currently undergoing an auditing process and anticipates IS-BAO approval next month.
Qatar is the location for Bombardier Aerospace’s newest line maintenance facility (LMF). Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, based at Doha International Airport, has been named LMF for the Challenger 300, Challenger 604/605 and Global. Established in 2009, Qatar Executive is a charter and maintenance service provider operating both Challengers and Globals. The company employs a full-time staff of 13 maintenance technicians, who work in a 67,800-sq-ft maintenance hangar.
Lufthansa Technik has opened an aircraft component pool storage facility in Singapore. According to the company, the expansion of services in the Asia-Pacific region gives customers enhanced service quality through faster provision times and a regional contact partner. The warehouse, which will be operated by Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services, is located near Changi International Airport, enabling swift delivery of aircraft components. In addition to the handling and storage of routine shipments, the facility will handle both AOG shipments and dangerous goods.
Basil Barimo has been named executive v-p for all Nordam repair divisions, including Europe and Singapore. He also holds responsibility for the repair divisions’ Europe and Americas sales regions; he was previously v-p and general manager for the firm’s Tulsa-based repair division. John Clawson has been promoted to v-p and general manager of Nordam’s thrust reverser division. His new duties also include overseeing sales, marketing, quality and business systems for the company’s manufacturing effort.
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Eurocopter AS350 helicopters. Prompted by an in-flight fire caused by ignition of hydraulic fluid leaking from a damaged forward (pitch) servo-control hydraulic hose, the proposed AD is intended to prevent the forward servo-control hydraulic hoses from becoming damaged and leaking hydraulic fluid that could ignite in flight, which can result in loss of main rotor control, power loss, structural damage, propagation of fire and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.