Interjet Group, based at Lanseria International Airport in South Africa, has been purchased by Paul Ludick and TEIM Ventures. The group’s businesses include Interjet Avionics, Ameta Training Academy and Interjet Maintenance, which specializes in Embraer EMB-120s, King Airs, Hawkers, Learjets, Citations and Gulfstreams.
Dassault Falcon has launched its new “E-forum” series of Internet-based communication seminars. The first of the hour-long sessions attracted 32 Falcon 7X users from the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland in an online interchange of maintenance information and best operating practices.
After trying to cut costs by reducing wages and work hours, Duncan Aviation has “had to implement a reduction in its nationwide work force.” It is the first such action in Duncan’s 53-year history, the company explained in a statement. The layoffs affect 304 positions, including 170 at Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. headquarters; 122 in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 at satellite avionics and engine facilities in the U.S.
The cost of maintaining older Bombardier Challengers and Globals can be reduced by as much as 50 percent under Challenger Spares & Support’s cost-containment program, according to Steve Davis, president of the Georgetown, Texas-based company. CSS provides airframe and engine component repairs for the Bombardier Challenger, Global 5000 and Global Express.
San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace launched a quick-turn wet processing program available to aerospace parts manufacturers that need to outsource chemical processes or need faster service for large numbers of products. Processes available include anodizing, alodining and primer and paint application, and M7 offers a six-business-day turnaround time.
Last month Honeywell designated MX Jet Service an authorized line service provider for TFE731-series turbofans and 36-100 and -150 APUs. Under the designation, MX Jet technicians will be able to offer routine maintenance, on-wing troubleshooting and engine removal and installation, as well as help fulfill MSP claims and comply with service bulletins.
FAR 91.409(f)(3) requires aircraft owners and operators to maintain their aircraft in accordance with a “current inspection program recommended by the manufacturer.” In a recent legal interpretation, an FAA attorney stated that owners and operators are not legally obligated to adhere to the most recent updates to maintenance instructions or inspection programs, and only the maintenance requirements in place when the aircraft was built apply.
Addressing the question of what happens when a manufacturer goes bankrupt, the FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (CE-09-14) that examines support issues for the 259 Eclipse 500 very light jets in the field. A hearing today will decide on the petition filed last week to move the bankruptcy from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 liquidation.
The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Tuesday to compel DOT Secretary Ray LaHood to order the FAA to implement safety recommendations from the NTSB concerning runway safety and flight-into-icing conditions.
The owners of Sunset Aviation, the charter/management company sold to JetDirect Aviation in May 2007, have formed a new company called Sunset Aviation LLC. The new Sunset expects to receive its FAA Part 135 certificate within a week or 10 days, according to primary shareholder and CEO Dan Drohan, and should grow from 30 aircraft currently to near 50 by the end of next month and add authorization for 10-or-more-seat jets in about 90 days.