Aviation International News » February 2013

February 5, 2013 - 3:20am

Finding skilled welders is an industry-wide challenge, causing AAR to rethink the answer with a public-private partnership with Goldsboro, N.C.’s Wayne Community College. Working in partnership, the two have designed an eight-week welding certificate program to address a shortage of welders at AAR Mobility Systems. A spokesman for the company said it typically takes a year to earn a welding diploma at Wayne.

February 5, 2013 - 3:10am

List Components & Furniture, a major supplier of business and private jet interior components, will open a new plant in its home city of Edlitz-Thomasberg, Austria, in May.

The company specializes in development and product definition of high-end components and monuments and is known for its quality wood and lightweight stone veneers and metallic surfaces.

Its client list includes OEMs Bombardier and Embraer, which have chosen List to provide cabinetry for the Learjet 45 and Legacy 500. The company already supplies cabinetry for Embraer’s Lineage 1000 bizliner.

February 5, 2013 - 2:25am

Atlantic Aviation has closed its FBO at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). The company had been operating on a short-term holdover arrangement since its lease expired in late 2011, while it pondered the future of its location at the airport.

February 5, 2013 - 2:00am

The Helicopter Rescue Response Association will hold its annual rescue summit in conjunction with this year’s Heli-Expo on March 4 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Attendance is limited to 100. For more information visit www.helirescueassociation.org.

February 5, 2013 - 1:40am

Russian Helicopters and Elcom Systems, part of Indian investment conglomerate Sun Group, have signed an agreement to create a factory, in India, for building Russian Helicopters’ Mi- and Ka- brands. The first model to be produced will be the Ka-226T light twin. The joint venture will manufacture “key helicopter units” and perform final assembly. It will even have ground and flight-test capability. Another agreement was reached to create a training organization for pilots and maintenance technicians.

February 5, 2013 - 1:10am

Many, but not all, former Silver State Helicopter students have had their student loans forgiven in the wake of the 2008 bankruptcy and liquidation of what was then the largest civil helicopter school in the U.S. However, Cleveland-based KeyBank did not offer loan forgiveness, prompting 100 former students to sue, charging that the bank knew of Silver State’s precarious financial condition when it offered them high-interest-rate loans of up to $70,000 to attend the school. Arguments in the case were heard late last year by the Ninth Circuit U.S.

February 5, 2013 - 12:35am

A Robinson R44 light single is undergoing heavy repairs at UTair-Engineering’s facility in Tyumen, Russia. The complete “inspection and refitting” is expected to take three months, ending next month. In 2012, UTair-Engineering passed the Robinson Helicopter and Russian Aviation Authority performance audits for maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. The company is thus now an authorized service center for Robinson in Russia.

February 5, 2013 - 12:20am

Eurocopter has taken over the aerospace activities of Heuliez, one of its suppliers, based in Cerizay, Western France. The 49 jobs will be regrouped in a newly created subsidiary, Hélicoptère Aérostructure Services. Since 2008 Heuliez has provided Eurocopter with “concepts derived from the automotive industry” for EC120, EC130 and EC175 doors, as well as the AS350 Ecureuil’s canopy.

February 4, 2013 - 6:00am

The FAA proposed two civil penalties totaling $633,000 against Bridgeton, Mo.-based Trans States Airlines last month for alleged maintenance violations involving two Embraer ERJ145s.

In the first case, the FAA alleges Trans States improperly installed replacement radio altimeter antenna cables on two airplanes and then operated the noncompliant airplanes on 268 revenue flights. Inspectors found the new cables lying unsecured to the airframe inside each aircraft’s large aft wing-to-fuselage fairing rather than mounted to the walls. The violation would carry a fine of $322,000.

February 4, 2013 - 5:25am

The pilots of Horizon Air voted last month to extend their current labor contract for three years, creating a new six-year pact. The new contract, negotiated on behalf of the 610 pilots by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, includes wage increases, so-called quality-of-life and productivity improvements, and better job security, said the Teamsters in a statement. Among pilots who returned ballots, 77 percent voted in favor of ratification.

 
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