According to a monthly business jet report issued by JPMorgan last month, the pre-owned market recovery continues though new jet demand is expected to lag.
Aviation International News » November 2009
Here’s an entry worthy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not: in the midst of the Great Recession of 2009, as U.S. jobs evaporate across the country, especially in the airline industry and particularly among skilled maintenance workers, Uncle Sam is working feverishly to fill jobs at domestic repair stations.
EuroAirport, which serves the cities of Basel, Switzerland; Mulhouse, France; and Freiburg, Germany; is home to a considerable maintenance and completion industry, with companies such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and Amac specializing in large aircraft. Last month Air Service Basel officially opened a new facility at the airport to serve owners of small and midsize executive jets.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) is transforming its Lafayette, La. component repair operation into a support and logistics center. The component repair work currently being done at the facility will be moved to the Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Embraer’s European executive jet customers now have two company-owned service centers in the U.S. certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency: one in Mesa, Ariz., and the other in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The two facilities opened last year and are able to perform non-routine maintenance services on European-registered Phenom 100s and Legacy 600s.
The Republic of Mauritius has awarded Gulfstream Aerospace’s Savannah service center approved maintenance organization (AMO) status. It is the first U.S. AMO approved by the island nation. The designation means that any Gulfstream IV or V registered under the Mauritius Department of Civil Aviation can use the Gulfstream Savannah service center for maintenance, inspection and modification.
Timco Aerosystems has been awarded organization delegation authorization (ODA) from the FAA’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office. According to the company, it is the first major aircraft maintenance and modification provider to be issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) and parts manufacturing approval (PMA) ODA.
Dassault Falcon’s new factory-owned service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, recently received repair station certification from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). Dassault Aircraft Services São Paulo is authorized to perform line maintenance and all multiples of A checks on Brazilian-registered Falcon 10/100s, 50/50EXs, 2000s and 900s, as well as the Falcon 7X fly-by-wire trijet.
Blackhawk Modifications has introduced an engine upgrade for the Cessna Caravan. The 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A adds 175 shp in all phases of flight. Certification is expected by year-end.