At press time a French-operated Falcon 50 was grounded in the Dominican Republic, according to a TV report by France’s TF1, after it was involved in a major drug bust in Punta Cana in March. The Dominican counter-drug police discovered about 1,500 pounds of cocaine (with a street value of approximately $26 million) packed in 26 suitcases placed in the hold and the cabin. The three French pilots and one French passenger were arrested just before takeoff, with the engines already running for a departure to Saint-Tropez Airport, France, according to TF1. All four people were jailed.
StandardAero has announced two key senior executive appointments for the company. Tom Roche, formerly StandardAero’s vice president of turboprops and fleets, has been selected for the new position of vice president of customer support. He will focus solely on corporate-wide service quality. Alain Berube will succeed Roche. Berube joined StandardAero last March in the newly created role of vice president of operations, where he was responsible for the operations, supply chain, engineering and quality functions for turboprops and fleets.