Piedmont Aircraft is taking over the aircraft maintenance operation at Moore County Airport at Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C. The maintenance facility, which up until now has been operated by the airport authority, has been rebranded as Piedmont Aircraft Services.
Gulfstream Aerospace has extended the operating hours at its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., to provide 24-hour service Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Gulfstream Westfield offers AOG support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. The MRO facility currently employs 168 people, including 90 A&P technicians and 16 avionics technicians. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.
London Oxford Airport-based aircraft management and engineering company Hangar8 has enhanced the support capabilities at its Oxford, UK, MRO facility to cover a broader range of business aircraft. Within a year of acquiring EASA 145 approval, the company now provides Camo-Part M and line support for all Hawkers, the Dassault Falcon 2000, Citation 525 series and Embraer Phenom 100.
Three jets are now flying in the Learjet 70/75 flight-test program. The first two are a Learjet 40XR and 45XR modified with the Bombardier Vision cockpit, which was installed at Garmin’s New Century AirCenter facility near company headquarters in Olathe, Kan. The Vision flight deck in the Learjet 70 and 75 is based on a Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which features touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
The Learjet 85, the first all-composite Part 25 business jet, remains on track for certification and entry into service next year, according to Bombardier. “Four test aircraft are in various stages of production,” the company noted, and shipment of the first pressure vessel from Bombardier’s factory in Querétaro, Mexico, to the final-assembly plant in Wichita was imminent (in mid-July). At the Querétaro factory, technicians completed construction of the first Learjet 85’s wing internal structure and the wing was moved to the final-assembly position for installation of the wing plank.
The transonic speed spat between Cessna’s Citation Ten and Gulfstream’s G650 is likely to hit of the stops at Mach 0.95 when it encounters not “the sound barrier” but required safety margins. With the Ten’s top speed now pegged at Mach 0.935, Gulfstream’s G650 could thus leapfrog the Ten only slightly, if the Savannah-based aircraft manufacturer even chooses to do so.
New data published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) appears to confirm the widespread view among executive charter operators that few people are prosecuted for illegally flying for hire in Britain. Between April 1, 2011, and March 31, 2012, the CAA pursued 16 prosecutions for various breaches of UK aviation rules, only one of which was for illegally conducting a public-transport flight without holding an air operator certificate (AOC).
Thomas Hendricks started his first day as the new president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) today. In July, the veteran pilot was selected to succeed James Coyne, who announced earlier this year that at the end of December he would be stepping down from the post he has held since 1994.
The Embraer Phenom 100 light jet recently received type certificate validation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced today. “Embraer has been strengthening its market position in China’s executive aviation market over the past few years,” said Embraer China president Guan Dongyuan. “The CAAC’s certificate for the Phenom 100 is great news for Embraer and prospective customers. With the approval, the company can deliver copies of the eight-seat jets to Chinese customers.
A major runway relocation project has been completed at New Hampshire’s Nashua-Boire Field Airport. The project, funded by the FAA, relocated Runway 14/32 some 300 feet to the north, allowing for adequate separation from a nearby taxiway. It also extended the runway by 500 feet, to 6,000 feet, and added overrun safety areas at both ends. The runway is now available for visual landings, with full operation expected on November 15, by which time navaids will have been relocated and instrument approach procedures published.