NetJets will import its first two aircraft into China this month in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operator certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of next year. The U.S. company will base a pair of its Hawker 800s in China so it can offer charter services to local clients. The main business model for Zhuhai-based NetJets-China Business Aviation Ltd. will be to provide aircraft management services.
CAE announced yesterday that it will start accepting Avcard, an aviation charge card from World Fuel Services, as a form of payment at its business aviation training centers in Dallas and New York. Avcard acceptance allows CAE customers to earn FlyBuys Rewards when they pay for training with the card. CAE plans eventually to expand this payment option to its other business aircraft training facilities, including those in Amsterdam, São Paulo, Shanghai, Dubai, London and Phoenix. The company offers training on more than 80 business aircraft platforms.
Flexjet is offering two limited-time offers–25 Challenger 300 upgrade hours and “60 for 50”–to spur fractional jet ownership sales in its Learjet and Challenger programs. Until December 31, new and existing Flexjet owners purchasing a one-sixteenth share in a Learjet 40XR, 45XR or 60XR will have the opportunity to upgrade 25 of their annual allocated hours, at their same Learjet hourly occupied rate, to a Challenger 300.
Boeing has delivered the first 747-8 with performance-improved GEnx-2B engines as part of the airplane’s performance improvement package (PIP), the company announced Wednesday. A Cathay Pacific Airways 747-8 Freighter was the first of the jumbo jets delivered with the PIP engines.
Bell Helicopter has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206s, 407s and 429s under the certification of Transport Canada. The authorization includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance; inspections, repair or recertification; component replacement; incorporating airworthiness directives, service bulletins and technical bulletins; incorporating STCs or servicing instructions; and helicopter disassembly and re-assembly.
PPG Industries has expanded its aerospace business operations in Japan with the relocation of its application support center to a site in Miyoshi that supports increased production capacity, adds warehouse space and affords new service capabilities. The new site in Miyoshi Kurozasa Industrial Park includes a 21,400-sq-ft manufacturing facility and office as well as a 9,500-sq-ft standalone on-site warehouse.
Web Manuals, a developer of “knowledge-management solutions” for the aviation industry, announced that GlobeAir has signed on to the company’s cloud-based compliance application, Web Manuals 4 Draken. Web Manuals provides the tools for end-to-end compliance automation by business jet operators, airlines, maintenance and repair organizations, airports and ground handling agents. The Web Manuals application enables the authoring, publishing, distribution and control of the entire manuals library.
Nordam CEO Meredith Siegfried announced that Hastings Siegfried will relocate to Singapore as COO, Asia-Pacific sales and technical services. Siegfried moves up from vice chairman and COO of the company’s transparency division and will retain his role as vice chairman of the Nordam board. Siegfried has extensive international experience in bringing many successful new programs to the transparency division. Before that he served as the repair division general manager.
GA Telesis Composite Repair Group has appointed David LeClair as vice president of Service Sales. LeClair has more than 20 years of management experience in the aviation aftermarket distribution and commercial MRO marketplace. In his new capacity, LeClair will be responsible for further developing nacelle repair strategies. “David will enhance and lead our efforts to build upon our established customer partnership programs through his expert depth and program knowledge essential to the MRO business,” said Russell Bonnell, president MRO Business Units Americas.
Daher-Socata appointed WingsOverAsia (WOA) as a TBM 850 non-exclusive sales representative throughout Asia. As part of this partnership, WOA will exhibit a TBM 850 turboprop single at the Singapore Airshow in mid-February. During the show, WOA is organizing the Asia Aviators Gathering on February 15, bringing together the region’s general aviation sector for a “major meeting.” WingsOverAsia bills itself as a “private/executive aircraft flight support and aviation lifestyle services provider.”
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