With an eye on Brazil as “a key market for the entire Hawker Beechcraft line,” the Wichita, Kan.-based aircraft manufacturer is a major presence at LABACE this year, bringing six of its most popular aircraft.
Wichita, Kan.-based aircraft manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft predicts strong growth in demand for business aviation financing in Brazil over the next five years, based on research it conducted with Corporate Jet Investor of Surrey, England.
Dassault Falcon is at LABACE, convinced that Brazil is fast becoming a major business jet market, and equally convinced that to be truly successful, the French airplane manufacturer must service what it sells, in Brazil as well as globally.
Dassault will deliver at least six more Falcon business jets to Brazilian customers this year and plans to expand its service center in Sorocaba to meet current and future demand, the company said today at LABACE 2012.
Aviation Consultancy & Engineering Services (ACE Services) has added a new aircraft maintenance management (AMM) department and obtained UK CAA continuing airworthiness management (Camo), airworthiness review certificate and permit to fly approvals. ACE Services provides project, engineering, maintenance, continuing airworthiness and technical records; quality assurance and control; aircraft maintenance planning and forecasting; and audit safety systems.
Soloy Aviation Solutions’ long-standing relationship with Woodward propeller governors used on its Cessna 206/207 Mk 1 Turbine Pac has ended as a result of Woodward’s transferring its line to Honeywell. “While the Soloy gearboxes seem to last forever, vendor-supplied accessories come and go based on the supplier’s business needs,” said Soloy CEO Dave Stauffer.
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.
The U.S. aviation system would suffer a “devastating” hit if the process of automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” takes effect in January, according to industry leaders. An Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) study released yesterday estimates that 132,000 aviation jobs would be lost in the first year as a result of sequestration, which requires $500 billion in federal non-defense spending cuts over the next decade.
The roller-coaster recovery continued for business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S., managing a 0.6-percent year-over-year gain after sustaining a 1.3-percent loss in June, according to the latest TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus.
Part 91 flying still leads in operational category segment, posting a 3.9-percent increase last month versus a year ago. Meanwhile, Part 135 charter activity was down by 1.9 percent and fractional flying dropped by 6 percent last month, largely mirroring the segments’ results in June.
Milestone Aviation Group announced today that it signed a contract to purchase 19 more Sikorsky S-92s. This order is in addition to three S-92s purchased by the aircraft lessor in February, with the first two helicopters scheduled for delivery later this year. In total, the 22-aircraft order is valued at $682 million.