Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation claims to be on track to lease $1 billion worth of helicopters by year-end. The company, created in 2010 by former NetJets top execs Richard Santulli and William Kelly, provides various leasing arrangements to helicopter operators, from lease on new helicopter delivery–the customer chooses the aircraft, negotiates the contract and then assigns it to Milestone–to sale-leaseback.
International Corporate & Cargo Services (ICCS, Booth No. 2093), one of Mexico’s largest providers of ground-handling services, is here at NBAA’12 to promote its network. The Mexico City-based company can provide handling for corporate flights at all 73 airports in the country as well as at major airports in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among its offerings are catering, fuel, legal assistance and representation, landing and overflight permits and authorizations, ground transportation and private security for passengers and aircraft.
Bombardier signed an engine service agreement with Rolls-Royce that authorizes the airframer’s service centers in Dallas, Tucson, Ariz., Hartford, Conn. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to perform maintenance on the BR710 engine that powers the Global Express/XRS/5000/6000. Under the agreement, Bombardier’s service centers can perform line maintenance and engine removals on the engines, which will be sent to Rolls-Royce for heavy maintenance.
Jet Aviation’s St. Louis facility reorganized its MRO teams into airframe-specific support teams to better focus aircraft support and increase customer satisfaction. The new MRO structure has a lead manager for each of the major business aircraft product lines who is responsible for customer satisfaction, the quality of work and employee safety and satisfaction.
The business operations managers for the four teams are: Bob O’Leary, Hawker Beech/Falcon; Shawn Miller, Bombardier Global; Morris Smith, Gulfstream; and Vinnie Venditto, Bombardier Challenger.
If past is prologue, expect an uptick in business aviation flight activity next March. That’s one of the conclusions drawn from an Argus Market Intelligence report released at the NBAA Convention. The report analyzes the last three years of the company’s TraqPak flight activity data, including its FlightView aircraft movement and JetNet aircraft ownership information.
NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a “comprehensive suite” of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs.
World Fuel Services officially launched the new Ascent fuel brand for FBOs this week at the NBAA Convention. The company brought one of its refueler trucks, complete with new global fuel brand logo, to Orlando to show attendees what they can expect to see over the next year as the company rolls out its global branding. Ascent will also offer equipment leasing, credit card processing, contract fuel, FBO marketing assistance and training and product liability insurance protection.
As it celebrates its 30th year of business, aftermarket aviation parts supplier CRS Jet Spares has been has been named as Meggitt subsidiary Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. Fort Lauderdale-based CRS will establish a sales, logistics and service facility there that will support the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Hawker, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger and Learjet aircraft.
Cobham is now Cobham Satcom (Booth No. 1773), an amalgam of Cobham and the Danish satcom company Thrane & Thrane, which it acquired earlier this year, the company said in an announcement at NBAA’12. “As the demand for airborne, land-mobile and maritime satellite communications continues to increase we are working hard to make it easier for customers to buy from us a wider range of satcom equipment and integrated solutions,” said Richard Tyson, president of the Cobham Aerospace and Security division that includes the new company.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Ontic is expanding its capabilities. At its center-of-excellence MRO facility in Houston, the aftermarket support company is adding services for Hawker Beechcraft’s line of King Airs. Among the services offered are repair and overhaul of the turboprop twin’s landing gear, flight controls and ancillary structures including airframe structural and sheet metal work. Other systems such as the environmental and pneumatic control, mechanical power transfer and oxygen containment and distribution are also included in the services menu.