The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance approval to ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in a move that significantly boosts the country’s still limited maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for business aircraft. The joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation and Tianjin Haite is now cleared to provide support for most Bombardier executive jets.
Bell Helicopter’s Aviation Service maintenance facility in Prague, Czech Republic, has received a Part 145 maintenance organization approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration.
“The addition of a Ukrainian service offering enhances our ability to take care of our customers in Eastern Europe. Our mission is to make service expedient and efficient for them so their aircraft are ready to go when duty calls,” said Eric Cardinali, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of customer support and services.
Apple, Android and BlackBerry owners operating Sikorsky aircraft have a new tool to help them interface with Sikorsky Aerospace Services. SAS has launched new mobile applications for the Sikorsky360 Web portal, a proprietary online support capability currently used by more than 4,000 operators globally.
Atlantic Aviation has established an international operations division, which will offer flight departments, flight followers and handlers of aircraft that are entering the U.S. a single point of contact at the company.
For LightSquared founder Philip Falcone, a man who has seen his 2008 assets of $28 billion dwindle to less than $5 billion today, having the Securities and Exchange Commission hound him for mishandling the payment of his 2009 personal federal and state taxes of $113 million must be a bit irksome.
Camp Systems International expanded its share in the business aviation maintenance-tracking market by purchasing Avtrak on July 9. In early May, Camp was sold by private equity firm Warburg Pincus to another private equity company, GTCR (owner of the Landmark Aviation FBO chain), for a reported $600 million to $700 million. Camp CEO Ken Gray said that he had indicated an interest in buying Avtrak to co-founders Joe and Glenn Hertzler.
Raymond Conner has been promoted to president and CEO at Boeing Commercial Airplanes; previously he was senior v-p of sales and customer support for commercial airplanes. He succeeds James Albaugh, who will retire in October.
Embraer Executive Jets has tapped Jay Beever, previously new product interior design manager at Gulfstream, as v-p of interior design.
Sir Ralph Robins, formerly CEO and executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has been named non-executive chairman of UK-based global aviation services provider Gama Group.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their shallow fall last month, according to data released today by business aviation market information firm JetNet. While the pre-owned market is not yet experiencing a gangbuster recovery, JetNet remains “cautiously positive” about the rest of this year.
Demand for private aircraft charter is poised to soar this month during the peak Northern-hemisphere vacation season, according to online charter portal Avinode. The company’s forward-looking demand index for the next 30 days jumped 20 points, from 162.90 on July 2 to 182.69 today. It is also almost 68 points higher than where it was a year ago.
Wyvern auditor Del Denny has been promoted to director of operations at the company. Denny has “extensive” management experience in the corporate, charter and airline segments of the aviation industry over the past 45 years. He also holds an ATP certificate with numerous type ratings in business aircraft, and has directed worldwide FAR 91/135 business aircraft operations for several Fortune 200 corporations. His international experience includes more than 120 Atlantic and 30 Pacific Ocean crossings. Denny will be working out of the company’s Trenton, N.J. office.