Rolls-Royce yesterday recognized Canadian operator Helijet International, which operates daily shuttle flights between Victoria and Vancouver in the Sikorsky S-76A, as the highest time model M250-C30S operator in the world. “[Helijet has] accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on its fleet,” said Tim McGrath, Rolls-Royce’s vice president for customer business (left).
Rolls-Royce has signed multi-year service agreements with four large fleet operators, encompassing operational support for more than 220 M250-engine powered rotorcraft. Yesterday at the company’s booth, Tim McGrath, the engine OEM’s vice president of customer business, signed the agreement with Mike O’Reilly, president of Calgary-based Eagle Copters, which specializes in sales, leasing, MRO and STC manufacturing and owns 15 M250-powered helicopters including the Bell 206B, 206L3 and 407.
Charter group Falcon Aviation Services today signed a letter of intent to buy a Bombardier CS300 aircraft, with an option for a second. The $156.5 million deal, which was announced on the second day of this week’s Air Expo show in Abu Dhabi, takes the total number of orders and commitments for the CSeries jet to 447, of which 201 are firm orders.
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has expanded its footprint in Australia, adding 5,000 sq ft to its facility in Brisbane. The Atlanta-based company now has 10,000 sq ft under roof at Brisbane, and the expansion will allow for a new repair station for its Precision Accessories and Instruments Australia (PAI-AU) division. That unit joins PAG’s Precision Heliparts division (PHP-AU), which began serving the Australian rotary-wing market in January last year.
Yukon, Oklahoma-based maintenance provider Legacy Aviation has doubled-down on its investment in supporting the Beechcraft King Air line. Company president and CEO R.J. Gomez said, “Our market research indicates that nearly 600 King Airs are based within a 500-mile radius of our facility.
FlightSafety International (FSI) received approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Embraer Legacy 500 maintenance training program on February 21. Embraer Executive Jets factory and authorized service center personnel are already receiving training on the under-development Legacy 500, and FSI will begin providing training services to operators of the new jet immediately following its certification.
Swiss MRO and FBO specialist Air Service Basel has received its maintenance approval certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. Air Service Basel is also a Beechcraft authorized service center for King Airs. CEO Claudio Lasagni said the CAACI approval complements existing EASA Part 145 and FAA repair station approvals held by Air Service Basel. “By adding this approval, we meet the increasing demand of our customers for flexible line and base maintenance services,” he said.
Jet Support Services has updated its online customer portal under Phase 2 of a MyJSSI web redesign effort. Announced at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., this week, the enhancements include improved functionality and are designed to make it easier for JSSI clients to report flight hours and manage their contracts. The improvements are the result of customer feedback, according to Joy Nebel, v-p of client services for JSSI.
Best known for its business aviation service portfolio, PremiAir International Group has a new CEO. Keith Marshall served 24 years in the British Army as a helicopter pilot and instructor before launching a career in the private sector that has included stops with Northrop Grumman; MGISC Toulouse; and Selex Galileo (formerly GEC-Marconi), where he held the title of executive v-p in the electronic warfare and battlespace divisions. Marshall’s appointment signals a drive to bolster PremiAir’s capabilities in aerospace systems markets, according to the company.
Embraer’s three-quarter share of the U.S. regional jet market last year might have looked impressive to investors and analysts, but judging by some of the commentary during the company’s quarterly earnings briefing on Wednesday, it apparently didn’t satisfy CEO Frederico Curado.