Washington, D.C., area aircraft charter and management provider Projet Aviation is now the sole FBO operator at Leesburg Executive Airport following its purchase of the Landmark Aviation facility, which had served the airport since 2005. Projet, which operated a rival FBO on the north side of the airport since 2010, has moved its main operations to the former Landmark terminal. With the purchase, the company has tripled its hangar and office space at the airport to 75,000 sq ft.
Visitors to the Africa Aerospace & Defence show (AAD 2012), held in September at South Africa’s Waterkloof Air Force Base near Pretoria, might have been excused for thinking that they had arrived at a business aviation convention. While the exhibition halls groaned under the weight of armored vehicles, the outside static aircraft display was dominated by an impressive array of corporate and private jets.
Organizers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show expect the fifth staging of the biennial event to be reinvigorated by its new venue at the Dubai World Central (DWC) airport. This year’s show (December 11 to 13) will benefit from the use of one of the just-completed, but as yet unoccupied, passenger terminals at DWC, also known as Al Maktoum International Airport.
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.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.
Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai.
Jet Professionals, a flight-department staffing specialist, is on hand at NBAA announcing a new human resources offering it believes could revolutionize business for smaller aviation companies. The Jet Aviation subsidiary (Booth No. 3594) has unveiled its Jet-Pro PEO, which it describes as the only professional employer organization exclusive to business aviation. The Jet-Pro PEO provides personnel administration and payroll services in addition to tax compliance and filing duties for small and midsize companies.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) has made several additions to its global support staff. In the Asia Pacific region, the maintenance provider (Booth No. 3100) has added Luke Chiang, most recently director of regional jet sales at Jet Aviation, as a regional sales manager of its Singapore-based sales team. The center, which opened in Singapore this year, now includes a territorial director and three regional sales managers. The company also named Wayne Thompson as a regional field service engineer based in Brisbane, Australia.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 3797) has added 20 aircraft to its management fleet and expanded capabilities and ramp space at its Houston and Dallas FBO facilities.
In an effort to raise the bar on customer service, the Air Elite FBO network has joined forces with training providers Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center and ServiceElements. Formed last year from the remnants of the former ExxonMobil Avitat network, the fledgling Air Elite brand comprises 25 FBOs, including nearly all of the former U.S. Avitat locations, which decided to remain together after the oil company pulled the plug on its support of the brand.