Jet Aviation subsidiary Jet Professionals announced it has opened three new U.S. offices in St. Louis, Houston and Palm Beach to join its locations at Teterboro, N.J., and Dallas as well as those in Europe and the Middle East. The company offers permanent and temporary business aviation staffing solutions, including pilots, flight attendants, schedulers, dispatchers and technical personnel. Payroll and employee-benefits consulting services were recently added.
Western Jet Aviation, a heavy maintenance facility based at Van Nuys Airport, has opened a satellite maintenance base at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nev. Located in the former Jet West FBO facility, the Western Jet satellite is equipped for light through heavy maintenance and staffed by two mechanics.
Western Jet founder and general manager Jim Hansen said he plans to employ five to 10 mechanics at the Reno facility. “The airport is committed to grow,” he said.
The computerized FBO management system field in the U.S. is about to get more crowded as European developer Amsterdam Software is set to export its web-based FBO One system overseas to challenge rival products such as Total FBO, My FBO and FBO Manager.
Jet Aviation Basel said it will save as many as 60 jobs previously slated to be eliminated. A Swiss labor law-mandated consultation phase resulted in 115 employee suggestions on how to reduce the cuts. Last September AIN reported Jet Aviation would axe up to 300 of the 1,565 jobs at its Basel completions facility over a 12-month period as part of a larger cost-cutting program.
The Jet Aviation Sorocaba FBO and maintenance facility of Jet Aviation has been rebranded as Gulfstream Brazil. Both companies are owned by General Dynamics. The 20 employees, including nine maintenance or avionics technicians, will remain in place. The Sorocaba facility joins two more international service centers: Gulfstream Luton, north of London; and Gulfstream Beijing, scheduled to begin operations later this year.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has again been named a Rolls-Royce authorized service center for the BR710 turbofan. A spokesperson for the company said, “The BR710 powers a lot of our bread-and-butter aircraft here, so it’s advantageous to our clients for us to have that authority.” The BR710 powers the Gulfstream V/V-SP, G500 and G550 and the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet has named Steve Hughes as director of maintenance and engineering. He will oversee all aspects of Metrojet’s maintenance, including CAMO DME and Part 145 repair station accountable manager responsibilities. Hughes began his 29-year aviation maintenance career in the UK Royal Air Force Tornado squadrons, followed by experience in a variety of fields within business aviation including maintenance manager with Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia. He joins Metrojet from NetJets Europe, where he has been director of maintenance and engineering since 2002.
The Geneva, Zurich and Basel, Switzerland facilities of Jet Aviation are undergoing a face lift, with emphasis on the lobbies and customer and crew lounges. Basel’s MRO facility will get a new reception area with customer seating, new customer and crew lounges and business center facilities on the first floor.
Touting its volume purchasing power and its relationship with World Fuel Services, Zurich-based Jet Aviation has introduced a new on-site fuel service intended to pass along savings to its FBO and MRO customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The program will be offered in tandem with Jet Aviation’s existing fuel program, which is currently excusive to its aircraft management clients.
Jeffrey Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, announced his retirement effective July 1. He will be succeeded by Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s military systems unit.
Maintenance program provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named two new co-presidents. Susan Marr was promoted from executive v-p, while Neil Book, formerly v-p of mobility at Juniper Networks, has joined the Chicago-based company.