The recently launched UVair FBO Network–an alliance between Epic Aviation and Universal Weather & Aviation’s UVair Fuel Program–announced it has added 10 members: in Colorado, Denver Jet Center at Centennial Airport; in California, Napa Jet Center at Napa County Airport, Jet West at Salinas Municipal Airport and both Maguire Aviation locations at Van Nuys Airport; in Texas, Textar Aviation at Dallas Love Field Airport; in Michigan, Grand Rapids Air Center; in Or
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.
Jet Aviation has named Chris Maupin as director of FBO services of its Houston facility. Maupin will lead the 45-person operation, which includes the MRO facility, fuel service and aircraft cleaning. Before joining Jet Aviation, Maupin spent 14 years at Universal Weather & Aviation, where he was part of the team that opened the first FBO in Mumbai, India. Maupin reports to John Langevin, vice president and general manager of U.S. FBOs.
Jet Aviation recently added three customized service vehicles, bringing the total number available in the U.S. to five. The other two are located at Teterboro and Boston/Bedford. “Our mobile maintenance service vehicles provide the same quality of service that our customers get when they are in our service centers; it’s simply packaged ‘to go,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president of Jet Aviation St. Louis.
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.
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 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.
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.