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April 16, 2014, 2:04 PM
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Selex ES announced it recently carried out successful end-to-end trials of its BriteCloud expendable decoy program, launched last November in conjunction with partner Saab, which is pitching BriteCloud as an electronic warfare option for the Gripen fighter. The announcement comes days after Saab revealed it had begun flight-tests with Selex ES’s Skyward G infrared search and track (IRST) system. The Finmeccanica group company is also supplying the ES-05 Raven AESA radar for the new-generation Gripen E.

April 16, 2014, 12:10 PM

Jet Aviation has added a 4,520-sq-ft interior shop to its new hangar facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park to expand its cabin capabilities from minor interior repairs and touch-ups to full interior refurbishment. The facility is outfitted to support upholstery, wood and veneer finishing and carpeting, and is complemented by a new 7,000-sq-ft spray-painting and buffing shop.

April 16, 2014, 12:00 PM

Gal Aerospace has completed the acquisition of AeroQuest of Lawrenceville, Ga. AeroQuest provides aircraft interior components manufacturing and specializes in turnkey products for business and commercial aircraft, including showers, countertops, window shades, cabinetry and cabin peripheral panels. The company offers both build-to-print and design-to-build services.

April 16, 2014, 11:57 AM

Banyan Air Service, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, recently completed installing a dual Garmin 600 glass cockpit upgrade on a Pilatus PC-12. The project included a Garmin GTN-750, GTN-650, GMA-350 and dual GTX-330 transponders. The installations were performed using both Garmin and Pilatus STCs.

April 16, 2014, 11:53 AM

To supplement its service and support presence in the Asia-Pacific region, Gulfstream opened a customer support contact center at its Product Support Asia headquarters in Tung Chung near Hong Kong International Airport. The center will initially focus on over-the-counter sales and warranty support. Technical operations personnel, to include avionics/electrical and technical/mechanical systems specialists for all Gulfstream models, will be added later this year.

The OEM has maintenance technicians at the Gulfstream Beijing service center to perform the work.

April 16, 2014, 11:50 AM

Lufthansa Technik will establish a new aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Puerto Rico for servicing short-haul and medium-haul aircraft. Agreements have now been signed with the government of Puerto Rico and the responsible port authority.

Lufthansa Technik plans to break ground on the new facility within the next three months.

April 16, 2014, 11:46 AM

Dassault Falcon Jet plans to bolster its parts inventory in China three-fold this summer, to 3,000 items worth $13 million. “China presents a unique set of business challenges that Dassault has been able to negotiate successfully thanks to a healthy relationship we have with the Chinese authorities. This level of parts commitment is just one example of our long-term dedication to this market,” said John Rosanvallon, president and CEO of Dassault Falcon Jet.

April 16, 2014, 11:41 AM

Associated Air Center (AAC) has received STC approval for Boeing 737 (-300 through -900ER) Wi-Fi solutions for the Satcom Direct Router (SDR). The dual-band unit can manage multiple systems such as Swift64, SwiftBroadband, Ku band, Ka band and X band both airborne and on the ground. The SDR also has a 3G cellular service feature for use on the ground. The system can be integrated with existing platforms and systems manufactured by Cobham, Thrane & Thrane, Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.

April 16, 2014, 11:35 AM

Three more companies have joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s dealer network for the installation and certification of LiveAero Broadband satcom systems. They are West Star Aviation, with facilities in Grand Junction, Colo., East Alton, Ill. and Columbia, S.C.; Pro Star Aviation, with a facility in Londonderry, N.H., and Aviation Partners Group, with shops in Punta Gorda, Fla., Moscow, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine.

April 16, 2014, 11:33 AM

RBR Maintenance has hired Kenneth “Bo” Slajar as a Hawker crew chief. Slajar’s aviation career started in 1985, leading to a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy working on F/A-18 fighters. While in the Navy he attended Navy leadership school, general airframes and corrosion control school, and aircraft firefighting school. He retired in 2005 as an Aviation Mechanic First Class–E6. In corporate aviation he has worked for various companies and gained experience on Citations, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Challengers, King Airs and Beechjets but he specializes in Hawkers.

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