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July 9, 2014, 12:18 PM

StandardAero marked the redelivery of its 100th PW100 engine serviced for Swiftair during an event held recently at the airline’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain.

The 100th engine serviced represents a milestone for the two companies, which established their partnership in 2000. “Over the past 14 years we have been the main PW100 service provider for Swiftair, and we have seen it grow to become one of the largest ATR operators in Europe,” said Laurens Leijten, StandardAero Swiftair program manager.

July 9, 2014, 12:14 PM

Paradigm Aerospace has added a second paint booth. The new Garmat booth, which provides improved airflow, fresh-air recovery and better lighting, has a 3 million BTU furnace. Both the booth and its adjacent mixing room are explosion proof and equipped with separate fire suppression units. “We are seeing faster dry times and an even higher-quality finished product,” said PAC paint manager Bryan Fisher.

July 9, 2014, 12:09 PM

Sherwin-Williams has introduced chrome hazard-free quick-dry epoxy primer. The company says it is a high-performance, two-component corrosion-inhibitive epoxy primer that contains no chromate, dries more quickly and has a longer pot life than current paints. It provides “excellent adhesion to treated substrates,” meets U.S.

July 9, 2014, 12:04 PM

Elliott Aviation, an authorized service center for the Beechjet/Hawker 400XP, has acquired multiple sets of Beechjet/Hawker 400XP landing gear. The landing gear will be used for exchange purposes to ensure minimal aircraft downtime during overhaul. Elliott Aviation’s accessory shop has overhauled multiple sets of Beechjet/Hawker 400XP landing gear and completed some 20 trunnion repairs. Elliott Aviation has completed 250 full landing-gear overhauls, 350 actuator overhauls, 500 brake assemblies, 500 wheels and 1,400 NDT inspections.

July 9, 2014, 11:59 AM

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has named Adrienne Robinson vice president of business development. Before her new appointment, Robinson served PAG in dual roles: she joined the company in 2012 and three months later was asked to take on the additional role of president of Precision Aviation Services (PAS) in Peachtree City, Ga. During her leadership of PAS, Robinson negotiated an agreement with Airbus Helicopters designating PAS as an AHI Service Center, the first in the Atlanta market.

July 9, 2014, 11:55 AM

Pro Star Aviation has promoted Kurt Kitner from avionics installations lead to avionics installations manager. Kitner has been working as an installations lead since Pro Star Aviation’s founding in 1998. Before he joined Pro Star, Kitner worked at Stead Aviation in Manchester, N.H. for 10 years as both a mechanic and installations technician. He obtained his A&P certification through the U.S. Marine Corps, where he worked as a crew chief and mechanic.

July 8, 2014, 7:39 PM

This has got to stop. We all know that FAA inspectors at the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) level are overworked and that FAA regulations, policies, procedures and programs impose impossible requirements on agency personnel. But when a drop-dead simple piece of paperwork that needs an approval signature hits the desk and gets delayed for some obscure confounded reason, causing the grounding of a multimillion-dollar jet, well, this simply has got to stop.

July 8, 2014, 2:50 PM

U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes were involved in fewer total accidents in the first half of this year, but corporate jets recorded more fatalities over the first half of this year than in the same period last year. According to preliminary data tabulated by AIN, there were 21 total accidents involving business turboprops and jets in the first six months, compared with 27 in the same period last year.

July 8, 2014, 2:45 PM

Three Chinese general aviation operators signed orders and commitments with Airbus Helicopters yesterday for 123 light singles and twins, including AS350s, EC130s and EC135s. Fujian Xinmei General Aviation (GAC) will be acquiring five AS350B3es, to be delivered this year. The company, which focuses on agricultural and utility work, has committed to another 50 light singles and twins over the next six years.

July 8, 2014, 2:40 PM

NBAA, AOPA, airport businesses, local aircraft owners and a corporate operator have filed a Part 16 complaint with the FAA about California’s Santa Monica Airport. The complaint seeks to settle the issue of when the city, which owns and operates the airport, is no longer subject to grant assurance obligations that require it to keep the airport open. While the city believes that its obligations expire on July 1 next year, the complainants claim that a 2003 request by the city to amend the last grant agreement extended the period of time that the airport must remain open to August 2023.

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