Nextant Aerospace is announcing today at ABACE 2014 that it has selected AVIC International Aero-Development as its exclusive sales representative for the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau). This follows Nextant’s appointment of Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Greater China).
Bell Helicopter revealed at the end of March that it has sold three Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs to China Star Aero Investment. The sale was made at Heli-Expo, held in Anaheim, California, in February, but not announced at the time. The agreement includes an option to purchase an additional seven aircraft.
Bell said that China Star Aero will use the new helicopter as part of the so-called “Beautiful China” tourism campaign. This will involve an aerial sightseeing initiative, which is supported by China’s central government.
Gulfstream Aerospace will break ground on a new product-support distribution center in Savannah, Ga, late this month or early next. It is scheduled to enter service early next year. The new facility, announced yesterday, will house more than 300 employees and approximately $900 million in parts and materials inventory.
Legacy Aviation Services has hired Russ Hampton as a senior service technician at its Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport facility in Yukon, Okla. Hampton joins Legacy with more than 25 years of repair and maintenance technical experience on all types of aircraft from single-engine piston through large corporate jet. He also has many years of supervisory experience as a shop supervisor for Commander Aircraft as well as a Gulfstream-owned service center in Oklahoma. The Twin Commander is a specialty of Legacy Aviation.
Last month’s agreement for Extant Components to provide product support for the Universal Avionics Systems Aero-M and Aero-I satellite communications products is the latest example of the company’s efforts to help OEMs to more efficiently handle manufacturing and repairs for legacy or non-core electronics and avionics products. The support provided under the new licensing agreement will be handled by Extant’s Symetrics Industries subsidiary and will include unit repair and exchange services.
Greenwich AeroGroup has restructured the leadership for its distribution businesses. The distribution division currently consists of seven companies that provide avionics, parts distribution and component repair and overhaul (CR&O) services for general aviation, business aircraft, regional and commercial aircraft, and government and military aircraft.
Gulfstream Aerospace has opened a sales and design center in Dallas. The 9,300-sq-ft facility allows customers to see and evaluate potential paint schemes, cabin layouts and interior cabin selections. At the heart of the offerings is a software design program.
International aerospace engineering group MB Aerospace arrived at the 50thInternational Paris Air Show in its strongest ever shape after a first half of 2013 featuring a significant secondary management buyout and the first of a planned series of major acquisitions.
Gulfstream Aerospace signed an exclusive spare parts consignment agreement with aviation services provider Air Works India Engineering, the Savannah, Ga.-based business jet manufacturer announced yesterday. Under the agreement, Gulfstream can position frequently needed aircraft replacement parts at Air Works’ warehouse on the outskirts of India’s Bengaluru International Airport, while Air Works arranges for parts warehousing, customs clearance and delivery to customers.
Martin Bauer, managing director of business aircraft maintenance specialist Aero-Dienst (Booth 2151), is worrying that cheap maintenance packages offered by U.S. MRO players are drying up the European market. The Nuremberg, Germany-based firm is struggling to fill slots in its workshops, especially for heavy checks.
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