J.A. Air Center, on Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, Ill., opened its doors in 1965. The company was originally based on Joliet Municipal Airport and was known as Joliet Aviation Electronics.“Shortly after start-up the name was changed to Joliet Avionics to reflect the newly emerging avionics industry,” Brad Zeman, the company’s president, told AIN.
Estero, Fla.-based Flightdocs, a provider of aircraft maintenance tracking software and services, released on Monday what it says is the first aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application. The Flightdocs Mobile Information Center app is available free at the iTunes store, though a Flightdocs maintenance tracking subscription is required.
The FAA recently released a Notice of Policy titled “Policy Clarifying Definition of ‘Actively Engaged’ for Purposes of Inspector Authorization,” and industry comments on the new definition are mixed.
Dallas-based AAT Aircraft Maintenance has been certified as an FAA-approved Part 145 repair station. The certification allows the MRO to perform light to heavy maintenance and major repairs and modifications on the Gulfstream II/IIB/II-SP/III/IV and Hawker 700/800/800XP. "Certification allows us to serve aircraft owners and operators throughout the region," said Brian Allen, one of three partners of AAT.
Bill Hardy, an A&P mechanic with Greensboro, N.C.-based Timco Aviation Services, was chosen to receive the FAA’s Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award, presented to people who have more than 50 years of service in the aircraft maintenance industry. Recipients must also have a minimum of 30 years as an FAA-certified mechanic. n
The Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation has granted approval to Boca Aircraft Maintenance to maintain and repair Bermuda-registered aircraft under an AMO Certificate. The Boca Raton aircraft maintenance company specializes in Falcons and is also an authorized Gold Level Eclipse service center.
“The general aviation industry has been hit hard for the past two years, resulting in massive downsizing in many areas. At Cessna, we are concerned this may draw attention from the need to replenish the work force,” Brad Thress, senior v-p of customer service for Cessna Aircraft, told AIN.
Today the FAA revoked Phoenix Heliparts’ air agency certificate to operate as a Part 145 repair station, alleging that the Mesa, Ariz. company performed improper repairs and deliberately falsified maintenance records. The emergency revocation comes on the heels of an investigation, begun in 2008 by the FAA’s Scottsdale Flight Service District Office, that allegedly uncovered multiple violations and “hundreds” of discrepancies.
TWG Aviation, parent company of Dallas-based Business Jet Access (BJA) and Business Jet Center (BJC), is to buy Vitesse Aviation Services. The companies are currently completing their due diligence, and the deal is scheduled to close in September.
The Ruag Group has streamlined its business aircraft maintenance facilities in response to a net loss in that sector of approximately $103 million for 2009 compared with a net profit of $50 million in 2008. However, Ruag Holding CEO Lukas Braunschweiler pointed out that the loss is allocated entirely to its aircraft component manufacturing division, where low-cost competition is exerting strong pressure on prices.