Asset Insight has released a new tool that it says will enable aircraft buyers, sellers and lenders to accurately assess the maintenance condition of an aircraft in order to assign a more accurate value to it. The Amissville, Va.-based company’s asset grading process is based on algorithms analyzing the current age, hours and cycles on major areas such as airframe, engines, paint and interior for virtually any aircraft flying today, as well as the cost to repair or replace those items.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) named Neil Book as its new president andCEO on December 6, succeeding Louis Seno, who will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors. Book has served on the company’s board for the past three years and earlier this year joinedJSSI as co-president, where he has led the sales, marketing and technical servicesteams.
Legacy Aviation Services emerged from the remains of Oklahoma City-based Downtown Airpark and builds on the specialties of the defunct company, offering sales and support for the Twin Commander family of aircraft.
Jet Aviation’s St. Louis facility reorganized its MRO teams into airframe-specific support teams to better focus aircraft support and increase customer satisfaction. The new MRO structure has a lead manager for each of the major business aircraft product lines who is responsible for customer satisfaction, the quality of work and employee safety and satisfaction.
The business operations managers for the four teams are: Bob O’Leary, Hawker Beech/Falcon; Shawn Miller, Bombardier Global; Morris Smith, Gulfstream; and Vinnie Venditto, Bombardier Challenger.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Eurocopter AS332C, L and L1 to require initial and repetitive inspections of the outer skin, butt strap and fuselage frame for a crack and modification of the helicopter. The proposed AD is prompted by an AD issued by the EASA that states a crack was discovered in a fuselage frame during a daily check.
Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, has completed its fifth Global Express refurbishment and maintenance project in the past 12 months. The airplane has been delivered to its Malaysian owner.
The interior refurbishment restored all the interior soft woods and woodwork, and an upgrade of the entertainment system includes iPad holders and iPod docks. During the downtime, Flying Colours also performed numerous maintenance inspections and airframe and systems modifications.
Business aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci has a unique perspective on the industry that to his diverse holdings that includes fractional provider Flight Options, maintenance firm Constant Aviation and aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace. To get his take on the state of the bizav industry, AIN sat down with him at the EBACE show, and he gave a fairly candid view.
Haggan Aviation has hired Yorkk Swick as general manager. Swick has extensive company management experience as well as many years serving both airframe and engine customers. He has spent the past 10 years developing and managing the mobile service team concept, supporting the TFE731 and CFE738 engines and the GTCP36-100 and GTCP36-150 APUs. Haggan Aviation is a Part 145 repair station located at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo. It specializes in heavy maintenance on Learjets and Hawkers.
The repair bill for wing cracks first discovered in January on the Airbus A380 will come to about $135.5 million, according to EADS, Airbus’ parent corporation. Initial safety reviews concluded only a few A380s might be affected.