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.
Maintenance management software developer Mxi Technologies has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing as a key partner in the ongoing support and delivery of Boeing’s GoldCare program. Mxi Technologies has been a key integration partner for Boeing’s GoldCare aftermarket service by providing the Maintenix software as the core of Boeing’s platform combining onboard airframe systems, technical documentation, full MRO capability and Boeing supply chain. First developed for the 787 Dreamliner, the platform is now offered on other Boeings.
The entire 68-strong Airbus A380 fleet must be inspected for new cracks in wing-rib feet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today extended an earlier requirement limited to 20 airframes.
The first 21-meter-long front fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB has begun to take shape in Saint-Nazaire, France, where mechanics have begun joining the forward fuselage and nose sections, the European manufacturer announced today. The exercise will continue over the “coming weeks,” said Airbus.
StandardAero Business Aviation has expanded its strategic business focus to include the buying and selling of parts for general aviation aircraft. Included in the operation are APUs, whole engines, avionics and airframe components. Initially focused solely on business aviation aircraft, the company has expanded its parts trading services to include regional airlines and air transport components.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) and Sabena Technics have signed an agreement designed to ensure that Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) operators have continuous and comprehensive spare-parts support. Airframe support for ACJs includes access to spare-part pools covering airframes, auxiliary power units, line-replaceable units (LRU), wheels and brakes, landing gear LRUs, and repair of said parts.
The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Embraer has started the first phase of building a new $48 million, 330,000-sq-ft facility in Évora, Portugal, dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for the end of next year, while production of structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners will start in 2013.