In the annual announcements by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and other aircraft manufacturers about the half-million or so additional pilots who will be needed to fill cockpits over the next 20 years, often overlooked is the need for an even greater number of maintenance technicians: about 600,000 by 2031, according to Boeing’s most recent forecast. So if there is already, or will soon be, a shortage of qualified pilots, is there not also a shortfall in maintenance personnel? And not just in commercial aviation but business aviation and civil helicopter operations as well?
Jim Christiansen, a giant in the business aviation industry, passed away last night at the age of 67. He led several large air charter firms, as well as NetJets, over his nearly 50-year career, most recently serving as vice president of business development at FlightSafety International.
Satcom Direct and FlightSafety International are now offering cabin communication training for flight crews and maintenance technicians at FSI’s learning center in Teterboro, N.J. The curriculum delves into the inner workings of aircraft communications equipment, including how the satellite functions and instruction on the use of cabin Internet and voice systems for the flight crew. During the course, both flight crews and maintenance technicians will learn what steps to take when faced with an inoperative system while in flight or on the ground.
First-quarter revenues at NetJets and FlightSafety International soared by 12 percent and 14 percent, respectively, according to parent company Berkshire Hathaway. Higher revenues at NetJets reflected increased sales of fractional aircraft and flight services revenues due to increased flight hours, while FlightSafety’s increase was the result of increased simulator training activity. Quarterly revenues at its services businesses, which include NetJets and FSI, increased by $284 million, to $2.4 billion, while profits climbed by $34 million, to $243 million.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services will be offering two more factory-authorized, Twin Commander-specific training courses for maintenance technicians this year: June 23 to July 1 and October 13 to 21. The 42-hour course, which covers 19 different subjects ranging from manuals and bulletins to avionics, is designed to meet the training requirements for working on the Twin Commander 690/A/B/C/D and 695/A/B at a factory-authorized service center.
FlightSafety International will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference from September 15 to 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla. More than 300 flight simulation experts will identify technical solutions to engineering and maintenance issues, resulting in immediate and long-term savings for simulator users.
FlightSafety International will build a new learning center in Columbus, Ohio, replacing the current facility there that dates back to 1999, the company announced today. Construction of the new facility will be completed in two phases, it said.
Phase one, scheduled for completion in December, will include a 55,000-sq-ft facility to house six full-motion flight simulators, 13 pilot and maintenance training classrooms, 12 briefing and debriefing rooms and 12 graphical flight-deck simulators.
NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business this summer, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. It has also hired “key people” over the past few months in the run-up to the launch of NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation, which initially will provide aircraft management services.
Training specialist FlightSafety International signed a multi-year agreement with Chinese business jet leasing firm Minsheng Business Aviation yesterday at ABACE 2014. Under the deal, FSI will train pilots, maintenance technicians, flight attendants and dispatchers for Gulfstream G450/550 operators Beijing Capital Airlines and Shanghai Deer Jet. Most of the training will take place at FSI’s Hong Kong learning center, which opened in 2012. FSI also named Paul Statskey as its new program manager at the Hong Kong facility.
NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business in mid-2014, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. It also has hired “key people” over the past few months in the run-up to the launch of NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation Ltd., which initially will provide aircraft management services.