Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill got a response from acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta after she questioned cost overruns on a contract to train air traffic controllers, but it wasn’t the one she wanted.
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According to the latest GAO report, the program acquisition unit cost (PAUC) of the F-35 will be $161 million. That figure includes amortization of the development cost across the expected production run. But how much should acquisition officials reckon to pay for their F-35s, going forward? Of course, that will depend what F-35 variant they buy, in what quantity and when.
The latest Selected Acquisition Report on the Lockheed Martin F-35 program has updated the Pentagon’s cost estimates. The eight international partners may take some comfort from the predictions of future unit recurring flyaway costs, once full-rate production begins. That is, if they defer the majority of their buys until then, which seems increasingly likely. The report also details the schedule delays that were officially approved last December.
Cleveland-based Constant Aviation has named Jay Randall to the position of Great Lakes regional sales manager. Randall joined the company from Dallas Airmotive, where he was responsible for the sale of engine maintenance services specializing in the PT6A, JT15D, Spey and Tay for the Northeast and Great Lakes territory. Before that Randall was a maintenance manager for the Flight Options sales and acquisitions department. He will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior, parts and modifications/refurbishments in the Great Lakes region.
JetFlite International has been awarded an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate for its JFI JetCenter on Long Beach Airport. The certificate allows JFI to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, repairs and alterations.
PartsBase, an online marketplace for aviation parts, released its new government-research information tool at Heli-Expo 2010.
Dallas-based Avatas Aerospace, an FAA-approved repair station specializing in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, has acquired Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines. Prime Turbines’ services include hot section inspections; power section and gas generator repair; and fuel nozzle and bleed valve overhaul and exchange for PT6 engines. Prime Turbines is also an authorized distributor of FAA PMA parts for PT6 hot sections.
A Sentient Flight Group executive told AIN today that the funding round referenced in yesterday’s issue of AINalerts (click here for story) has closed, putting the company on a more stable financial footing.
The “Acquisition Guide” is a free publication designed to arm the airplane buyer with enough knowledge to ask informed questions. The guide covers legal issues, taxes, financial aspects, maintenance implications, inspections and other topics, as well
With its acquisition in July by Elisen Technologies, interiors refurbishment and cabin completion specialist MJet of Montreal will implement an expansion plan and further integrate its services, including maintenance and design, certification, manufacturing and customization of interiors.