A new president, restructured sales and field service teams, operations expansion in Asia and Brazil and a new logo and mobile app unveiled here at NBAA 2013 indicate just some of the dynamic changes undertaken in the past few months by turbine engine overhauler Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. N3505), a BBA Aviation company.
RBR Maintenance has hired Chris Lesniak as manager of outside parts sales. Lesniak has more than 30 years of experience, including director of sales and marketing, account manager and parts manager for Arnoni Aviation and Avant Aerospace.
Nextant Aerospace appointed FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XTi in Russia and the CIS. The company has placed an initial order for two 400XTis worth $11.4 million. FortAero, which has offices in Tallinn and Moscow, has more than 16 years of experience with the Russian and CIS business aviation market and will play a “key role” in defining Nextant’s sales, marketing and customer service strategy in the region. To date, Nextant has delivered 28 of its 400XTs to customers around the world.
Dallas Airmotive has restructured its sales force to align personnel with customer base locations. Each sales person now represents the entire product line so customers have one point of contact. As a result of the restructuring, Jim Blasingame is senior sales director and will handle major accounts, OEM relationships and sales support. Territorial directors include Jeff Turner (Western U.S.), Jeff Dunn (Central U.S.), Randy Sasser (Southeast U.S.) and Mike Frazier (Northeast U.S.). Mark Russo will take the position of program director for APU products.
Technology entrepreneurs take your marks! This year’s Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge is open for submissions, but you have to act fast. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 10. Sikorsky Innovations is a division of Sikorsky Aircraft.
Crystal-ball gazing is a major part of any trade show. Heli-Expo has traditionally been the stage for the presentation of the Rolls-Royce/Teal Group’s 10-year forecast of worldwide turbine-engine helicopter demand. Overall, this year’s forecast calls for a
5-percent increase over the sales rates predicted last year, foreseeing total turbine helicopter deliveries of 10,407 over the years 2003 to 2012.
Flightcraft began operations in 1948, the year after the introduction of the Bonanza, and was one of the early stars in the Beechcraft dealer constellation. At one time there were as many as five Flightcraft locations, all with solid markets for the entire line of Beech products. In the 1980s, Flightcraft was owned by a partnership that included David Hinson, who would later go on to become FAA Administrator.
Given the decline in airline service, invasive security at the airport and fewer nonstop flights, it’s no wonder that those with the means to travel by business aircraft are doing so. But purchasing a business airplane can be a complicated process, one that could actually drive away prospective buyers.