Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and North Texas U.S. congressmen Eddie Bernice Johnson (D), Sam Johnson (R), Pete Sessions (R) and Marc Veasey (D) joined hundreds of aircraft manufacturing workers, local officials and business leaders at general aviation jobs rally held by GAMA on Friday at Bombardier’s Dallas Service Center. The event also included remarks from leaders of GAMA member companies in Texas.
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Dallas Airmotive plans to expand its support services in the northeastern U.S. The company will add regional field service representatives and a mobile response vehicle capable of on-site inspections, repair work and carbon seal replacements at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., one of the region’s most popular sites for business and general aviation aircraft. Additionally, the company is adding field service representatives throughout the region to improve response time and reduce ground time for repairs.
Cedar Hill, Texas-based Dallas Aeronautical Services (Booth No. C6632), an FAA Part 145 repair station, has broken ground on a new 50,400-square-foot facility that will span more than three acres in the High Meadows Industrial Park in Cedar Hill, Texas
Dallas Airmotive has added Thomas Kennedy as a regional engine manager. He will represent all of the company’s engine and APU product lines and serve customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Kennedy comes to Dallas Airmotive from Signature TechnicAir Aircraft Maintenance, where he was director of maintenance and accountable manager. Before joining TechnicAir, Kennedy worked for seven years as director of maintenance at Jet Aviation (Bedford, Mass.). He also spent six years at British Midland as lead technician.
An Embraer Phenom 300 set three speed records for its class when it flew from Embraer Executive Jets’ headquarters at Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport (MLB) to Daugherty Field in Long Beach, Calif., with only one fuel stop. On the first leg, the twinjet flew the 1,380-nm route to El Paso (Tex.) International Airport in four hours, 16 minutes and 33 seconds. After a 27-minute fuel stop, it proceeded to Long Beach, completing the 607-nm leg in one hour, 55 minutes and 20 seconds.
The North Texas Business Aviation Association will offer 10 different safety presentations at its first Safety Show Down event on April 3 at the Dallas-area Addison Airport (ADS). The event takes place at Million Air’s location on the northeast side of the field beginning with check-in at 7:30 a.m. Session topics include pilot upset recovery, food safety and fatigue.
An upcoming airshow focusing exclusively on law enforcement and military rotorcraft will carry special meaning for several members of the United States armed forces, and not only due to the swell of emotions that events like these tend to bring about. A special naturalization ceremony for non-citizen members of the military will take place during the American Heroes Air Show, on the first day of the Texas Military Forces Open House at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, scheduled for April 20-21.
Two years ago, FlightSafety International nearly doubled the size of its Dallas Learning Center at DFW. The company’s largest campus, founded in 2000, has grown to 210,000 sq ft and now features 24 simulator pads, more classrooms and an engine shop, allowing FlightSafety to add several new programs. The Dallas center has 250 employees (125 of them instructors) and graduates 10,500 students annually. One-third of those students are from outside the U.S.“Dallas is just a great place to get to with direct flights, and that helps a lot,” said center manager Dan McClellan.
While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
BBA Aviation named Doug Meador president of its Dallas Airmotive subsidiary. The eight-year company veteran has been CFO of the subsidiary since June 2005. Before that he was vice president and general manager of operations for Dallas Airmotive’s Forest Park maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. Responsibilities will encompass all areas of Dallas Airmotive global engine repair and overhaul operations. Before joining Dallas Airmotive in August 2004, Meador was plant manager at General Electric Engine Services in Dallas.
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