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.
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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.
A Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed 20 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas, at about 6 p.m. local time on December 14. The aircraft had departed Rick Husband Amarillo International (AMA) Airport about 10 minutes earlier into what were reported as high winds. Both occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed after it hit terrain.
Bell Helicopter broke ground October 15 on its new Fort Worth, Tex. headquarters building.
Bell’s new, energy-efficient 210,000-sq-ft headquarters will house administration, support functions, program offices, a customer center and an integrated training facility. The Bell Helicopter training facility, currently located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, will be moved to the new global headquarters.
Bell Helicopter broke ground this week on its new Fort Worth, Texas headquarters, a 210,000-sq-ft facility that will house administration, support functions, program offices, customer center and an integrated training center when it opens in 2014. The Bell Helicopter training facility, currently located at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, will also be moved to the new global headquarters.
The Night Vision Advisory Council (NVAC) will hold its first formal meeting on September 19 on the eve of the annual Night Vision Conference (NightCon 2012) in Dallas. NVAC was formed at the request of the FAA to provide industry input into night vision recommendations and regulation. NVAC members include NVG manufacturers, trainers and operators. NightCon 2012 will be held at the Dallas DoubleTree hotel, September 20 and 21. For more information log onto www.nightcon.com.
English Field Aviation opened its doors in May 2010 and has built its business by “working on whatever comes through the door,” COO Travis Lamance told AIN.
Tracy Gandy has joined Dallas Airmotive as manager of the company’s F1rst Support operations. Gandy will oversee day-to-day operations of the command center in Grapevine, Texas, and field-service technicians across the U.S. Gandy, a licensed A&P/IA, has more than three decades of aviation experience working in the military and with airframe and engine OEMs. Before joining Dallas Airmotive he was program manager at Consolidated Turbine Service in Mesa, Ariz.
Uniflight of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been awarded a repair station certificate by Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aeronautics. “We have a team of mechanics that we can send to Mexico on short notice due to our proximity to Dallas-Fort Worth airport, and for any helicopter we’re less than one fuel load from the Texas/Mexico border,” said Manny Ortiz, director of maintenance for the MRO. “And many of our staff here in Grand Prairie are bilingual.”