The Columbus, Ohio police temporarily grounded its MD500 fleet and hired an independent maintenance company to inspect the helicopters in April after discovering “gaps” in maintenance records.
Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans last week to develop a new helicopter, as well as a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters. Construction is set to begin next month on an $8 million, 70,000-sq-ft expansion. Enstrom was purchased late last year by Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment. Over the last 18 months Enstrom has more than doubled its employment to 165 and plans to deliver 32 helicopters this year and 45 next year.
West Star Aviation was recently recognized by the Department of Defense for its continued support of its National Guard and Reserve employees. The recognition comes from the MRO’s commitment to the support of troops as they are called into action and its willingness to prepare and integrate the people back into their team upon their return. Colonel Lou Brackett (Ret.), the Employer Outreach Coordinator for the State of Colorado, presented the award.
Jet Aviation expanded its management support service offerings to help aircraft owners and operators comply with the upcoming April 30 deadline for emissions allowances under the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme. All operators that are required to surrender emission allowances must open a union registry account in their appointed member state and submit the allowances by the deadline or face penalties. Jet Aviation is providing union registry account opening and administration services to help operators comply with the regulations and avoid non-compliance fines.
Boeing technical workers have approved a new four-year contract that maintains annual 5-percent salary increase pools and guaranteed minimum wage increases each year. Of the 4,898 workers who submitted ballots, 4,244 voted to accept the same deal a narrow majority rejected on February 19.
Aviation employment services company HQ Aero Management (US) recently entered into a partnership with Workforce West Virginia and local aviation companies to create an eight-week Aircraft Structures Training Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.V.
Execaire parent company IMP Group acquired Toronto, Ontario-based Image Air Charter. Image Air, which has about 60 employees, manages a fleet of 20 business airplanes and specializes in executive travel via its air charter and aircraft management services. With the acquisition, Execaire will now serve clients with more than 290 employees and a managed fleet of 53 business jets.
Just in time for Heli-Expo’13, online employment information provider JSfirm surveyed hundreds of its client companies about their hiring expectations for the remainder of this year. And the results are positive; maintenance and avionics technicians, pilots and sheet metal workers and fabricators may find this year to be one of the best in a long time.
The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (IG) announced on January 23 that it is initiating an audit of the FAA’s ADS-B “information security controls.” While some concerns about insecurity of ADS-B signals have surfaced, it is not known if these concerns drove the decision to require the audit. The audit itself stems from a requirement in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
According to the Transportation Trades Department (TTD) of the AFL-CIO union, 70 percent of airline maintenance is conducted by outside contractors, and some of the most comprehensive work on transport aircraft “should be conducted only by Part 145 certified repair stations,” according to TTD president Edward Wytkind.