The Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at its Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the academy’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia-Pacific region.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based VAS Aero Services has named Tommy Hughes as chief commercial officer. Hughes, formerly senior vice president for sales and marketing for the company, is responsible for global assets and repair services, in addition to worldwide sales. During a 20-plus-year career in engine MRO services and sales, and before VAS, Hughes worked with Delta Air Lines tech ops, where he led engine maintenance and test cell operations for that airline and its third-party customers.
As the number of business jets in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow steadily, so does the need for regular maintenance. As the market matures, operators are seeing the value of guaranteed maintenance plans such as those provided by Jet Support Systems Inc. (JSSI) in North America.
Long Island MacArthur Airport-based Hawthorne Global Aviation Services has expanded its hours by adding a second shift, seven days a week. “With the increased demand for our maintenance services from our in-house, retail and transient customers, we extended our hours to provide our customers with the added convenience of maintenance services whenever they need them and to minimize downtime,” Ralph Michielli, vice president and director of maintenance, told AIN. New hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) is offering a two-year transferable warranty on all overhauled or repaired radomes for airliners and business jets. The two-year Platinum warranty will be included as part of a fully overhauled radome repair. The two-year Gold warranty will be included as part of a damage-specific radome repair. Both levels will transfer to the new owner in the event of an aircraft sale during the warranty period, and both include one transmissivity test during the warranty period at no cost.
Metro Aviation announced Mark Breton will be joining the MRO as director of maintenance in late March or early April. He has more than 25 years in the aviation industry, with a strong background in aircraft maintenance, helicopter EMS operations and project management. Breton spent most of his career in Texas, but most recently served as the v-p and director of maintenance for Air Medical Resource Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.
CHC Helicopters division Heli-One (Booth No. 1804), a global provider of repair and overhaul services for helicopters, now offers overhauled aircraft components and spare parts to other helicopter operators via new customer portals on its website (www.heli-one.com).
Swiss MRO and FBO specialist Air Service Basel has received its maintenance approval certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. Air Service Basel is also a Beechcraft authorized service center for King Airs. CEO Claudio Lasagni said the CAACI approval complements existing EASA Part 145 and FAA repair station approvals held by Air Service Basel. “By adding this approval, we meet the increasing demand of our customers for flexible line and base maintenance services,” he said.
Sanad Aero Solutions Gmbh (Booth D11) has seen assets under management grow three-fold in two years, as its work with a growing number of airlines around the world gains traction.
Honda Aircraft has received FAA Part 145 certification for its customer service facility. The customer service facility, located at the company’s world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C, opened in October.
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