Dallas, Texas-based aftermarket parts and services supplier Aviall (Stand A911) has launched Operation Global Reach, a program designed to showcase the company’s best commercial practices on material and supply chain management to the world’s military market. Services include forecasting, export licensing, reverse logistics, customer kitting and other supply chain management solutions such as certification document accessibility.
The completion two months ago of Dubai International Capital’s £700 million ($1.3 billion) takeover of Doncasters has brought stability and fresh opportunity to the UK engineering group. Chief executive Eric Lewis has confirmed that the firm will now target acquisition opportunities in North America and Asia.
Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.
Outsiders have been brought in to lead a recovery at MD Helicopters. The appointments follow the recent acquisition of the Mesa, Ariz., company by New York financial firm Patriarch Partners. Robert Rene, previously CEO of Hilton Hotels division InnMedia, was named MD Helicopters’ CEO. Randy Kesterson, formerly executive v-p and COO of Curtiss-Wright Controls, was appointed COO.
Aviall of Dallas has teamed with Click Commerce to help it undertake collaborative commerce with its suppliers and customers. Aviall claims to be the world’s largest independent distributor of new aviation parts.
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has instituted a new program to enhance spares availability for Beechcraft owners, operators and maintenance providers. API, which provides distribution and supply chain services to the aviation industry, has purchased an inventory of Beech legacy spare parts to support all Beech models including the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
The restructuring program that Quebec-based CAE has adopted to improve its financial position will not affect SimuFlite, Andrew Arnovitz, director of investor relations for CAE, told AIN. He emphasized, “SimuFlite accounts for about 50 percent of our overall CAE training revenues. The restructuring will in no way affect our SimuFlite customers.”
Are you back to full production yet?
At the time of our acquisition, we needed to restart the production line and reignite the supply chain. Six months later, we are on course to meet our production target for 2006 and will significantly increase it in 2007. Conservatively, I would anticipate full production with a renewed supply chain to be in full effect in 2008.
Under the direction of a new parent company, private investment firm Patriarch Partners, MD Helicopters has made more changes to its senior executive team. The company has named Peter Hokanson chief financial officer and acting CEO as the search for a permanent chief executive continues. Hokanson most recently served as vice president of business administration and information technology at Garrett Aviation.
In a statement released December 20, health and security assistance provider MedAire announced that its two largest shareholders have reached a letter agreement “outlining mutual goals and strategies relating to the direction and control of MedAire” that would effectively place control of the company in the hands of its largest competitor, International SOS (ISOS).