Sometimes there are convergences in the world. Kismet some call it. For first-time Heli-Expo exhibitor Scheme Designers (Booth No. 3608) Harrison Ford’s decision to fly his own Bell 407 into the Anaheim Convention Center as one of the first helicopters to arrive for Heli-Expo 2014 was in fact a stroke of luck for Scheme Designers, the company that created the paint scheme for the actor.
West Star Aviation named Debi Cunningham v-p of marketing and interior design. Cunningham started her career in business aviation in 1983 and has been with West Star since 2002. With nearly 30 years in the aviation industry, she has held numerous positions within the sales, modification and interior design areas. She began her career at West Star as modification sales/interior design manager and quickly worked her way up to national sales manager. Cunningham was named director of marketing in 2008.
The Bristow Academy in Titusville, Fla., is installing the Garmin G500H glass-panel avionics suite in its four Robinson R44 Raven 1 instrument training helicopters. Bristow operates one of the world’s largest offshore oil and gas helicopter services, and updating its training helicopters with the G500H will make it easier for pilots to transition into larger mainline helicopters that already have the latest glass-panel technology, the company said. Separately, Bristow honored graduate Michael Campbell last month.
Following our June 28 report about a change of ownership at the Diamond Hangar FBO at London Stansted Airport, Mike Foley contacted AIN to explain that he had not, in fact, been managing director of the facility’s former owner, Eighteen Aviation, as the company had previously described him in official statements. Foley said that he had served as a “consultant director” in setting up the FBO before resigning this position last December.
Dart Aerospace is using the 2013 Heli-Expo show as a springboard for not only its new black and red logo, but also as the debut for the reorganization of all Dart sub-brands. These include Apical Industries, DAS, Dart Helicopter Services, Geneva Aviation and Red Barn Machine. According to Dart, it has more than 600 STCs and offers 5,000 products for sale across these subsidiaries.
Sometimes a company rebranding is much more than just slapping on a new logo. Dart Aerospace (Booth No. C5411) is using the 2013 Heli-Expo show as the introduction of not only its new black and red logo, but also as the debut for the reorganization of all Dart sub-brands (Apical Industries, DAS, Dart Helicopter Services, Geneva Aviation, Red Barn Machine). Dart claims more than 600 STCs and offers 5,000 products for sale across these subsidiaries.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) ended its search for a new president on Tuesday when it announced that veteran pilot Thomas Hendricks will take the reins at the organization. He succeeds James Coyne, who announced earlier this year that he will be stepping down at the end of December from the post he has held since 1994.
Flight planning provider Jeppesen has handed out its “ground handler of the year” awards. Selected by the Boeing subsidiary’s trip planners, based on criteria including response time, problem-solving ability, facility quality, safety and customer service, the top locations in five regions were honored. For the region of Africa, the Middle East and India, Jet Aviation’s location at Dubai International Airport was selected. The location features an 11,300-sq-ft two-story FBO building along with more than 45,000 sq ft of hangar space.
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) received approval to have the CABAA Visual Departure at Chicago Executive Airport published in Jeppesen charts. The Runway 16 VFR procedure, which has until now been published only in the Airport/Facility Directory, was developed last year to minimize takeoff delays with the opening of Runway 27R at Chicago O’Hare. The new Jeppesen chart will be issued on May 12 under Revision 11.
Gama Group has acquired Oxford, England-based Ronaldson Airmotive. The engine and components overhaul facility strengthens the range of aerospace engineering capabilities available through the Gama engineering group of businesses. Ronaldson joins both Gama Engineering and Gama Support Services in offering a range of engineering products and services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operators. The company offers comprehensive design, certification, maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services at its Fairoaks and Farnborough facilities.
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