Negotiations are expected to resume tomorrow between Bell Helicopter and the more than 2,400 production and maintenance workers from United Auto Workers Local 218 that went on strike two weeks ago after rejecting a “last, best, and final offer” from the helicopter manufacturer.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul company, Dallas Airmotive, has expanded PW305 capability at its Dallas Love Field (DAL) facility. New tooling allows the company to replace IBRs (integrally bladed rotors) on the PW305A, the engine that powers the Learjet 60. The first two engines to receive this treatment were completed in April. IBR replacement on the PW305A eliminates the requirement for inspection every 300 hours.
BBA Aviation ERO (engine repair and overhaul) is expanding its global reach. The parent company of Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation and Premier Turbines has extended its international service support network with the opening of regional centers in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. The centers will provide service to include troubleshooting, parts support, borescope inspection and on-wing hot section inspection and repair.
BBA Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive is adding Rolls-Royce Model 250 services at its Dallas Love Field Regional Turbine Center (RTC).
If the Dart Helicopter Services booth (No. 866) here seems more crammed than it did at previous Heli-Expos, chalk it up to success. The Piney Flats, Tenn.-based company reports it added some 1,000 new accessories to its product portfolio last year, increasing its offerings to more than 2,500 aftermarket helicopter accessories. The company has 15 offices worldwide and distributes to customers in 120 countries.
Bell 206 JetRanger, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–Five people were killed when the Rotorcraft Leasing JetRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico eight miles south of Sabine Pass. The flight was en route to an offshore oil platform in VMC. The commercial pilot took off from Sabine Pass and failed to make the first 15-minute position report required by company policy.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association brought together 22 representatives from the Dallas maintenance industry to plan next year’s March 6 and 7 PAMA Symposium.
The municipal airports in New Braunfels and San Marcos, Texas, aim to land larger aircraft and attract manufacturing firms to central Texas with refurbished runways and taxiways, drainage and signage. The Economic Development Partnership of Central Texas (EDPCT) is promoting the region while here at NBAA’08 at Booth No. 3471.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), ranking Republican on the Senate aviation subcommittee, has also become the ranking minority member of the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation following the July 29 indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.
Jet-fuel discount provider Best AeroNet formally opened its Lake Texoma Jet Center on the Sherman/Denison Grayson County Airport (GYI) last month and announced the formation of two other related businesses.