AFI KLM E&M has been awarded CCAR 145 approval by the Civil Aviation Administration of China for its Shanghai components maintenance shop. After a final audit carried out last month, during which the Chinese authorities inspected management systems, processes, technical manuals and technician qualifications, the workshop was granted approval as a maintenance organization on Chinese soil.
Kaunas, Lithuania-based FL Technics is implementing a $15 million MRO development plan that will create almost 300 new jobs, including more than 200 aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel supporting commercial and business aviation customers. The company is focusing on operators from Europe, the CIS and Asia-Pacific.
Plans for a new 40,000-sq-ft paint hangar at West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction Regional Airport facility in Colorado are moving ahead, despite apparent fiscal problems facing the airport authority.
West Star had reached an agreement with the airport authority to build the paint hangar, after which the authority would issue an $8 million bond, purchase the hangar from West Star and then lease it back to the company.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently marked the first anniversary of its 82,000-sq-ft Beijing service center at Beijing Capital International Airport. It is the only business-jet manufacturer to offer factory service in China.
“It has been a successful first year for Gulfstream Beijing,” said Mark Burns, president of product support. “We have experienced steady growth and have expanded our capabilities. As the Gulfstream fleet continues to grow in the Asia-Pacific region, we’ll look for ways to enhance and add to the services we provide at Gulfstream Beijing.”
Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic named Malcolm Venturi as regional sales and service manager for southern and western Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. According to the company, Venturi has more than 22 years of technical and hands-on aviation experience coupled with a “deep knowledge of the Australian and Asia –Pacific aviation markets.” Venturi will provide support for fixed-wing operators flying with Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D, PW100 and PW150A engines.
Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation parent company General Dynamics announced on Friday that it is promoting Robert Smith to president of Jet Aviation. He will report to Joe Lombardo, executive vice president of General Dynamics’ aerospace group. Smith succeeds Daniel Clare, who is being tapped as the CFO of Gulfstream. Both appointments are effective January 1.
Zurich, Switzerland-based AC Aviation Charter has opened a new office in Vienna, Austria. Three charter sales agents will be based in the new office in Vienna, and the team will be lead by Bernhard Wipfler. The company’s current charter management fleet consists of two Learjet 40s, three Falcon 900s and a Beechjet 400A, Citation XLS, Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 and GV.
Two Part 91 business aviation pilots departing New York’s Farmingdale Airport on a recent IFR flight during gusty, rainy conditions became involved in a runway incursion that presented a number of valuable lessons.
The FAA announced last week that it proposed fines against both Great Lakes Aviation and Southwest Airlines for unrelated FAR violations. The FAA claims that Great Lakes flew a Beech 1900 on 19 different occasions when the aircraft’s de-icing fluid was heated to temperatures exceeding the 180-degree limit that could possibly damage the aircraft. Southwest Airlines was accused of incorrectly wiring a windshield heater switch on a Boeing 717 and operating that aircraft on 1,140 passenger flights before the error was detected.
Strong wind accompanying record storms in Britain, which experts said produced the worst tidal surge in the North Sea for 50 years, forced several airline pilots to conduct go-around maneuvers as they attempted to land. One amateur video recorded two landing attempts (Emirates and Brussels Airlines) at Birmingham Airport in central England, where gusts exceeding 50 mph were reported.
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