Bombardier Aerospace consolidated its U.S. sales efforts for new and used aircraft with its Flexjet fractional-ownership program at a new headquarters building in Richardson, Texas, near Dallas. The new sales office is near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field, where Bombardier aircraft pilot and maintenance training is conducted and where there is a factory service center.
Chicago-based Jet Support Services Inc. has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer will provide the enrollment fee for JSSI’s top-of-the-line, tip-to-tail, customized hourly cost maintenance program applied to used “narrowbody” aircraft (primarily Learjets) taken in trade and sold over the next year.
James Taylor, instrumental in marketing the Falcon Jet, Cessna Citation and Canadair Challenger, was appointed to the board of directors of VisionAire, the Chesterfield, Mo. company that is developing the VA-10 Vantage six-place, single-engine business jet. Taylor also is credited with turning around financially troubled Gates Learjet.
Transport Canada announced last month that Montreal Dorval Airport will be officially renamed Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport to honor Canada’s former prime minister. The name change won’t take effect, however, until January 1, and the YUL identifier will be retained. Trudeau, who served as PM from 1968 to 1979 and then again from 1980 to 1984, died from cancer on Sept. 28, 2000, at the age of 80.
Charles Ryan, president and COO of the Nordam Group, and two other men were killed and four others injured on the afternoon of October 8 when their de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane crashed into a lake in northern Ontario during a hunting trip. Also killed were James Pielsticker, chairman and founder of Arrow Trucking Co., and the pilot, whose name has not yet been released.
Last February, Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman Laurent Beaudoin, replaced Robert Gillespie as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace Business Aircraft. Now Beaudoin has replaced Michael Graff as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace.
Bombardier this week released its first-ever forecast for the business aviation market segments in which it competes, and the Canadian company’s crystal ball is about as rosy as anyone else’s.
The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is gaining momentum, president and CEO Rich Gage announced at the association’s annual general meeting in July. Gage reported that since the last meeting, membership has been increasing steadily, finances are strong, a new training program has been introduced and an internal integrated management system is being implemented.
CHC Helicopter is scaling back its offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, as part of a restructuring plan. The COO and financial staff are moving to the company’s office in Vancouver, B.C. CEO Craig Dobbin said that although the company will maintain an office in St. John’s, there will be some layoffs–but he plans to hold off on these for at least six months. Dobbin apparently considered beefing up the office in St.
Bombardier Aerospace is “satisfied” that confidential customer data has not been compromised, following the discovery by Canadian authorities of company documents in the home of former senior director of structured finance Simon Davies. In an unusual move, the Quebec Supreme Court signed an Anton Peller court order, which allowed authorities to search Davies’ home and seize evidence without prior notice.