GAMA’s board of directors elected Steve Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, the association’s chairman for 2014. Taylor previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman of the board and as chairman of the flight operations policy committee. Joe Brown, president of Hartzell Propeller, was selected as GAMA’s vice chairman. He will also continue to serve as chairman of GAMA’s policy and legal issues committee. Meanwhile, GAMA’s board of directors approved Stevens Aviation as a member company.
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Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached a tentative agreement in late September on a five-year contract extension for the airline’s 280 mechanics, fleet service agents and other fleet support employees. According to Horizon parent company Alaska Air Group, the proposed deal calls for wage increases and several unnamed “quality-of -life enhancements.”
Less-than-satisfactory dispatch reliability of the Boeing 787 hasn’t discouraged the company’s ambitions to ensure enough airplanes roll out of the two Dreamliner factories to meet delivery commitments. Now building 787s at a rate of seven per month, the company announced plans last week to raise rates from the 10 per month targeted for the end of this year to 12 per month by 2016 and 14 a month before the end of the decade.
Members of United Auto Workers Local 218 have ratified a new five-year contract with Bell Helicopter (Booth No. C9343). The five-year pact covers 2,500 machinists and other manufacturing workers in Texas.
Union members had been working at Bell since June without a contract as negotiations over health care and pension benefits bogged down. They staged a one-day strike September 5.
Aviall, a Boeing Company, has been shaking things up near the top, as far as staff are concerned. The company announced during NBAA 2013 that Terry Scott has been named to a newly created position, senior vice president of business development.
The Mente Group of Addison, Texas is offering a new aircraft acquisition and completion service called Mente Complete. Under the program, VIP aircraft purchasers will receive integrated assistance in the purchase, design, completion and delivery of used aircraft.
Signature Flight Support signed a deal yesterday that could see the service provider chain make as many as 38 new additions to its network. In a ceremony at its booth (No. N3505), the company announced an agreement with Imperial Oil of Canada to offer the option to all Canadian Esso-branded FBOs to become fully-licensed members of the Signature network, or to join the service provider’s Signature Select affiliate program.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 aircraft (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call this morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.
Eclipse Aerospace ceremonially delivered the first Eclipse 550 today at NBAA 2013, marking the first aircraft to come off its revived production line since its predecessor company filed for bankruptcy and shut down in 2007. The very light jet–S/N 265–will officially be delivered to its customer, Fred Phillips, in the coming weeks after three “minor” STCs are approved by the FAA.
The NBAA Corporate Business Flying Safety Awards have been awarded to a number of member companies, the oldest of which, Exxon Mobil, has flown 270,884 safe hours over the past 81 years. AIN spoke with James Johnson at top company ExxonMobil to find out more about its operations and its safety successes.