Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft announced several promotions of key personnel today. Paul Duff, Jason Eddy and Steve Zinda have been promoted to vice presidents of their respective departments: supply chain; engineering and operations; and sales, marketing and customer service. Kenny Stidham, who joined Quest in April 2005 as the engineering test pilot, has also been promoted to the newly created position of director of flight operations and safety.
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On the heels of the announcement that Signature Flight Support’s bid for an $82 million FBO development project at San Jose (Calif.) Norman Y. Mineta International Airport was endorsed by the airport’s evaluation committee, Atlantic Aviation, the incumbent services provider on the field, has filed an appeal of the decision, asking that its proposal to last summer’s request for proposal process be reconsidered.
Hawker Beechcraft appointed Ted Farid as sales vice president for the Asia-Pacific region, which spans all of North and South Asia, including India. He joined HBC in 1996 and has most recently served as senior vice president for international sales and new business development. For now, Farid will continue to be based at Beechcraft’s headquarters in Wichita, but he plans to relocate to the Asia-Pacific region, mostly likely either Singapore or Hong Kong.
Stevens Aviation has announced Ron Tennyson, general manager of the company’s Dayton, Ohio facility, is retiring at the end of March. Phil Stearns has been named as successor, moving up from the company’s technical sales manager position. Stearns’s promotion is effective immediately and Tennyson will remain on staff until his retirement to see the U.S. Air Force T-1A modification project to its conclusion and ensure a smooth transition as Stearns takes charge of the Dayton operation.
While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.
The super-midsize Gulfstream G280 recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer announced today. To date, the G280 has established 22 speed records since setting its first in May.
Hawker Beechcraft, in what it hopes is the final phase of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, saw its employment level in Kansas drop to 3,372 as of December 31, triggering an automatic reduction in the annual incentive payment from the State of Kansas. In 2010 the company was granted $45 million in incentives by the state, based on an agreement to maintain employment in Kansas at 4,000.
FBO chain and airport real estate manager Sheltair is nearing completion on the first of three planned phases in a $13.6 million new development project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Expected to open within the first quarter of the year, the first phase of the facility will include 134,806 sq ft of hangar and office space on more than 11 acres.
New Orleans Lakefront Airport is requiring reservations for aircraft operators flying into the airport from February 1 to 4 due to the Super Bowl XLVII on February 3. “A heavy volume of air traffic is expected during this time, so a parking reservation system has been established to ensure that ramp space will be available for arriving aircraft,” notes an advisory from New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
FBO chain operator TAC Air last week completed an extensive renovation to its facility at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb. Interior improvements included a new ceiling, wall and floor coverings; a refinished lobby with new furniture throughout the facility; remodeled restrooms; a modernized conference room; remodeled pilot lounge with HDTV and work stations; enhanced WiFi connections; and an upgraded weather/flight planning room.