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March 4, 2013 - 7:25pm

Phoenix Heliparts, with 1st Source Bank and Southwest Aviation Insurance Group, plans to offer financing and insurance options on its future MD 500 helicopter sales. Phoenix Heliparts (Booth No. C1527) aims for its Mesa, Ariz. headquarters to become the one-stop shop for MD 500 purchases by “providing a total service experience and simplifying the process of restoring and upgrading MD 500s.”

Phoenix Heliparts president Tina Cannon said the goal is “to reduce the challenges that buyers face when undergoing a custom helicopter restoration.”

March 4, 2013 - 2:40pm

Atlanta-based Precision Heliparts (Booth No. C5305), a provider of products and services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industries, has announced the opening of two new sales and services facilities.

The center in Lafayette, La., serves the largest single concentration of helicopters in the world; the Brisbane office serves the Australasia region, which “has seen unrivaled fleet growth over the past five years,” according to David Mast, president and CEO of parent company Precision Aviation Group.

March 1, 2013 - 10:30am

After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force has selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner Embraer Defense and Security for its light air support program (LAS).

February 26, 2013 - 3:35pm

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.

February 21, 2013 - 3:31pm

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.

February 7, 2013 - 3:15pm

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.

February 6, 2013 - 1:10pm

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.

February 2, 2013 - 12:40am
Lyon Bron airport hosted an educational event last fall to show local company executives the value of business aviation.

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.

January 31, 2013 - 3:15pm
The Gulfstream G280 recently set 15 new city-pair speed records as part of the company’s reliability demonstration program, bringing the super-midsize jet to a total of 22 speed records.

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.

January 31, 2013 - 2:55pm

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.

 
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