Duncan Aviation has named Richard Gardner as regional manager in Australia and New Zealand and Andy Fernandes as regional manager for India. Gardner has been supporting Duncan Aviation since 2007 working as an international representative in New Zealand. Prior work experience includes employment with Air New Zealand and Pacific Turbine. Fernandes has been with Duncan Aviation since 1999 and will continue his current responsibilities as avionics installations sales rep serving a dual role as he supports operators in India.
The Helitech show, which has long been held every odd-numbered year in Duxford, UK, and mounted a Portuguese spinoff in 2008 and 2010, is moving to become “a truly international helicopter show.” Next year it will take place at the Excel London exhibition and convention center from September 24 to 26. Henceforward it will be an annual event, and Berlin will host the 2014 event.
An agreement has been signed between business aviation MRO provider Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5580) and battery maker EaglePicher Technologies whereby the Nebraska-based Duncan will now provide maintenance for the manufacturer’s line of lithium-ion aircraft batteries. “We were searching for a strategic partner to provide the most comprehensive service and support for our aircraft batteries and we believe Duncan Aviation fits this profile quite well,” said Ron Nowlin, vice president and general manager for aerospace systems at Missouri-based EaglePicher (Booth No. 3740).
Duncan Aviation has announced the promotion of Rodolfo Rodriguez to regional manager of its Mexico facility. Rodriguez, a retired Mexican Navy officer, is authorized as an engineer for piston and turbine engines. “We knew that Rodolfo would transition well into this new role,” said John Slieter, vice president of aircraft service sales for Duncan. “Mexico has long been an important market for us and we see opportunities for additional customer support in the region.”
NBAA Convention attendees interested in next Tuesday’s Presidential election in the U.S. received insightful thoughts on the outcome during this morning’s second-day general session from James Carville and his wife (and political polar opposite) Mary Matalin.
Taking your products on the road internationally can be a challenge. Kallman Worldwide (Booth No. 4631), recipient of the U.S. President’s “E” Award for Excellence in Export Services for 2012, has recently enhanced the list of aerospace shows that it will support. These include MEBA (December 2012), China Helicopter (September 2013), Seoul Air Show (October 2013) and Defense & Security (Thailand, November 2013). Show support includes creative services design for chalets and booths and marketing strategies customized for the event.
Monte Mitchell, 83, the former president of the Aircraft Electronics Association, died last week following a brief illness. He led the organization for nearly 20 years during which time he tripled its membership, introduced new programs and greatly expanded the group’s monthly Avionics News publication. He was also a key driver in the passage of the landmark General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994, which reduced the liability faced by aviation manufacturers and spurred new product research and development.
When President Obama criticized tax breaks for owners of corporate jets during the first debate with contender Mitt Romney on October 3, the reaction from the business aviation community was swift. Obama was referring to the allowable accelerated depreciation for capital goods, which ironically is part of a bill that he signed in 2010, HR 4853, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance and Job Creation Act.
Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO Marion Blakey said she jumped out of her chair this week when she heard President Obama say, during the final televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates, that sequestration “will not happen.” She said that the AIA is calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to star
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will hold the grand opening on Friday for the new Jim W. Henderson Administration & Welcome Center at its Daytona Beach, Fla. campus. The $13 million, 37,000-sq-ft facility replaces the former Spruance Hall administration building, which was destroyed by a tornado in 2006. The structure includes office and meeting spaces for ERAU president Dr. John Johnson, as well as other university administration personnel.