Piaggio will soon open its 1st service center in the Middle East. Operated by Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technology (ADAT), the center will provide maintenance for P180s based in the region. Piaggio expects to open the facility, which joins ADAT's existing AUH (Intl, Abu Dhabi, UAE) operation, by the end of 2008. The facility will be capable of all repairs, including emergency supply service for AOG events.

Dassault has announced plans to open a service center at RNO (Intl, Reno NV) early next year. The 40,000 sq ft facility will be home to 40 personnel and will support a mobile rapid response team for AOGs in the US.


TSA, acting on a joint request from NBAA and AOPA, has agreed to an additional 60-day period for public comment on the agency's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) proposal. The new deadline for public comment is Feb 27, 2009. TSA's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the LASP seeks to amend the Twelve Five Standard Security Program and Private Charter Standard Security Program and apply new security requirements to all aircraft weighing more than 12,500lbs. In addition, TSA proposes airports serving large aircraft adopt mandatory security requirements. Detailed information on LASP is available at

NBAA anticipates that the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS) will push forward with its proposed Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (e-APIS) rule. The DHS plan requires GA pilots to file passenger names and other information to government officials before crossing a US border. NBAA Pres & CEO Ed Bolen says, "We have expressed significant concerns about this program with DHS officials, and we're disappointed with this decision. International GA flights are already subject to the same security requirements as the airlines, and it seems DHS doesn't recognize that." DHS sent the final rule for its e-APIS plan to the Federal Register in late November. This rule is effective Dec 18, 2008. Pilots must comply with the requirements of this final rule on May 18, 2009.

Nav Canada has issued an alert to customers regarding fraudulent billings being sent out by e-mail. According to its bulletin, customers receiving e-mail notifications about outstanding debt should disregard them. They do not come from Nav Canada. Authorities have been notified and are investigating. Customers are advised to check their accounts by contacting Accounts Receivable at 800-209-0864 or Customer Service at 800-876-4693.


Hawker Beechcraft Chairman & CEO Jim Schuster has announced his plan to retire from the company. Schuster's tenure of 8 years as CEO is among the longest in the aviation industry. He plans to continue to lead the company during its search for a new CEO.

Charlene Brett will join FirstFlight's customer service team. Previously she was roadshow services director with PrivatAir in Bridgeport CT.

Tom Anderson has joined Airbus Americas' senior management team, which is based at the company's Herndon VA headquarters. Anderson's predecessor, Fran├žois Mourareau, is retiring following a career of nearly 40 years with Airbus.

Management at OXF (Kidlington Oxford, England) will now be under the direction of Mike Sparrow. Doug Roberts, who preceded Sparrow, will retire after holding the position for 6 years. Sparrow joins Oxford Airport from his previous position as ops mgr at RAF Kemble.

Gulfstream Aerospace has promoted Jerry Fish to manager NetJets program. He previously served as coordinator of NetJets' Gulfstream G200 maintenance. In this new position, Fish manages maintenance services for NetJets' Gulfstream aircraft. 2009

StandardAero has promoted Mike Turner to marketing and corporate communications dir at its Tempe AZ headquarters. Previously he served as the company's corporate communications mgr.

Hawker Beechcraft Senior VP Product Development and Engineering Randy Nelson will retire on Dec 1, 2008. Edward Petkus will take over in this role, leaving his position of VP new product development.

Last flight

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) South Region Chief Pilot Lt Joe Martyna died suddenly on Nov 16. He was 54. He was responsible for the agency's southern region and chaired the Homeland Defense Southeast Region Domestic Security Task Force Aviation Section, which is charged with multiagency coordination of air assets in time of national emergency. Martyna joined the Leon County (FL) Sheriff's Office in 1977, learned to fly helicopters and served the county for 10 years. In order to be closer to his home and family in Miami, Martyna joined the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP) as a pilot officer flying the Bell 206, Hughes 500 and Lake Amphibian. During this time he also commanded FMP's Waterborne Emergency Tactical Team (WETT), the agency's special response team. In the late 1990s FMP merged to become the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. While Martyna ultimately held leadership positions within FWC, flying was his first love. He remained an active pilot and had returned home from an SAR mission hours before his death.



Jan 13-19: NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Long Beach CA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit

Feb 22-24: Heli-Expo 2009, Anaheim CA. HAI, 703-683-4646 or visit www.

Mar 12-14: NBAA Light Business Airplane Exhibition & Conference (LBA09), San Diego CA. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa. org.


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