Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has signed an agreement to use AMOS, a fully integrated maintenance information system (MIS) developed and distributed by Swiss AviationSoftware. ACJC offers customers an airworthiness and maintenance engineering service that bundles together the center’s technical expertise on the Airbus ACJ family with MIS availability. ACJC handles AMOS installation and configuration and IT infrastructure. The new MIS installation will be available mid-2010 and includes “VIP Pass,” an airworthiness engineering service. VIP Pass is a package of customized services developed specifically for ACJ operators. Included in the program are cabin upgrades and refurbishment, airframe maintenance, cabin and airframe spares, and complete engine support.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Hawker Pacific Singapore as the first authorized service center for the Hawker 4000 in Southeast Asia. The Hawker Pacific Singapore service center now supports the entire Hawker Beechcraft product line and holds multiple regulatory approvals from FAA, EASA, China and India.
Million Air ADS has earned the FAA Diamond Award for excellence for the 4th consecutive year. The award program was implemented by FAA to recognize employers and technicians who take the initiative to commit to aircraft maintenance training and safety excellence in initial and recurrent training. Award levels range from Bronze to Diamond. Thirteen Million Air technicians received FAA’s Maintenance Technician Award for excellence in maintenance training.
Becker Avionics has signed a dealer agreement with PAC Intl (formerly Paradigm Aerospace)—a Part 145 repair station and completions center for Bell and AgustaWestland. PAC is a Bell customer service facility and a Bell QPS110 vendor.
Bob Marinace has been appointed as president & CEO of Key Air. He joined the company in 2009 as a senior VP. Marinace sits on the board of governors for the Air Charter Safety Foundation and has also been elected to serve on the NATA board of directors.
Benjamin Murray has joined XOJET as president. Murray has held senior-level positions with NetJets, most recently as exec VP where he led business development, fractional sales, marketing and fleet purchasing and planning. He was previously CEO of NetJets subsidiary Executive Jet Management.
Bill Boisture, chairman & CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, has been elected to the board of directors of the Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free transportation for cancer patients using empty seats of corporate aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Jim Noonan as VP business operations. Most recently Noonan was VP of sales operations for StandardAero.
Bell Helicopter has named Larry Roberts senior VP, commercial business. Roberts will oversee Bell’s international sales and marketing and commercial programs organization. He joins Bell from American Eurocopter where he served as VP sales, marketing and customer support and as dir of US federal Law enforcement devt for EADS North America.
John Baker, head of AOPA from 1977–90, died on Mar 11 in Angier NC. He was 81. Baker, a Nebraska native and the son of a pilot, served as a US Air Force fighter pilot in the Korean War and later earned a law degree from Creighton University. Prior to joining AOPA he served as assistant administrator in FAA’s office of general aviation affairs. Baker was a relentless advocate for GA and is credited with ensuring fair distribution of what was then a surplus of over $4 billion in the Aviation Trust Fund.
August Bellanca died on Mar 16 at the age of 83. Bellanca started his career by working in his father’s aircraft factory in New Castle DE and later worked for Douglas and Grumman, among others, before starting his own firm. Bellanca’s all-composite high-performance Skyrocket II holds 5 FAI world speed records for a single-engine aircraft. At the time of his death Bellanca was still working as an aeronautical engineer with the US Navy’s conceptual design department in Patuxent MD. He was a sailboat racer, a member of the Quiet Bird Men, Sons of Italy and the Knights of Columbus.
Apr 28: Centennial Airport Business Assoc (Englewood CO) sponsored luncheon: “How aviation contributes to the local economy.” CABA, 303-708-8590 x11 or visit www.mycaba.org/events.
May 4–6: 10th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), Geneva, Switzerland. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www. nbaa.org.
May 11–13: Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, Tucson AZ. Flight Safety Foundation, 703-739-6700 or visit www.flightsafety.org.
May 22: Challenge Air APA (Centennial, Denver CO). Note: Challenge Air is a nonprofit organization that empowers the lives of children and youth with special needs through a flight program hosted by FBOs or airports. Challenge Air, 1-877-FLY-KIDS or visit www.challengeair.com.
May 22–23: Warbirds Over The Beach Airshow, Virginia Beach VA. Fighter Factory, 757-721-7767 or visit www.militaryaviationmuseum.org.
Jun 8–13: ILA Berlin Airshow, Berlin, Germany. ILA, 49302-061-4013 or visit www.ila-berlin.de.
Jun 10: NBAA Regional Forum, Teterboro NJ. NBAA, 202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.org.
Jun 19: Challenge Air 1B9 (Mansfield MA). Challenge Air, 1-877-FLY-KIDS or visit www.challengeair.com.
Jul 7–8: Canadian Business Aviation Association annual meeting, Calgary AB, Canada. CBAA, 613-236-5611 X225 or visit www.cbaa.ca.
Jul 14–17: Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual meeting, Tucson AZ. ALEA, 301-631-2406 or visit www. alea.org.
Jul 17 and 24: 6th annual Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift, Lincoln NE. Note: Citation operators may pledge to transport Special Olympics participants to games in Lincoln NE. Cessna Aircraft, 1-888-565-5438 or visit www.airlift.cessna.com.
Jul 24: Challenge Air PAE (Everett WA). Challenge Air, 1-877-FLY-KIDS, www.challengeair. com.
Jul 26–Aug 1: Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture, Oshkosh WI. EAA, 920-426-4800 or visit www.airventure.org.