Jet Aviation and Airbus have signed an agreement covering Jet Aviation BSL’s status as an approved Airbus completion center, renewing its existing agreement for another 5 years. ACJ completion services covered include interior design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and certification. (L–R) Airbus Corp Jet & VIP Program Head of Aircraft Cabin Procurement Didier Penabayre, Airbus Corp Jet & VIP Program VP Arnaud Martin, Jet Aviation Group Pres Peter Edwards, Jet Aviation Senior VP Completions Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (also Jet Aviation BSL Gen Mgr) Charles Celli and EADS VP (also Dir Eurofighter Project Office Bern) Welf-Werner Degel. The agreement was signed at the recent EBACE convention in Geneva, Switzerland.
Embraer announced the sale of a Legacy 650 to an unnamed Jordanian customer during EBACE 2010. Delivery is scheduled for later this year. Charter operator Arab Wings of Jordan will operate and manage the aircraft on behalf of the owner. Arab Wings also plans to add a Phenom 100 to its fleet this year. (Above L–R) Arab Wings CEO Ahmad Abughazaleh and Embraer Exec VP Exec Jets Luís Carlos Affonso.
Eclipse Aerospace has appointed Boca Aircraft Maintenance at BCT (Boca Raton FL) as US southeast region factory-authorized Gold Service Center for the Eclipse 500. Boca will provide service, parts distribution, airframe, engine and avionics inspections as well as AOG service for the Eclipse 500. Total Eclipse aircraft were recently introduced by Eclipse Aerospace as fully conformed, factory-refurbished Eclipse 500 aircraft. The program marks the completion of the final design of the original Eclipse aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp (HBC) has handed over the first UC12W—a modified special-mission King Air 350—to the US Marine Corps (USMC). The UC12W was designed to replace USMC’s current fleet of UC12 operational support airlift (OSA) King Air 200s, which have served USMC in the transport role for 20 years. The UC12W is equipped with a cargo door, military-required equipment, enhanced avionics and aircraft survivability equipment. It also offers increased range and payload. The USMC contract calls for 6 UC12Ws. Photo shows (L–R) USMC Asst Deputy Commandant for Aviation Maj Gen (Select) Jon Davis, HBC US and Intl Govt Business Pres Jim Maslowski, USMC Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt Gen George Trautman, Commanding General 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Maj Gen John Croley and HBC Special Missions VP Terry Harrell.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has opened its expanded and enhanced maintenance facility at IWA (Williams Gateway, Phoenix AZ). This marks completion of the final phase of the $14-million project, which added a second 26,000 sq ft hangar, expanded customer accommodations and administrative offices at the facility, now serving as the company’s southwest regional service center. The new space supplements facilities opened by HBS last year to provide full-service MRO airframe, avionics, engine and AOG support for all Hawker Beechcraft products.
Comlux Aviation has opened its aircraft completion and maintenance facility at IND (Indianapolis IN). Formerly the Indianapolis Jet Center, Comlux purchased the operation in 2008 and has since refurbished it. A designated AOG line maintenance facility for Bombardier business jets since 2009, Comlux is now an authorized service center for the Learjet 40/45/60 and Challenger 604/ 605/850. The facility will still offer AOG line maintenance for the Challenger 300 and Global. Bombardier now has 41 maintenance facilities—authorized service and line maintenance operations—in 21 countries to serve business jet customers. Additional support comes from 7 Bombardier owned service centers, including a recently opened European service center at AMS (Schiphol, Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Eclipse has launched its first Platinum Service Center for Eclipse 500 operators in Europe, Africa and the Middle East at IST (Istanbul, Turkey). Eclipse Aerospace General Aviation will provide MRO services for Eclipse operators, with scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, AOG and mobile response team support. The technicians are EASA and FAA certified to service Eclipse 500s.
Meridian TEB Aircraft Technician Crew Chief John Bahrenburg is this year’s recipient of FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. A former USAF maintenance technician, Bahrenburg earned his A&P at Red Bank Air Taxi and then worked for Matco at LDJ (Linden NJ) and American Cyanamid at TEB. He was hired as maintenance director for Million Air, now operating as Meridian.
Emirates–CAE Flight Training is expanding its business aircraft training programs for pilots and maintenance technicians with the addition of a CAE 7000 Series Level D full-flight simulator in Dubai for the Dassault Falcon 900EX and 2000EX. It is scheduled to come online in early 2011. The addition of the Falcon simulator follows regulatory approval of a simulator for the Bombardier Global Express.
SimCom and Pilatus have partnered to offer simulator-based PC12 NG training to operators in Europe. SimCom will manufacture a type-specific, high-fidelity flight training device to provide initial and recurrent pilot training at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland. It will come online in 1Q2011. SimCom will also develop advanced training courseware. Using a fully enclosed cockpit, the simulator will replicate the PC12 NG and include the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics suite. SimCom is the factory authorized training provider for the PC12 in the Americas. The PC12 NG simulator in Europe brings SimCom’s total PC12 simulator count to 4.
Bombardier has bought a CAE full-flight sim for the Challenger 605, which will be delivered at the end of 2010 to its training center at DFW. CAE will also provide an engineering development simulator as well as the prototype full-flight simulator for the Bombardier C-Series.
Fritz Sennheiser, founder and longtime chairman of Sennheiser Electronics, known for its high-end microphones, noise-canceling headphones and infrared listening systems, died on May 17 at his home in Wedemark, Germany. He was 98. He founded the company that bears his name in 1945 with a staff of 7. Today Sennheiser employs more than 2100 people worldwide and is still family owned. Among the innovations with which the company is credited is the shotgun mike—a slender, highly sensitive directional microphone widely used in film and TV.