Aircell is conducting a series of free seminars throughout the US entitled “Getting Your Business Aircraft Online.” The seminars will give operators an overview of the latest generation of inflight connectivity and information on all 3 high-speed data networks for aviation—Inmarsat Swift broadband, Kuband satellite and Aircell high-speed Internet. A schedule of cities included on the tour may be found at www.aircell.com/seminar. Advance registration is required.
Bombardier has opened a regional support office (RSO) in India. The 1900 sq ft facility is designed to serve both business jet and commercial aircraft operators and is located near BOM (Intl, Mumbai, India). Bombardier plans to have the office fully staffed by the end of this year. The Mumbai office is the company’s 5th RSO to open in the past 3 years outside North America. Plans are under way to open similar offices for bizjet operators in Dubai and Shanghai by the end of 2010. Since 2007 Bombardier has opened 4 other RSOs for its CRJ and Q-Series aircraft in Tokyo, Sydney, Shanghai and Munich. Bombardier Business Aircraft has also added field service representatives in India and Singapore and opened its first line maintenance facility for Challenger and Global operators in India.
Western Aircraft, a Dassault authorized service center at BOI (Boise ID), is now equipped to perform wing-tank dry bay modification—a mandatory service bulletin—on the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000, in and out of factory warranty. Estimated downtime to complete the modification is 4 weeks or less. Western Aircraft is working to reduce downtime in order to accommodate customers in need of a quicker turn time.
Piper and Forward Vision are partnering to install STC-approved Max-Viz EVS100 and EVS600 enhanced vision systems (EVS) on the PA46 Malibu, Matrix and Mirage, both new or in service. Piper will also offer an optional EVS on new Meridians, as well as an STC’d system for those already in service, once an EVS is certified to address the Meridian’s higher max altitude of FL 300. Forward Vision is the distributor of the Max-Viz EVS100 and EVS600. EVS100 provides pilots with an infrared (IR) 40 x 30° field of view. EVS600 adds to that the ability to distinguish visible light fused to the IR image and presents both on the cockpit display.
Universal Avionics has launched an exchange program offering operators trade-in credit for UNS1M systems. The 1M to 1Ew FMS exchange program offers 3 times the standard trade-in credit for existing units toward the purchase of a UNS1Ew WAAS/ SBAS FMS. Current navigation databases include GPS approaches and the ability to load all approaches to all runways including the latest RNAV (GPS) LPV WAAS/SBAS approaches. UNS1Ew also offers additional memory and storage for the worldwide navigation database, ability to download data from the Internet onto a USB memory drive or SD card, AC 90-100A compliance, RNAV SID and STAR procedures, 3D approach mode and WAAS SBAS capabilities. The exchange program runs to the end of this year.
US Bank Multi Service Aviation now issues its Multi Service Aviation Card to business jet operators in Australia. The cards will be issued by Elavon Financial Services. With the addition of Australia, Multi Service Aviation now issues cards in 33 countries, with plans to expand to additional countries later this year. Multi Service Aviation Card offers operators customized billing, free online account maintenance and savings on fuel. It is accepted by 7500 aviation service providers around the world.
Dassault Falcon has promoted Frank Youngkin to senior vp Western Hemisphere customer service. He was formerly vp Western Hemisphere customer service. Youngkin has been with Dassault for more than 20 years.
West Star Aviation has named Tony Koprivnik director of its new Challenger and Global Express programs at ALN (Alton IL). He will be responsible for integrating both types into West Star’s maintenance, avionics, interior and paint operations. Koprivnik previously worked for Midcoast.
Laurence Rigolini is the new president & CEO of Eurocopter Vostok, a subsidiary of Eurocopter responsible for sales and support in Russia and CIS countries. She has been with Eurocopter for 20 years, most recently as vp corporate communications.
Mike King has been promoted to dir business development at FlightSafety Intl (FSI). He served most recently as manager of company facilities in CVG, MEM, SLC and STL. Angela Gremard has been promoted to manager of those same centers. Both King and Gremard joined FSI in 1990.
Matthieu Louvot has been named vp, head of corporate strategy and company development for Eurocopter. Christian Gras has been appointed as exec VP customers. He was formerly senior vp Latin America for EADS. Gras will report directly to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling.
Piper Aircraft has appointed Randy Groom as exec VP of sales, marketing and customer support. Groom was formerly with Hawker Beechcraft. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot with more than 10,000 hrs TT.
Million Air SLC has promoted Aaron Fish to controller. Fish has been with Million Air since 2005 and was most recently assistant controller.
Bill Correll (L), former aviation manager for International Paper, died on Apr 9 at the age of 86. Raised in Concord NC, Correll learned to fly in the US Navy during WWII, later becoming regimental commander at the Navy Pre-Flight School in Athens GA. In 1949 he joined the US Air Force and during the Korean War flew 100 combat missions in the F84. After returning to civilian life Correll began a career in corporate aviation which was to last 47 years. He flew as personal pilot for the entrepreneur Malcolm McLean, then for US Steel and later International Paper, from which company he retired in 1990 as mgr of aviation and travel services. A friend and colleague of FlightSafety Intl Founder Al Ueltschi, Correll was one of the first professional pilots to recognize the importance of what is now called CRM in pilot training, publishing his thoughts on this concept in Pro Pilot, Apr 1973.
Former Jeppesen Pres & CEO Wayne Rosenkrans died on Apr 12. He was 86. Rosenkrans joined Jeppesen after serving as an Army Air Corps P47 pilot during WWII. He started with the company as a compiler of navigation charts, then moved into a succession of managerial positions until becoming president & CEO in 1967. He held this position until retiring from Jeppesen in 1988. Rosenkrans worked with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (forerunner to today’s FAA) to develop standard instrument approach procedures and establish FAA’s National Flight Data Center.