Vail Valley Jet Center at EGE (Eagle CO) hosted the first Embraer-sponsored Phenom owners’ meeting on Aug 6–7. A total of 41 owners and customers attended, availing themselves of the chance to learn at first hand how to enhance their aircraft’s performance. (Photo) Lineup of 13 Phenom jets in front of Vail Valley Jet Center.
Jeppesen and the Russian Ministry of Transportation have inked an agreement that gives the company access to Russian domestic airport data. Jeppesen had previously been granted access to Russian domestic airway system information and will now be able to provide operators with domestic and international NavData services, JetPlan flight planning, OpsData aircraft performance analysis and paper and digital charts. NavData databases will contain all Russian airways as well as international and domestic airport and runway data. Domestic Russian approach, arrival and departure procedures will be added to the NavData database over the next few months. Publication of Jeppesen terminal charts for Russia in both paper and digital form started this summer. Enroute charts with domestic airway information will be available by the end of the year. Russian domestic airway system and airport information may only be used by operators registered in the Russian Federation, although there is a procedure in place for foreign operators who wish to operate in the airspace.
SimCom has earned FAA Level D certification for its Eclipse 500 full-motion simulators at the company’s Orlando FL facility. SimCom has also gained FAA approval for its Eclipse 500 pilot training program, which includes initial, recurrent, differences and mentor training. The training provider is the sole source of factory-authorized, simulator-based training for the entry-level jet.
Vector Aerospace has launched a new engine service center in Calgary AB, Canada to provide field service and powerplant repairs on the PT6A and PW100. Vector will offer PT6A hot-section inspections, power-section inspections, fuel-nozzle testing and borescope procedures, as well as parts for the PT6A and JT15D throughout western Canada. Vector operates a network of MROs throughout North America, the UK and Africa. (Photo L–R) Vector Aerospace Engine Services (Atlantic) VP Customer & Technical Services Jeff Poirier, Pres Brian Thompson and Calgary Admin Asst Manbean Roy-Minhas with Calgary Airport Authority VP & Chief Commercial Officer Stephan Poirier, Member of Parliament for Calgary Northeast Devinder Shory and Vector Aerospace Engine Services (Atlantic) Calgary Service Center Mgr Leonard Storoziuk.
Atlantic Aero has boosted its maintenance capabilities at GSO (Greensboro NC) to service Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000 operators. The expansion includes the addition of a 24,000 sq ft hangar for overnight use, with a further 6500 sq ft of space for backshops and offices. Falcon Program Mgr Scott Shiells is the primary contact for Falcon operators, and Falcon Regional Sales Mgr John Bullen is the point person for scheduling maintenance. Atlantic Aero offers major inspections, repairs and modifications, line service and AOG service, engine support, avionics upgrades and interior refurbishment and repair.
Jet Aviation VKO (Vnukovo, Moscow, Russia) now offers base and line maintenance under EASA Part 145 for Challenger 300 and Gulfstream G200 operators. The company offers 24/7 line maintenance and AOG support at VKO, plus maintenance for bizjet operators at DME (Domodedovo, Moscow, Russia), SVO (Sheremetyevo, Moscow, Russia) and other Russian airports. Jet Aviation is authorized to provide line maintenance on Challengers, Global Express, Learjets, Embraer business jets, Gulfstreams and Hawkers. It was the first MRO to enter the Russian market when it opened at VKO in 2007.
ExecuJet Middle East has opened a second maintenance hangar at its DXB (Dubai, UAE) base. The company negotiated an initial 3-year lease for the 52,000 sq ft facility, which will complement an existing maintenance hangar and FBO. ExecuJet Middle East Managing Dir Mike Berry says that the recent pickup in the bizav charter market in the Middle East justified investment in the new hangar. The ExecuJet facility supports Bombardier products, the Gulfstream G150 and G200 and the Embraer Legacy, in addition to stocking Bombardier spare parts. It is also a Rockwell Collins dealership and an authorized service center for Honeywell powerplants and APUs.
Alexandria VA-based Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has embarked on an aggressive expansion program. Since joining the foundation in July, Exec Dir Bryan Burns has led the effort to expand ACSF membership and promote its safety audit program—the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS)—for Part 91K and 135 operators. Burns was the general mgr at Signature DCA from 1996–2000 before becoming president of Vail Valley Jet Center at EGE (Eagle CO) and vp of Jackson Hole Aviation at JAC (Jackson WY). Immediately before taking over at ACSF he was Washington DC metro area general mgr for Signature, overseeing both DCA and IAD.
ACSF has its origins in the desire of NATA charter members concerned about maintaining high levels of safety and customer service. Burns says that the foundation is currently engaged in defining best practices in advance of FAA’s safety management system (SMS) initiative, and is taking the lead in capturing and disseminating relevant information. Burns describes ACSF’s efforts for fractional and charter operators as paralleling those for commercial airlines and freight carriers.
The ACSF Industry Audit Standard covers questions of safety, credibility and transparency—as well as, critically, management involvement. The audit also stresses the need for full implementation in addition to compliance. The most recent additions to the foundation’s IAS registry are Gama Charters at BDR (Bridgeport CT), Hop-A-Jet Worldwide Jet Charter at FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL) and Mayo Aviation at APA (Centennial, Denver CO). ACSF will be hosting the Air Charter Safety Symposium on Mar 15 and 16, 2011 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn VA.
Stéphane Mayer has rejoined Daher– Socata as CEO. Mayer served as chairman and CEO of EADS Socata from 2003–07. Most recently he was CEO of ATR.
Gulfstream has promoted Greg Collett to vp of initial phase ops and named Austin Shontz as vp of final phase ops to oversee production at the company’s 6 US locations.
Michael McConnell has joined Raisbeck Engineering as president. He previously served as president & general mgr of Eclipse Aviation’s customer division.
Dorothy Castle is the new general mgr and controller for ProJet at JYO (Leesburg VA). She comes to ProJet from Landmark Aviation FDK (Frederick MD). ProJet opened its JYO facility in January this year and also operates FBOs at HEF (Manassas VA) and OKV (Winchester VA).
American Eurocopter has appointed Anthony DiNota vp of commercial sales, marketing and customer support. DiNota was formerly president & COO of Omniflight Helicopters.