GE Aviation is offering an on-wing engine upgrade for certain configurations of the CF34-3A2 that will allow the powerplant to go from a hard-time maintenance schedule to on-condition maintenance. The on-wing upgrade is available for 36 CF34-3A2 engines currently in service on Challenger 601s. Offered as part of GE Aviation’s OnPoint solution agreement, GE says the new on-wing engine upgrade is an improvement to the CF34 modernization program released 4 years ago and is backed by all the assurances included in service agreements. The original CF34 modernization program is still available for all CF34-1A, 3A and remaining CF34-3A2 engines.

Jet Support Services (JSSI) has expanded in Latin America with a new service center agreement making Rolls-Royce Brazil a preferred provider for RR250 engines on the JSSI program. Brazil-based Guilherme De Moraes is JSSI’s dir of business development in South America.

Jim Greenwood celebrates 90th birthday

Greenwood (L) with Learjet Founder Bill Lear.

Jim Greenwood, former public relations director for Bill Lear, helped make the name “Learjet” a household word. Today he lives in retirement in Green Valley AZ and recently celebrated his 90th birthday at a nearby restaurant with his family and several former colleagues. (See photo, R.)

Born on Jun 2, 1920 in Washington DC, Greenwood began flying at 16 and soon started making exhibition parachute jumps at local air shows. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and served aboard the USS Badoeng Strait. In 1955, Greenwood became manager of press relations for Beech Aircraft.

In 1964 he took on a new challenge when he went to work for Bill Lear. As director of public relations, he helped turn the Learjet into the most popular bizjet of the 1960s. From 1970–73 Greenwood served as FAA’s director of public affairs in Washington DC.

During his time with the agency he wrote the Dept of Transportation’s first manual for the review and release of public information. Greenwood retired from Gates Learjet in 1985 as senior vp of corporate affairs but continued to maintain an active role in aviation. He helped set up the Carrier Aviation Test Pilots Hall of Honor in Charleston SC, and was enshrined in the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 1996.

In the same year, he was awarded the National Aeronautics Association’s Elder Statesman of Aviation award for “increasing public awareness of the social and economic benefits of human flight.”


Gulfstream has promoted Randy Brown to vp and general manager of its Mexicali site. He was previously senior manager of production operations at Gulfstream’s SAV headquarters.

Heritage Aviation BTV (Burlington VT) has promoted Vanda Crook to vp of operations. Crook was formerly director of ops for Heritage Flight, the company’s air charter and aircraft management division. Mark Wise is the new vp of maintenance services. He is a former vp of maintenance services for Elite Aviation. Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Joanne Davis as director, government contracts. Davis came to Gulfstream from General Dynamics Land Systems in Ontario, Canada.

Last flight

Carl Hirschmann, the eldest son of Jet Aviation founder Carl W Hirschmann, died on Jul 30 in Zürich, Switzerland at the age of 61. Carl Hirschmann joined Jet Aviation in 1975 and served as the company’s CEO in the early 1980s until 1984. In 2005, when Jet Aviation was acquired by private equity firm Permira, he continued his role in the company as a minority shareholder. He served as vice chairman of Jet Aviation Holding from May 2006 until Nov 2008, when the firm was sold to General Dynamics.



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