MRO Services

Gulfstream Aerospace has received maintenance approval for its ATW (Appleton WI) shop from Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). As a result, aircraft registered in Saudi Arabia can now undergo maintenance, repairs, alterations and inspections at the facility. Gulfstream's SAV and LTN service centers were already GACA-authorized.

JetFlite Intl of LGB (Long Beach CA) has launched a "refinishment program" that offers to cut the cost of an aircraft facelift by repairing and refinishing existing components, rather than replacing them. Services include replating metal surfaces, refinishing woodwork, repairing galley appliances, restitching or replacing upholstery, and similar cosmetic work. Cost, according to company CEO Bill Cripe, will be "a fraction of the price an overhaul shop will charge."

PATS Aircraft Systems of GED (Georgetown DE) has delivered a refurbished Challenger 850 to a customer in the Asia Pacific region. The update includes exterior paint and nearly all interior design elements. A new auxiliary fuel system holds up to 3973 lb of fuel and extends the aircraft's range to 3000 nm.

Simulators

CAE will deploy a new 5000-series full flight simulator (FFS) in the Melbourne VIC region of Australia for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350i with Pro Line 21 avionics. The installation is set to be operational in the first half of 2012. Both corporate and Australian military pilots are expected to use the facility.
The company has also signed a long-term agreement to train Qatar Executive pilots on its Bombardier Global Express XRS and Challenger 605 FFS in Dubai, UAE. Global training began in Nov 2011, while Challenger courses will begin when the Challenger 605 simulator is qualified by regulators early in 2012. Qatar Executive is the corporate jet subsidiary of Qatar Airways.

Manifest

Tony Bailey is the new CEO of Comlux Aviation Services. He joined the company in Jan 2011 as vp ops after 28 years in aviation beginning in 1983 as a US Marine Corps aircraft electrician on McDonnell F4s.

Chris Murvine has been appointed lead inspector and director of training at Phoenix Heliparts in Mesa AZ. Murvine most recently spent 15 years with MD Helicopters. He previously worked with Rocky Mountain Helicopters at PVU (Provo UT).

Last Flight

Jim Greenwood, a former PR director for Bill Lear, died in Green Valley AZ on Nov 4. He was 91. Greenwood was born and grew up in Alexandria VA, began flying at age 16 and was an experienced parachutist when he joined the US Navy after Pearl Harbor. His public relations career began after the war with the Miami All-American Air Maneuvers. Next stop was Moultrie GA with Bevo Howard, who had a flight training academy, and then in 1955 he went to Wichita KS to work for Beech Aircraft as press relations mgr. There he worked closely with Olive Ann Beech and Frank Hedrick. Nine years later Greenwood joined Gates Learjet as director of public relations, working alongside Bill Lear. In 1969, at the start of the Nixon administration, Greenwood left Learjet to join FAA as director of public affairs under Jack Shaffer, who had just been appointed to head the agency. After 4 years in Washington DC, Greenwood rejoined Gates Learjet as vp corporate relations. He retired in 1985 as senior vp corporate affairs.




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