Baker Aviation has added 2 aircraft to its charter fleet. The company added a Hawker 800XP based at the company's facility at FTW (Meacham, Fort Worth TX), as well as a Citation­Jet based at DAL (Love, Dallas TX).


Garmin has introduced a series of aviation VHF and nav/com radios, called the GTR and GNC. Replacing the older SL30 and SL40 models, the GTR series transceivers and GNC series nav/com radios include new features to reduce pilot workload while offering what the company calls an affordable solution to meet the requirements of the 8.33-kHz channel spacing mandate recently enacted by the European Union under the Single European Sky initiative. The series offers a unique frequency database making it easy to find frequencies associated with a given airport or facility just by entering the location name or station ID. When manually tuning a frequency, the reverse lookup function will automatically provide the navaid or airport identifiers. Pilots can also find the nearest airport, area control center, flight service station, weather frequencies and VORs.

Constant Aviation has been named a top 10 dealer for Aircell products with sales totaling $1.5 million in 2012. The company has placed additional focus on building its inflight connectivity expertise, resulting in a record number of installations for the past 2 years.

Kitchener Aero Avionics, based at YKF (Waterloo ON, Canada), has received an STC for the Garmin G500H on the Eurocopter EC120. It is said to be the 1st glass cockpit upgrade for the EC120, and includes the Garmin G500H flight display system with helicopter synthetic vision, an altitude heading reference system (AHRS) and air data. For special missions operators such as electronic news gathering and airborne law enforcement, video from an external camera or FLIR system can also be displayed on the G500H MFD. FAA and EASA STC validations are being processed. Once in place, the STC can be marketed by Garmin dealers worldwide.

MRO services

Atlantic Aero has been awarded an STC for the installation of the Iridium OpenPort Aero system on the Challenger 601-3A/3R, 604 and 605. Open­Port Aero is a mobile broadband system developed by LiveTV Satellite Systems, which uses Iridium's worldwide network of satellites providing users with connectivity anywhere in the world via Wi-Fi. OpenPort Aero provides bidirectional optimized speeds of up to 300 kbps and features 3 independent phone lines, enabling simultaneous voice and data connectivity. The company says additional STCs for fixed and rotary-wing aircraft are planned for 2013, all of which will be sold and installed by Atlantic Aero and Western Aircraft, both Greenwich AeroGroup companies.

Constant Aviation has relocated its Birmingham AL accessory facility to the company's CLE (Hopkins, Cleveland OH) headquarters. As part of the move, the company has expanded its capabilities by combining its accessory facilities in both locations and leveraging efficiencies of having a single larger facility. The expansion provides Con­stant Aviation with 20,000 sq ft of floor­space to service and repair landing gear and accessories. The company has capabilities to perform nondestructive testing and machining, and recently began providing landing gear overhauls on the Beechjet 400.

Greenwich AeroGroup has executed a definitive agreement to purchase military parts supplier Aero Precision Industries. The company supplies aftermarket OEM parts, systems and custom logistic support services for military aircraft operators worldwide. The primary platforms supported by Aero Precision include the C130, F15, F16, F18, CH47, UH60/S70, AH64 and UH1. The deal is expected to close in 1Q2013 pending regulatory approvals.

Vector Aerospace and Twin Jet have signed a multiyear agreement for an engine maintenance hourly rate program. The exclusive agreement, signed in January, provides Twin Jet with a fixed engine maintenance service over an extended period of time on its fleet of Beech 1900Ds. Vector will provide engine maintenance, repair and overhauls services to Twin Jet's fleet from its facility at YSU (Summerside PEI, Canada).


Eric Hinson has been appointed president at SimCom Training Centers. Hinson reports to CEO Wally David and oversees the activities of SimCom's 4 training center locations and 56 simulators. Most recently, he served as executive vp of FlightSafety Intl. Hinson previously held positions at Gulfstream and Piaggio.

Supersonic business jet designer Aerion has promoted Doug Nichols to CEO and board member. Nichols, previously COO for the company, is responsible for all corporate activities including its recently acquired Desktop Aeronautics aerospace software and consultancy subsidiary based in California. Nichols joined Aerion from Boeing, where he was a senior executive holding numerous financial, operating and corporate development positions during his 30-year career there.

Piper Aircraft has appointed James Funk as vp operations reporting to Pres & CEO Simon Caldecott. In his new role, Funk is responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality.

Jim Christiansen has joined FlightSafety Intl as vp international business development. In his new role, Christiansen leads the company's ongoing efforts to increase support to customers outside the US. He previously held executive level positions at both Hawker Beechcraft and NetJets.

Nextant Aerospace has announced Sean McGeough as its president. McGeough, formerly with Hawker Beechcraft, joined the company in January and is tasked with leading the remanufacturer of business jets as it enters the next phase of growth.

Longtime Learjet demo pilot Rick Rowe has retired from Bombardier. Rowe left the company in January after nearly 25 years holding positions as chief pilot, standards officer and training officer. Rowe was also an integral part of the team that developed Bombardier's Safety Standdown.

JetBrokers has expanded into Denver CO and appointed Kandi Spangler vp of sales. St Louis MO-based Jet­Brokers now has 9 locations in the US and Europe. Spangler previously held positions with JSSI and NetJets.

Last flight

Retired career pilot Paul Furlotte died on Jan 5 of pancreatic cancer. He was 73. Furlotte had a long career as a professional pilot, having only 3 employers during more than 50 years in business aviation. He began his career in 1959 after joining the US Air Force as a mechanic. Originally from South Boston MA, Furlotte later earned his wings and went to work as a pilot for the WR Grace Company where he was employed for 35 years, most of them as chief pilot. After the flight department closed, Furlotte went to work for Jack Nicklaus for several years before finally taking the chief pilot position with Florida Crystals, where he worked until his retirement in 2010. He was typed in numerous aircraft, including most of the Falcon series, Gulfstream I and II through IV, HS125, Boeing 727 and DC9. Friends and peers considered him a consummate professional and an exceptional airman. Furlotte is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy, and an extended family.



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