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Friday, September 1, 2006

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TAT Takes Over Sogerma's Maintenance in Bordeaux

EADS' maintenance subsidiary, French-based Sogerma Services, in mid-July partly got out of its predicament. The TAT group is taking over maintenance activities at the main facility, located in Bordeaux M�rignac. In May, EADS was about to close it because of recurrent financial losses.

The TAT group operates one of Europe's biggest maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses under the Sabena Technics brand (see AM, August, p. 8). It has pledged to save approximately 500 of the 1,050 jobs at Sogerma Bordeaux. EADS will keep another 150 jobs for aerostructure work. The remaining 400 persons are supposed to find a solution through a "mobility initiative" within EADS and an early retirement plan.

According to EADS, "part of Sogerma's headquarters" will remain in Bordeaux. However, all this plan is still subject to approval by Sogerma's central works council. Also bidding for the takeover was Butler Capital Partners.

On May 12, EADS' board of directors had strongly urged Sogerma's executives to restore profitability swiftly by focusing on those activities which have some growth potential. One spectacular decision was to close the Bordeaux facility. But the French government-an EADS shareholder-rapidly made it clear that it was opposing EADS' decision. The pressure exerted on EADS had the group endeavoring to save jobs locally. -- Thierry Dubois

Management Shake Up at Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation recently announced major personnel changes at its group management level. Theo Staub, president and COO of Jet Aviation North America, and Colin Bond, CFO of the Jet Aviation Group, have left the company. Dr. Hartwig Grevener joined Jet Aviation as new group CFO while a new president and COO for the company's North America operation will be appointed later in the year. Colin Bond is succeeded by the new group CFO and member of the group management, Dr. Grevener, who joined the company in August.

Jet Aviation's North American business will be jointly led, on an interim basis, by Kurt Sutterer and Gary Dempsey. Sutterer is president of Jet Aviation's newly acquired Midcoast Aviation and member of the extended group management while Gary Dempsey is Jet Aviation's senior vice president of maintenance and OEM development for North America. Both will report directly to Heinz K�hli.

Rolls-Royce has donated a 501-K5A gas turbine engine to The George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). Students at the university will use the turbine to develop a finite computer model and conduct analysis in jet engine failure preventions as well as a range of other studies. They will also use digitized data from the 501-K5A industrial gas turbine to help create a generic engine model. The engine will be housed at the University's National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

The donation process began two years ago when Roll-Royce learned SEAS was looking for a gas turbine engine to enhance the learning experience for its students. Pat Marolda, president, Roll-Royce Naval Marine and an SEAS alumnus worked with the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust in Indianapolis, IN to identify and refurbish the 501-K5A engine.

Aviall to Double Size of Central Warehouse in Dallas

Aviall, Inc. began construction in July on two additions to the Company's Aviall Services unit, central warehouse facility and headquarters staff building. The expansion is expected to double the footprint of the 325,000 square foot Dallas, TX complex.

Aviall will construct a new 75,000 square foot building north of its current location at 2750 Regent Blvd. and also add about 250,000 square feet of space to its existing warehouse and distribution facilities.

The projects are scheduled to be completed by January 2007. In 2001, Aviall opened its current corporate headquarters and central warehouse facility, located on Dallas/Fort Worth Airport property. Dan Komnenovich, president and COO for Aviall Services, said six consecutive years of record sales have created the need for this expansion. Aviall's sales in 2005 reached $1.295 billion, up $131 million, or 11 percent from 2004.

Rolls-Royce Donates Engine to University

Rolls-Royce has donated a 501-K5A gas turbine engine to The George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). Students at the university will use the turbine to develop a finite computer model and conduct analysis in jet engine failure preventions as well as a range of other studies. They will also use digitized data from the 501-K5A industrial gas turbine to help create a generic engine model. The engine will be housed at the University's National Crash Analysis Center (NCAC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

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