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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Intelligence: Briefs

Gulfstream in ASIA

Since 2001, the number of Gulfstream business-jet aircraft operating in the Asia-Pacific region has increased by 268 percent. The company’s ultra-long-range models, the G550 and the GV, increased sales 600 percent since 2001 and represent 49 percent of all ultra-long-range business jets operating in that region. There are currently 59 Gulfstream aircraft operating in Asia-Pacific and that represents 32 percent of the competitive business-jet aircraft in operation.

Ship It AOG Grows

The international aircraft parts distributor, Ship it AOG, purchased a national inventory of spares for the Raytheon Hawker 800 aircraft. The new inventory includes more than 500 different line items of parts for the Hawker 800 and is the company’s largest acquisition, both financially and in terms of aircraft specific inventory, since the purchase of Philip Morris’s Challenger 604 fleet spares, which delivered first quarter 2004.

New Masters Program

The City University London, in partnership with A J Walter Aviation, launched the Msc Aircraft Maintenance Management, a master’s degree for aviation professionals. Short modules that run in London, Northern Europe and the Middle East, along with a substantial individual project, will allow students to earn the new degree. Module topics include recent developments in airworthiness requirements, asset and material management, and project estimation.

AvFab Earns EASA STC

The European Aviation Safety Agency provided AvFab with a supplemental type certificate for the 1- and 2-place divan for the Citation 560 Encore. AvFab manufactures a Citation Encore 1-place divan and two types of Citation Encore 2-place divans. Both versions feature a shoulder harness design that does not require sidewall modification.

Centurion Engine

Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, the German aircraft engine manufacturer, announced the development of its piston aircraft engine Centurion 1.7 to the Centurion 2.0. The 2.0 will be installed in all future aircraft and those wishing to update their 1.7 engines can do so readily; the installation kits are compatible. Some enhancements to the 2.0 include the increase in displacement, which was created to met the requirements of the U.S. market.

Two More Elliott Aircraft

The company added a Beechjet 400A and a Beechcraft King Air 350 to its charter fleet based at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minn. The Beechjet 400A features seven passenger seating and is in the light jet category. The mid-size King Air 350 turboprop can carry nine passengers. Elliott Aviation operates the largest fleet of charter aircraft in Minnesota and continues to add to their fleet to meet the growing business demands in the Twin Cities market.

ExecuJet In The Mideast

ExecuJet’s year-old facility in the Middle East is currently managing the largest private fleet of aircraft in that region. The company debuted the Grob spn in the Middle East too and states that this aircraft is able to seat eight and is the only Part 23 aircraft with an APU. The spn will also be certified for single pilot operation and incorporates Honeywell’s integrated all-glass cockpit. Between the new aircraft and the new facility, an ExecuJet spokeman says the company is ready for strong advancements in the Middle East.


Phil Boyer, president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, spoke in anticipation of President Bush’s fiscal year 2008 budget submitted to Congress in February. "The administration’s two-year refrain has been that the FAA is running out of money and that it must ‘tie its revenue to its costs’ [and] that’s a bogus justification for user fees." Boyer continued that if the current funding system were to continue, the surplus in the aviation trust fund will exceed $7 billion by 2012.

Jet Aviation Gets EASA

As an appointed EASA-certified repair station, Jet Aviation Dubai is now allowed to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, airframe and engine repairs, avionics modification and other operations on aircraft registered in Europe. The facility was also named an authorized service center by Dassault Falcon for the Falcon 900 and 2000.

FAA Certifies New Engine

The new Western Skyways turbine engine maintenance and repair shop has been awarded certification by the Federal Aviation Administration for complete engine overhaul of all Pratt & Whitney PT6 series engines. Western Skyways’ turbine engine shop specializes in the Pratt & Whitney PT6 and JT15D engines. Services cover a range of maintenance, inspections and analysis. The shop features a Vectrax fully computerized lathe, Schenck horizontal and vertical balancing machines, micro view, and Kellstrom in-house and field tools. The Western Skyways shop is located next to their existing piston engine shop at the 75,000-square-foot JetAway Aviation fly-in facility, which was newly built in 2006 at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado.

SUS’ Development Project

The Spirit of St. Louis Airport is completing Phase II of a three-part, $7.2 million development project that will hopefully attract 40 to 50 new corporate businesses to the airport complex. The project will create an estimated 1,000 new jobs and will include several new lots available for lease. SUS expects the development project to be completed late this year.

Second American Eurocopter Completed

The San Diego Police Department ordered four American Eurocopter AS350B-3 helicopters from Jet Source and Jet Source has finished its second helicopter. The new helicopters are outfitted with night vision goggle capabilities, thermal imaging system, Avalex moving map and a custom-designed radio command suite. Jet Source also designed and fabricated a custom panel, console and racks to meet the police department’s mission specifications.

KCI And The Environment

In 2006, the Kansas City International Airport recycled nearly 71 tons of waste and reaped a $2,000 check in rebates for the recyclables. The material collected consisted of newspapers, magazines, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and more. KCI’s program has been in place since 2005 when the airport placed recycling bins along terminal corridors and in surrounding office buildings. KCI is involved in other environmental activities, including fueling shuttle buses with compressed natural gas instead of diesel and using coaxial vapor recovery system to refuel airport police and administrative vehicles.

Smiths Awarded Contract

The 5-year, $52 million contract, with option up to an additional five years, included performance-based logistics support for the Hercules Integrated Operation Support Program for C-130J/K aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force. The work will be done at Smiths Aerospace’s facilities in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, New York and Illinois, as well as two locations in the United Kingdom.

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