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James E. Swickard

James E. Swickard
New Beechcraft Service Centers 

Beechcraft Corporation announced that it has appointed Cutter Aviation in Phoenix and Flying Colours Corp. in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, as authorized service centers (ASCs) for the company's King Air, Baron and Bonanza products.

Piper Scores Major Trainer Fleet Sales 

Piper Aircraft announced two major trainer fleet orders at Sun 'N Fun in Lakeland, Fla. Piper on April 10 announced a three-year agreement with Airline Transport Professionals (ATP), one of the largest flight schools in the U.S., for 15 Archer TX single piston trainers, equipped with Garmin G500 glass cockpit avionics suites, for delivery this year. The order includes options for up to 85 more.

Embraer First Quarter 2013 Deliveries 

During the first quarter of this year, Embraer delivered 29 aircraft, 17 commercial airline jets and 12 business jets, On March 31, 2013, Embraer's firm order backlog totaled $13.3 billion, an increase of $800 million over Dec. 31, 2012. The company delivered four Legacy 650s, five Phenom 100s and three Phenom 300s, one of which was the first U.S.-built 300 delivered to a U.S. customer. Embraer kept the first Phenom 300 off the Melbourne, Fla. production line as a demonstrator.

Jet Aviation Hong Kong 

Jet Aviation Hong Kong has received FAA approval to perform line and base maintenance on Gulfstream G650 aircraft. Jet Aviation Hong Kong is the latest Jet Aviation facility authorized to provide maintenance, alterations and repair services for the new ultra-long-range, ultra-high-speed business jet. The Hong Kong maintenance facility also supports Gulfstream 400/450/500/550 aircraft.

FAA Budget, Down Overall, Boosts NextGen Funding 7% 

The FAA's proposed fiscal 2014 budget of $15.6 billion cuts $351 million from fiscal 2012's actual level largely by trimming airport grants, a move that failed in recent years — and leaving the fate of 149 contract control towers in limbo. The budget, released April 10 by the Obama administration, includes $9.7 billion for operations, $2.8 billion for facilities and equipment (F&E), $166 million for research and development, and $2.9 billion for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund-backed Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

400th CJ3 

Cessna rolled out the 400th production CJ3 light business jet Mar. 25 from its production facility in Wichita, Kan. The CJ3 is in its ninth year of service. The eight-passenger aircraft is powered by two Williams FJ44-3A engines and is certified for single pilot operations. The CJ3 can fly non-stop from New York to Miami, Los Angeles to Chicago, London to Moscow, or Beijing to Manila. Maximum range is 1,875 nm, with a ceiling of 45,000 ft.

2012 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review 

Robert E. Breiling Associates has released the 2012 Business Turbine Aircraft Accident Review providing a comprehensive guide to business aviation safety and an in-depth analysis of turbine business aircraft accidents and incidents in 2012 involving the world fleet. For more information, or to order, visit the Breiling Associates website.

New Canada SAR Helicopters 

The Canadian Coast Guard has a requirement for up to 16 light helicopters, with the option of an additional four. The Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans, the umbrella agency for the Coast Guard, issued a tender for the aircraft on April 3. It is looking for procurement proposals by June. The Canadian Coast Guard currently operates a fleet of 22 helicopters including MBB Bo105s, Bell 206L LongRangers and Bell 212s.

Early Retirements at Cessna 

Cessna offered early retirement to employees 55 years of age and over who are not involved in aircraft production. According to a company spokeswoman, Cessna does not have a target number for the voluntary retirements, but rather is seeking to decrease indirect costs, overall. Voluntary retirees had until April 12 to apply.

Nextant Picks Jet Aviation Singapore 

Nextant Aerospace appointed Jet Aviation Singapore as an authorized service center in Asia for its 400XTs. Jet Aviation Singapore will provide maintenance service for Nextant aircraft based in Southeast Asia. The appointment follows Nextant 's entrance into the Asian market in August. Nextant says it continues to see strong interest in the region.

Bristow To Launch AgustaWestland's AW189 

Bristow will be the launch customer of the AgustaWestland AW189 medium helicopter after its March 26 contract award to take over the U.K. government's search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter program. Bristow will receive its first AW189 later this year, according to Mike Imlach, the company's Europe business unit director. The type will be used first on North Sea oil and gas operations, replacing the aging Eurocopter AS332L Pumas — known as Bristow Tigers — before the first SAR-configured aircraft arrive in 2014 in preparation to begin SAR contract operations in April 2015.

IRS Hold Sought On Aircraft Management Company Audits 

The NATA and NBAA are hoping to convince the IRS to put a hold on audits of aircraft management companies until the agency can develop better guidance on the application of the commercial federal excise tax (FET) on aircraft management services. The IRS has conducted numerous audits, and management companies have faced a range of tax bills – some believed to be close to seven figures — after the agency last year issued guidance indicating that aircraft management services are considered commercial services and should be taxed accordingly.

Cessna, Avic Mull Factory Plans For Chengdu Assembly 

Whether and where to build a new plant is one of the issues that Cessna, Avic and the Chengdu city government are negotiating as they work toward agreeing on assembly of the Citation Sovereign business jet in China. The first Citation Sovereign delivery in China may not take place by year's end, as originally planned, says a person involved in the complex talks, which also include the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the FAA.

India to Ease Business Jet Restrictions 

India is about to relax rules that have severely restricted the flexibility of business jets visiting or overflying that country. The application time for a landing permit will be reduced from seven working days to three, and for an overflight, from three days to one, according to local reports. “This is a huge benefit to the whole of the business aviation industry,” says Lex den Herder, divisional vice president for government and industry affairs at flight services company Universal Weather and Aviation.

Rockwell Collins Delivers 20,000th Air Transport Weather Radar 

Rockwell Collins delivered its 20,000th air transport weather radar system, a MultiScan Threat Detection System — on a new Next-Generation Boeing 737. The fully automatic airborne weather radar system combines the up-to-date weather science with advanced engineering concepts to identify and analyze thunderstorm cells, and display the actual weather threat. All new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 747-800s and Boeing Business Jets delivered today come standard equipped with Rockwell Collins' MultiScan.

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