Aircraft Maintenance Facility Opens In Delaware

A new aircraft maintenance facility will bring dozens of jobs to the New Castle County Airport. 

Governor Jack Markell and Delaware Economic Development Office Director Alan Levin were among the speakers at Thursday’s grand opening ceremony for Hawker Beechcraft Services Wilmington. The facility will serve as the company’s Northeast regional service center. Employees will perform maintenance and overhaul projects for Beechcraft Services’ full line of airplanes. 

The company received a $750,000 performance-based grant from DEDO’s Delaware Strategic Fund, and will use that money to create 100 jobs within the next five years. Beechcraft will have 35 employees by the end of this year. 

Aircraft Maintenance Facility Opens In Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highly-experienced and factory-trained team of maintenance professionals staff HBS Wilmington, which is approximately 60,000 square feet, including 40,000 square feet of hangar space, 8,500 square feet of back shop space and 10,000 square feet of office space. HBS tailored the Wilmington facility to feel like the customer’s home office while their aircraft is being serviced, with guest offices and workspace with full amenities such as computers, Wi-Fi access, printers and phones.

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The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) submitted a written statement to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, & Security detailing the important role aviation maintenance services play in ensuring the competitiveness of the American aerospace industry. The statement will be included in the official record for the committee’s July 18 hearing, “The Global Competitiveness of the U.S. Aviation Industry: Addressing Competition Issues to Maintain U.S. leadership in the Aerospace Market.”

ARSA’s statement details the substantial and positive economic impact aviation repair stations have on the U.S. economy, highlights the important role Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASAs) play in ensuring competitiveness, and discusses the negative impact the present ban on new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) foreign repair station certificates is having on U.S. companies.

As one of the United States’ leading exports, aviation maintenance contributes $39.1 billion annually to the U.S. economy and maintains a $2.4 billion positive balance of trade. This trade surplus makes the United States the world’s leading exporter of maintenance services with the more than 4,000 FAA certificated U.S. repair stations employing more than 274,000 Americans in all 50 states. A recent survey of ARSA members found that the industry is optimistic about growth prospects in the coming year with more than 60 percent of respondents planning to add workers in 2012.

“Repair stations have long been, and continue to be, a vital part of the aviation industry and our nation’s economy. As the U.S. economy recovers, we should be nurturing small and medium-sized aviation maintenance companies, not obstructing their ability to export and compete internationally,” reads ARSA’s statement

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XJet Ranks #1 FBO In The Americas

For 2012, XJet secured the top FBO ranking by keeping the focus on service. World-class aviation services provider offers services ranging from aircraft management and charter to Class IV maintenance facility. As one of the most highly regarded FBOs in AIN’s reader survey, XJet garnered this year’s top overall ratings for both passenger amenities and facilities.

XJet Ranks #1 FBO In The Americas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indy FBOs Brought Their A-game for Super Bowl Traffic

Less than 12 hours after the Giants beat the Patriots on Sunday at the Indianapolis-hosted Super Bowl, area FBOs were just beginning to be able to enjoy their own victory celebrations. “The weather was great. The people were great. It was a fabulous experience,” said Andrea Montgomery, co-owner of Indianapolis Executive-based Montgomery Aviation. “We had to do a little de-icing at around midnight. We had pretty much everyone out of here by 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.” All totaled, according to Flight Aware estimates, there were 650 departures scheduled out of the area between the end of the game and early Monday afternoon. Except for some slight delays for de-icing operations, all the airports reported that they were running close to schedule. Everything went so smoothly for business aircraft operators flying in for the big game that the only negative comments were aimed at the inflated landing and parking fees, some of which were reported to be four times the normal rates. But, as one Citation pilot put it, “Our owner is a big Giants fan, and he wasn’t complaining about anything.”