D.O.M. News

George J. Priester Aviation Announces Leadership Elevations
07/18/2024 - 09:31
George J. Priester Aviation announces the creation of a new leadership team structure, further enhancing company-wide support of its brands. The new structure will help incorporate the same technology platforms across each of its bases and help develop ways to support similar departments, leveraging the national resources and capabilities of the larger company.
IFS Acquires EmpowerMX
07/11/2024 - 14:19
IFS, a technology innovator in cloud and industrial AI software, announces the acquisition of EmpowerMX. EmpowerMX is an AI-powered aviation maintenance software provider specializing in airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions and is trusted by the largest aviation organizations in the world, including Embraer, MRO Holdings, Delta, and American Airlines.
Textron Aviation Delivers First Cessna SkyCourier Combi
07/11/2024 - 14:00
Textron Aviation announces the delivery of the first Cessna SkyCourier twin-engine utility turboprop equipped with a Combi interior conversion option. The aircraft was delivered to Everts Air, an Alaskan-based Part 135 operator serving passenger, cargo and charter needs throughout Alaska. Everts also operates Part 121, providing cargo and on-demand charter throughout North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands.
NBAA Mourns Passing of GA Champion and Former Senator James Inhofe
07/09/2024 - 15:06
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) marks the passing of general-aviation advocate and former senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who tirelessly fought on behalf of the industry throughout his decades of public service.
Textron Aviation to Display Enhanced Piston Lineup along with Suite of Industry-leading Products at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
07/09/2024 - 14:55
Textron Aviation announces that all four of its recently upgraded Cessna high-wing piston aircraft will be featured at the 2024 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture fly-in convention in Oshkosh, WI. The highly anticipated Cessna Citation CJ3 Gen2 mockup will also make its first appearance at the show, following its initial reveal at the 2023 National Business Aviation Association–Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.
Marc Ayala Joins Nighthawk Flight Systems as VP of Sales
07/09/2024 - 14:27
Nighthawk Flight Systems, Inc., a developer of advanced compact integrated avionics, welcomes Marc Ayala to the company’s executive team as vice president of sales. In this position, Ayala is responsible for growing and supporting sales of Nighthawk’s entire suite of products, as well as supporting its dealer network and customer-facing programs.
Trimec Aviation Expands with Falcon 7X and 8X Maintenance Capabilities
07/09/2024 - 14:19
Trimec Aviation, a certified FAA Part 145 Repair Station (#18TR248C) with back-to-back Universal Avionics Outstanding Dealer Awards in 2022 and 2023, expands its maintenance capabilities to include maintenance services for Falcon 7X and 8X operators.
Interest in Trade Schools on the Rise as Gen Z Embraces College Alternatives
07/09/2024 - 14:13
A career in the skilled trades is often the last option on high-school graduates’ minds, as attending a four-year college has long been considered their logical next step toward a rewarding career. But with the cost of college tuition soaring, the value of a bachelor’s degree in question, and sky-high demand for skilled tradespeople leading to more robust salaries and greater job security, more young people are enrolling in trade schools than they have in years.
Elevate MRO, Elevate Jet, Expand to Denver, Boosting Western US Presence
07/09/2024 - 14:03
Elevate MRO, a division of Elevate Aviation Group (EAG), announces the opening of a new aircraft maintenance center at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC) in Denver. This expansion includes increased staff and maintenance teams to support the existing client base and enhance aircraft maintenance service availability while supporting Elevate Jet’s management, charter and aircraft sales capabilities.
Metro Aviation Announces New Division and Additional Capabilities
07/03/2024 - 10:21
Metro Aviation is growing its list of capabilities with the creation of Metro Gulf, a new division that adds fixed-wing aircraft to the company’s extensive list of completion services. The new division holds its own Part 145 certificate and will provide maintenance, repair and avionics services to Metro’s existing fixed-wing and rotor-wing fleet as well as external customers.
SmartSky® Receives STC for King Air B200 through 360
07/03/2024 - 10:01
SmartSky, provider of advanced in-flight air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity for business aviation, announces the issuance of an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for SmartSky LITE on the King Air 350i. The in-flight WiFi system has received multiple industry accolades, including the 2024 Aviation Week Laureate award and Robb Report’s first-ever Best of the Best in aviation for cabin connectivity.
AEA Educational Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners
06/26/2024 - 08:40
The Aircraft Electronics Association's Educational Foundation announces the names of 26 individuals who were awarded scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year. The AEA Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to students pursuing a career in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.
CAE Inaugurates Savannah, GA, Training Center for Gulfstream Pilots and Maintenance Technicians
06/20/2024 - 11:45
CAE inaugurates its first Gulfstream-dedicated business-aviation training center, which will be a key component to training more pilots and maintenance technicians over the coming decades. The maintenance training program, which will include state-of-the-art virtual reality, will be offered on Gulfstream G280, G650 and G500/G600 business jets. The Savannah facility is CAE’s fifth business-aviation training center in the United States.
Youth and Family Activities Expand for AirVenture 2024
06/13/2024 - 09:19
A new area for youth aviation activities, located in the Vintage Aircraft Association area on the EAA grounds, is the latest addition to the expanding youth and family activities taking place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention and air show is July 22-28.
Hartzell Propeller Service Center Launches Propeller Core Purchase Program
06/10/2024 - 13:00
The Hartzell Service Center in Piqua, OH, is introducing a purchasing program for used, serviceable propeller cores and serialized parts directly from aircraft owners, fleets and MROs. The enhancement aims to help reduce overhaul lead times while giving customers more buying options when acquiring parts.
06/06/2024 - 09:27
West Star Aviation announces that after a multi-year succession planning process, a new executive leadership structure has been named. Jim Rankin, who has served as the company’s chief executive officer since 2018, has been named executive chairman of the Board, Stephen Maiden has been appointed his successor as the company’s CEO, and Allen McReynolds, who currently serves as chief operating officer, will take on an expanded role as president and COO, responsible for all West Star operations.
06/06/2024 - 09:19
Results from the world's first in-flight study of the impact of using 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on both engines of a commercial aircraft show a reduction in soot particles and formation of contrail ice crystals compared to using conventional Jet A-1 fuel.  The ECLIF3 study, in which Airbus, Rolls-Royce, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and SAF producer Neste collaborated, was the first to measure the impact of 100% SAF use to emissions from both engines of an Airbus A350 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines and followed by a DLR chase plane.
06/04/2024 - 12:19
West Star Aviation announces that its Denver satellite facility, located at Centennial Airport (APA), has moved into a larger hangar to accommodate customers with larger airframes, while also being able to expand its services. The new hangar is located just a few hangars away from the current one and is almost 3000 square feet larger than the previous location, having 18,750 square feet of hangar space and 1,760 square feet of office space. This allows for greater capacity and height to service larger aircraft like Globals and Gulfstreams. 
06/03/2024 - 16:39
Amazon announces the FAA has extended Prime Air permissions that allows it to operate its drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing the company to serve more customers via drone and effectively expand and scale its drone delivery operations.  In order to obtain this permission, Prime Air developed a BVLOS strategy, including an onboard detect-and-avoid technology. The company spent years developing, testing, and refining its onboard detect-and-avoid system to ensure its drones can detect and avoid obstacles in the air.
06/03/2024 - 16:23
StandardAero has appointed Kim Ernzen to serve as chief operating officer.  In this role, she reports directly to Russell Ford, StandardAero chairman and CEO and is responsible for global operational performance, efficiency and excellence, as well as engineering and supply chain management for StandardAero. In addition, StandardAero’s Engine Services and Component Repair Services division presidents will report directly to Ernzen, who will maintain close oversight of the company’s overall business performance.  She replaces Kerry O’Sullivan, who is retiring from StandardAero, and will be located at the company’s Scottsdale, AZ headquarters office.  


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