Goodrich Corporation completes acquisition of Skyline Industries

Goodrich Corporation completed the acquisition of Skyline Industries, a leading manufacturer of lightweight crashworthy military helicopter seats and helicopter floor armor. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Skyline employs around 40 people at its Fort Worth, Texas facility. Major customers include the U.S. Department of Defense, Eurocopter, Bell Helicopter and Boeing. The company began operations in 1960, and in 2007 generated approximately $7 million in revenue.

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TAM renews IOSA certificate

TAM Linhas Aereas has had its IOSA certificate (IATA Operational Safety Audit) renewed until January 2010. The certificate is the most thorough and widely accepted international verification of civil aviation operational safety. The IOSA registration revalidation, valid for the next two years, was granted to TAM after the conclusion of the auditing process by independents and accredited technicians by IATA (International Air Transport Association) in November 2007. The IATA audit certified that the company had satisfied standards via 940 questions on safety and operational quality.

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Virgin America names new Senior Vice President Technical Operations

Virgin America appointed Tom Anderson as the next generation airline’s Senior Vice President of Technical Operations. An industry veteran with more than two decades of experience, Anderson will oversee the start-up carrier’s technical operations as it grows from a start-up to a major national carrier. Anderson joins Virgin America from SkyWorks Capital, where he led that company’s joint venture, SkyWorks Capital Asia Ltd., as well as SkyWorks’ activities in other regions as Senior Vice President.

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FAA downgrades Philippines to category 2

The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has downgraded the Philippines to category 2 from category 1 after inspections showed the Philippine Air Transportation Office (ATO) did not meet global safety standards. Under Category 2, PAL is prohibited from increasing its 33 flights a week to the US and its territories and from changing the type or increasing the number of aircraft used on these routes. Also to be affected is the delivery, beginning 2009, of six brand-new Boeing 777-300ER airplanes, to be deployed by PAL on the trans-Pacific flights. PAL President Jaime Bautista said:

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Vought Aircraft awards Northrop Grumman follow-on IT contract

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a follow-on contract by Vought Aircraft Industries Dallas, for commercial information technology (IT) outsourcing services that provides continuity and flexibility in servicing Vought’s heritage information systems. The contract is valued at $86 million over three years to Northrop Grumman’s Information Technology sector. Two one-year options could extend the contract total value to $138 million. The original contract was awarded in 2000. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide service desk and end-user computing assistance, application maintenance and support, centralized server and mainframe services, and network and voice communications at Vought locations throughout Read more

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Turbomeca Limited becomes Turbomeca UK

The UK site of Turbomeca, Turbomeca Limited based in Fareham, Hampshire, has officially changed its name to Turbomeca UK. Turbomeca UK is enlarging its accountability, regarding sales, marketing and technical support. It supports 2,000 engines operating in the UK market and has a current employee headcount of 180. Turbomeca UK is formed on the basis of the merger of Microturbo Ltd and Turbomeca Ltd. To cope with growing demand and to offer in country support, Turbomeca mandates Turbomeca UK for direct customer management.

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