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Erickson: Wildfires Are Going To Get Worse

Helicopter services company Erickson responding to growing wildfire threat.

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Erickson is adjusting to the strain of 365-day-a-year global wildfire season. A senior executive of the diversified helicopter services company—best known for its fleet of utility and water-bombing AirCranes—discussed the challenges posed by an increasingly burning world during a recent webinar.

Fire season for Erickson used to run 150 days a year. Now it is not only virtually year-round but also substantially more complex and dangerous, according to Erick Nodland, Erickson v-p for center of excellence. Nodland called current fire challenges “extreme.”

Entering 2021, Nodland warned that the fires are only going to get worse. “It is an amazing situation. We are seeing more fires, higher maximum temperatures, amazing change in humidity, increase in droughts, and increase in wind speeds,” he said. “California has been absolutely devastated. Australia has just really burned.”

Nodland called the fires “more intense and more widespread,” crediting contributing factors including urban sprawl, changes in weather, and forest management practices. The fire environment is straining available resources, he said. “The fire seasons have changed and the pressures on our industry have grown on an order of magnitude. These longer fire seasons are stressing out companies’ abilities to provide aircraft, maintenance, and pilots. The downtimes that we used to have are gone because different parts of the world want more and more (aerial) firefighting assets.”

This has spurred a new trend toward throwing more fixed-wing assets—that can drop more retardant—on fires, but also placed a primary emphasis on recruitment and retention, he added.

“Our greatest challenge is the ability to onboard people who can safely operate complex aircraft,” Nodland said. But he also pointed out that the worsening fire situation is driving technological innovation. “It’s so much more than putting water on the fire.” Erickson is exploring fly-by-wire solutions with Sikorsky, using 3D printing to more rapidly and more economically produce parts, has developed new composite rotor blades, and will soon announce a re-engine selection for its new build S-64F+ AirCrane.

However, personnel and technology alone won’t solve all the challenges posed by longer and more intense aerial firefighting. Nodland said governments are just naturally hamstrung in their ability to respond to rapidly changing fire conditions.

“Whenever you try and get a large bureaucracy to respond to flexible and ever-changing environments, you inevitably have inefficiency. It’s not their fault, but it places pressure on us as individual companies to provide those resources in an unknown environment. We have to be able to expand and have better relations with our federal and local agencies so that we can respond more effectively.”

This has spurred a new trend toward throwing more fixed-wing assets—that can drop more retardant—on fires, but also placed a primary emphasis on recruitment and retention, he added.

Source: https://m.ainonline.com/aviation-news/general-aviation/2021-01-27/erickson-wildfires-are-going-get-worse

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Saxon Aerospace spreads its wings with new CEO of U.S. operations

LANGLEY, BC, July 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Saxon Aerospace, a leader in staffing services for the industry, is poised to reach new heights with the…

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LANGLEY, BC, July 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Saxon Aerospace, a leader in staffing services for the industry, is poised to reach new heights with the appointment of Paul Sahatdjian as CEO of Saxon Aerospace US.

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This is part of a strategic growth plan that will allow us to grow the business across all of North America,” says Tom Walters, Managing Director of the firm. The appointment took effect July 12.

Walters founded Saxon Aerospace in 2005, building on over 25 years in aviation. The company, based in Langley, B.C., delivers a high level of expertise to aerospace companies for all workforce requirements. That includes fixed wing and rotary wing maintenance, line operations, light and heavy maintenance, design and manufacturing, and machining – all provided within 24 hours.

Now, Sahatdjian will lead the U.S. operations, based in Washington state, offering the same high quality and flexible staffing solutions. He comes to Saxon with over 20 years of sales, recruiting and management experience in aviation. Sahatdjian is accomplished in building relationships with key stakeholders at all levels, in order to develop customer-focused, tailored and competitive solutions that address complex industry challenges.

Most recently, he was Vice-President at a major workforce solutions firm, and was part of the executive group that formed the company in 2013. There, he worked with the partners to design the recruiting and sales operation. He also established the applicant tracking and onboarding processes, created contractor loyalty and referral programs, developed the website, and created the SEO and social media strategies.

Prior to that, Sahatdjian was Vice-President of Recruiting Operations at the largest aviation staffing company in the U.S.

“Paul brings a wealth of industry knowledge and contacts,” says Walters. “We’re partnering with the best.”

At Saxon Aerospace US, Sahatdjian is excited to focus on the basics of what makes for a successful company. “What drove me here is getting back to customer service, and getting at root of solving their problems,” he says.

Part of his passion is being able to support clients on both sides of the border. Many U.S. clients have operations in Canada, and vice versa. “We have the ability to have a seamless movement of personnel,” says Sahatdjian.

His short-term focus is to secure and support several contracts, and tale a slow methodical approach to the marketplace – “to make sure we deliver what we promised,” he says.

About the company:

Saxon Aerospace (saxonaerospace.com) is a leading supplier of temporary contract personnel. The firm acts a conduit between aerospace companies and talented technicians, aligning their needs. The result is improved workforce performance and reduced hiring costs.

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A cohort of industry super funds has made a $22 billion takeover bid for Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has received a non-binding takeover offer from a cohort of industry superannuation fund investors looking to capitalise on the pandemic-induced weakness in the aviation sector.

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Sydney Airport has received a non-binding takeover offer from a cohort of industry superannuation fund investors looking to capitalise on the pandemic-induced weakness in the aviation sector.

ASX-listed Sydney Airport said a consortium comprising the industry super sector’s asset manager, IFM Investors, QSuper and North American pension funds Global Infrastructure Management have lobbed a bid that values the company at more than $22 billion.

At a price of $8.25 a share the offer is at a 42 per cent premium to Sydney Airport’s closing price on Friday of $5.81.

Sydney Airport’s board said it would assess the proposal, but also pointed out that it valued the airport at less than its pre-COVID valuation, and stressed the damage caused by the pandemic would be short-term.

“The Sydney Airport Boards note that Sydney Airport is a world class airport and one of Australia’s most important infrastructure assets. Sydney Airport is Australia’s largest airport and is the gateway to international travel in and out of Australia,” it said.

“The indicative proposal has been made during a global pandemic which has deeply affected the aviation industry and the Sydney Airport security price. The indicative price is below where Sydney Airport’s security price traded before the pandemic,” it said.

In early trading, Sydney Airport shares surged 32 per cent to $7.58.

IFM Investors manages more than $150 billion in assets, and is owned by superannuation giants including Australian Super, Cbus, HESTA and Hostplus.

Sydney Airport is already about 15 per cent owned by UniSuper, another major industry super fund. A condition of the bid is that UniSuper reinvest its interest in the airport for an equivalent interest in the consortium’s holding vehicle, rather than receive cash for its stake.

The bid is also subject to other conditions, including the consortium being able to conduct due diligence.

IFM already owns 25 per cent of Melbourne Airport, 20 per cent of Brisbane Airport, 13 per cent of Adelaide Airport, and a stake in Perth Airport, which are all unlisted.

This story originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read the original story here.

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Aviation Blade Services, Inc. Announces S-70 Main and Tail Rotor Blade Maintenance Training and Services Partnership with the AMS Group and Air Asia

KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (‘ABS’), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services Inc., a…

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (“ABS”), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services Inc., announced today the commencement of a multi-year Inspection and Repair Training and Maintenance contract to support Main and Tail Rotor Blade repair for the Taiwanese fleet of S-70/UH-60 rotorcraft. The partnership with AMS Group and Air Asia Company Limited (“AACL”) is another significant milestone for Aviation Blade Services in supporting operators worldwide.

ABS General Manager John Brennan commented “We are excited to continue growing our footprint with foreign military operators of the Blackhawk and Seahawk by expanding our longstanding relationship with the AMS Group and AACL. The training and service partnership allows AACL to support fleet readiness in country and reduce turnaround times (TAT) by leveraging ABS’s industry leading technical capabilities.”

AMS Group SVP, Business Development, Dr. Matthew Wentzel states “AMS Group is extremely excited to expand our partnership with ABS to enhance the AACL Vertical Flight Center’s current in-country Depot Level S-70/UH-60 Rotor Blade maintenance capabilities. AMS and ABS are collectively committed to provide AACL with on-going training, engineering consultation and maintenance support to sustain the ROCN and ROCA S-70/UH-60 fleets mission readiness requirements.”

AACL VP, Tsai, Sung-Lin stated “The AMS and ABS partnership has demonstrated dedicated customer support, competitive cost/TAT options, technical capability and a reputation for quality support and services. These were all key factors in our decision to enter into a long-term technical partnership.”

Aviation Blade Services, Inc. looks to continue to grow its influence within the UH-60/S-70 rotor blade maintenance marketplace with continued investment in engineering and capacity. The establishment of partnerships with AMS, as well as direct government contracts is proving to be a successful growth path.

About Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (www.absblade.com)

Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (“ABS”), based in Kissimmee, Florida, is best known for its expertise in the UH-60 Blackhawk rotor blade, as well as the Sikorsky, S-55, S-58, S-61, S-62, S-64, S-70, H-3, H34, and CH-54 rotor blades, and Westland Sea King rotor blades. With one of the most extensive libraries of Sikorsky rotor blade maintenance and manufacturing technical data, ABS is a world class repair facility for Sikorsky rotor blades. The company’s experience, knowledge and support for these rotor blades is unmatched. More information may be found at www.absblade.com.

About First Aviation Services Inc.® (www.firstaviation.com)

First Aviation Services Inc. (“FAvS”), headquartered in Westport, Connecticut, is a leading provider of component repair and overhaul, PMA parts manufacturing and rotables management to the aviation industry worldwide. FAvS’s principal operating subsidiaries are: Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc. (AeTR) and Evōlution Aerospace, Inc. (EVO) in Wichita, KS, Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC (PPS) in Winston-Salem, NC and Aviation Blade Services, Inc. (ABS) in Kissimmee, FL. Together, the companies repair and overhaul Landing Gear systems, Flight Controls, Actuation Systems, Lighting, Power Supplies, Oxygen and Fire Suppression systems, Hydrostatic Testing, Crew Masks, all Dowty, Hamilton, Hartzell and McCauley propellers and Helicopter Rotor Blades. More information about FAvS and its subsidiaries may be found on the company’s website www.firstaviation.com.

About AMS Group, Aero International, LLC (www.amsgroup.net)

The AMS Group is a diverse group of established companies providing innovative technologies and logistics support services to US and international customers in commercial, defense and security markets.

AERO International, LLC. (AERO), operates as a key member of the AMS Group Logistics Division. AERO is an authorized OEM licensed manufacturer, distribution and logistics provider. AERO provides an extensive line of OEM and after-market products, repair and overhaul services, as well as engineering expertise and logistic support for military and commercial aircraft, land combat and military transport vehicles, accessories, and ground support equipment. Customers include the US DOD, NATO and foreign military operators, prime contractors, and end users of OEM products, where AERO provides authorized licensed, value-added products and logistics support services. Since 1994, AERO has been an industry recognized license manufacturer and channel partner for Honeywell International – Defense & Space, Honeywell Advanced Sensing Technologies and L3Harris Technologies -Ocean Systems.

About Air Asia (AACL) (https://www.airasia.com.tw/)

AACL’s Vertical Flight Center was designed to support numerous helicopter platforms in the region. With successful technical transfer from Bell Helicopter Textron and Industrial Cooperation Program (ICP), AACL’s Vertical Flight Center is the most professional helicopter service center in Taiwan. We offer extensive helicopter maintenance service in line with OEM’s standards & qualifications.

Contact:

Paul Bolton
Aviation Blade Services, Inc.
pbolton@absblade.com

Dr. Matthew Wentzel
AMS Group, Inc.
mwentzel@amsgroup.net

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