Flexjet Earns 8th FAA Diamond Award
Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional business jet ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, this week said its maintenance organization has once again been recognized by the FAA with the agency's highest honor for maintenance training, the FAA Diamond Award. Flexjet says it is the only fractional jet ownership program that has received the award for eight years. The FAA created the awards program to encourage aviation maintenance technicians and their employers to actively participate in training programs. To qualify for the employer award, at least 50 percent of an organization’s maintenance technicians must pass specialized, continuous training in aircraft systems, regulations and FAA rules over a 12-month period. In addition to its latest Diamond Award, Flexjet added, it recently completed a full, three-year registration audit in May 2006, leading to being certified as an AS9100-compliant organization. The AS9100 program demands meeting a number of engineering and standards organization requirements throughout the world, along with those imposed by regulatory agencies.
“We’re delighted to be recognized once again with the FAA Diamond Award and congratulate the many employees who also received individual awards for their accomplishments in maintenance training,” said David Gross, vice president of operations for Bombardier Flexjet. “This singular achievement underscores Bombardier Flexjet’s unsurpassed commitment to maintenance service excellence and safety,” stated Mr. Gross. In 2006, the year for which the most-recent award was earned, 71 percent of Flexjet's technicians completed requirements to earn individual awards. Further, 24 percent of those Flexjet technicians also won the individual FAA AMT Ruby Award, requiring more than 60 total hours of formal training.