Miracle Flights receives donation from TeamHealth

Miracle Flights has been awarded a USD25,000 donation from TeamHealth, a provider of outsourced hospital-based clinical and administrative services, the company said.

The company said the donation will expand is mission to fly seriously ill children and their parents to medical specialists and treatment appointments around the country. The donation translates to more than 32,000 air miles and helps ensure access to critical care for children and adults with serious and rare diseases.

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 100,000 flights and counting

TeamHealth (NYSE: TMH) offers outsourced medical services to approximately 3,400 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups nationwide.

Pratt & Whitney Canada introduces new maintenance coverage program

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has introduced an eagle service plan (ESP) maintenance program tailored to PT6A customers, as well as a major enhancement to its current ESP plan offering, the company said.

Each maintenance plan optimizes aircraft availability and performance while protecting and enhancing the value of the aircraft investment.

The ESP plan is a pay-per-hour engine coverage program that provides long-term costs and ensures a planned and preventative approach to maintenance.

Pratt & Whitney Canada is an aerospace company offering high-technology engines. Based in Longueuil, Quebec (Canada), P&WC is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

NAV CANADA appoints EVP finance, CFO

NAV CANADA has appointed Alexander (Sandy) Struthers, to the position of executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer, effective December 3, 2016, replacing Brian Aitken who will be retiring December 2, 2016, the company said.

Struthers is a financial manager with over 25 years of progressive experience in a wide variety of functions and roles, most recently at the senior levels of Hydro One, a large regulated electricity transmission and distribution company in North America.

NAV CANADA is a private sector civil air navigation services provider. NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation.

ASR survey finds increased interest in parachute recovery system for general aviation aircraft

Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) has released results of a general aviation safety survey that found 54 percent of private pilots who participated in the survey were familiar with the concept of whole airplane parachute recovery systems (WARPS), the company said.

The online survey was conducted among 125 private pilots and charter aircraft operators from 21 US states and eight countries. Awareness of WARPS among charter pilots was higher, with 75 percent reporting that they were somewhat familiar with WARPS. Charter pilots, operating larger 8-20 passenger planes, said they would be willing to sacrifice weight and space for the life-saving potential of a parachute recovery system like ASR´s trichute safe landing system.

ASR´s trichute safe landing system is designed to equip general aviation aircraft with a pilot-controlled mechanism that will bring passengers and aircraft safely to the ground in the event of an irreversible, in-flight emergency. The technology is designed to activate a series of ballistic systems that separate the passenger compartment from the fuel containing wings and deploys three parachutes to bring the passengers and wings down in separate, controlled level landings.

Aviation Safety Resources provides recovery systems for general aviation aircraft. The company holds three patented inventions, with the potential to create revenue in excess of USD44 million in the USD150 billion general aviation market.

PCTEL revenue dips 7% YoY

PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCTI) reported USD24.7 million in revenue for its third quarter 2016, a decrease of seven percent from the same period last year, the company said.

The company saw a two percent sequential quarterly increase in revenue from the second quarter.

GAAP gross profit margin of 36 percent in the quarter compared to 32 percent for the same period last year.

GAAP operating margin of negative one percent for the quarter compared to operating margin of negative eight percent for the same period last year.

GAAP net income of USD0.01 per diluted share compared to a net loss of USD(0.06) per diluted share for the same period last year.

PCTEL, a global provider of RF expertise, delivers Performance Critical Telecom solutions to the wireless industry. PCTEL benchmarks and optimizes wireless networks with its data tools, engineering services, and RF products. PCTEL´s antennas and site solutions are vital elements for networks serving SCADA, fleet management, health care, public safety, and education.

Communications Workers of America ratify 2 agreements covering former DIRECTV employees

Leadership of the Communications Workers of America has notified AT&T (NYSE: T) that former DIRECTV field services employees have voted to ratify two agreements between the CWA and the company, the group said.

The agreements cover about 200 employees in the Midwest region, and about 900 employees in the Southwest region; and place the employees in existing contracts in those regions. The former DIRECTV employees joined AT&T as part of AT&T´s July 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV.

AT&T provides mobile, high speed Internet and voice services.

Southwest Airlines opens Heart of the Community grants to stimulate economic growth

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and Project for Public Spaces have opened the 2017 Southwest Airlines´ Heart of the Community grant application as part of the airline´s commitment to building connections that strengthen communities for a more resilient future, the companies said.

The company´s corporate and nonprofit partners said they have witnessed four years of impactful projects in 18 cities, and they are eager to fund the next round of innovative place-making projects in cities served by the airline.

An evaluation focusing on five initial projects is demonstrating that on average a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant leverages four times its amount in additional funding from other sources.

Place-making improvements have helped create new jobs across the five sites, and generated USD7.7 million in visitor spending.

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Since 1975, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 US states.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to Varadero, Cuba beginning Nov. 13, 2016, and to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.

Comcast names new VP, Finance for west division

Comcast has promoted Sarah Gustashaw to Vice President of Finance for the West Division, the company said.

In this role, she will direct the Comcast West Division finance and business operations team, which encompasses financial leadership and operational management in support of West Division cable operations representing over 9 million customers and more than 20,000 employees operating in 12 states.

The Comcast West Division serves business and residential customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington. Gustashaw will be based at the division headquarters in Denver.

Comcast Cable is a video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.

Small manufacturers expect increase in export order

A net 4% of small and medium-sized (SME) manufacturers are more optimistic about their business situation, according to a survey by the CBI.

The business group reported on Tuesday that optimism has edged higher over the past quarter, and sentiment regarding export prospects for the year ahead has risen strongly.

The survey of 423 firms revealed that total new orders edged up slightly in the three months to October, while output rose modestly.

Analysts have been paying close attention to export orders, after the value of the pound plummeted following the referendum decision to leave the European Union.

The CBI found that export orders for SME manufacturers were flat on the quarter, but this marked the first time that they had not fallen since mid-2014. Firms anticipate robust growth in export orders over the next three months, with expected growth the strongest since the data series began (in October 1988).

However, sterling’s sharp depreciation has also raised manufacturers’ costs.

While optimism about export prospects over the year ahead grew strongly (at the fastest pace since April 2014), SME manufacturers reported that their average unit costs are rising (at the fastest pace since April 2013) and are expected to continue to increase over the next three months.

Elsewhere, the survey showed that employment numbers in the SME manufacturing sector have grown for the 14th consecutive quarter, but at the slowest pace in almost two years. Over the next three months, the headcount is expected to be flat.

The CBI also found that investment intentions among SME manufacturers have improved, following a deterioration in the wake of the referendum.

Rain Newton-Smith, chief economist at the CBI, commented:

“Smaller manufacturers are increasingly confident about their export prospects in the months ahead as they continue to reap benefits from the weaker Pound. But this is also leading to a rise in costs at home.

“While investment intentions have improved, uncertainty among businesses remains high, and so the Government must prioritise measures to ensure that firms keep investing ahead, like removing new plant and machinery spending from business rate calculations.

“Setting the right environment for firms to innovate must be at the heart of the Autumn Statement, so the Government should commit to a long-term target for R&D spending of 3% of GDP, getting behind Innovate UK and our catapult centres.”

Pawa Dominicana Airline to begin scheduled flights to US

Pawa Dominicana has begun scheduling its first passenger service to the US beginning with a flight from Santo Domingo to Miami on November 16, the company said.

The airline will connect the Dominican Republic capital and South Florida with two daily flights offered seven days a week. In addition, the airline´s routes will allow for quick connections to other Caribbean destinations like Curacao, St. Maarten, Antigua, Port Au Prince, Aruba, Puerto Rico and Havana.

The airline said it will expand to New York with new direct flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Punta Cana. Pawa Dominicana is the Dominican Republic´s flagship airline.

Pawa Dominicana has an investment of over USD53 million to date, a total of 298 direct employees, and a projection of over 116,000 passengers by the end of 2016.