by The Avsource Group on September 2nd, 2016

Barry J. Hicks

​To all our clients and friends of Mr. Barry Hicks,

It is with sincere regret that we inform you of the passing of our dear colleague, Barry Hicks.  He fought a difficult and grueling battle with ALS for the last 3 months.  Please join us in keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Barry worked at McDonnell Douglas in Product Support from 1986 to 1994 and then became the founder of our aviation consulting firm, The Avsource Group, which has been in business now for more than 20 years.  He was a major contributor to the Launch Teams for the MD-11 as it was introduced to the airlines around the world.  He enjoyed flying the small airplanes he owned throughout the years and traveling around the world. 

Although Barry is no longer with us, he will always be the honored Emeritus and Patriarch of The Avsource Group.

May he rest in peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Barry J. Hicks
February 21, 1956- August 16, 2016
​Memorial Service to be held at:
Clifton Christian Church
3241 F ¼ Road
Clifton, CO 81520
September 10, 2016 10:00 AM
Light Reception Following in Church Reception Hall

If you wish to mail condolences please mail to:
The Avsource Group
810 North Crest Suite #2
Grand Junction, CO 81506- 3964
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Barry’s favorite charities:
World Vision –
Hope West Hospice –

by Gary R. Loyd on September 2nd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness for an Airbus 330-200 to Argentina. 
  • We are actively completing a fresh annual inspection on a Mooney M20F.  We installed all new side windows last month, and re-installed the previous interior and engine instruments. Remaining tasks are to install the flight instruments and perform the final operational checks.
Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are still assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.  In mid-August we were awarded 11 additional aircraft for redelivery preparation for Tam/Latam.
  • We were also awarded a contract to provide aircraft maintenance records research for a 737-400.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Lana Joy Hatmaker on August 25th, 2016

​​Dear Friends, Clients, and Customers:
At the passing of our Founder, Sr. Partner, and General Manager, Barry J. Hicks, we are reaching out to let you know that the services provided by The Avsource Group, will continue as always. We appreciate each and every one of you and we are committed in continuing to provide the best, most complete, and comprehensive service available in our worldwide industry.
Our other Sr. Partner, Mr. Gary R. Loyd, will be assuming the general management position of The Avsource Group. Gary is available for questions regarding any services, schedules or needs you may have and the entire Avsource staff is here to assist you in any way.  Names and contact information are listed below.
Thank you again for your continued business. We look forward to a prosperous and continuing working relationship.
The Avsource Group
+1 702 727-4293
Gary R. Loyd – Sr. Partner, Manager & DAR
+1 719-331-2169
Marcio de Moraes – South American Operations
+55 11 999854595 (Brazil)
+1 970-261-7779 (USA)
Julie Davidson – Accounting & Business Services
+1 970-270-1306

​Lana Joy Hatmaker – Customer Relations & Travel
+1 970-260-1006

by Gary R. Loyd on August 2nd, 2016

Avsource USA
  • ​We completed a US export certificate of airworthiness and a special flight permit for a new 737-800 to China. 
  • We look forward to exporting two more yet this summer to China.We issued a special flight permit to a DHC-6-300 (twin otter) for an overweight operation from the US to Jordan.
  • We performed an on-line records review for a lessor on a 737-400.
  • We are actively completing a fresh annual inspection on a Mooney M20F.  We just installed all new side windows.
  • The 1957 Chevy pick-up that we recently restored sold at the Mecum Auction in Denver.
​Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are still assisting LATAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.  Please see the recent photograph of the Avsource Brazil Team.  They are doing an outstanding job. 
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group
Gary Loyd - Mooney M20F
​Mecum Auction in Denver
​Avsource Brazil Team

by Gary R. Loyd on June 3rd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • We issued a special flight permit to ferry a 737-400 from Brunswick, GA to Miami, FL where the airplane will undergo heavy maintenance and a passenger to freighter conversion.  
  • Bruce Beadell and Gary Loyd attended the DAR seminar in Seattle, WA to keep current with the latest FAA rule changes for aircraft certification.​​

​Avsource Brazil
  • ​We are supporting TAM (Now LATAM Brasil) on A330s and A320s redeliveries and selling. Plus we will be performing Mid Lease Inspection in 4 B777s for Aircastle in June.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on May 2nd, 2016

​Avsource USA
  • We completed the first US export certificate of airworthiness for a Mooney M20TN (Acclaim) to China.  The airplane received its Chinese registration and airworthiness certificate last week.  General aviation is just beginning to open up in China.  Plans are underway for the new M10 Mooney Trainers to be manufactured and sold there.  The first prototype is now under construction at the Mooney facility in Chino, CA. 
  • We issued a special flight permit to deliver a 757 Freighter to Belgium following the export certificate of airworthiness.  The airplane is now in Belgium being readied for service with TNT Airlines.
​Avsource Brazil
  • We are still assisting TAM in phasing out their A330 fleet and 3 A320s.
  • We completed In Service Evaluations and Mid Lease Inspections of 10 A320s at Avianca, Brasil for Aircastle.
  • We completed a pre-purchase inspection of 1 B737-400F for Vallair.
  • Modern Logistics, a new cargo airline based in Campinas, SP, is negotiating to have us assist them on the implementation of their Technical Control System primarily on AD analysis and control.
​God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

Gary Loyd in China with Mooney
MRO Dallas, Texas

by Gary R. Loyd on April 1st, 2016

​Avsource USA

  • We completed another US export certificate of airworthiness and a ferry permit for one 737-322 to Mexico.  The airplane will go into passenger service with Magni Charters.
  • We’re entering our second year of routine Export Certification of cargo door kit parts for a major P2F supplier.
  • We’ve received NDA to discuss representation of an aircraft components firm to expand manufacturing.
  • We’re awaiting vetting of an expert witness for a litigation case to represent a major carrier.
  • We’ve seen an increase in queries regarding business aircraft certification and transactions globally.
  • We’re involved with several regional and company development marketing plans for business growth opportunities.

​Avsource Brazil

  • We are still assisting Tam in phasing out their A330 fleet and added a preparation of 1 A320 redelivery and 2 A320s for sale in Congonhas, Sao Paulo.
  • We are also working on a mid lease inspection of 10 x A320 at Avianca, Brasil in Congonhas, Sao Paulo.
  • Just now we are beginning a pre-purchase inspection (that will be followed by a lease back) of 1 B737-400C operated by Modern Logistics to Vallair.
  • Yesterday we closed the Azul project with 6 ATR-42/-72s returned to lessors and 3 more prepared.
​We look forward to seeing many of you at the MRO Conference in Dallas, TX next week.  Until then, God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on March 4th, 2016

​Last month was a typical month for winter in Colorado when activity seems to slow down just a bit.  We love the 4 seasons and the opportunity to enjoy the variety of the pace of life in the Rockies.
We completed another US export certificate of airworthiness for one 737-300PCF to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).  The airplane was exported to Denmark to fly with Jet Time.

During our spare time, Gary has been busy restoring a 1957 Chevrolet model 3100 pick-up.  It was an enjoyable and relaxing project because for once, he can ignore all the FAA regulations and just have fun with the work at hand.  The vehicle belongs to a family friend who passed away in December, 2012, just as the individual body pieces were coming out of the paint shop.  Gary promised the cancer-stricken owner that he would finish the restoration for his wife and family left behind.  It took 150 work days since Dec. 2012 to complete the restoration but it is now complete and the Jim Taylor family is very pleased with the outcome.  Gary is anxious to get the truck out of his hangar to make room for the next project, which is hopefully an airplane this time.

Also during our spare time, one of our key associates, Bruce Beadell, had the pleasure of donating much of his time and skills to the Boeing Museum of Flight in the effort to resurrect the first 727-22, N7001U, for one last flight from Everett to Boeing Field in Renton.  This airplane operated with United Airlines for the first 27 years of its life before being donated to the Boeing Museum of Flight.  Bruce utilized his FAA DAR authority to issue the special flight permit for the flight which took place on the morning of March 2, 2016.  Gary was instrumental in obtaining the environmental permission for the flight because the airplane did not meet stage III noise levels. 

Barry had the thankless duty of dealing with the legal aspects of Avsource Services in making sure our donated services were held harmless in the event of things unforeseen.  Many thanks also to volunteer associate Joe Kinsella for his work in finalizing the status of airworthiness directives.  Joe’s prior experience at United and his consulting experience brought a lot of expertise to this project.  Many thanks to all the Avsource participants and congratulations to the Boeing Museum of Flight. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the MRO Conference in Dallas, TX next month.  Until then, God Bless America (North and South).

The Avsource Group

727-22, N7001U

727-22, N7001U

727-22, N7001U

Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up

Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up

Restored 1957 Chevrolet 3100 pick-up

by Gary R. Loyd on February 2nd, 2016

As we write this newsletter today, it is snowing in Colorado.  The local weather forecasters are saying this could be our biggest storm of the winter season.  It was just last weekend when New York and Washington DC were reporting blizzard conditions through all of the major television networks and cable channels.  Ironically, you probably won’t hear anything about our big snowstorm in Colorado except through this newsletter. 

From Avsource, Brazil.
​Avsource was elected and is current working on phase out of A330 (9 aircraft – sales and re-deliveries) for a major South American carrier using a group of 10 associates involved on the project.   5th ATR42/72 was redelivered successfully and ASG team is working on 3 more for a growing Brazilian airline.  Avsource formed a new partnership with FELCA, so we are now offering a complete interior inspection report for pre-redelivery that includes full inventory of flammability control affected items with relevant cosmetic items normally required upon redelivery.
From Avsource, USA.
We completed the US export certificate of airworthiness of one 757-200PCF to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).  This is not an easy task, despite all the so-called “harmony” between the US and EASA in the bilateral agreement.  EASA requires documentation for all repairs, major and minor.  The FAA does not require transfer of records for minor repairs and that’s the rub.  The exporter went to great expense in both time and money to provide satisfactory documentation for the minor repairs. 

For our associates, please be advised of the latest mileage rates from the US government for business expenses. 
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015.
  • The business mileage rate decreased 3.5 cents per mile from the 2015 rates.
  • The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.​

God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group

by Gary R. Loyd on January 1st, 2016

​We begin this New Year, 2016, with a fresh overhaul of our website.  This is something that we have neglected for too long.  It is our desire that our website be meaningful and useful to our valued clients and associates, both in the USA and Brazil.

We saw several significant events in Aviation in 2015.  Along with the introduction of many new aircraft models, we saw the termination of the C-17 production line in Long Beach.  We also saw the drastic expansion and interest in the light drone market and the new requirement from the FAA to register all radio controlled aircraft and drones.  There was a bit of good news in the passing of the Pilots Bill of Right 2 near the end of the year.  This will be good for the general aviation crowd and those GA pilots who have a special interest in class III medical reform.

We lost three valued associates in death this past year. John Brower and Harold Nedrow worked for Avsource after retiring from lengthy careers at McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach. Tom Ruffino worked for Avsource after retiring from a successful career with TWA.  All were dedicated professionals and will definitely be missed.

2015 also marked 21 years for The Avsource Group.  We did not celebrate as such, but we surpassed being in business for 21 years in November.  It has been said that “90% of small businesses fail within the first 5 years. Furthermore, 90% off those 10% remaining fail within the next 5 years.”  This is truly a remarkable feat in today’s business world and is certainly worthy of recognition.

We look ahead at 2016 with positive thoughts and hope.  We wish all of our clients and associates a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

God Bless America (North and South).
The Avsource Group