From a humble beginning with just an MRO setup in Singapore, ST Aerospace has expanded rapidly into a global service-provider in key aviation hubs in the Americas, China, Europe and Singapore. It provides a wide range of airframe services for all Boeing and Airbus aircraft types with capability up to heavy maintenance.
Maintenance and Modifications
News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.
GE Aviation, best known for its civil and military jet engines and integrated aircraft systems, plans to establish itself as a Tier 1 aerostructures supplier by the second half of the next decade. Ultimately, the company has a long-term vision to develop integrated propulsion systems (IPS) for future single-aisle airliners and regional aircraft, bringing together GE Aviation’s aerostructures capabilities in advanced wing and flying-control surface design with its turboprop engine and propeller activities in other divisions.
Earlier this month AAR (Hall 3, B117) shifted responsibility for order management of its composite flat-panel and standard products to its distribution and supply chain operation, along with distribution and customer support responsibilities.
Gareth Hall, who was promoted to president and managing director of BBA Aviation’s Ontic subsidiary in January, is focused on accelerating the company’s rate of growth to take advantage of the improving aerospace economy. “The market’s coming back strongly,” he said, “and we see ourselves with lots of opportunities.”
Curing the sealant that holds aircraft windshields in their frames can take up to 48 hours, according Lyon, France-based Sunaero (Hall 2B, Stand C140-158). This can result in maintenance specialists and their airline customers releasing aircraft back to service before sealant is fully cured. While maintenance standards allow such an early release of the aircraft and safety is not at stake, sometimes the windshield has to be sealed again after the next landing, said Fabrice Parodi, Sunaero’s sales and marketing director.
Constant Aviation recently completed its 18th Embraer Legacy 72-month inspection, the latest effort in its 15-year relationship with the Brazilian manufacturer.
“Throughout the last 15 years we have built industry-leading experience on that platform and continue to capture the majority of the scheduled-maintenance market share,” Stephen Maiden, president of Constant Aviation, told AIN.
Nextant Aerospace has designated Jet Aviation Geneva an authorized service center for Europe. The contract authorizes the MRO to provide maintenance services for Nextant’s growing fleet of aircraft across the continent. The designation follows a similar agreement last month adding Jet Aviation Singapore to Nextant’s global network of owned and authorized service centers.
StandardAero Business Aviation has been certified as an authorized testing facility for the Honeywell TFE731-50 and is offering the service at its Houston facility. StandardAero conducted its first TFE731-50 test in April.
Raisbeck Engineering’s swept-blade “turbofan propellers” for the King Air 200 series are now approved in Brazil after the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) granted certification late last month.
A spokesperson for Raisbeck Engineering told AIN, “There are about 500 King Airs in Brazil alone, making it a major market for us. We hope that the swept-blade prop reenergizes our presence in the South American region and we’ll be focusing a lot of our attention on the market as it continues to grow.”
Eclipse Aerospace received FAA approval for the extension of the service life of the Eclipse 500 and 550 to 20,000 hours/20,000 cycles with unlimited calendar life. According to the company, the life extension will provide the typical Eclipse Jet owner with more than 50 years of operation at typical usage rates, as well as improved airframe residual value.