The Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at its Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the academy’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia-Pacific region.
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.
Lufthansa Technik is offering two innovative products for private aircraft cabins: a steam generator for steam showers and an on-board oxygen generator. The steam generator, consisting of a steam outlet, a control panel and a refill port for the vaporizer fluid, is self-contained and does not have to be connected to the aircraft’s water system. Aroma oils can also be addedInstalling the steam shower is particularly challenging: overheating inside the steam generator must be impossible, and the shower enclosure must be so well sealed that no steam can escape.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Singapore Service Center has entered into an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will allow the MRO to offer retrofit, modification and upgrade services for Honeywell products to operators of Bombardier business jets in the region. Operators will see simplified logistical arrangements as they will no longer have to leave Singapore for complex avionics upgrades.
EDN Aviation of Van Nuys, Calif., has been acquired by Velocity Aerospace Group. The move expands Velocity’s repair and overhaul service capabilities into control panel services. Founded in 1991, EDN is an FAA- and EASA-approved repair station and carries ISO9001:2000 certification. It specializes in the manufacture, repair and refurbishment of aircraft cockpit panels. EDN also specializes in multi-unit fabrication and engineering/design services for various panel components such as light plates, circuit-breaker panels, control wheels and knobs.
West Star Aviation has nearly completed a 47,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at its East Alton (ALN), Ill. location. In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion-dollar expansion includes a 14,000-sq-ft wood shop and 6,000-sq-ft accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 sq ft and 300 employees.
The new facilities are scheduled to be completed next month, at which time West Star will host an open house.
Transport Canada has granted Innotech Aviation a rating in the category of advanced composites. The rating allows the facility to perform advanced repair, modification and replacement of primary composite aircraft structural components. This includes all fairings and flight control surfaces on the Bombardier Global and Challenger series.
Trine Aerospace & Defense has earned FAA Part 145 approval as a certified repair station. Based at Colorado Springs Airport, Trine Aerospace & Defense offers engineering, manufacturing and aircraft modification on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft. It also specializes in avionics and installation repair. The facility provides engineered solutions for Part 23 and 25 aircraft manufacturers, owner-operators, air carriers and defense contractors that perform special-mission aircraft integration and modernization.
Barry Beegle has joined the R-R M250 team at Air Services International as lead engine mechanic. Beegle brings 40 years of aviation experience, starting with eight years of service in the Air Force. He has specialized in the Rolls-Royce M250 for more than 20 years and has worked for Garrett Turbine, Rockwell International, Aviall and MD Helicopters. His field service areas included Taiwan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.
Cabin Innovations has named Gary Stephens engineering manager. Reporting directly to Cabin Innovations president Harvey Ticlo, he will be responsible for leading the engineering team and advancing the design and development capabilities for private-aircraft galleys and interiors. Previously Stephens worked for Associated Air Center as principle project engineer, senior project engineer and lead engineer on multiple single-aisle and widebody completion projects. He has 15 years’ experience in the interiors business.
A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.
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