Avcon Industries received STC approval for its 2015 Stage 3-noise compliant hushkits for 20-series Learjets, the company announced this week at NBAA 2013. The STC covers most of the 350 Learjet 20 series still in service, but does not include those with the unmodified straight wing and Dee Howard XR-wing; these will need a separate STC, which the company plans to obtain at a later date. Avcon expects the first customer aircraft installation to be complete next month.
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.
Stevens Aviation introduced a premium maintenance program, called “Buddy and Wizard,” that includes the assignment of a dedicated technical sales representative (buddy) and technician (wizard) who meet with the customer and describe the scope of work required. They will then be in direct contact with the customer while the aircraft is in the facility, weekly or even daily depending on customer preference. Once the work is completed, the pair will sit down with the customer and discuss how the work was completed to ensure it was done to the customer’s satisfaction.
The Mente Group of Addison, Texas is offering a new aircraft acquisition and completion service called Mente Complete. Under the program, VIP aircraft purchasers will receive integrated assistance in the purchase, design, completion and delivery of used aircraft.
Nextant Aerospace announced an order for up to 50 400XTis worth $202.5 million from Elkhart, Ind.-based aircraft charter firm Travel Management Company (TMC) yesterday at NBAA 2013. The agreement is for the conversion of TMC’s entire Hawker 400XP fleet. Deliveries to TMC begin next year and run through 2019.
Making a corporate jet work for an individual or a corporation is all about the math. And we all know that the purchase price of an aircraft is simply the price of entry. Bombardier (Booth No. N5731) announced at NBAA 2013 the launch of its Max maintenance program for Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
Comlux Aviation Services has delivered an Airbus ACJ319 back to Malaysian operator Jet Premier One after completing heavy maintenance (including C4 and six-year checks) and a reworking of its VIP cabin. The aircraft, which is operated on behalf of the Malaysian government for head of state transportation, has also been repainted externally and now features the national emblem.
The first of 56 Avanti P.180 turboprop twins from the former fleet of bankrupt Avantair has had its airworthiness certificate revalidated by the FAA, Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio told AIN yesterday at NBAA 2013. Avantair was grounded in June, and the airworthiness certificates for all of its aircraft were revoked by the FAA, due to lax maintenance.
Nextant Aerospace announced an order for up to fifty 400XTis worth $202.5 million from Elkhart, Ind.-based aircraft charter firm Travel Management Company (TMC) today at NBAA 2013. The agreement is for the conversion of TMC’s entire Hawker 400XP fleet.
Today at NBAA 2013, Bombardier Aerospace launched its MAX maintenance program for the Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
BizJet International announced here at NBAA 2013 that it has shipped its first BBJ from its Tulsa, Okla. facility to China’s Nanshan Group and has now taken delivery of its first Rolls-Royce Tay Mk611-8C engines for midlife inspections.
“We are underway with achieving midlife inspections and correlating test cell for the -8C,” said Criss Berry, vice-president engine services for the company. BizJet will deliver the completed engines to the customer in November.