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.

March 5, 2014 - 12:00pm

Metro Aviation announced Mark Breton will be joining the MRO as director of maintenance in late March or early April. He has more than 25 years in the aviation industry, with a strong background in aircraft maintenance, helicopter EMS operations and project management. Breton spent most of his career in Texas, but most recently served as the v-p and director of maintenance for Air Medical Resource Group in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 4, 2014 - 3:00pm

Sun Valley, Calif.-based Helicopter Accessory Service will soon begin shipping strengthened TactAir servo actuator extension assemblies to handle increased hydraulic pressure on Bell LongRanger rotor heads, the company announced last week at Heli-Expo.

March 4, 2014 - 3:00am

Rick Ochs, chairman of Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics, knew he wanted to work in aviation since high school. Doggedly pursuing his dream, Ochs holds FAA certificates for airframe mechanic and repairman, an FCC license, an NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) rating, and is an instrument-rated pilot who flies his company Cessna 182 to make sales and service calls.

February 27, 2014 - 4:10pm

The Raisbeck aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 60 has completed all of the FAA-required certification tests, the company said yesterday. The test aircraft, S/N 60-197, is now in refurbishment at West Star Aviation, where it will receive a full paint job and interior update before redelivery to its owner. Raisbeck’s Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker adds 30 cu ft of storage space and closely resembles its earlier lockers designed and certified for 30-series Learjets.

February 27, 2014 - 3:10pm

Naasco Northeast (Booth No. 1433) emphasized the availability of its Mercury Mod-Phase Two starter generator upgrade at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim.

“A higher-flow fan brings the cooling air down about 70 degrees lower than the original Mercury Mod, introduced 19 years ago,” Naasco vice president Jim Leslie told AIN. Work began two years ago on Mercury Mod 2, with Naasco working with engineers at Sikorsky on the S-76.

February 27, 2014 - 2:55pm

Owner/operators of Bell 206L series helicopters can install a new cylinder extension assembly from Tactair Fluid Controls, a subsidiary of Young & Franklin. The new cylinder extension assembly is detailed in a Tactair service bulletin (SB42C42642-67-04) and a Bell Helicopter information letter (206L-14-97), and its replacement is recommended for accomplishment during repair or overhaul of the hydraulic servo actuator. The improvement replaces the existing cylinder extension assembly with an upgraded component that is designed to increase the reliability and service life of the entire hydraulic servo actuator.

February 27, 2014 - 2:27pm

Airbus Helicopters (Booth No. 523) is introducing a “pay as you fly” component support program (CSP) for operators of new and used helicopters. The program features “aggressive” flat per-flight-hour charges billed monthly and has a flexible buy-in. It includes customized customer maintenance forecasting. The Airbus CSP will initially be available for all EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355, EC135, EC145, EC155, AS365, AS332 and EC225 models.

February 27, 2014 - 11:00am

Composite rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA; Booth No. 7129) of Tempe, Ariz. is showcasing the company’s Bell 206 main rotor blade development project. This program is aimed at creating a replacement for the metal blades in legacy 206 models, starting with the 206B3 JetRanger. The JetRanger that will serve as the program’s test bed is on display at the company’s booth. “Our goal is to have the 206B3 blade certified by the end of this year,” VHA president James Van Horn told AIN.

February 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 5406) has signed engine maintenance agreements with four U.S. aeromedical helicopter operators: Metro Aviation, Air Medical Group Holdings, TriState CareFlight and Life Flight Network.

February 26, 2014 - 6:45pm

BBA Aviation subsidiaries Premier Turbines and H+S Aviation inked an agreement yesterday with Rolls-Royce, acknowledging them as authorized repair and overhaul centers for the RR300 engine, which currently powers the Robinson R66. The deal, which runs through 2021, provides engine operators with major MRO providers on both sides of the Atlantic. “We’re pleased to add the RR300 to the list of engines we support for Rolls-Royce,” said Doug Meador (left), president of Premier Turbines parent company Dallas Airmotive.

 
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