BBA Aviation’s aftermarket services division is shortly to open a purpose-built major overhaul facility to service the Middle East region through its subsidiary H+S Aviation. The facility will perform engine repair and overhaul (ERO) tasks for a range of turbines, and is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year.
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.
Jet Aviation Basel is now cooperating with AJW Aviation to develop a component support and AOG service for Airbus and Boeing business aircraft operators on a global basis. The team is a natural marriage of two key players in their fields and will result in quicker and more reliable spares support to owners and operators. Jet Aviation brings to the table a global 24/7 network of AOG teams, and the Basel facility is an authorized service center for both Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ aircraft.
Universal Avionics announced that Clay Lacy Aviation is primed to offer an STC for installation of the UniLink UL-801 communications management unit (CMU) to provide Fans-1/A+ capabilities for the Gulfstream IV and IV-SP. Installation in the initial certification aircraft began in January, with STC approval expected by the third quarter. An amendment to the STC for the GV will immediately follow initial certification, along with application for EASA certification.
At face value, the recent acquisition of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) from Mubadala Development Co. by Etihad Airways is straightforward portfolio realignment between two state-owned entities in the United Arab Emirates.
West Star Aviation held an official opening last week for the latest expansion at its East Alton, Ill. facility. The expansion adds a new 47,000-sq-ft maintenance facility, a 14,000-sq-ft wood shop and a 6,000-sq-ft accessory repair shop, taking the ALN operation to 317,300 sq ft.
Following the launch of its aviation business in Turkey, Amac Aerospace announced that Dassault has appointed its facility at Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, an authorized service center (ASC). Amac Aerospace Turkey achieved EASA Part 145 approval earlier this year to carry out line maintenance (including 4A+) on the Falcon 900 and 900EX/DX/LX EASy.
The company expects similar approvals for the Falcon 2000 and 2000EX EASy later in the summer, with Falcon 7X approval to follow by year-end.
ExecuJet Aviation Group and Rolls-Royce have signed agreements authorizing ExecuJet service centers in China, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria and Australia to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on the Rolls-Royce BR710.
Rolls-Royce and ExecuJet Middle East signed an initial engine service agreement in 2012 authorizing ExecuJet’s Dubai service center to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on the Rolls-Royce BR710 and AE3007A.
In-service aircraft are joining newly built aircraft in eligibility for Dassault Falcon’s FalconCare guaranteed maintenance program. In-service Falcon customers can enroll in the program from the first C-check and use it anywhere in the manufacturer’s worldwide authorized service center network.
AJW Aviation and Jet Aviation Basel recently signed an agreement to cooperate in developing component support and AOG programs for mutual Airbus ACJ and Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) customers. To ensure availability of aircraft components when and where needed, Jet Aviation Basel and AJW Aviation are joining forces to establish a specialized component support and global AOG service for Airbus and Boeing business jet operators and owners.
Dallas Airmotive has identified a site at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as the location for its proposed 30,000-sq-ft advanced test facility. Slated for groundbreaking in late July, the facility is awaiting approval by the DFW Airport board of directors. It will have three turboshaft and three turbofan test cells, a centralized control room, and a 15,000-sq-ft pre- and post-test preparation area. The facility is expected to be completed and operational by the first half of next year.