AAR’s Duluth repair station has completed its 100th aircraft since it re-opened an abandoned 188,000-sq-ft hangar in November 2012. Today, AAR Aircraft Services Duluth supports three lines of aircraft maintenance and 305 jobs. The Duluth facility is currently dedicated to the single-aisle Airbus fleet, exclusively servicing the A319, A320 and A321. AAR is on track to open a fourth line of maintenance in September, creating another 70 positions.
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.
A new 30,000-sq-ft composite processing and repair center will be developed within StandardAero Components’ existing 250,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is intended to meet the growing market demand for the development of new composite repairs for aircraft and ground-based engine hardware and aircraft structures.
Ontic has appointed Miami, Fla.-based Air Parts & Supply Company (Apsco) exclusive worldwide distributor for its line of Woodward governors/synchronizers/synchrophasers.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Skyservice as its first company-authorized warranty facility in Canada. The agreement, which covers the G550, G500, G450, G350, G280, G200 and G150, applies to Skyservice’s three locations in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, though initially the Toronto site will provide customer support.
A spokesman for Gulfstream told AIN, “This new approval is a natural outcome of our growing fleet in Canada and direct feedback from our customers there asking for service opportunities in Canada.”
NBAA’s three-day 2014 Maintenance Management Conference, held recently in Tampa, Fla., drew almost 750 attendees. It featured 140 exhibits, 20 education and professional development sessions and a closing general session devoted to changes coming in aviation. Topics ranged from Part 21 certification procedures for products and parts to hangar modernization, managing aircraft interiors and how to find a good auditor. MMC2015 will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore., from May 5 to 7 next year.
Honeywell Aerospace will be the exclusive hardware provider of domestic air-to-ground communication for AT&T’s planned in-flight connectivity services, which will bring faster Wi-Fi to passengers on airliners and business jets. With the new 4G LTE service, passengers will experience air-to-ground speeds significantly higher than today’s. Under terms of an agreement in principle with AT&T, Honeywell exclusively will build and deliver aircraft hardware needed to connect to AT&T’s planned air-to-ground system in the U.S.
Duncan Aviation’s avionics team is validating STCs in response to Aircell’s announcement that Gogo Biz will be available in portions of Canada this year. Duncan has completed 11 STCs to date.
Corey Wilkinson has been appointed to Universal Avionics’ newly created position of sales manager for Latin America. His background includes various roles at L-3 Communications and Monarch Aviation encompassing sales, marketing and business development. In his new role, Wilkinson will be based in St. Louis and responsible for developing the business aviation market for the company in Latin America, including Mexico.
Randy Soutiere has joined Elliott Aviation as v-p of operational support. In his new role, Soutiere will oversee engineering, quality control, customer support, lean manufacturing, parts and FBO services. The newly created position is part of an organizational restructuring that appoints Ed Chevrestt to the new position of v-p of operations. Elliott says the changes represent its sharpening focus on customer support. Soutiere’s 30 years of experience include a long career with Cessna, where he was most recently general manager of the Mesa, Ariz.
Winner Aviation’s roots date back to 1946, when Beckett Aviation opened its doors to the Youngstown, Ohio flying community. The new company was located on Youngstown Municipal Airport, in Vienna, Ohio. One of the last federal Works Progress Administration projects, the airport opened in 1940 and would eventually be known as Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.