Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is one of the oldest and most respected names in aerospace through its long history, consisting primarily of military work. While it has been involved in business aviation for many years, and has 40 years’ experience in performing MRO work on Cessna Citations, the group is now dramatically expanding its footprint in the sector.
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.
With sales of the aircraft it powers going so well, Rolls-Royce (Booth 5855) has been working hard to enhance its support offering, from the network of authorized service centers to its AOG support and parts stocks.
The problem with most aircraft towbars and tugs is that the operator can’t see what’s happening with the wingtips and tail, so extra personnel are always needed when moving an aircraft into a tight spot. Krefeld, Germany-based Mototok International (Booth 5539) has solved this by using a wireless remote-controlled tug system for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, which can be operated by one person standing at any spot while moving the aircraft.
In the annual announcements by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and other aircraft manufacturers about the half-million or so additional pilots who will be needed to fill cockpits over the next 20 years, often overlooked is the need for an even greater number of maintenance technicians: about 600,000 by 2031, according to Boeing’s most recent forecast. So if there is already, or will soon be, a shortage of qualified pilots, is there not also a shortfall in maintenance personnel? And not just in commercial aviation but business aviation and civil helicopter operations as well?
Dassault is planning to roll out several improvements for the Falcon 7X this year, both as retrofit and for new-production aircraft. One of these upgrades includes the fuel system, which is being modified to cut refueling time.
To increase operational availability, Falcon 7X maintenance intervals are being increased. The basic check, which used to take place every two months, is now being rescheduled for every 300 flight hours. Moreover, the time between two A-checks will be extended sometime next year.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s FAST (Flight Data Acquisition Storage and Transmission System) engine diagnostic, prognostic and health-management (DPHM) system recently received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for use on Bombardier Dash 8 Series 200 and 300 turboprops, P&WC announced Wednesday on the occasion of the annual Regional Airline Association Convention in St. Louis. Transport Canada STC No. SA12-70 now includes Bombardier Models Q200, Q300 and Q400.
The aviation program at Kansas State University Salina is working with Price Induction to develop a curriculum using the French company’s new virtual engine test bench that simulates the DGen 380 lightweight gas turbine engine. Price Induction has given the aviation department full use of the test bench for one year to generate an education model that could be used in other academic settings.
Constant Aviation’s Las Vegas facility has been selected by Embraer as an authorized service center for the Legacy 600/650 and Phenom 100/300. Constant Aviation will support scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics upgrades, structural repairs and interior refurbishments.
Field Aviation has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for its proprietary long-range fuel modification for the Bombardier Dash 8-100/200/300. Transport Canada (TC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have also STC’d the modification.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) has signed a three-year MRO support contract with Quebec, Calif.-headquartered Optima Aero to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for the latter’s PT6T-series engines.
Optima Aero offers a package for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6T, PT6B and PW200 and Turbomeca Arriel 2 consisting of parts, technical expertise and component and engine exchanges.