The National Air Transportation Association’s Aircraft Systems and Maintenance Technology Committee has formed a working group to address the long-standing issue of a lack of consistency among FAA FSDOs with regard to aircraft conformity inspections when adding an aircraft to a Part 135 operating certificate.
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.
Jets marks its 10th anniversary with continued growth, particularly at London Biggin Hill Airport, where it acquired a facility in late 2012. The move saw the company expand into Dassault Falcon 2000 and 900 maintenance with its designation as an authorized service center. “In the next 12 months we hope to expand our relationship with Dassault. We also intend to bolster our work on the Challenger 300 at Biggin Hill, and have recently appointed more engineers dedicated to the type,” said Jets managing director Alan Barnes.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering has sent a specialist team of structural aircraft engineers to Basel to complete a strut improvement program (SIP) for Jet Aviation. The company, which gained its Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation approval last October, sent a team of licensed engineers from its headquarters at London Luton Airport to Jet Aviation’s facility in Basel to carry out the SIP modification on a private Boeing 767. The SIP modification consists of an extensive rebuild of the engine pylons to restore damage tolerance.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed Arno Forehand general manager of its component repair facility in Lincoln, Calif. He replaces David Pearman, who is now general manager of Gulfstream’s service center in West Palm Beach, Fla. In his new role, Forehand will handle the daily operations of Gulfstream Lincoln, a 34,000-sq-ft operation dedicated to repair and overhaul of components such as alternators, converters, generators, avionics and flight instruments.
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honeywell TPE331-5, -5A, -5AB, -5B, -10, -10R, -10U, -10UF, -10UG, -10UGR, and -10UR turboprop engines. It was prompted by engine propeller shaft coupling failures, leading to unexpected propeller pitch changes and resulting in high aerodynamic and asymmetric drag on the airplanes using these engines. This proposed AD would require removing from service certain part number propeller shaft couplings.
The FAA has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to collect information to draft regulations regarding controlled-substance and alcohol testing of Part 145 repair station employees located outside the U.S. To help in the preparation of comments and to gather information about current industry practices, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) is soliciting input via a survey of potentially affected repair stations.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services will be offering two more factory-authorized, Twin Commander-specific training courses for maintenance technicians this year: June 23 to July 1 and October 13 to 21. The 42-hour course, which covers 19 different subjects ranging from manuals and bulletins to avionics, is designed to meet the training requirements for working on the Twin Commander 690/A/B/C/D and 695/A/B at a factory-authorized service center.
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.
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.