Aero Precision entered into an agreement to market Euravia’s P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO services. “We are excited about this new partnership with Euravia, which is one of the leading P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO service providers in the world,” said Pavel Slavin, director of sales for Aero Precision. Euravia’s approach to cost-effective repair and overhaul and its customized preventive maintenance programs “will help our customers with the reliability of their engines and decrease long-term cost of ownership.”
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.
The FAA has granted PMA approval to Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 duplex bearings (OEM p/n 206-040-032-105; Able p/n 2AA-040-032-105). The company offers certified, guaranteed parts that erase long lead-times and significantly reduce operating costs immediately, said Anthony Saenz, Able Aerospace’s president.
Chromalloy has acquired Trac Group, a tier-one component supplier to the aerospace and energy industries. “Chromalloy’s acquisition of Trac Group is in line with our strategy to increase our support for the new engine supply chain,” said president Carlo Luzzatto. “Chromalloy and Trac together offer the original equipment manufacturers a global source of component production and repair.” Trac Group provides design, engineering and manufacturing of high- and low-pressure complex turbine components, including blades, segments and vanes for the engine hot section.
RBR Maintenance has hired Chris Grinnell as lead technician. According to the company, Grinnell has developed extensive technical knowledge through his previous positions as maintenance/lead mechanic and AOG technician. Specializing in Cessna and Embraer aircraft, Grinnell has been working on the Phenom 100 since first delivery. In addition, he has successfully completed FJ44 schooling. In his new position he will be responsible for overseeing maintenance projects and providing technical support to RBR customers.
The FAA has issued a final rule to adopt a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the sliding doors on the Eurocopter AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N and AS355NP. The AD does not apply to aircraft that have modification AL 4262. The AD, which requires removing specified nuts and washers from the lower ball-joint bolt, was prompted by a report of a sliding door detaching from the helicopter in flight.
Brazil’s civil aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), approved Blackhawk’s XP42A performance upgrade for the Cessna 208A Caravan. ANAC’s certification follows similar approval from the FAA in June that permits the engine upgrade on the Cessna 208A in the U.S. The XP42A mod includes a new 850-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A; Hartzell four-blade propeller; composite cowling; high-efficiency inlet duct; larger oil cooler; and two new exhaust stacks. Blackhawk claims the package increases climb rate by 24 percent and cruise speed by 9 percent.
Jet Aviation appointed Hardy Bütschi as vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s facilities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, effective in January. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the company’s maintenance and FBO operations at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport, as well as at Al Bateen Executive Airport in nearby Abu Dhabi. Previously, Bütschi oversaw the company’s operations in Saudi Arabia as vice president of Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia.
Aircare Solutions Group is offering a compliance addition to flight department training programs so they can quickly meet the new requirements set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The new hazard communication standard (HCS) requires all associates in the flight department and supporting departments to be trained in changes to hazardous material labeling identification by December 1.
Washington, D.C.-based Potomac Solutions entered into a multi-year relationship with Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Ariz. The agreement will bring a range of aviation maintenance and repair organization capabilities and technologies to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Potomac Solutions specializes in platform and systems acquisition, modification and integration, third-party logistics and distribution. Phoenix Heliparts, a specialist in MD 500, Bell UH-1, Bell 407 and AH-1 Cobra helicopter maintenance, is expanding its target area to serve clients in the MENA region.
Vector Aerospace breaks ground this month for its PW150A engine facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. The new 86,000-sq-ft center will include a 56,000-sq-ft Pratt and Whitney designated overhaul facility with full engine overhaul and test capability. Vector expects the facility to open next year.