Component repair company Heico Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., will expand its services in the repair of avionics and other instruments as a result of purchasing Cleveland-based Inertial Airline Services (IAS) from fractional aircraft ownership operator Flight Options. Heico said it plans to keep IAS management intact and retain its location in Cleveland. Flight Options now operates 88 airplanes for more than 700 owners.
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.
An STC for after-production installation of the auxiliary fuel tanks for the Boeing Business Jet 2 is expected this month, about three months later than originally planned. PATS of Columbia, Md., is doing the aux tank installation in addition to BBJ2 winglet installations at its Georgetown, Del. facility.
Parker Hannifin announced a guaranteed cost-per-brake-landing (CPBL) program for Pilatus PC-12s equipped with new Cleveland brakes. The program, provided through Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., guarantees a brake cost of $2.85 per landing for 1,000 landings over three years.
The maintenance division of Denmark-based ExecuJet Scandinavia has received JAR 145 approval, enabling the company to service aircraft registered to any nation in the European Union. From its base at Copenhagen’s Roskilde Airport, ExecuJet Scandinavia is the operating partner for Bombardier’s Flexjet Europe fractional aircraft ownership program. It is part of the Johannesburg, South Africa-based ExecuJet Aviation Group.
Really Quiet of Mojave, Calif., expects to receive FAA certification this month for its Stage 3 hush-kit installation on the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The FAA has flown the test airplane, a Really Quiet-owned GII, and verified a “cumulative noise level six to seven decibels below Stage 3,” according to the company. It hopes to have a certified airplane at this month’s NBAA show.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has signed a $260,000 contract with Boundary Layer Research (BLR) to adapt a NASA-patented technology for use on the Coast Guard’s fleet of HH-65 Dolphin helicopters.
In 1969, a youthful Ray Siegfried II, just four years out of Notre Dame University, bought Nordam with its eight workers out of bankruptcy. Over the next 34 years he and his team proceeded to build the Tulsa, Okla. company into a major aircraft component manufacturer, overhaul and repair provider with more than 3,000 employees in facilities around the globe.
To improve support for a worldwide fleet of some 1,600 Falcons, last month Dassault Falcon Jet announced at the NBAA show that it has restructured its service network to create Dassault Aircraft Services and provide owners and operators with “the kind of support they expect of an airplane of this quality.”
When Peter Campbell was managing the interior completion of a BBJ2 for a client, he became concerned about the expensive blended wood flooring and leather paneling inside the main cabin door. So he made a sketch of an awning attached to the top of the BBJ’s door and presented it to Lufthansa Technik Completion Center designers in Hamburg, Germany.
Aviation Partners expects to obtain an STC early this month on its blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series. The project has been in the works for a couple of years. “Manufacturing problems,” failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process.