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.

February 25, 2008 - 4:07pm

Wellington, Colo.-based CompuTrak (at Paravion Technology Booth No. 4231) recently added Mission Control to its maintenance-tracking software package. The add-on allows for integrated mission activity of each flight, including pilot and passenger information, fuel usage and mission narrative.

February 25, 2008 - 12:38pm

Aircraft accessories provider Precise Flight (Booth No. 1421) of Bend, Ore., has received a supplemental type certificate for its high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting for the Robinson R22 series. According to Precise Flight v-p Scott Philiben, the HID lighting is “a great fit” for Robinson helicopters, providing illumination in low-visibility situations and dense urban environments.

February 25, 2008 - 12:37pm

Here at Heli-Expo’08, Aerospace Filtration Systems (Booth No. 4013) is marking the delivery of more than 3,000 inlet barrier filters (IBFs) for helicopters. The engine protection systems are in use worldwide on a wide array of commercial and military helicopters, with more than one million total flight hours combined.

February 25, 2008 - 12:33pm

California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue (Calstar) has completed requirements for a supplemental type certificate (STC) to re-engine the Eurocopter BO 105LS with a Rolls-Royce 250-C30. The engine modification will allow the McClellan, Calif.-based organization’s BO 105LS to provide service at higher altitudes throughout the mountainous Sierra Nevada region. In partnership with Aerometals of El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Booth No.

February 25, 2008 - 12:04pm

Air Concepts International is a small company with great expectations. Tucked away with a half-dozen other businesses in a nondescript building across the street from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, it is slowly but surely expanding its market presence as a helicopter completion and refurbishment specialist.

February 25, 2008 - 11:29am

Air ambulance operator Guardian Flight has purchased its first helicopter, a Soloy-modified Eurocopter AS 350BA, on display here at the Soloy Aviation Solutions booth (No. 713). The Soloy SD1 modification replaces the AS 350’s original Turbomeca Arriel engine with a Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A. Guardian Flight is headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska, with satellite bases in Ketchikan, Dutch Harbor and Sitka.

February 25, 2008 - 11:27am

Among the turbine engine programs Honeywell is featuring at Booth No. 2137 this week are a completely factory-remanufactured version of the venerable T53 that powered the Huey series and the brand-new HTS900 turboshaft for the Army Bell ARH-70A armed reconnaissance helicopter.

February 25, 2008 - 11:25am

Rotortech Services (Booth No. 2037) selected Av-Base’s WinAir software to help manage maintenance and inventory at its Palm Beach, Fla. helicopter service center. Rotortech said the software will help its technicians better track customer helicopter maintenance needs.

February 25, 2008 - 11:19am

Texas Aviation Services (TAS) said it has been certified by Brazil’s Agencia Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) as a repair station for Brazilian-registered rotorcraft.

February 25, 2008 - 11:04am

Inlet-barrier filtration (IBF) supplier FDC/aerofilter (Booth No. 537) yesterday announced that its filtration system for the dual-hydraulic Eurocopter AS 350B3 has been granted FAA STC approval. Eurocopter adapted the cowling from the EC 130B4 for the dual-hydraulic AS 350B3, so FDC likewise adapted the company’s approved EC 130 filtration system and cowling interface to the aircraft.

 
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