An AD should be issued requiring all operators of transport-category airplanes with certain pressure-vessel structural repairs to determine if they were done properly or whether there’s hidden damage that could lead to multiple-site fatigue cracking and possible structural failure, according to the NTSB.
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.
Raytheon Aircraft selected Cox & Company of Manhattan, N.Y., to supply its electromagnetic expulsion de-icing (EMED) system for the horizontal stabilizer of the Hawker Horizon, which is scheduled to receive certification before year-end.
Aviation Partners said it is in the “preliminary stages” of “looking at the entire Citation line” as the possible next candidate for the company’s performance-enhancing blended winglets. No timetable, however, was immediately available. Meanwhile, the Seattle-based company expects to receive certification of its blended winglets for the Hawker 800 and 800XP in mid- to late summer, more than a year later than originally planned.
Garrett Aviation Services approved Northeast Air, a Portland, Ore. service center, to install Garrett’s RVSM avionics packages for the Citation 500 series. The installations include two IS&S air data display units, two modules, two analog/digital interface units and several new wire harnesses. Starting prices are $105,000 for a single flight director and $128,000 for a dual FD installation.
Within 10 days of the issuance of an emergency AD in late March requiring the replacement of horizontal stabilizer components in Learjet 45s, Bombardier said it had inspected the fleet of more than 230 aircraft worldwide and, at its own expense, retrofitted new actuator assemblies on the approximately 105 aircraft affected.
Boise, Idaho-based Positron Systems has received a Small Business Innovative Research grant by the Office of Naval Research to enhance its Photon
Miami-based Quiet Technologies Aerospace in late January received FAA approval of its Stage 3 translating-ejector hush kit for Gulfstream IIs, IIBs and IIIs.
Selling its Citation Williams FJ44 Eagle II program to Garrett Aviation Services frees Sierra Industries to refocus on developing additional modifications for Citations and other business jets, according to a company official. Sierra has already obtained about 300 STCs for Citation mods.
Jill Hilgenberg, marketing v-p for Cygnus Business Media, has had to learn a long list of aviation vocabulary in a short time. She was handed the responsibility for pulling off this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers Supershow (AS3) combined with the airline Ground Support Equipment (GSE) International Expo.
Raytheon Aircraft Services in Atlanta received an STC to upgrade existing Hawker 700A and 700B height-keeping equipment to digital altimeters with data-acquisition units to meet RVSM requirements. The installed cost averages $112,000. Downtime is about three weeks (less if the aircraft already has an air-data computer). Another RVSM option for Hawker 700As and 700Bs is Midcoast Aviation.