A history of maintenance issues is unfolding at Chalks Ocean Airways, according to a series of recently released NTSB factual reports about last December’s crash of one of the carrier’s Grumman Mallard G73s in Miami, Fla., following separation of the right wing after takeoff. “The right wing fracture surfaces that were examined exhibited evidence of overstress and fatigue,” said the Safety Board.
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.
Probably more active here at Farnborough International 2006 than any other exhibitor is ATC Lasham (Hall 1/Stand B22), which handles all arriving and departing aircraft.
Bombardier has selected TAG Farnborough Engineering and Gold Air International as its newest maintenance providers, increasing its number of service centers in Europe to 11.
Three years ago, Boeing product support experts started thinking about new ways to take care of the 787 fleet. Many small airlines and startups were placing orders for the new airplane, and Boeing figured some airlines might want to focus more on getting customers to destinations and less on the logistics of operating and maintaining complex jet airliners. The U.S.
Parker Aerospace (Hall 4 Stand A16) returns to Farnborough International this year rejuvenated by a string of recent contract signings and the opening of a joint venture with Singapore’s SIA Engineering Co. Christened Aerospace Component Engineering Services (ACE Services), the partnership with SIA was consummated with the opening of an $11.9 million, 32,000-sq-ft facility located at Loyang Aerospace Park near Singapore Changi Airport.
Hardide Coatings Ltd. (Hall 4 Stand B5) has made a first step into the aerospace sector with its recent selection by BAE Systems as an approved supplier for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The UK surface engineering specialist is providing an ultra-hard tungsten carbide, chemical-vapor deposition coating for various components, including the canopy.
Sensor expert Auxitrol (Hall 1 Stand B11) is benefiting from rapid production ramp-up in several engine programs. Products from the Bourges, France-based company are incorporated in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F and PW615F engines, which power the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang very light jets, respectively.
Following a memorandum of agreement between the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army in early June, Lockheed Martin, Global Military Aircraft Systems (GMAS) and Team JCA this month are submitting revised proposals for the Pentagon’s Joint Cargo Aircraft requirement. Initial proposals were for a new tactical airlifter that will replace the U.S.
AgustaWestland has won a 25-year deal to support the UK fleet of Merlin Mk1 maritime and Mk 3 transport helicopters. The integrated Merlin operational support (IMOS) contract will be worth €450 million ($832 million) in the first five years. It is typical of the new logistics partnering arrangements being introduced by the MoD in the UK, and beginning to be copied elsewhere.
The UK Ministry of Defence is spending more than $1.35 billion to upgrade the Merlin Mk 1 large maritime helicopter which has been operational for less than five years. The upgrade is necessary because the Merlin has been so long in development that its computer systems have become obsolete. It also signifies a determination to maintain helicopter systems engineering skills in the UK.