Honda Aircraft has selected four U.S. Piper distributors to sell and service the HondaJet, the Japanese manufacturer announced here at NBAA’06.
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.
McKinney Aerospace, a maintenance, refurb and avionics shop at Collin County Regional Airport north of Dallas, closed its doors late last month. Purchased by Aeros Aviation in March last year, McKinney Aerospace was intended to be a "design and certification center" for Aeros Aviation projects.
Citation modification specialist Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, has received an STC for its Stallion conversion, a Citation 500/501 powered by Williams FJ44-2A turbofans in place of the twinjet’s original Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15Ds.
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground on October 3 to expand its aircraft completions facilities in Little Rock, Ark., with a $16.3 million addition creating more room for paint and interior completions of the Hawker 4000.
Aviall, one of the largest independent distributors of new parts for business aircraft, said the European Commission “has not raised any antitrust issues” related to its proposed acquisition by Boeing, and “therefore cleared the transaction to proceed.” Antitrust clearance in the U.S. was received in June and all other regulatory approvals that are needed have now been obtained, said Aviall.
Representatives from Lux Aviation Engineering, the Tucson, Ariz. battery and flight controls maker, are on hand at Booth No. 1079 to acquaint attendees with the company’s capabilities and expertise.
Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 5176) is offering a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A upgrade for the Raytheon King Air F90. According to the Waco, Texas company, the upgrade gives the F90 the same performance as the F90-1.
Duncan Aviation recently installed its 10th Duncan Design Shell Kit for the Falcon 50. As part of the program, Duncan guts a customer airplane and installs the shell, providing an upgraded interior in 10 to 12 weeks of downtime. Installation of the kit, said Duncan, increases headroom by two inches. The kit also includes new LED lighting, oxygen and ordinance signs.
Operators looking for better range from their executive/VIP single- or double-aisle jumbo jets–as well as enhanced safety–might find what they’re looking for at the BaySys Technologies’ NBAA booth.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5100) was recently awarded an STC for installation of Securaplane main ship batteries for Falcon 900/900EXs. This STC covers Falcons with existing Nicad or lead-acid type batteries.
The company is authorized to provide sales and service on the Securaplane “pure lead” SLA batteries and is an authorized Dassault Falcon Jet service center at its Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., locations.