At a press conference here on Monday, Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, detailed its new Falcon 50-4 program. Premier worked with Honeywell on the upgrade, which replaces the Falcon 50’s TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1 engines with new TFE731-4-1C engines. The upgrade includes minor modifications to the nacelles and engine instruments.
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.
The Battle Creek, Mich. facility of Duncan Aviation recently christened its newest paint hangar with the completion of a Falcon 2000. The new 19,200-sq-ft hangar adds 40 slots to the facility’s annual paint capacity. It incorporates the latest airflow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms, and was designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once by using a two-zone airflow system.
Jet Aviation has begun a $27 million expansion at its current complex in Basel, Switzerland. The project will add almost 334,000 sq ft of hangar, shop and ramp space, and is expected to take about 18 months.
Williams International (Booth No. 5346) is expanding its on-the-wing hot section inspections (check 3) program on installed FJ44-1A engines to other FJ44 engine models.
Stevens Aviation has been selected by Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. as its North American authorized interior completion facility for the SJ30-2. Stevens’ Greenville, S.C. plant did the completion work on the SJ30-2 on static display here in Orlando. “When we stepped off the airplane in Greenville, I could immediately tell our jet was in good hands,” said Bob Kromer, Sino Swearingen vice president of marketing and sales.
Embraer has tapped DeCrane Aircraft to complete the interiors of its new Lineage 1000 large executive jet. The two companies announced the deal here yesterday. Under the agreement, key interior components such as seating, furniture and entertainment systems will also be supplied by DeCrane. Embraer announced the $40.95 million aircraft, based on its EMB 190 large regional jetliner, in May.
Now that refurbishment of the Falcon 900 is finished and the jet is back in service, the experience for the owner and managers of the airplane can probably best be summed up thus: “The end result will be enjoyed long after the trials and tribulations of the journey have been forgotten.”
Small and medium-size North American OEMs can find the European market challenging in terms of providing engineering and customer support for their products. UK-based Aerospace Representatives (ARL) is seeking to meet this need by offering to be more than just a sales representative in the region.
Sky Connect has obtained STCs for its equipment on the Bell 206 (B and L-1/3/4) and Sikorsky S-76 (A through C). The STCs include Sky Connect’s newest control head, called the mission-management unit. It provides flight crews with two-way text messaging and unlimited phone calls.
E-A-R Specialty Composites (Booth No. 5376), which specializes in aircraft interior noise control, has announced the recent completion and delivery of new interior noise suppression kits for the Challenger 850 and the Gulfstream G150. Two kits for the Challenger 850 were recently delivered to Lufthansa Technik for installation at the company’s Hamburg service facility.