“Our customers expect an instant response to their problem,” said Chris Gress, manager for parts, components and services. “Our new parts, components and services [PCS program] can meet their needs anywhere, anytime.
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.
“Las Vegas is now one of our top five customer destinations, making it the perfect location to expand what is already the largest dedicated maintenance network in private aviation,” said Sanjay Aggarwal, Flight Options COO. “We are proud to be a part of the Las Vegas community.”
FlightSafety International (FSI) has become the first non-domestic training organization to obtain a Part 147 maintenance training certificate from the General Administration of Civil Aviation in China. The CCAR-147 approval follows FlightSafety’s certification by the Chinese aviation authority to provide initial and recurrent pilot training for the Embraer ERJ 145.
Airfoil Services of Malaysia, a joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik, has moved into a new production facility about four times the size of its original location. The new facility, located in Kota Damansara, near Kuala Lumpur, represents an investment of about $14 million. There are currently 350 employees, and that number is expected to increase by about 150 over the next few years.
Citation owners now have another engine maintenance option on the East Coast. Dallas Airmotive’s Millville regional turbine center has added repair, hot-section inspection and field service on Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 engines. The engine powers the Cessna Citation Bravo, Encore, Encore+, Excel, XLS and XLS+.
Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments named Precision Avionics & Instruments (PAI) as an authorized service provider to repair and overhaul the MCI 4300 Lifesaver electric attitude indicator. PAI is the only authorized company in North America outside the factory to be a service facility and provide warranty work for the instruments.
Starting this month, retro crown doors will be available for the King Air 200/B200/300/B300. According to a spokesman for Raisbeck Engineering, the doors are designed to be compatible with the company’s nacelle wing lockers for the King Air 200 and 300. The initial price for the retro crown door kit is $9,250 not including installation.
Embraer has begun construction of an executive jet service center at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The center, scheduled to open in mid-2008, will be one of three U.S. facilities dedicated to maintaining the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600.
It took a couple of years longer than expected, but operators of the Hawker 800 might find the wait has been worthwhile. After three years of work, Aviation Partners last month finally obtained an STC for its performance-enhancing blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series.
Embraer sent all operators of ERJ regional jets and Legacy business jets a field service letter reminding pilots of the procedure to follow in the event they receive a “landing gear disagree” message after an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 135 tried to land at Boston Logan Airport on June 20 with its landing gear raised. The airplane briefly scraped the runway when the crew aborted the landing for a go-around.