Clifford Development has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (CE-S550). Like the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 turbofans, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
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.
After a year-and-a-half-long court battle, maintenance-tracking provider Camp Systems International and Gulfstream Aerospace signed a cross-licensing agreement that settles the dispute. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will permit Camp to use Gulfstream’s copyrighted maintenance manuals on a non-exclusive worldwide basis for 15 years.
Cessna will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan beginning next March. The system, manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies, includes TKS panels (titanium laser-drilled with thousands of tiny holes) installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
Cheyenne owners now have an option for RVSM certification, in the form of a Jettech kit available for all Cheyenne 400LS models equipped with the Collins APS-65 or King KFC 400 autopilot. The company is working on an STC for those equipped with a KFC 300. It will sell for $159,000 and include a new air data computer, digital altimeter and associated pitot-static and wiring upgrades.
Several French-based companies, universities and local authorities have joined forces in a project to reduce helicopter support costs by 30 percent. Thirteen small firms, all located around Montauban, near Toulouse, are participating in the $14 million Helimaintenance project.
If your King Air 200 is coming up on its second or–worse–third PT6A-41 engine overhaul, you might find the numbers daunting. Fortunately, Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, offers an alternative in the form of an STC that is far more operator friendly.
FBO company turns its attention to maintenance Houston-based Encore FBO has focused a good deal of time and attention on the maintenance element of its business. “We want to provide total support for our business aviation customers,” CEO Dan Bucaro told AIN. The company currently offers maintenance at its Frederick, Md., and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, and it has plans to expand.
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT SERVICES APPOINTED BLACKHAWK DEALER
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Jet Aviation in Dusseldorf, Germany an authorized service center for Hawker 800 series.
Embraer recently broke ground at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., for its second new executive jet service center in the U.S. The ceremony came three weeks after a similar groundbreaking ceremony was held at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The new facility, scheduled for completion in the middle of next year, is dedicated to full-service care for Embraer’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600.