Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.
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.
A Challenger 600 and Falcon 50 recently rolled out of Elliott Aviation’s Moline, Ill. paint shop, both firsts of those types for the company. The Challenger 600 featured a paint scheme in which Elliott Aviation paint shop manager Kirk Wood collaborated with the customer and outside sources to produce an iridescent “pearlized” look for the aircraft exterior.
Piedmont Aviation Component Services recently added ATR 42 landing gear to its list of capabilities. Jennifer Giordano, Piedmont landing gear marketing manager, said, “Adding the ATR 42 to our landing-gear menu allows us to service additional equipment for our current customers as well as expand our customer base to include those flying the Dash 8-300.” The company also offers Dash 8-300 landing gear equipment for loan/exchange purposes.
Duncan Aviation has been awarded a “multiple aircraft type” STC for Honeywell’s runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), allowing the company to install it on aircraft equipped with Honeywell’s Mark V or Mark VII EGPWS systems. This STC includes the option for an “inhibit” annunciator switch that allows flight crews to mute RAAS warnings for 30, 60 or 90 seconds.
Aircraft Components Company, of Tulsa, Okla., and Turbine Aircraft Components, of Addison, Texas, have merged and will operate under the name Aircraft Components Company headquartered in Tulsa. Aircraft Components Company is an FAA-approved repair station that specializes in the repair and overhaul of aircraft components; Turbine Aircraft Components is a parts supplier with an extensive inventory of new and used
Embraer recently named the Jet Aviation maintenance facilities in Bedford/Boston, Dallas and Teterboro, N.J., authorized service centers for the Legacy. Jet Aviation’s global maintenance network now includes a total of six Embraer Legacy service centers, with additional locations in Palm Beach, Fla; Dusseldorf, Germany; and London Biggin Hill, UK.
Sabreliner Corp. and Midcoast Aviation each have been recognized by Honeywell as top-performing service centers, earning Honeywell’s prestigious Staar (service target authorization and approval rating) award. “All of us at Sabreliner and Midcoast are proud to be recognized for providing a level of service excellence that surpasses even Honeywell’s stringent requirements,” said Ron Herman, vice president of operations for Sabreliner.
“The fleet is growing and we want to make the right decision at the right time. We are in the midst of discussions about Mesa but there’s no decision so far,” a Cessna spokeswoman told AIN. The comment comes on the heels of an announcement by Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker in his State of the City address that Cessna would be building its 10th domestic Citation Service Center there.
Phazar Flight Support at Meacham nternational Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, is expanding. In particular, its aircraft refurbishment center, due for completion this month, is growing. The new facility includes a 44,000-sq-ft hangar devoted to completion work and the company is already converting two MD-87 airliners to executive/VIP configuration.
Yingling Aviation recently opened a new 15,500-sq-ft facility that will include 12,000 sq ft of hangar space in addition to a customer spec room, shops and offices. In recent years the Wichita-based company has focused on its Oasis program, installing executive/VIP cabins in Cessna Caravans.