Cessna will offer a TKS “weeping wing” anti-icing system for the Cessna Grand Caravan beginning in March, using a system manufactured by Aerospace Systems & Technologies of Salina, Kan. The Cessna system includes laser-drilled titanium TKS panels installed on the leading edges of the wings, wing struts and horizontal and vertical stabilizers.
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.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the Middle East-based start-up that is seeking to command a global presence in a number of aviation sectors, finalized the buyout of Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero Holdings from The Carlyle Group this week. DAE paid $1.9 billion for the two MRO companies. According to DAE, Landmark and Standard Aero will serve as the core of its plan to become a global MRO provider.
Dart Helicopter Services received Transport Canada approval for its Apical Industries emergency float system for Robinson R44s and R44 IIs. The system received FAA approval last April. EASA approval is pending. The system consists of two cylindrical forward floats and two cylindrical aft floats mounted on skid tubes, with a mechanically activated inflation system.
Clifford Development, working on a Williams FJ44-3A engine conversion for the Citation II, has appointed Chino, Calif.-based Threshold Aviation Group as a service center. Under the agreement, Threshold will sell, install and service the upgrade, which will include all necessary parts, certifications and manuals. Clifford is still developing the more than $2 million conversion. Downtime is expected to be six weeks.
Hawker Beechcraft has chosen InterGlobe General Aviation to provide sales and service support for its aircraft in India. The company will be Hawker Beechcraft’s exclusive representative for the Hawker 400XP; the Hawker 125 series, including the Hawker 750, Hawker 850XP and Hawker 900XP; and Hawker 4000. The company’s territory includes India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Myanmar.
Emphasizing the pivotal role of foreign repair stations in the aviation industry, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently testified before the Senate subcommittee on aviation operations, safety and security regarding the oversight of foreign contract maintenance.
“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.
“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.