Amid growing concerns about the shrinking base of aviation technical personnel, Lufthansa Technik is taking proactive steps to ensure that there are enough technicians to meet its future needs.
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 first of two phases of the Gulfstream Aerospace new Savannah Service Center has officially opened.
In March last year the company announced a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its Savannah headquarters and business-jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities. It includes the new 624,588-sq-ft service center on 76.6 acres at the southwest quadrant of the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
Last month, Bombardier Aerospace launched a “classic aircraft support program” after seeing a “dramatic increase” in service and support requests over the past three years from operators of older Learjets and Challengers. But there is a catch–operators are required to pay for the service.
The SAE Institute and Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) have been working with industry professionals to develop the SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance specialist-technician and SAE/PAMA aviation maintenance engineer certifications. According to PAMA president Brian Finnegan, the two organizations are now looking for volunteers to go through the certification process to beta test it.
Flightcraft, the Portland, Ore.-based aviation services provider, announced it has received factory approval to service and support the Cessna Mustang, making it the first authorized Citation Service Center to do so. In addition to acquiring the tooling necessary to provide maintenance and inspection services on Cessna’s entry to the VLJ market, Flightcraft technicians have been factory trained on the Mustang airframe and powerplant.
The long-running dispute between JetStar operators and Lockheed Martin continues, as the two dozen or so owners of the remaining 36 U.S.-registered Lockheed L-329 JetStars say they are just about out of patience with the defense contractor. Lockheed Martin inherited JetStar support under the same agreement through which it supports the L-1011 TriStar airliner. It has not produced either aircraft in decades.
What’s in a name?
If it’s West Star Aviation, it includes the former Premier Air Center at St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN) in East Alton, Ill., and West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., along with its surplus avionics division in Hiawatha, Iowa. Those entities have been operating as Premier/West Star since December 2004 when Premier Air Center acquired West Star Aviation.
The first winglet-equipped Cessna Citation X made its maiden flight yesterday from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, just a day after the collaborative program between Cessna and Winglet Technology was announced here.
Montreal-based Mecaer America (Booth No. 5319) has announced record growth for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2007. The company–which saw revenues rise from $11 million to $19 million (Canadian)–specializes in design, development, manufacture and support of hydraulic and mechanical landing-gear systems, dampers, valves and power modules.
Two weeks ago Honeywell opened a $35 million advanced aerospace systems integration laboratory designed to make next-generation aircraft, including medium and large business jets, more efficient. The unique 100,000-sq-ft facility is located in Mexicali, Mexico, and initially will employ 300 people, said Bob Smith, Honeywell vice president for advanced technology.