The Phoenix Aviation Group has acquired Jet Aviation Services (JAS). Phoenix president and CEO Paul Alonzo said, “JAS is a small but strongly profitable company located at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. It holds an unlimited airframe license, which is extremely difficult to get in the best of times.”
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.
In a lawsuit initiated in March last year, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) challenged the FAA mandate that anti-drug and alcohol testing programs apply to aviation maintenance contractors “at any tier.”
GDS Aero of Salem, Wis., has FAA-approved Falcon 2000/EX/EASy APU firewalls in stock for STC installation. According to the company, the firewalls offer substantially more resistance to stress cracking than the original equipment with no significant increase in weight. The company emphasizes that the firewalls are fully repairable for the life of the aircraft and its two-piece design significantly reduces labor time.
MXI Technologies has added an automated line-planning feature to its Maintenix aviation maintenance management software. The new feature is intended to help eliminate repetitive tasks and improve labor productivity by allowing planners to focus on critical issues and decisions.
Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, recently performed the company’s first 10-year Pilatus demate. The 28-year-old maintenance facility has been an authorized Pilatus satellite service center since 2002.
The special tooling and custom fabrication of wing shoring was developed by company employees Curtis Florio, Hartley Starratt and Misael Rodriguez under the direction of crew leader Dan Day.
The Dallas-area chapter of the American Red Cross recognized Dallas Airmotive for its employee and corporate support by presenting its 2007 Humanitarian Award to the company. Dallas Airmotive president and CEO Hugh McElroy accepted the honor on behalf of the company during the chapter’s annual recognition ceremony.
An unidentified “multi-airframe fleet operator based in Georgia” has inked a deal with CRS Jet Spares to be its primary supplier for Gulfstream and Learjet parts. CRS Jet Spares will handle AOG, logistic and inventory control functions to increase dispatch reliability throughout the customer’s fleet. Under the terms of the agreement, CRS will position inventory at various strategic locations and provide 24/7 coverage for AOG requirements.
São Paulo, Brazil-based Ocean Air has been named an authorized service facility for all Bombardier business jets. The company is offering round-the-clock AOG assistance, maintenance and services at São Paulo’s Congonhas International Airport. Certified for Learjets since 2005, Ocean Air now offers maintenance and service capabilities for all Bombardier Challengers and Globals.
After a year-and-a-half court battle, maintenance-tracking provider Camp Systems International and Gulfstream Aerospace signed a cross-licensing agreement that finally settles the dispute. Under the agreement, Gulfstream will permit Camp to use Gulfstream’s 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 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.