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.

July 25, 2007 - 11:32am

Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments named Precision Avionics & Instruments (PAI) as an authorized service provider to repair and overhaul the MCI 4300 Lifesaver electric attitude indicator. PAI is the only authorized company in North America outside the factory to be a service facility and provide warranty work for the instruments.

July 25, 2007 - 11:29am

Starting this month, retro crown doors will be available for the King Air 200/B200/300/B300. According to a spokesman for Raisbeck Engineering, the doors are designed to be compatible with the company’s nacelle wing lockers for the King Air 200 and 300. The initial price for the retro crown door kit is $9,250 not including installation.

July 25, 2007 - 11:18am

Embraer has begun construction of an executive jet service center at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The center, scheduled to open in mid-2008, will be one of three U.S. facilities dedicated to maintaining the Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600.

July 25, 2007 - 10:15am

It took a couple of years longer than expected, but operators of the Hawker 800 might find the wait has been worthwhile. After three years of work, Aviation Partners last month finally obtained an STC for its performance-enhancing blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series.

July 25, 2007 - 7:26am

Embraer sent all operators of ERJ regional jets and Legacy business jets a field service letter reminding pilots of the procedure to follow in the event they receive a “landing gear disagree” message after an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 135 tried to land at Boston Logan Airport on June 20 with its landing gear raised. The airplane briefly scraped the runway when the crew aborted the landing for a go-around.

July 24, 2007 - 11:24am

Admittedly, there are a few serious concerns regarding the implementation of RVSM on January 20. However, when you talk to a lot of operators and MROs about it, you begin to recognize that most people aren’t as upset by it as conventional wisdom would have you believe. What you do discover is a lot of misunderstanding and a certain amount of hyperbole.

July 24, 2007 - 11:19am

Butler National’s Avcon Industries subsidiary has received an order to install its cargo-door modification on two Dassault Falcon 20s. The mod typically retails for $525,000, and the latest order will be fulfilled at Avcon’s modification center in Newton, Kan.

July 24, 2007 - 11:18am

McKinney Aerospace of McKinney, Texas, has received its first STC for the Honeywell Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS). The approval is for the Gulfstream IV. According to Rick Brainard, director of avionics sales for McKinney Aerospace, “This is the first of several RAAS certifications we have in process.

July 24, 2007 - 11:12am

Stevens Aviation has expanded the line-service center at its Dayton, Ohio facility, doubling the size to 3,000 sq ft. Part of the expansion project was a remodeling effort that adds numerous customer amenities, including an updated flight-planning center. The passenger lounge now features two wall-mounted flat-screen televisions, new furniture, an additional lavatory and, for history buffs, a unique display of aviation memorabilia.

July 24, 2007 - 11:11am

Raisbeck Engineering’s nacelle wing lockers are now standard equipment on production Beechcraft King Air 350s, starting with S/N FL-402. The Raisbeck lockers, previously a factory option, join the company’s dual aft body strakes as standard equipment on production King Air 350s.

 
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