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.
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.
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.
Jet Aviation Saarbrucken, Germany, recently performed extensive repairs on a Citation II that was heavily damaged by hail in just 15 seconds. The aircraft was on approach to Amsterdam Airport at an altitude of 10,000 feet when it encountered a hail storm. The aircraft, which was traveling at 250 knots, encountered hail stones “the size of tennis balls.”
The FAA is accepting comments until August 16 on a proposed Airworthiness Directive that would affect as many as 3,572 TFE731-2 and -3 turbofans on U.S.-registered aircraft. If the measure is enacted, the engines’ low-pressure turbine stage 1 disks would have to be repetitively checked for fatigue cracks. An estimated 1,900 of those engines would require disk replacement under the proposed AD.
John Goglia, the only licensed A&P mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the NTSB, has joined the leadership of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association as senior vice president of government and technical programs. Goglia leaves the NTSB after nine years of service. He will now spearhead PAMA’s efforts to increase public recognition and respect for aviation maintenance technicians.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., has announced the operation of its new plasma spray machine. “The new plasma spray system lets us restore engine components damaged by corrosion and worn by normal engine operation,” said Robert Peters, vice president of engine maintenance. The company is using the new process on Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell and General Electric engine parts.
AvQuotes.com uses the Internet to match people seeking maintenance with more than 50 maintenance facilities. It’s a simple, logical idea that apparently never occurred to anyone before Sheldon Early and his wife went to lunch one afternoon. “Six years ago I was at Stevens Aviation as vice president of business development,” Early, AvQuotes president, told AIN.
Boundary Layer Research has won FAA approval for a hover-performance increase of up to 250 pounds for Bell 204Bs, 205A-1s and UH-1Hs fitted with its tailboom strake modification kits. Known as the Performance Pack, the new clearance is the result of high-density-altitude flight tests conducted last summer near Greybull, Wyo.
A record attendance of more than 1,100 Falcon business jet owners, operators and maintenance technicians at the 25th Worldwide Maintenance & Operations Seminar was “proof that the Falcon family is alive and well,” according to Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon. His remarks were made at the seminar’s opening session on June 14.
Honeywell TFE731 maintenance shops at Harrods Aviation in Farnborough, UK, and Sweden’s Volvo Aero have signed a service agreement combining their offerings. The result is a one-stop, heavy maintenance and overhaul team fully supporting the popular turbofan. Honeywell has designated Harrods’ engine shop a major service center, while Volvo Aero has offered heavy maintenance on the TFE731 Classic, -20, -40 and -60 variants.