A one-time inspection is required to ensure that all installation fasteners are in place for the left and right aileron balance weights on Gulfstream Vs, in accordance with a September 26 AD (2003-18-11). Investigation of a GV that lost aileron control on final approach revealed that the outboard balance weight of the left aileron had detached and was wedged between the aileron and the rear beam of the wing.
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.
For the second time since being adopted on Aug. 6, 2001, the compliance date of new repair-station rules will be postponed–this time to on or about January 30 next year. The original effective date of April 6 was pushed to October 3 at the request of several trade organizations, including the National Air Transportation Association.
Cessna’s computerized maintenance-service program, Cescom, is now online, allowing Citation customers to manage their maintenance records in real time. Cescom subscribers can convert to the online system at no additional charge at www.support.cessna.com.
Aviation Partners now expects to obtain an STC this month for its winglets for the Hawker 800 series. The project has been in the works for a couple of years. Failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process. According to CEO Joe Clark, “We recently started getting more assistance from Raytheon Aircraft.” Clark said a Hawker 800 with winglets will be on display at the NBAA Convention.
The new Raisbeck Learjet 35ZR will be introduced this month
Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.
Executive Jet Management recently earned ISO 9001:2000 certification, making the company one of the few U.S. charter, management and maintenance companies to receive such approval. The ISO 9000 series of standards represents an international consensus on quality-management practices with the objective of ensuring that a company can “consistently achieve customer and regulatory quality requirements,” EJM said.
Promising less than an hour between the telephone call and wheels up, Gulfstream announced last month that it will fly parts and, if necessary, technicians to repair warrantied aircraft that are AOG anywhere in North America and the Caribbean if “normal commercial transportation methods” cannot be used to send technical assistance or deliver urgently needed parts.
Stevens Aviation has acquired a leasehold on an existing 25,000-sq-ft hangar at Jefferson County Airport (BJC, aka Jeffco) outside Denver. The maintenance operation, which previously was limited to its 10,000-sq-ft shop, is in the process of hiring 10 more mechanics to expand its maintenance role at Jeffco.
Goodrich has relocated and expanded its wheel and brake overhaul facility in Wichita. The new facility on Pueblo Drive is 60 percent larger than its predecessor at 2000 Airport Rd., which opened in 1995. The center overhauls steel and carbon brakes for Cessna’s Citation line, Bombardier’s Learjet 45, Raytheon’s Premier I and Beech King Airs and the Pilatus PC-12.