“Adding maintenance capability just made sense; it made us more versatile,” Jerry Gore, president and CEO of San Antonio-based Gore Design Completions, told AIN. “We had customers telling us they wished they could get scheduled maintenance done while the aircraft is down for refurb,” he added.
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 FAA has bestowed its highest award, the Diamond Award for Maintenance Excellence, on Raytheon Aircraft Services Indianapolis. The Diamond Award is the FAA’s highest honor for training and recognizes professional technicians and their employer. A facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees participating in the FAA’s maintenance technician program.
Transport Canada has approved Alteon Training, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing, to be an approved training organization for maintenance training under CAR Standards 566.10 and 566.18.
Stevens Aviation Denver has received FAA approval to add new airframe and powerplant ratings to its repair station certificate. Under the amended certificate Stevens is now authorized to perform airframe maintenance on the Raytheon Premier I; Hawker 600A, 600B, 700A, 700B, 800, 800A, 800B, 800XP and 1000; Dassault Falcon 50, 50EX, 900, 900EX and 2000; and Learjet 31, 31A, 35, 35A, 36 and 36A.
Expeditors International of Washington has teamed with Bombardier Aerospace to establish super warehouses with Caterpillar Logistic Services as part of a sustained program to improve Bombardier’s parts availability, tracking and shipping operations.
The New York Aviation Management Association and the Long Island Business Aviation Association, with support from NBAA, were instrumental in having legislation enacted in New York that eliminates the sales tax on general aviation aircraft maintenance and storage. The organizations say the bill should generate more business for repair facilities in New York and save tax dollars for those who have maintenance performed in New York.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has appointed Industria de Turbo Propulsores S.A. (ITP) of Spain as a designated overhaul facility for selected PW200 turboshafts.
Maria Della Posta, v-p of customer support at P&WC, said, “ITP will provide support for operators in Spain while offering all PW200 operators a greater choice of repair and overhaul services.”
Thunder Aviation signed an agreement to become Atlantic Turbines’ newest service network facility. It will support the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and JT15D.
Jet Aviation and Airbus signed a service center agreement for Airbus Corporate Jetliner support. It stipulates Jet Aviation will support the ACJ through its global network and various lines of business including aircraft management, charter, outfitting and refurbishment, maintenance and FBO services.
West Star Aviation is developing “16g” cockpit, cabin and lavatory seats for the Cessna CitationJet line. The seats meet the emergency landing dynamic test requirements of FAR 23.562, which prescribes a 16g tolerance.