Cessna’s new and expanded Citation service center in Orlando, Fla., opened for business on June 21. The 155,000-sq-ft facility, which replaces the original 47,275-sq-ft center built there in 1983, will be further enlarged to nearly 200,000 sq ft by October. Cessna is also building a massive Citation service center at its headquarters in Wichita.
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.
Canadian firm Heli-Lynx Helicopter Services launched the TwinStar 355FX mod at Heli-Expo last month. The program, which has received Transport Canada approval and was awaiting FAA certification at press time, essentially modifies an IFR Eurocopter AS 355F2 TwinStar into a twin-engine version of the VFR AS 350 AStar.
An impasse in negotiations by unionized workers and the Dassault Falcon Jet Wilmington, Del. facility remained unresolved at press time, leaving some 100 workers on strike. Contract negotiations broke down between the company and United Auto Workers Local 1542 on March 8, but they were scheduled to reopen on March 23 (for the latest, see “As We Go To Press” on page 3).
“I remember my father was going to visit the President of Turkey,” Brian Wing, president of Wing Aviation, told AIN. “Our Gulfstream II was in the shop for maintenance and we were told we’d have it back in plenty of time. Well, they didn’t have a part in stock and nobody bothered to tell us until the last minute that we weren’t getting our airplane back. That’s when Frank suggested we could do it better ourselves and for less money.”
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is strongly urging the FAA to require all air carrier, commuter and on-demand operators to have and implement FAA-approved mechanical training programs.
Denver-based Avtrak, in association with technology partner Advanced Solutions of Littleton, Colo., has entered into an agreement with Gulfstream Aerospace. The agreement stipulates that Avtrak will provide its GlobalNet maintenance management technology to be the foundation for Gulfstream’s new computerized maintenance program, CMP.net.
Garrett Aviation and D&D Aviation Services (www.danddaviation.com) of Marietta, Ga., have an agreement under which Garrett can provide a complete reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliance package, providing the operator all of the required elements to obtain a letter of authorization (LOA).
Keystone Helicopter, a West Chester, Pa.-based helicopter services company, announced that one of its employees, John Profico, is the recipient of the FAA’s Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award.
Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) was recently awarded an STC for a new avionics suite on Bombardier Challengers. The company installed a suite of Universal Avionics components, including a four-tube EFI-640 flat-panel integrated display, MFD-640 multifunction display, Universal terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), Dual UNS-1F flight management systems and Universal Cockpit Display (UCD).
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA issue a regulation similar to FAR 119.39 to apply to applicants for a Part 145 repair station certificate. The intent is for the FAA to prevent individuals who have been associated with a previously revoked repair station from continuing to operate through a new repair station.