AvAero, a maker of Learjet hush kits, has received an STC for a fuel-saving aerodynamic modification of the Boeing 737-200/300. The company claims the mod will decrease the twinjet’s fuel burn by an average of 4 percent, equating to about a 230-pph fuel-burn reduction. By repositioning the trailing-edge flaps, AvAero said it increases aft wing camber, which lets the airfoil generate the same lift at a lower angle of attack.
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.
It’s not exactly the “Holy Grail,” but for business aviation operators and those whose job it is to install aircraft interiors, it’s close. What they’ve been so diligently seeking is a system that integrates all the various cabin electronics–lighting, audio-video equipment and communication systems–into a single, user- friendly, reliable and easily maintained unit.
At a ceremony last month marking the delivery of a newly overhauled Dash 8 to Honolulu-based Island Air, ExelTech announced that it secured C$7 million in new contracts this year from five regional airlines from as far afield as French Guyana to perform heavy maintenance at its facilities in Montreal.
To demonstrate the feasibility of a major restructuring of its aircraft cabin-completion process, Bombardier recently delivered the first Challenger 604 to be outfitted by the Canadian airframer in Montreal, where the airplane is built.
TAG Aviation last week opened its newly refurbished business aircraft maintenance facility at the UK’s Farnborough Airport. TAG acquired the former Farnborough Aviation Services Engineering Technologies last November and has since modernized the 35,000-sq-ft operation, which has been renamed TAG Farnborough Engineering. The company plans to acquire factory-authorized service approvals for Falcons and Challengers.
Premier Aircraft Sales, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based aircraft broker for Diamond Aircraft and Mooney, has partnered with AircraftLogs to distribute the latter’s automated record-keeping system. AircraftLogs manufactures digital aircraft management and recordkeeping systems for a range of requirements, from maintenance to tax reporting.
German Air Rescue, the DRF, has received a design organization approval from the EASA according to its Part 21J rule. The DRF can now perform technical modifications and repairs–including for avionics and electrical systems–on all helicopter types. The DRF can independently carry out minor repairs for which there are no approved documents provided by the manufacturer.
In a bid to expand its capabilities to service larger turbine engines, Standard Aero has purchased turbine engine component overhauler TSS Aviation of Cincinnati, Ohio, for $65 million. Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation were purchased by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) from private-equity firm Carlyle Group last month for $1.9 billion.
With the addition of new partners, the Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 3717) is increasing its U.S. presence, and in particular its commitment to customer support in the North American market.