Heli-Alps, the Sion-based helicopter operator, has signed a deal with Luxembourg’s MRX Systems (Booth 1935) for its Blue Eye eTechLog application and to manage its fleet’s continuous airworthiness activities. Blue Eye is an electronic flight bag system that allows pilots to fill out flight information and to report squawks and discrepancies. For ground techniciansx, the system can be used to sign off certificates of release to service.
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.
Kellstrom Commercial Aerospace has acquired AirLiance Materials from Lufthansa Technik. Under the terms of the deal, AirLiance’s current CEO, Roscoe Musselwhite, will become president and CEO of Kellstrom Commercial Aerospace and a member of Kellstrom’s board of directors. His initial responsibility will be to integrate the two commercial operations into a single, integrated organization.
Duncan Aviation addresses the common questions and concerns regarding Challenger and Global Express landing gear work in its new field guide, Caring for an Aircraft’s Legs: Explaining Bombardier Challenger and Global Express Landing Gear Restoration Uncertainties. “We are constantly asked about timetables, pricing, what to expect, what the customer needs to provide and how we determine whether to repair or replace a part or the entire gear.
AAT Aircraft Maintenance has received a repair station certificate from Mexico’s Director General of Civil Aeronautics. AAT Aircraft Maintenance offers routine and heavy inspections, avionics support, interior refurbishment and structural repair and fabrication. Additionally, the Dallas-based company provides engine maintenance services, component repairs and overhauls, landing gear overhauls, composite repair and fabrication and related services.
Flight-testing is complete on Blackhawk Modifications’ Cessna 208A Caravan XP42A upgrade and FAA STC approval is imminent, according to the company. The upgrade provides the same operational advantages as the 208B Grand Caravan.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services announced that Kevin Bradley is joining the company as the new v-p of operations. Before rejoining Rectrix, Bradley served as service center coordinator for Gulfstream Aerospace in Westfield, Mass. During his 15 years in the aviation industry, Bradley has held numerous high-level positions, including five years as general manager of AirFlyte and two years as general manager of Rectrix Aerodrome Centers.
Amac Aerospace Turkey has been awarded its EASA Part 145 certification. The approval allows Amac Aerospace Turkey to undertake all base and line maintenance on aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds. The MRO will also serve as the maintenance service center for Pilatus PC-12 NG owners in the Middle East. Currently exploring additional maintenance approval opportunities, Amac Aerospace also holds approvals from Aruba, Nigeria, Cameroon, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
EBACE co-exhibitors SECA and Vector Aerospace (Booth 1647) are looking to talk to business and regional jet operators and OEMs about their global engine management service (Gems) program. Gems combines the expertise and capabilities of SECA, based at Le Bourget in Paris, and Vector Aerospace’s Engine Services Atlantic (Canada) and UK divisions. Both SECA and Vector are EADS subsidiaries.
Since 2007 XJet has been operating its award-winning XJet Club and FBO at Denver’s Centennial Airport, opening up the facility to transient customers in 2009. The facility offers “seven-star” service that has ranked the FBO top for two years running in AIN’s U.S. FBO Survey service provider category. Now, that service is to be extended to a new base at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport, part of the huge Dubai World Central (DWC) development.
Eurocopter UK at Oxford Airport is branding itself as “Britain’s civil helicopter hub,” and with good reason. Of the 700 or so civilian turbine-engine helicopters that fly in Britain (the largest fleet in Europe), around 45 percent are made by Eurocopter, making it far and away the biggest OEM in the sector. To meet the demands of the operators of the 300-plus civilian Eurocopter helicopters, the company has put in place a comprehensive modification and maintenance program.