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.

June 18, 2014 - 11:10am

Ameco Beijing has obtained an AS/EN9100 certificate of registration issued by SAI Global validating that it operates a quality management system that complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008+AS9100C, EN9100:2009, in the scope of design and manufacturing of installation kits for aircraft modification and cabin parts. The AS/EN9100 is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system suited for design, development and manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

June 18, 2014 - 11:05am

PPG Industries has added a new packaging unit to its coatings plant and aerospace application support center in Gonfreville, France. PPG is now able to offer customers in Southern Europe the benefits of proprietary Semco ready-to-use, disposable cartridges for storing, mixing and applying multiple-component adhesives, sealants, epoxies, polysulfides, polyurethanes and other materials that require mixing.

June 18, 2014 - 11:00am

Aero Dynamix has been granted an EASA NVG STC on a Bell 412EP. It is the first of two 412EPs Aero Dynamix will modify for Faroe Islands operator Atlantic Airways, which will use the modified aircraft for search-and-rescue missions. The NVG upgrades encompass internal NVIS avionics modifications, edge-lit panels, overlays and all other aircraft illuminated components. These upgrades are designed to balance cockpit illumination for both NVIS and daylight readability.

June 18, 2014 - 10:55am

Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics announced Jody Jaraczewski has joined the company as the director of sales and marketing. Jaraczewski brings more than 14 years of sales experience and an understanding of how to drive revenue within sales while providing exceptional customer service, according to Spirit. In his new role, Jaraczewski will be responsible for creating and implementing sales strategies designed to help the company achieve its aviation service objectives worldwide.

June 18, 2014 - 10:50am

Trine Aerospace & Defense announced that retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Taylor has joined the company as COO. Taylor will assume responsibilities for operations at the company’s base at Colorado Springs Airport, where it offers engineering, manufacturing and modification on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft, while also providing in avionics and installation repair. Taylor will report directly to Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO.

June 18, 2014 - 10:45am

The FAA has issued an NPRM to supersede airworthiness directive 2013-21-01, which currently applies to the Airbus Helicopters AS350B/BA/B1/B2/B3/C/D/D1 and AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP. The current AD requires certain inspections of each tail-rotor pitch horn assembly for a crack and, if there is a crack, replacing the pitch horn with an airworthy pitch horn before further flight. It also requires a one-time visual inspection for pitch horns above certain hours time-in-service (TIS).

June 18, 2014 - 10:40am

The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive for all Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR700-725A1-12 turbofans. The AD requires removal of affected fuel metering units on the BR700-725A1-12. This AD was prompted by reports of wear on the receptors of the double-ended unions in the FMU housing on BR700-725A1-12s causing fuel leakage. The AD is intended to prevent failure of the FMU, which could lead to damage in one or more engines and damage to the airplane. The AD becomes effective July 17.

June 17, 2014 - 2:40pm

Gulfstream Aerospace donated a G100 and other aircraft components to Savannah Technical College last week. The aircraft is a former Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) aircraft that flew technicians and parts to AOG customers. Gulfstream also donated fly-by-wire components, including manifolds and actuators, from a G650, as well as a flap assembly and fuselage panel assembly from a G450. The aircraft and components will be used as training tools in the college’s aviation programs.

June 11, 2014 - 11:40am

Last week Embraer eliminated 83 of its 560 Nashville maintenance facility employees. An Embraer spokesman told AIN, “The business cycles of the aviation industry periodically require companies to adjust their workforce to match their customers’ requirements. Such was the case recently at our Nashville commercial aircraft maintenance facility.”

June 11, 2014 - 11:35am

Gulfstream Aerospace will move its maintenance operations at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, Brazil, to a more centrally located, larger and more modern hangar at the same airport. The new 34,768-sq-ft facility is expected to be fully operational by mid-July. The new hangar has a 1,077-sq-ft bonded parts warehouse, seven customer offices, a conference room and secure parking under the hangar.

 
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