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 11, 2014 - 11:30am

FIFA World Cup support will be provided by Bombardier out of its regional support office (RSO) in São Paulo, where local support will be coordinated in conjunction with Bombardier’s customer response centers. The company has plans for five field service representatives based at Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.

June 11, 2014 - 11:25am

Vector Financial Services, an independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul service, has extended its leasing and support agreements for two Vector-owned AS332L Super Pumas with Bond Helicopters Australia.

“The Vector team understands the level of support our operations need and is committed to delivering the quality of service we demand,” said John Boag, managing director of Bond Helicopters Australia. “We have been working with Vector on MRO activities for years and are pleased to extend this to the leasing program.”

June 11, 2014 - 11:20am

EASA has given approval to DC Aviation to expand its maintenance capabilities to include the Bombardier Challenger 604/605. Through its facility at Dubai World Central, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the joint venture between DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim, can now offer line maintenance support to customers operating the Challenger as well as the Airbus A320 series and Bombardier Global Express.

June 11, 2014 - 11:15am

Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technologies (Part) recently completed a major maintenance project in support of a South American presidential 737-500. The aircraft left Part’s facility earlier this week after a C-check and full interior restoration, new paint and satcom and IFE upgrade. Part, an ARC Aerospace Industries company and Boeing Gold Care Provider, is located in Victorville, Calif., and provides MRO services for Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and others from its 300,000-sq-ft facility.

June 11, 2014 - 11:10am

Jet Aviation Basel recently received FAA approval to provide line and base maintenance for the G650. The company received similar EASA approval last month. “We are continuously investing in new technologies and training our employees,” said Erik Vandegrift, director of Gulfstream maintenance operations at Jet Aviation Basel. “We are pleased to broaden our maintenance capabilities for Gulfstream owners and operators in the region.”

June 11, 2014 - 11:05am

Atlas Air Service has been certified by the German Aviation Authority (LBA) to provide maintenance for Cirrus piston singles. The approval was granted in accordance with EASA Part 145. Based at Ganderkesee Airport, Atlas Air Service now offers owners and operators of the Cirrus SR20, SR22 and SR22T maintenance support. The company has more than 40 years of maintenance experience working on Citations and Caravans; Beech, Cessna and Piper propeller aircraft; and Enstrom helicopters.

June 11, 2014 - 11:00am

Lancashire, England-based Euravia has appointed Dave Wark after-sales support director for North America and Asia-Pacific. Previously Wark has held positions with Mint Turbines, Vector Aerospace and North Star Aerospace. At Euravia, Wark will consolidate engine support to new and existing customers to strengthen Euravia’s after-sales activities.

June 11, 2014 - 10:55am

Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.

June 5, 2014 - 2:38pm

In a ceremony held this morning at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport, Clay Lacy Aviation owner Clay Lacy donated two “historic” jets to the local aviation maintenance school, North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation (NVOC-Aviation). NVOC-Aviation is operated by the Los Angeles Unified School District adult education program and offers one of the most inexpensive ways for aspiring aircraft mechanics to study for the FAA mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings, with the 2.5-year full-time program costing just $2,400.

June 5, 2014 - 2:33pm

Dr. Lewis “Bernie” Gratzer, the retired vice president of technology at Aviation Partners, passed away on Friday night. Gratzer, already a well respected aerodynamicist, joined Aviation Partners when the company was formed in 1991 to work on a blended winglet for the Gulfstream II. In 1994 he received patent #5,348,253 for his blended winglet design, the lynchpin technology of Aviation Partners’ winglet products. According to Aviation Partners, his winglet design is now flying on more than 6,000 airplanes “and counting.”

 
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