A leading Mubadala Aerospace MRO network member, SR Technics’ drive to expand out into the world is bearing fruit. Now able to claim 40 customers, among them operators as prominent as Singapore Airlines, EasyJet, Qatar Airways and South African Airways, the company is set on bringing its integrated MRO business to all points of the compass.
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.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a final repair station security rule 10 years after its congressional mandate. Implementation ends an FAA ban on certifying new foreign repair stations. The final rule is significantly less controversial than a proposed rule issued in November 2009, as it doesn’t mandate any new security programs or plans.
The first three aircraft in Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XPR upgrade program are undergoing final airframe modifications, the Wichita aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The first customer aircraft had a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics system installed last year as part of the upgrade, and it recently returned to Beechcraft for additional modifications, including the installation of winglets and Williams FJ44-4A-32 engines. The second and third aircraft are also receiving new engines and winglets. They are expected to be finished in the first half of this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace has enhanced its support for operators attending major U.S.-based events with the addition of its biggest and most capable Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) vehicle to date. The specially equipped 74-foot tractor trailer can support line-service repairs, engine exchanges, post-flight and storage inspections, unscheduled inspections and cabin interior repairs.
As maintenance facilities worldwide struggle to hire enough technicians to keep up with demand, some have opted to train their own. Marshall Aviation Services recently honored four apprentices at an awards ceremony at its facility in Broughton, North Wales.
The EASA has approved Dassault Aviation to operate as a Part 147 Training Center, the first such authorization to be granted to a business jet manufacturer. The approval allows Dassault to comply with new European regulations requiring that technicians be offered practical maintenance instruction in addition to theoretical training, and allows them to obtain an EASA type rating through their Part 66 license.
The EASA has granted approval to BAE Systems Regional Aircraft for a BAe 146 part manufactured using 3-D printing (“additive manufacture”) technology. The part is a plastic breather pipe that prevents fogging of cabin windows. The pipes were originally made by injection molding in plastic but the tooling is no longer available. Making new tooling would have cost almost $23,000 and taken several months, followed by two more months to produce the parts, according to BAE.
Daher-Socata appointed Okayama Air Service (OAS) a TBM service center in Japan. OAS was founded in 1988 for the maintenance of business aircraft in Japan. Today, the company offers charters, maintenance, hangar storage, fleet management and interior completion at Chuba, Haneda, Kohnan and Okayama airports.
Embraer has selected Cleveland, Ohio-based Constant Aviation to become a Legacy 450 and 500 authorized service center. The MRO will be able to provide maintenance, avionics services, modifications and composite repairs, and it will also be able to address Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on both aircraft. The announcement builds on a 15-year partnership that includes authorized service center status on the Legacy 600/650 and Phenom 100/300. The company’s Birmingham, Ala. operation also holds service center status on the Phenom 100/300.
Cenco (Safran) will build a 46-foot engine test cell in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI). The new facility will allow SAEI to test the GE90-94/115, CFM56-5B/7B, CF34-8E/10E, CF6-80C2D1F/B5F and V2500-D5 while providing for future engine programs such as the Rolls-Royce Trent 700/900/1000 and the GE Aviation GEnx-1B/2B. The facility is set to enter service in July 2016.