AAR has signed a letter of intent with the city of Duluth, Minn., to reopen the maintenance facility previously operated by Northwest Airlines.
AINmxReports » April 25, 2012
Bombardier Aerospace has opened a new engineering service office in Bengaluru, India. Its current staff of approximately 20 is slated to increase to about 50 aerospace engineers by the end of next year.
CAE has begun construction of a second training center in São Paulo, Brazil. It is near the city’s São Paulo Congonhas downtown airport and slated to enter service later this summer or early fall.
The current CAE training center at Guarulhos International Airport recently expanded its roster of simulator bays to 10 from six and offers training for the A320, A330, A340, 737NG and 777. CAE also recently introduced Sikorsky S-76 training.
Uvalde, Texas-based Sierra Industries has been certified by Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) to inspect, repair and modify Mexican-registered aircraft, from piston singles to business jets.
Operating out of a 90,000-sq-ft facility, Sierra Industries also specializes in modifying older Cessna Citations for better performance. Additionally, the MRO offers PMA parts manufacturing, in-house avionics support and on-field paint and interior specialists.
Camo4jets has received EASA authorization to perform airworthiness reviews (ARC) and continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) functions for all Cessna Citations and Embraer business jets and airliners. Camo4jet currently offers airworthiness reviews and Camo management for operators of Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream aircraft.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Bell 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3 and 206L-4 prompted by two accidents in which investigations revealed a main rotor blade failed because of fatigue cracking. Transport Canada advises there is no reliable inspection method to detect the cracks before blade failure and has reduced the life limit from 3,600 to 1,400 hours’ time-in-service.
Lockheed Martin announced Amy Gowder has been named vice president and general manager of its Kelly Aviation Center in San Antonio. Lockheed Martin’s only engine shop, Kelly Aviation Center is a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce. Gowder will be responsible for leading military and commercial engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services and new engine production assembly and test operations. Gowder joined the company in 2005 and most recently served as director of affordability for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lufthansa Technik is opening a new sales office in Istanbul. According to the MRO, Turkey is one of the 10 countries worldwide growing most strongly and leads growth in Europe. “With fifteen airlines within a single country, Turkey offers us great potential. We want to be a reliable partner to our customers, and geographic proximity plays an important role in that regard,” said Wolfgang Weynell, vice president of marketing and sales at Lufthansa Technik.
Evergreen Aviation Technologies has awarded GA Telesis a supply chain agreement for the support of its CF6-80C2 engine components. Under the agreement GA Telesis will be a preferred supplier for Evergreen’s maintenance operations. The company supports Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Douglas and Embraer platforms plus CFM International, General Electric, Honeywell, International Aero Engine, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce engines and replacement components.
GE Aviation has named Aero-Dienst an authorized service center for the CF34-3, which powers some models in the Bombardier Challenger 600 series. As an authorized service center Aero-Dienst can perform line and engine maintenance, provide warranty support and offer access to both GE parts and technical support. Located in Nuremburg, Germany, the company offers business aviation aircraft maintenance, operations, sales and management.