Twelve aviation associations have written a joint letter to Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to meet its commitment and complete the rulemaking on repair station security by the fourth quarter.
AINmxReports » August 22, 2012
The FAA has added 90 days to the comment period for the agency’s rewrite of Part 145 rules, moving the date to November 19. The change, which was posted in the U.S. Federal Register on August 17, comes in response to a letter from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) and other aviation industry associations requesting more time to comment.
Operators immobilized by an AOG can now tap into experts anywhere in the world with the Onsight system by Librestream. The Canadian company’s specialized mobile video device communicates on a standard PC, and iPhone and iPad connections are in the works.
The FAA has approved the Crane Aerospace & Electronics SmartStem tire pressure management system for use in Part 135 safety checks. In a letter to the system’s manufacturer, the agency stated, “It is our opinion that pilots conducting Part 135 operations may use the SmartStem to perform daily tire pressure checks as a pre-flight task if the system has been properly installed on the aircraft by means of an STC or other FAA approval.”
StandardAero Singapore’s helicopter operation has moved into a larger, newly constructed facility located in Seletar Aerospace Park. The new 32,300-sq-ft facility has additional floor space to accommodate future business growth. Staffed by 26 employees, StandardAero Singapore supports the Rolls-Royce 250 with component repair, field service and training.
West Star Aviation has acquired a roll-around Challenger 600/601/604/605 landing gear ship set that allows it to reposition aircraft with the gear removed. Dave Krogman, general manager for the Grand Junction, Colo. facility, told AIN, “We can now move the aircraft into the paint shop instead of having it sit on the floor waiting for its gear to be reinstalled. Roll-around gear means decreased downtime during gear swaps and multi-shop events.” West Star Aviation can also perform in-house landing-gear overhaul/repair on the Challenger 300/600/601/604.
Sikorsky Aircraft Australia has signed a four-year agreement with the Australian Defense Force for ongoing logistics and engineering support for the Commonwealth of Australia’s fleet of S-70A and S-70B Black Hawks. The more than $120 million deal, which includes six annual renewable options, is a follow-on agreement to one that is expiring after an eight-year term. Sikorsky Aircraft Australia does business as Sikorsky Helitech.
Duncan Aviation has named Allan Orsi regional manager in Brazil. Orsi will travel the region meeting aircraft operators, management organizations and other service providers with the goal of maintaining and building relationships within the region. Orsi has been with Duncan Aviation since 2008. He has prior work experience with Honeywell, Embraer, Bosch and Aerostation. Orsi has a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering and an international trade technical degree.
Sir Ralph Robins, formerly executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has joined the board of Gama Group as a non-executive chairman. “This comes at a time of significant expansion and I am very much looking forward to working with him,” said Marwan Khalek, CEO of Gama Group. “Sir Ralph’s unique blend of aerospace, international business, corporate governance experience and know-how will ensure that we deliver even better value to our customers, employees and investors.”
The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada models 206, 206A, 206A-1, 206B, 206B-1, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3 and 206L-4 with Aviation Specialties Unlimited night-vision imaging system lighting modified by STC SR01383SE. It requires determining the date of STC installation and whether the aircraft has an unfiltered turbine outlet temperature internal over-temperature warning light, and based on those findings, installing an NVIS filter. The U.S.
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