The deadline for interested parties to submit comments about the FAA’s proposed policy statement regarding “Inappropriate DAH [Design Approval Holder] Restrictions on the Use and Availability of ICA” closed December 5. Two aircraft manufacturers–Boeing and Gulfstream Aerospace–commented, as did two associations, the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) and the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA).
AINmxReports » December 14, 2011
L-3 Communications, Fraport (owner of Frankfurt Airport and other airports), Lufthansa German Airlines, and Lufthansa Technik, with Airbus support, have teamed to jointly test a technology demonstrator, which might lead to a new way for aircraft to taxi. The group successfully tested a new method of ground operations using electric motors installed on an Airbus A320. It was the first known time electric motors were installed on the main landing gear of a commercial aircraft and used to provide all necessary aircraft ground movement.
Soloy Aviation Solutions has developed a repair and overhaul procedure for the composite turbine air inlet assembly installed on several Rolls-Royce 250-B17 turbine conversions. The system prevents ice build-up on the popular Soloy 206H turbine conversion as well as the O&N C210 and Tradewind Turbines A36 Bonanza turboprop conversions. According to Dave Stauffer, Soloy’s CEO, the inlet was originally built by Lucas Aerospace in Great Britain, but the company has changed hands several times over the years.
Professional Aircraft Accessories has begun construction of a 20,000-sq-ft expansion. The $2 million project is expected to be completed by next summer and will bring the company’s overall facility to 60,000 sq ft “We are bucking the economic trend,” Robert Bial, president of the Titusville, Fla.-based company, told AIN. “We were one of six companies Greenwich AeroGroup bought two years ago from Fairchild. We put together a good business plan that includes operations in business aviation, commercial aerospace and the military.
The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems but didn’t conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. The FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections before further flights.
Delta TechOps has received ISO 9001 certification from the International Standards Organization for its engine maintenance and landing gear shops. It is one of only a few airline maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers to achieve the certification, an internationally tested framework designed to manage an organization’s processes and help generate a high-quality product that satisfies customers’ expectations. The airline received ISO 9001 certification for its component maintenance shop in 2008.
A new Gulfstream GV and GV-SP airworthiness directive calls for an inspection to determine whether a third Halon fire extinguisher bottle is installed in the APU fragment impact zone, revising the limitations section of the airplane flight manual to add restrictions for APU usage for certain airplanes having a third fire extinguisher bottle, and removing the third fire extinguisher bottle from certain airplanes.
Ontic has entered into an agreement with Honeywell, extending a 28-year licensing relationship. The agreement calls for the new manufacture and repair of 300 products that will transition to Ontic from eight Honeywell divisions in the U.S. The products include electronic assemblies and microcircuits, electro-mechanical assemblies and mechanical assemblies. Ontic will support the products from its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. Aircraft platforms that use the products include Boeing F/A-18 A/D Hornet, Boeing B-1B Lancer and Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk.
Greenwich AeroGroup has named Warren Persavich as president and CEO of Nasam. Previously he was senior v-p of part distribution for Banner Aerospace, another Greenwich AeroGroup company. Persavich replaces Nasam founder, president and CEO Aki Sato, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down at the end of the year after 31 years with the company.
Duncan Aviation is offering myDuncan.aero, an online project-management tool to help customers manage their aircraft maintenance and overhaul work at the MRO. The program, which was designed in-house, streamlines and organizes information while minimizing the amount of paperwork and can be accessed anywhere an Internet connection is available. Custom features include email alerts, item updates and status icons indicating when new items have been posted or when messages are added. With paperless approvals, items are grouped, making it easier to manage lists.
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