In a verdict that is certain to give maintenance facilities incentive to review their policies and procedures, a Philadelphia jury has awarded Dr. Robert Marisco Jr. and his fiancée, Heather Moran, both of Akron, Ohio, $11.35 million in compensatory damages. The jury found Winner Aviation to be negligent and to have breached warranties in its inspection, maintenance and repair of a Cessna Skymaster and that the misconduct was a direct cause of an emergency, off-airport landing. The jury also found the plaintiff was 20 percent negligent in the accident.
AINmxReports » December 21, 2011
Conklin & de Decker will be holding its Helicopter Maintenance Management Seminar–called “Essential Tools for Your New Maintenance Manager’s Role”–in Irving, Texas, February 15 through 17. “If you’re a maintenance technician and you’re doing well in your job, you’re likely to get promoted to management. The problem is that you’ve probably had no exposure to the basics of management, and certainly not as they apply to aircraft maintenance management, during your career.
The Chester, UK facility of Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has begun maintaining the Beechcraft Premier. The facility, which recently received the necessary EASA repair station ratings, has a long history of Hawker support and also recently received approval to service the Beech King Air 200 and 300 series. A spokesman for the company told AIN the Chester facility is an FAA-certified repair station.
Bombardier opened two new business aircraft regional support offices in Singapore and São Paulo, Brazil. The OEM has also expanded capabilities at its Sydney, Australia commercial aircraft regional support offices to include business aircraft. “Bombardier currently has more field service and support staff than any other business aircraft OEM. We have approximately 190 team members deployed internationally to support our customers.
Precision Aircraft Dismantling and AvWorks Aviation have teamed to provide aircraft dismantling. “We have negotiated an agreement with Precision in which we provide aircraft and they do the teardown and dismantling; we provide project management and they do the work,” Joel Young, AvWorks Aviation’s president and CEO, told AIN. AvWorks then separates out serviceable parts and components for resale and recycles the remaining material. “For example, some onboard computer systems can be upgraded and returned to service.
Cayman Islands civil aviation authorities have approved ExecuJet Malaysia to provide maintenance for Cayman-registered aircraft under OTAR Part 145 Option 2 rules. According to Graeme Duckworth, ExecuJet’s managing director for Asia, the move is significant because there are growing numbers of Cayman-registered business aircraft across Southeast Asia. The initial approval covers the Bombardier Global Express series, as well as Challenger 300s, Challenger 604/605s and Gulfstream IV/IV-SPs.
FlightSafety International has received EASA approval for its Dassault Falcon 7X theory maintenance initial course. It is available at FSI Learning Centers in Dallas and at Paris Le Bourget. The 20-day course is designed for technicians with limited Falcon 7X experience. Areas covered include component location, function, normal system operation, routine servicing, minor troubleshooting and repair of aircraft systems. The course meets ATA 104 Level III and EASA part 147 requirements and is also approved by the FAA and Transport Canada.
Comlux Aviation Services of Indianapolis has been named a Bombardier-authorized service facility for the Global. Comlux has been a designated service facility for the Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 60, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Challenger 300 and Challenger 850 since May 2009. The MRO also held an AOG line maintenance facility designation for Globals. “We have an exceptional relationship with Bombardier and it is only natural that the progression of our business adds the Global ASF designation,” said Tony Bailey, Comlux Aviation Services CEO.
Lufthansa Technik and NAS-Holding of Saudi Arabia are expanding their relationship. Since the two companies signed a 10-year cooperation agreement in September 2010 Lufthansa Technik has supported NAS’s technical business, NAS-Tech, in developing capacity for maintenance and smaller overhauls. Lufthansa Technik has also taken over maintenance services for the engines and components of the entire NAS fleet.
The FAA has issued an NPRM for an Airworthiness Directive targeting the Learjet 60 fire extinguishing system. It is prompted by two incidents of swapped fire-extinguishing wires and would require inspecting the electrical leads routed to the fire-extinguishing containers for proper identification and missing labels; to ensure the electrical leads are connected to the correct squibs; and corrective actions if necessary.