In response to recent reports that looming sequestration could delay more than 1,400 ongoing aircraft and parts manufacturing projects and force furloughs for FAA employees, Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) vice president of legislative affairs Daniel Fisher is urging the U.S. Congress to act to address the scheduled government budget cuts.
AINmxReports » February 27, 2013
Amid shrinking supply and increasing demand for qualified technical personnel in the aviation industry, the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education (KIAE) is addressing the solution in a big way. Tim Smith, executive director and CEO, founded KIAE in 2010 based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning.
West Coast Aircraft Maintenance has been appointed a JSSI-approved maintenance facility. JSSI provides hourly cost maintenance programs for turbine-powered aircraft.
Sales manager Alfredo Garcia told AIN, “We’ll be supporting any JSSI customer with major and minor maintenance, AOG support, interior work and avionics support.”
The University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security program within the Viterbi School of Engineering is offering a human factors in aviation maintenance class designed to provide knowledge and understanding of human factors in the realm of aviation safety focusing on the role of the aviation maintainer. The class will run from April 26 to April 29.
A group of U.S. investors plan to start construction of a 200,000-sq-ft business aircraft maintenance base at the Iddo-Osun International Airport in western Nigeria in April. The facility, Osun Aviation, is expected to be open for business by November 1.
The investors–NigAme Aircraft, Gate Industries and Still Waters Commodities–recently signed an MoU with the Osun state government in Nigeria and have committed the $7 million needed to complete the project, meaning the necessary approvals and funding are in place.
Duncan Aviation recently certified the installation of an L-3 Communications Avionics Systems GH-3900.2 electronic standby instrument system (including a Securaplane standby instruments backup battery) for the Dassault Falcon 2000 and 2000EX. The installation was done in conjunction with a Pro Line 4 to 21 upgrade. “This installation and certification demonstrates the advantage our organization designation authorization team provides.
Twin Commander Aircraft is introducing two new custom kits for operators. CK 186 replaces Weldon fuel boost pumps with Parker Airborne pumps and CK 188 adds a convenient filler port to the supplemental oxygen system. When JetProp Commanders were still in production under Gulfstream Aerospace, the factory changed from Weldon to Airborne boost pumps, but the change was never offered for existing aircraft. If the Weldon pumps have already been replaced, installation of the hardware in CK 186 ensures that the upgrade meets OEM and FAA requirements and approval.
Associated Air Center has signed an agreement for the heavy maintenance, interior systems upgrade and major cabin refurbishments of a Boeing Business Jet for a far Eastern head of state. The work will take place over the next several months with a detailed work scope that includes a 12-year maintenance check and landing gear overhaul, a new cabin management system, new in-flight entertainment, replacement of all VIP passenger seats and refurbishment of all soft goods in the aircraft interior.
Billy Palmertree, formerly general manager at Tomlinson Avionics of Texas, has joined US Aviation in Denton, Texas, to run the avionics department and FAA Part 145 repair station. Palmertree brings more than 20 years of experience in general aviation and corporate business jet avionics systems. “I am pleased to join such a stable and growing company. US Aviation has a great avionics and maintenance facility with plenty of expertise, and room to accommodate customer aircraft,” Palmertree said.
The FAA is proposing to supersede an existing airworthiness directive for the Agusta A109E that requires reducing the tail rotor (T/R) blade life limit, modifying a T/R hub and grip assembly, re-identifying two T/R assemblies, clarifying the never-exceed speed (Vne) limitation and reducing the inspection interval. The OEM has since redesigned a T/R grip bushing that reduces the loads, which caused cracking on the T/R blades.
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