Last week Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), newly appointed chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. HouseTransportation and Infrastructure Committee, held a round-table sessionin Washington, D.C., with some of the major aviation trade associations.
AINmxReports » March 6, 2013
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours reports that since the ABACE 2012 show it has delivered four Bombardier Challenger 850s to Asia and has another five Challenger 850s in the pipeline, with completion and delivery to China planned within the next 12 months. In addition, the company has completed two major Global Express refurbishments for Chinese-based clients in the last year. By year-end, Flying Colours will have delivered a total of 15 Challenger 850s to China.
Freedom Aero Service has introduced two new repair processes for the Eurocopter AS350 and EC130. The FRS-12 process repairs the helicopter’s start card and FRS-16 modifies the master electrical (ME) box. Scott Durham said the FRS-16 process can save as much as 50 percent of the replacement cost by making the older-style ME boxes interchangeable with the latest version. “The start card was not repairable; your only option was to buy a new one at about $1,550. If replacement didn’t solve the problem, you were stuck with a new card you didn’t need.
Palm City, Fla.-based STS Component Solutions, a five-year-old company that has thus far served the airlines, will expand into helicopters and business aviation as well. According to Tom Covella, group president of STS Component Solutions, the growth stems from partnerships established with Donaldson, Skurka Aerospace and Esterline Mason, as well as expansion of its support work for MarathonNorco and Avionic Instruments. “The helicopter market is global in nature and it’s expanding. Some of our component manufacturers are beginning to see there’s more in the aftermarket than they realized.
AJ Walter Aviation and Russia’s Engineering–The Aviation Maintenance Holding company have signed an agreement aimed at enhancing parts support and provision in Russia through the establishment of an exclusive consignment stock pool of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 parts. These components will be housed centrally at Engineering’s facility at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. The agreement is considered the first venture of its type in Russia between a Western independent parts specialist and an independent Russian MRO provider.
Duncan Aviation Lincoln’s nondestructive testing (NDT) team has added weekend shift coverage to help meet shorter turn-time demands while enhancing customer service. “We needed to add a weekend shift to serve our internal and external customers better and meet the shorter turn times they were requesting,” said Marty Lincoln, Duncan Aviation’s accessories manager. The addition calls for both new hires and the repositioning of existing team members.
GE Aviation has named Ruag Aviation an authorized service center for its CF34-3 engines, which power the Bombardier Challenger series. Under the terms of the agreement, Ruag Aviation can perform engine line maintenance as well as provide OnPoint and warranty support and facilitate access to both GE parts and technical support. The MRO offers aircraft maintenance, individual cabin designs up to a complete refurbishment of aircraft interiors, in-flight entertainment systems and satcom installations, as well as complete system upgrades.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services (Recas) announced the acquisition of Westfield, Mass.-based AirFlyte, an FBO with maintenance and hangar facilities. “An important factor this acquisition was the agreement of Gary Potts to stay on as president, thus assuring a seamless continuity of business,” said Richard Cawley, president and CEO of Recas. “By joining Rectrix, AirFlyte now has access to resources that will allow it to expand the quality services for which the company is known.”
Dassault Falcon has received EASA approval for a supplemental type certificate to install ADS-B Out (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out) on Falcon 50EXs and classic Falcon 2000s equipped with Pro Line 4 avionics. With this STC, Falcon operators can take advantage of the safety and operational improvements of the new technology before the mandated compliance dates set by airworthiness authorities. The EASA certification follows FAA approval, which was received for both aircraft within the past year.
The FAA has adopted a new airworthiness directive, effective March 26, for certain serial number Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B/B2/C and PW207C/D/D1/D2/E turboshaft engines. The AD was prompted by the discovery that certain power turbine (PT) disks were made to heat codes that may not achieve the maximum in-service life. This AD requires re-identification of the PT disk to a part number (P/N) with a lower life limit.
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