Maintenance software provider Commsoft is now offering its Oases software package to the U.S. business aviation market. The UK-based company has been providing maintenance planning and control software to the airline industry since 1971. The software has also been in use by European and Asian corporate FBOs and continuous airworthiness maintenance organizations for the past five years, and the company has now adapted it for individual corporate operators in the U.S. market and has an unspecified launch customer.
AINmxReports » May 16, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft, currently in bankruptcy protection, continues to expand its global footprint. The OEM’s Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed EASA Part 145-approved Gama Support Services at Farnborough Airport, UK, to its worldwide network of limited service centers to support the King Air 200, 250, 300 and 350 and the Premier business jet. In addition, Gama Support Services will support the Baron and Bonanza as an authorized service center.
Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) pilots Marilyn Whicker and Ademar Calligaro recently completed airborne mission number 3,000, ten years after Gulfstream launched the first-of-its-kind airborne maintenance and support service in May 2002.The flight departed Savannah to deliver an APU fuel control unit to a G550 at its home base on Southwest Regional Airport in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Aero-Dienst has increased its usable space on Germany’s Nuremberg airport by acquiring another hangar dedicated to maintenance. The facility, which will be used primarily for Bombardier Challenger and Dassault Falcon work, has an additional 9,700 sq ft of workshop and storage space available to accommodate growth.
Londonderry, N.H.-based Pro Star Aviation has received FAA STC approval for the installation of a Thrane & Thrane Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband System with Wi-Fi for installation in the Pilatus PC-12/45/47/47E. According to Pro Star, the Thrane & Thrane satellite communication system is the lightest, most compact airborne broadband solution on the market and simultaneously provides ramp to altitude worldwide data and voice. The Aviator 200 allows email, Internet browsing and smartphone connectivity.
Bombardier Aerospace recently opened a new office in Shanghai. It is home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China, and it also serves as the headquarters for the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Sokol JSC, a Russia-based maintenance provider, has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for the M601 and H80. Under the agreement Sokol JSC will provide all aspects of line maintenance as well as on-wing heavy repair, troubleshooting, TBO extension inspections and a stock of spare parts.
Marshall Aerospace has appointed Steve Jones as managing director of Marshall Business Aviation (MBA) and Marshall Executive Aviation (MEA). Before joining MBA/MEA, business units within Cambridge, UK-based Marshall Aerospace, Jones was general manager of three general aviation airports in the United Arab Emirates. Before that he was managing director at Oxford Airport in the UK. Marshall Business Aviation is currently gearing up to pursue new business opportunities for business jet and general aviation maintenance repair and overhaul.
Dallas Airmotive is expanding its field service support for the Honeywell HTF7000 by acquiring the tooling and inventory from Consolidated Turbine Support of Mesa, Ariz. The tooling and inventory, along with the mobile response technicians, will be based at Dallas Airmotive’s Phoenix regional turbine center and provide 24-hour response coordinated through the company’s F1rst Support network.
The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive for certain Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-38, -41, -42, -42A, -61, -64, -66, -66B, -110, -112, -114, -114A, -121, -135, and -135A series turboprop engines. The AD requires the removal from service of certain PMA replacement parts from Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, including first-stage sun gears and planet gears installed in the reduction gearbox. This AD was prompted by failures of certain first-stage sun gears manufactured by Timken Alcor.
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