The closing of some Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) factory-owned service centers as a result of the manufacturer’s bankruptcy has changed the way customers have their aircraft maintained, especially in the Southwest U.S. Previously, the factory-owned HBC center in Mesa, Ariz., pulled business from the West Coast, Mexico and other areas.
AINmxReports » November 28, 2012
Last week the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) submitted its comments on the FAA’s rewrite of the federal regulation governing repair stations, urging the FAA to issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that incorporates the substantive comments made by the association and other interested parties that will help the agency more ably meet industry needs and maintain the highest standards of safety
The future is uncertain for Waterford, Mich.-based aviation services provider Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) after the company laid off its remaining MRO staff last Wednesday. At the beginning of October, the company, which also operates an FBO and aircraft management business at Oakland County International Airport, announced a suite of layoffs of approximately half its employees, and another round followed earlier this month, around the same time its subsidiary ADI Shuttle Group filed for bankruptcy protection, citing more than $1 million in liabilities.
GE Aviation has acquired Morris Technologies and sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing, of Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of a planned expansion of engineering and manufacturing capability. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two privately held companies specialize in additive manufacturing, an automated process for creating rapid prototypes and end-use production components.
Canada-based Flying Colours has announced its first Saudi-registered aircraft maintenance project. Arriving early next year, the Challenger 604 will undergo a variety of major inspections, service bulletins and interior refurbishment at Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Ontario facility.
Dassault Falcon received EASA and FAA approval to install the SmartStem tire pressure system on Falcon 50s. The system provides a fast and reliable method of checking tire pressure without gas loss while reducing maintenance costs, improving convenience and automatically tracking tire pressure checks. It is also designed for easy retrofit to existing aircraft since it is compatible with all standard tire maintenance equipment.
ZuluLog.com has released version 5.0 of its cloud-based aviation record-keeping software. The update includes a redesigned module for tracking aircraft maintenance, required inspections, documents and expenses. The new module allows the user to create an explorer view of the components of each aircraft and then define the required maintenance and inspections for each component.
A J Walter Aviation has launched a new exchange service for complete fan blade sets. It offers a selection of CFM56 engine fan blade sets ready to ship and fit immediately. Blades are guaranteed fully overhauled, mapped and moment weighed and ready to fit. The cost of the replacement blades includes repair of the removed set of blades. AJW has stock immediately available for the CFM56-3, 56-5A and 56-7B; the CFM56-5B will be added early next year.
Scott McDonald will join West Star Aviation as director of sales. McDonald, who has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, has held multiple positions in his career, including mechanic, planner and scheduler and regional sales manager. Most recently, he held the position of director of sales for Gulfstream Product Support. In his new position as director of sales, he will be responsible for overseeing the sales team and contributing to the overall sales at all West Star locations.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Brantly International B-2, B-2A, and B-2B helicopters with a certain main rotor blade. The proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of main rotor blade cracks and a 2007 accident in New Zealand in which a crack that originated near the main rotor blade trailing edge resulted in the loss of a large section of the blade.
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