U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced a federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging William Hugh Weygandt, 63, of Granite Bay, Calif., for conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft parts. Weygandt is the former owner and president of Weco Aerospace Systems, an FAA-certified repair station based in Lincoln, Calif., that was purchased in 2007 by Gulfstream Aerospace.
AINmxReports » October 17, 2012
The FAA has given the green light to AAR for its new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minn. The addition of the Duluth facility increases AAR’s worldwide aircraft maintenance capacity by approximately 10 percent. Duluth joins AAR facilities in Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Miami; and Hot Springs, Ark., as part of the company’s nationwide “1MRO” network.
Hartzell Engine Technologies of Montgomery, Ala., and Lamar Technologies of Marysville, Wash., have exchanged portions of their respective product lines. Hartzell sold Lamar its electronics business unit, consisting of voltage regulators, overvoltage sensors, master control unit and battery analyzer products; Lamar sold its starter and alternator product lines in return.
Bombardier Aerospace has approved a second line maintenance facility in India. Air Works in New Delhi is authorized to work on the Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement Air Works’ center in Mumbai, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2008.
CRS Jet Spares, a business aviation aftermarket parts supplier, has been authorized to be Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. The authorization is an extension of the relationship the two companies have in the U.S.
The CRS base of operations in Fort Lauderdale makes it geographically desirable as a gateway for the South American market. CRS also plans to establish a facility in Brazil that will be a sales, logistics and service center supporting the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Challenger, Hawker, Falcon and Lear operators.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington to perform airframe and component maintenance on Chinese-registered Falcons. The approval covers the Falcon 7X and includes C-level checks for the Falcon 2000EX/DX/LX EASy and Falcon 900EX/DX/LX EASy. The facility is also approved for inspection, repair, overhaul and modifications of components for air conditioning, communications, fuselage, nacelles/pylons, stabilizers and wings. Work may also be performed at locations in Little Rock, Reno, St.
Blackhawk Modifications is in the final stages of STC flight testing for a Cessna 208 Caravan XP42A upgrade package. It includes a factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A rated at 850 shp continuous, a wide-chord, 100-inch Hartzell four-blade propeller, composite cowling and high-efficiency inlet duct, 40-percent-larger oil cooler, engine hose kit, Blackhawk Hawkeye DigiLog engine gauges and Frakes exhaust stacks.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flight deck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. The new liquid crystal display DU-875 can display XM weather and paperless charts. The system incorporates an LED backlight and wide-angle visibility technology. According to Jet Aviation, the upgraded system weighs less than previous displays and is more reliable. The MRO performed the upgrade while the aircraft was in the facility for routine maintenance. Jet Aviation St. Louis had installed the system previously in the Bombardier Global Express.
Superior Air Parts has announced that Glen Golden has joined the company as its vice president of sales and marketing. Golden brings more than 30 years of general and business aviation aftermarket parts sales and marketing experience to the Dallas-based company. Before joining Superior Air Parts, Golden owned Enhanced Aircraft Systems, which specialized in sales and marketing programs for companies developing STCs and PMAs.
The FAA is proposing a new airworthiness directive for certain models of Dassault Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Falcon 900, Falcon 900EX and all models of the Falcon 50. It is prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear could cause wing-tank structural failure, resulting in fuel spillage and fire hazard. It would require modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. The FAA is taking comments until November 26.
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