Recognizing there is a global lack of qualified aviation technical personnel, Mubadala Aerospace has signed a $1.3 million agreement with UAE University (UAEU) to train the next generation of Emirati technicians to work at Strata’s aircraft composite production facility.
Basel, Switzerland-based Amac Aerospace has received maintenance organization approval (MOA) from the State Civil Aviation Administration of Russia. The approval allows Amac to carry out base and line maintenance work on all Russian-registered Gulfstream IVs and GVs, as well as Airbus A319s and Boeing 737NGs. It also allows heavy maintenance work up to C Check levels at its facility at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has been selected to conduct the annual Aircraft Education Seminar for business aircraft during the 42nd annual National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) Conference, to be held April 24 through 26 in Miami. Lou Seno, JSSI chairman emeritus and a former NAFA president, is a senior aircraft appraiser with full ASA accreditation.
The Regional Aircraft Division of BAE Systems has won a contract with Eastern Airways of the UK for its rate-per-flying-hour aircraft spares support service. The three-year support deal covers 16 Prestwick-built Jetstream 41 turboprop airliners. BAE Systems has provided support for Eastern Airways’ Jetstream 41 operation for the past 11 years.
Duncan Aviation is authorized to modify the Universal Avionics UNS-1C flight management system to include an extended-life battery. A Duncan Aviation tech rep told AIN, “The original battery voltage was 3.6 volts and the new one is 3.93 volts. While the voltage increase in this lithium watch-type battery seems small, it makes a big difference. Previously a battery warning meant a day or two at most until you had a databus failure locking up the entire system. The new battery gives you about three months [after a warning],” he said.
DAC International has received FAA parts manufacturer approval for its GDC62 radio altimeter interface unit and the GDC66 fuel quantity adapter unit. These converters, developed specifically for the Piper Meridian, permit the continued use of the existing radio altimeter and fuel quantity computer and are required for the G950 cockpit retrofit STC owned by Cutter Aviation. DAC International’s engineering and certification division achieved the approvals in partnership with Cutter Aviation.
Atlantic Aero has received FAA approval to add the Cessna Citation X to its repair station license. The MRO has invested more than $150,000 in new tooling, training and other related expenses to support Citation X certification. The company has a long history working with the type by providing interior updates for Citation X operators, and the addition of the product to Atlantic Aero’s repair license enables the facility to provide maintenance.
Mid-Canada Mod Center has signed a dealer agreement with Satcom Direct. A provider of global satellite communications, Satcom Direct is best known for its success in pioneering 10-digit dialing service to aircraft in flight. Branded Global One Number, the technology allows callers on the ground to reach any handset on board an aircraft in flight by dialing a single telephone number regardless of where the aircraft is located. Satcom Direct also offers FlightDeck Freedom, a datalink service that is compatible with all avionics and airframe manufacturers.
The NTSB has made recommendations addressing fatigue cracks of nose landing gear (NLG) end caps on the Beechcraft 1900D. The recommendations stem from the Board’s investigation of several recent incidents, and as a result Beechcraft has changed its recommended maintenance practices for the nose landing gear actuator dated Aug. 1, 2010; May 1, 2011; and Nov. 1, 2011.
Awash with negative comments regarding its proposed air carrier contract maintenance requirements rules, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has extended the original February 11 comment period to March 13. The proposed rule would change the maintenance regulations for domestic, flag and supplemental operations, and commuter and on-demand operations for aircraft type certified with 10 or more passenger seats (excluding any pilot seat).