The NTSB determined that a July 2007 accident in Sanford, Fla., which killed the two aboard the airplane and three people on the ground, was caused by a series of poor decisions by flight department management and the pilots who flew the accident aircraft. The Cessna 310R, operated by Nascar's aviation division, crashed after the pilot reported an in-flight fire.
For the 12th time in as many months Bombardier Aerospace has added a new line maintenance facility (LMF), most recently in Finland. The company has also increased its capability at two existing facilities in Hong Kong and Oregon. Jetflite of Helsinki is Bombardier’s first LMF for Bombardier business aircraft in Finland, providing line maintenance support for Learjets and the Challenger 300, 604, 605 and 850.
BBA Aviation is moving Gary Boekenkamp to its Legacy Products Group. In this new job, Boekenkamp will serve as vice president of marketing, acquisitions and strategic business development. He will be responsible for strategic planning, looking for new opportunities and acquisitions. The Legacy Products Group licenses mature OEM parts from manufacturers, assuming responsibility for production quality and aftermarket support.
By August next year, Duncan Aviation will have a new maintenance facility in Provo, Utah, in a 15,000-sq-ft hangar leased from Million Air Provo.
Since Sabreliner performed the first C-21A Learjet Phase 16 inspection for the U.S. Air Force in 2001, the company has cycled 100 of the military version of the Learjet 35A through its Perryville, Mo. facilities, and all were delivered on time and on budget. The inspections were a combination of Phase 16, equivalent to the 12,000-hour inspection on civil Learjets, and Phase 14, the same as the Learjet 12-year inspection.
Taking advantage of the busy oil and gas industry operations centered around Aberdeen, Scotland, Eurocopter will open a new helicopter service center at Kirkhill Commercial Park in Dyce. The facility will provide logistical and technical support in a 10,000-sq-ft warehouse and 5,000-sq-ft office building, as well as EC 255 simulator-based flight training in a 5,360-sq-ft space.
The Ohio General Assembly has included an amendment to a recently enacted sales and use tax exemption for aircraft maintenance and repair transactions done at an FAA Part 145 repair station.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) says requiring foam fire suppression systems to be installed in Group II hangars is financially “impractical and not justifiable.” Group II hangars cover more than 12,000 sq ft and their main doors are up to 28 feet high.
Reductions in flying hours and cancellations of new aircraft orders have prompted Duncan Aviation, with major maintenance facilities in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., to “cut some production team members’ hours and implement pay cuts in all other positions,” according to a statement released by the company.
GE Aviation is transferring responsibility for GE CF34-3 engine parts to Boeing subsidiary Aviall Services. Under the exclusive distributor agreement signed by GE Aviation and Aviall Services, Aviall will be responsible for forecasting, ordering and delivering all genuine OEM replacement parts that are unique to CF34-3 engines.