Jet Aviation Saarbrucken, Germany, recently performed extensive repairs on a Citation II that was heavily damaged by hail in just 15 seconds. The aircraft was on approach to Amsterdam Airport at an altitude of 10,000 feet when it encountered a hail storm. The aircraft, which was traveling at 250 knots, encountered hail stones “the size of tennis balls.”
The FAA is accepting comments until August 16 on a proposed Airworthiness Directive that would affect as many as 3,572 TFE731-2 and -3 turbofans on U.S.-registered aircraft. If the measure is enacted, the engines’ low-pressure turbine stage 1 disks would have to be repetitively checked for fatigue cracks. An estimated 1,900 of those engines would require disk replacement under the proposed AD.
Van Isle Avionics is now accepting the Multi Service Card for payment. According to the Abbotsford, B.C. company, it is the first service-support provider in Canada–and one of the initial few around the world–to agree to accept the credit card for maintenance work. The card has traditionally been used for FBO services and products such as fuel, ramp charges, air navigation and airport fees and catering.
John Goglia, the only licensed A&P mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the NTSB, has joined the leadership of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association as senior vice president of government and technical programs. Goglia leaves the NTSB after nine years of service. He will now spearhead PAMA’s efforts to increase public recognition and respect for aviation maintenance technicians.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., has announced the operation of its new plasma spray machine. “The new plasma spray system lets us restore engine components damaged by corrosion and worn by normal engine operation,” said Robert Peters, vice president of engine maintenance. The company is using the new process on Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, Honeywell and General Electric engine parts.
AvQuotes.com uses the Internet to match people seeking maintenance with more than 50 maintenance facilities. It’s a simple, logical idea that apparently never occurred to anyone before Sheldon Early and his wife went to lunch one afternoon. “Six years ago I was at Stevens Aviation as vice president of business development,” Early, AvQuotes president, told AIN.
The launch customers of the Kamov Ka-226 helicopter–the Moscow city government and fossil-fuel company RAO Gazprom–have begun pilot training and operational trials using semi-experimental machines. Their goal is to qualify crews before production helicopters enter service this month or next.
Frank Robinson, the 74-year-old firm-handed founder, chairman and president of Robinson Helicopter, says that as long as he’s sitting behind the big desk he’ll do exactly what he pleases. What pleases him? “Keeping it simple,” he explained, “and when I retire or die, whoever takes my place, hopefully, keeps that long-standing philosophy of mine alive.”
Robinson Helicopter CEO Frank Robinson has convinced the El Salvador National Police force that they should downshift to piston-powered helicopters. The OEM’s dealer in capital San Salvador, Regilio Pena of Helica SA, brought the director of police over
CHC Helicopter is scaling back its offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, as part of a restructuring plan. The COO and financial staff are moving to the company’s office in Vancouver, B.C. CEO Craig Dobbin said that although the company will maintain an office in St. John’s, there will be some layoffs–but he plans to hold off on these for at least six months. Dobbin apparently considered beefing up the office in St.