A few months ago AIN published an article that highlighted not only my NTSB career but also some of what I have done with a good portion of my working career. Not long after that article was published, AIN editor Nigel Moll called to ask whether I would be interested in writing a monthly column on various subjects of interest to both the pilot and maintenance communities.
Aviation International News » November 2004
Many operators consider maintenance to be a necessary evil, but a Kennesaw, Ga., company turns that notion on its ear.
Flightworks is an aircraft management company that uses its maintenance services to develop successful business relationships with its customers. While Flightworks is available to owners of multiple aircraft, it is the owner of a single aircraft who will find the relationship most compelling.
Raytheon Aircraft has chosen Avtrak to provide aircraft maintenance and compliance tracking technology for its Web-based factory aircraft comprehensive tracking system (Facts), which supports both Beechcraft and Hawker customers.
Bombardier Aerospace has expanded its U.S. service network for Bombardier business jet operators by adding a Bombardier service center, a Duncan Aviation authorized service facility, and two Bombardier line stations.
Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility has entered into an agreement with Raytheon Aircraft to be the exclusive agent for Raytheon Aircraft parts, inventory and distribution (Rapid) to repair, overhaul, test and provide inventory logistics in support of the Rapid rotables program for Hawker landing gear. The agreement covers the Hawker 1A through 700, 800, 800XP and 1000.
Eagle Creek Aviation Services (ECAS) is opening a Learjet Service Center at Eagle Creek Airport (EYE) in Indianapolis. The company’s FAA Diamond Award-winning repair station will work on Learjet 23s through 25s. Located a few miles northwest of the city center, the facility anchors the regional airport. EYE is the closest airport to downtown Indianapolis and the growing business/technology corridor on the city’s northwest side.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and Jet Professionals, an aviation staffing company, have entered into a joint venture to provide professional staffing solutions to individual and corporate PAMA members. According to Brian Finnegan, president of PAMA, the new arrangement will offer members candidate searches, back-shop support, risk management and employee benefit and employment law consulting services.
Raytheon Aircraft has awarded Montreal’s Innotech Aviation Gold Bar status for service center excellence for Hawkers and King Airs. The award recognizes superior achievement in four major areas of product support: spares availability, tools and tooling, training and library currency. Innotech achieved an overall rating of 95 percent
in each area.
Premier Aircraft of East Alton, Ill., has entered an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to upgrade the existing TFE731-3-1C and TFE731-3D-1C engines installed on Falcon 50s to a TFE731-4-1C configuration. Premier will market, develop, engineer and certify the “50Dash4” upgrade, which includes engine installation, related hardware and cockpit instrumentation.
Raytheon Aircraft Services Toluca, Mexico, is now FAA-certified as a Part 145 repair station. The designation means RAS Toluca can provide maintenance to any N-registered aircraft on the certificate, including all Beechcraft and Hawker products; Falcon 50s and Lear 20s, 30s and 60s. The certification process started last year when RAS Toluca began changing its processes to become more aligned with FAA requirements.