In a move designed to promote economic development and position a more strongly aligned workforce, Illinois’ Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) have combined efforts to create an expanded aviation maintenance technology program.
Seeking to build on synergies in the nautical and aeronautical fields, four Dutch companies specializing in interiors for business jets and superyachts are partnering to offer one-stop shopping for aircraft interior design and refurbishments. In early January MRO provider JetSupport, cabineteer Struik & Hamerslag Aviation, interior architects Wetzels Brown Partners and upholsterer Zijlstra International Decoration signed a letter of intent to formalize their collaborative relationship.
AAR’s aircraft maintenance operation in Lake Charles, La., received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to work on European widebodies. The MRO previously worked under a short-term approval granted through AAR’s EASA-certified facility in Miami. The facility received its FAA certification for domestic aircraft in November. The Lake Charles MRO, one of six that AAR operates in North America, provides services that include scheduled maintenance, structural repairs and re-engineering aircraft interiors.
Thai Civil Aviation Authority auditors have completed the appraisal of independent complete aircraft spares support specialist AJW Technique’s facility in Montreal. The audit comprised a review of quality systems and processes; no areas were in need of corrective action.
Leipzig-based Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT), the division responsible for Volga-Dnepr Group’s maintenance operations in Europe, has expanded its maintenance capability on Western-built aircraft. VDT’s EASA Part 145 certificate enables the MRO to extend A-check services on the Boeing 737-300/-400/-500, 747-8F and 747-400 (PW4000-powered). The company’s EASA Rating C14 has also been expanded to cover wheel and brake repair shop activities on a number of 747 variants.
“In 2014 we aim to reach…C-check capability on Western aircraft,” said VDT managing director Ildar Ilyasov.
The 14th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference, which includes a maintenance symposium for technicians, is being held February 14-15 at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. The symposium offers sessions that can be used to log eight hours of training to meet annual Inspection Authorization renewal requirements.
The EASA has approved Gulfstream’s London Luton Airport service center for maintenance on the G280. This comes after the Luton facility was approved for the G650 last year; both new jets entered service in late 2012. “Gulfstream Luton’s ability to work on our newest aircraft brings an added level of convenience to G650 and G280 operators based in Europe,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support. “With our factory-trained technicians and the addition of G650- and G280-specific tooling, we are well equipped to meet our customers’ maintenance needs.”
Dallas Aeronautical Services, located 20 miles south of Dallas Love Field, is a highly specialized maintenance, repair and overhaul facility focused on a niche market. According to Mike Manning, the company’s vice president, DAS specializes in component repair.
“We do a significant amount of spares and rotables work for OEMs; however, we also work with both maintenance providers and owner/operators. Our specialization is working with clients who need a high quality but fast solution to their component repair requirements,” he told AIN.
Honda Aircraft has received FAA Part 145 certification for its customer service facility. The customer service facility, located at the company’s world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C, opened in October.
With initial running of the new Leap-1 engine on schedule in September, CFM International (CFMI) has embarked on an “unprecedented” level of testing that should involve 20 developmental units by the end of next year and seven of the remaining eight planned examples before 2016 (when a final powerplant will take part in a short exercise–possibly a Leap-1C blade-out check).
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