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.
Kaunas, Lithuania-based FL Technics is implementing a $15 million MRO development plan that will create almost 300 new jobs, including more than 200 aircraft mechanics, engineers and other aviation technical personnel supporting commercial and business aviation customers. The company is focusing on operators from Europe, the CIS and Asia-Pacific.
Avia Solutions Group acquired a controlling interest in the Lithuania-based helicopter maintenance organization Helisota. Until recently the group focused on the aircraft maintenance sector through the development of its FL Technics subsidiary, involved in engine repair, parts sales and the expansion of line maintenance stations.
Asset-management firm Victory Park Capital has sold its portfolio company Ascent Aviation Services to New Orleans-based private equity firm LongueVue Capital Partners II. The terms of the deal were not made public.
Each year, the National Business Aviation Association presents awards to maintenance and avionics technicians with excellent safety records. The awards are offered to technicians who have been employed at least three years and have caused no aircraft accidents during their tenure. AIN interviewed Donald Hunt, who recently retired with an exemplary record from the flight department for restaurant operator Bloomin’ Brands.
West Coast Aviation Services has named Anton Pint, formerly FAA accountable manager, the new Part 135 director of maintenance for West Coast Charters and Alfredo Garcia, formerly sales manager, the new general manager for West Coast Aircraft Maintenance. Pint has been a Black Hawk mechanic in the Army and lead TFE731 mechanic for Garrett Aviation LAX. Garcia has been in the industry for some 20 years and got his start with Garrett LAX as an A&P mechanic.
Duncan Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul location in Lincoln, Neb., has received South African Civil Aviation Authority approval as an aircraft maintenance organization. “It’s important to be able to provide service to all of our customers, regardless of location, which is why we’re constantly working to secure new certifications,” said Chris VanderWeide, chief inspector of international airworthiness.
Bombardier has proposed establishing 850-hour intervals for CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks (A Checks) and 8,500-hour intervals for the new airliner’s base maintenance checks (C Checks), the manufacturer announced at its May 28 European Regional Review in Munich, Germany. Engaged in developing a CSeries maintenance program based on Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) since October 2010, Bombardier claims the “longer” intervals will minimize downtime and result in “more competitive” maintenance costs for operators.
Banyan Air Service held its eighth annual AMT Day on May 24. The annual event pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor, the first aircraft maintenance technician (AMT), who built Orville and Wilbur Wright’s engine. At a time when new student starts in aviation technical schools are down and industry technician retention is low, Banyan uses the event to honor its aircraft maintenance technicians, avionics team and parts team.
Associated Air Center has signed its 10th Boeing Business Jet 12-year overhaul phase maintenance inspection check. The aircraft will undergo the required overhaul inspection maintenance that is due every 12 years, including full cabin removal and reinstallation for fuselage inner skin inspection, lower belly auxiliary tank removal and reinstall and landing-gear overhaul. Also included will be the installation of a full cabin management system (CMS) and new LED lighting.