Richard WolfsKeil has joined Hongkong Jet as director of technical services. Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet, said adding WolfsKeil to lead the Hongkong Jet AOG Go-Team is a key step in bolstering on-site AOG maintenance services. WolfsKeil has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft engineering and is a pioneer in developing AOG services in Asia. The company also announced Bermuda Part 145 and continuing airworthiness management organization authorizations.
Imagine seeing this headline: “Major Airline Uses Student Pilots on Passenger Flights.” There would be universal outrage and condemnation if an airline tried to put students in the cockpit on passenger-carrying flights–even if “just” to handle the radios or practice touching some of the controls in cruise flight.
ZuluLog.com has released version 5.0 of its cloud-based aviation record-keeping software. The update includes a redesigned module for tracking aircraft maintenance, required inspections, documents and expenses. The new module allows the user to create an explorer view of the components of each aircraft and then define the required maintenance and inspections for each component.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for all Dassault Falcon 50s. The proposed AD was prompted by a manufacturer revision to the airplane maintenance manual. The maintenance tasks and airworthiness limitations, as specified in the Falcon 50 AMM Chapter 540, have been identified as mandatory actions for continued airworthiness and include a corrosion-prevention and -control program and checking of overpressure tightness on pressurization control regulating valves.
The recently published 2012 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook prediction of demand for 185,600 pilots and 243,500 new aircraft technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2030 has a potentially significant impact on the U.S. industry.
Aviation Consultancy & Engineering Services (ACE Services) has added a new aircraft maintenance management (AMM) department and obtained UK CAA continuing airworthiness management (Camo), airworthiness review certificate and permit to fly approvals. ACE Services provides project, engineering, maintenance, continuing airworthiness and technical records; quality assurance and control; aircraft maintenance planning and forecasting; and audit safety systems.
There’s history, and then there’s history; Valair Aviation falls into the latter category. Its two original hangars were part of Aero Commander’s Wiley Post Airport production facility in Oklahoma City. Dating back to the 1950s, they were the finishing center for new aircraft, the place where customers picked up their new piston-, turboprop- and turbojet-powered Commanders.
Gama Support Services is expanding its U.S.-based MRO business to include corporate aircraft maintenance and support. It has been building its Bridgeport, Conn.; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. infrastructure since 2009 toward that goal. Tom Connelly, Gama’s president, told AIN the company maintains its own U.S.-based fleet of 40 managed aircraft under Part 135 and added Part 145 to take in outside business.
ExecuJet Australasia’s Australian operation at Sydney Airport recently received approval from the Bermuda DCA as a continuing airworthiness management organization. The MRO already held the Bermuda DCA approved maintenance organization designation. ExecuJet Australia also has the capability to draft BDCA compliant aircraft maintenance programs and minimum equipment lists for customer aircraft. Additionally, the MRO is currently undergoing an auditing process and anticipates IS-BAO approval next month.
Following damage to the aft spar of a Cessna 525 Citation CJ, Jet Aviation Zurich designed and built the necessary tools, including a wing support bench, an aircraft hoist, movable jacks and a fuselage support, to enable removal of the wings for mandatory OEM repair. Technicians glided the wings out from under the aircraft, one side at a time, and hoisted them into a handcrafted two-ton crate for transport.
“It was a big, heavy task that required more than 250 man-hours just to prepare for,” said Jakob Straub, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Zurich.