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.
Conklin & de Decker will be holding its Helicopter Maintenance Management Seminar–called “Essential Tools for Your New Maintenance Manager’s Role”–in Irving, Texas, February 15 through 17. “If you’re a maintenance technician and you’re doing well in your job, you’re likely to get promoted to management. The problem is that you’ve probably had no exposure to the basics of management, and certainly not as they apply to aircraft maintenance management, during your career.
Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider ST Aerospace has been certified as a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization (MTO) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and European Aviation Safety Agency to provide aircraft type training for narrow-body and widebody aircraft.
King Aerospace has received certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), allowing the MRO to perform aircraft modifications that comply with certification standards required to operate under EASA registration. King’s Ardmore, Okla.
Executive Aircraft Maintenance, an authorized Twin Commander Service Center at the Scottsdale, Ariz. airport, has received overhaul authorization for Honeywell’s TPE331 turboprop engine. EAM’s Anchorage, Alaska facility retains its status as a Honeywell-authorized TPE331 major maintenance facility.
J.A. Air Center, on Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove, Ill., opened its doors in 1965. The company was originally based on Joliet Municipal Airport and was known as Joliet Aviation Electronics.“Shortly after start-up the name was changed to Joliet Avionics to reflect the newly emerging avionics industry,” Brad Zeman, the company’s president, told AIN.
Estero, Fla.-based Flightdocs, a provider of aircraft maintenance tracking software and services, released on Monday what it says is the first aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application. The Flightdocs Mobile Information Center app is available free at the iTunes store, though a Flightdocs maintenance tracking subscription is required.