Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Eurocopter AS332C, L and L1 to require initial and repetitive inspections of the outer skin, butt strap and fuselage frame for a crack and modification of the helicopter. The proposed AD is prompted by an AD issued by the EASA that states a crack was discovered in a fuselage frame during a daily check.
Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, has completed its fifth Global Express refurbishment and maintenance project in the past 12 months. The airplane has been delivered to its Malaysian owner.
The interior refurbishment restored all the interior soft woods and woodwork, and an upgrade of the entertainment system includes iPad holders and iPod docks. During the downtime, Flying Colours also performed numerous maintenance inspections and airframe and systems modifications.
Business aviation entrepreneur Kenn Ricci has a unique perspective on the industry that to his diverse holdings that includes fractional provider Flight Options, maintenance firm Constant Aviation and aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace. To get his take on the state of the bizav industry, AIN sat down with him at the EBACE show, and he gave a fairly candid view.
Haggan Aviation has hired Yorkk Swick as general manager. Swick has extensive company management experience as well as many years serving both airframe and engine customers. He has spent the past 10 years developing and managing the mobile service team concept, supporting the TFE731 and CFE738 engines and the GTCP36-100 and GTCP36-150 APUs. Haggan Aviation is a Part 145 repair station located at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colo. It specializes in heavy maintenance on Learjets and Hawkers.
The repair bill for wing cracks first discovered in January on the Airbus A380 will come to about $135.5 million, according to EADS, Airbus’ parent corporation. Initial safety reviews concluded only a few A380s might be affected.
Maintenance management software developer Mxi Technologies has signed a long-term agreement with Boeing as a key partner in the ongoing support and delivery of Boeing’s GoldCare program. Mxi Technologies has been a key integration partner for Boeing’s GoldCare aftermarket service by providing the Maintenix software as the core of Boeing’s platform combining onboard airframe systems, technical documentation, full MRO capability and Boeing supply chain. First developed for the 787 Dreamliner, the platform is now offered on other Boeings.
The entire 68-strong Airbus A380 fleet must be inspected for new cracks in wing-rib feet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today extended an earlier requirement limited to 20 airframes.
The first 21-meter-long front fuselage section for the Airbus A350 XWB has begun to take shape in Saint-Nazaire, France, where mechanics have begun joining the forward fuselage and nose sections, the European manufacturer announced today. The exercise will continue over the “coming weeks,” said Airbus.
StandardAero Business Aviation has expanded its strategic business focus to include the buying and selling of parts for general aviation aircraft. Included in the operation are APUs, whole engines, avionics and airframe components. Initially focused solely on business aviation aircraft, the company has expanded its parts trading services to include regional airlines and air transport components.