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.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) and Sabena Technics have signed an agreement designed to ensure that Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) operators have continuous and comprehensive spare-parts support. Airframe support for ACJs includes access to spare-part pools covering airframes, auxiliary power units, line-replaceable units (LRU), wheels and brakes, landing gear LRUs, and repair of said parts.
The FAA has finalized a rule addressing more than 4,000 U.S.-registered aging commercial aircraft with a takeoff weight of 75,000 pounds or more, certified after 1957 and operated under FAR Parts 121 or 129.
Embraer has started the first phase of building a new $48 million, 330,000-sq-ft facility in Évora, Portugal, dedicated to manufacturing complex airframe structures and components in composite materials. Completion of the initial phase is scheduled for the end of next year, while production of structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners will start in 2013.
Ikhana Group is rebranding its subsidiaries RW Martin and Total Aircraft Services; both will operate under the Ikhana Group brand. The company specializes in special-mission turboprops and business jets, particularly DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air and Gulfstream airframes. “We underwent a merger about three years ago that allows us to perform both engineering and installation,” a spokesman for the company told AIN.
Friedrichshafen International Airport, in far southern Germany near the Austrian and Swiss borders, is the site of the newest Twin Commander factory-authorized international service center. “We have about 35 Commanders operating in Europe, and Airplus currently services 10 to 12 of them,” Matt Isley, president of Twin Commander Aircraft, told AIN. “We added Airplus because we wanted to beef up our airframe support in Europe.”
West Star Aviation donated a Learjet 35A to Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo. The company acquired the airplane last year as a source of parts for another Learjet project. That airplane “needed a fairly significant amount of work, and quite a few parts and components needed replacement.