The FAA has issued a final rule to adopt a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the sliding doors on the Eurocopter AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N and AS355NP. The AD does not apply to aircraft that have modification AL 4262. The AD, which requires removing specified nuts and washers from the lower ball-joint bolt, was prompted by a report of a sliding door detaching from the helicopter in flight.
Landmark Aviation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its new facility at San Diego International Airport. Its FBO campus at the Southern California airfield will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres. The new facility is also expected to achieve Leed Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Landmark, the new FBO will open late next year.
Ontic has signed a license agreement with Tempe, Ariz.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls to expand its electronic and electro-mechanical portfolio for the support of pilot controls and transmitter product lines. The products, which include landing-gear levers with integral light plates and electronics, tiller modules, pilot LED checklists, flight control surface indicators, rudder trim switches and push-to-talk switches, will be moved to Ontic’s manufacturing facilities in Chatsworth, Calif., and Cheltenham, UK.
Eclipse Aerospace received FAA approval for the extension of the service life of the Eclipse 500 and 550 to 20,000 hours/20,000 cycles with unlimited calendar life. According to the company, the life extension will provide the typical Eclipse Jet owner with more than 50 years of operation at typical usage rates, as well as improved airframe residual value.
The FAA adopted an airworthiness directive for Eurocopter Deutschland MBB-Kawasaki BK117C2 helicopters requiring inspection of the long tail-rotor drive shaft assembly for blind rivets. If any blind rivets are located, the shaft assembly must be replaced. The AD was prompted by the discovery that some helicopters have blind rivets installed in place of solid rivets, which could lead to failure of the tail rotor drive shaft and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Signature Flight Support has promoted Maria Sastre to president. She retains her position as COO. In her new role, Sastre is responsible for the daily operations of Signature’s international network of fixed-base operations and maintenance centers. Her focus as Signature’s COO has been on the development of a service and safety culture. Under her leadership, customer satisfaction ratings have increased significantly over the past three years, Signature has increased its footprint to 115 locations and invested in updating facilities and infrastructure.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a pressurization leak kit for rudder-pedal horns. Leaks in the boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can result in a noticeable loss of pressure differential, meaning a higher cabin altitude at cruise. Twin Commander’s new rudder-pedal seal kit includes a plug for the rudder-pedal horns/brake valve arms and improved boots that help preserve cabin pressurization.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a rudder-pedal seal kit that it says virtually eliminates pressurization leaks in a troublesome area. Leaks in the original boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can lead to a noticeable loss of pressure differential, resulting in a higher cabin altitude at cruise. Twin Commander’s new rudder-pedal seal kit includes a plug for the rudder-pedal horns/brake valve arms and improved boots that help preserve cockpit and cabin pressurization.
Landmark Aviation was recently awarded a 37-year lease to operate an FBO at San Diego International Airport. It currently operates the former Jimsair Aviation Services on the field, which it acquired in July 2008. Under the new agreement, Landmark will design and build a new FBO with a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, a 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on a 12.4-acre leasehold. The new FBO building is required to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S.
List Components of Austria (Stand 165) has selected Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours (Stand 1935) as its preferred completion center in North America for its stone flooring and countertops in all aircraft types. Flying Colours recently installed a List stone floor in a Bombardier Global 5000 and has been chosen to install a similar floor in a Bombardier Challenger 601.
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