During his career as a pilot and operator of a charter/management company, Baker Aviation founder Stan Baker III was struck by the significant investment in aircraft maintenance required to keep an aircraft flying. He particularly remembers the aggravation of difficult maintenance issues that only seemed to compound as aircraft aged and manufacturers ceased production. Confident there was a better way to service aircraft, Baker set about building a team of experts in aircraft maintenance with backgrounds that complement one another.
Dallas Airmotive has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to provide engine support at its North American service centers. The two parties have signed an engine service agreement whereby Dallas Airmotive will support the Learjet 30, 40, 50 and 60 series; Challenger 300 and 600 series; Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000.
BBA Aviation subsidiary Ontic is expanding its capabilities. At its center-of-excellence MRO facility in Houston, the aftermarket support company is adding services for Hawker Beechcraft’s line of King Airs. Among the services offered are repair and overhaul of the turboprop twin’s landing gear, flight controls and ancillary structures including airframe structural and sheet metal work. Other systems such as the environmental and pneumatic control, mechanical power transfer and oxygen containment and distribution are also included in the services menu.
Dallas Airmotive is anticipating that 2012 will be its busiest year ever in terms of field service support events in North America. The engine service provider, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, had 2,600 service calls last year ranging from engine borescope inspections to full engine changes and is on track to exceed 3,000 such events this year.
“During our 2010 NBAA press conference we sent a clear message to the industry: we do what we say we’re going to do. In the past four years we have experienced a 16-percent compound annual growth rate, with almost 20-percent growth as we continue to evolve our CompleteCare strategy beyond the basic MRO services,” Scott Taylor, senior vice president of business aviation for StandardAero (Booth No. 2000), told AIN.
Bombardier switched on the electrical and avionics systems of the first Learjet 75 to roll down the company’s Wichita production line during the week of August 21. The Learjet 75 is an updated version of the 45XR, and the 70 replaces the 40XR. Both feature a new Garmin G5000-based Bombardier Vision flight deck with touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
An airworthiness directive has been issued for all Honeywell TFE731-20R, -20AR, -20BR, -40, -40AR, -40R, -50R and -60 turbofan engines. It was prompted by a report of a quality escape of about 8,000 second-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT2) rotor blades manufactured by Honeywell’s Chihuahua, Mexico, manufacturing operation since 2009. This AD requires removing and inspecting certain LPT2 rotor blades. Cost of the fix is $3,480.
Three jets are now flying in the Learjet 70/75 flight-test program. The first two are a Learjet 40XR and 45XR modified with the Bombardier Vision cockpit, which was installed at Garmin’s New Century AirCenter facility near company headquarters in Olathe, Kan. The Vision flight deck in the Learjet 70 and 75 is based on a Garmin G5000 avionics suite, which features touchscreen controllers mounted in the cockpit pedestal, synthetic vision display on the PFDs and Garmin’s new solid-state GWX 70 radar.
StandardAero Business Aviation has announced its Fastlane program for operators of Honeywell TFE731-powered aircraft. Under the program, business jet operators can have guaranteed completion of a core-zone inspection in 14 days or less. Industry averages currently range from 30 to 40 days, according to StandardAero (Stand 671).
Honeywell has shipped the first two new TFE731-40BR engines to Bombardier for the airframer’s new Learjet 70/75 program. The new engine adds 10 percent more takeoff thrust by replacing the -20AR or -20BR engines in the Learjet 40/45 with the -40BR. “We’re turning up the wick, and putting more power to it,” said Michael Bevans, Honeywell director of technical sales, Business and General Aviation.
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