The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive that supersedes an existing airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD900. It requires a visual inspection and, if necessary, an eddy-current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight.
Jet Aviation recently added three customized service vehicles, bringing the total number available in the U.S. to five. The other two are located at Teterboro and Boston/Bedford. “Our mobile maintenance service vehicles provide the same quality of service that our customers get when they are in our service centers; it’s simply packaged ‘to go,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president of Jet Aviation St. Louis.
In another safety issue affecting the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter’s main gearbox, on July 18 the FAA released an airworthiness directive (AD) that calls for inspection for cracks. The AD was prompted by the discovery of a crack in the gearbox housing of one S-92, “in the cored passage area adjacent to the scissor bracket mount,” allowing oil to leak. The result could be a loss of oil and subsequent failure of the gearbox, the FAA said.
The EASA and FAA have issued new emergency Airworthiness Directives (ADs) for the Eurocopter EC135 after detection of cracks on the lower hub-shaft flange of two more of the light twins. The ADs require repetitive preflight inspections.
1800Endoscope.com is displaying its new 1800TVS4 portable borescope at Booth No. C6915. List priced at $999 plus shipping and handling, the four-millimeter, battery-powered, palm-sized unit has a built-in high-resolution display. Here at the NBAA show, the company is accepting entries for a drawing, the winner of which will receive a 1800HS Handyscope borescope, a $300 value. The drawing takes place at 4 p.m.
Hawker Beechcraft has increased the Premier I/IA inspection time from a 200-hour core interval to a 600-hour interval. The extended inspection period applies to all new and in-service Premier I/IAs. The new schedule requires an “A” inspection every 600 hours and an “A and B” inspection every 1,200 hours. The company has reformatted Chapter 12 for the aircraft to align with the change and removed all previous inspection guides.
Oceanside, Calif.-based repair station AeroHoff Inspection Services is “a mobile advanced NDT provider and the only third-party MAUS [mobile automated scanner] operator in the country,” James Hofer, AeroHoff Inspection Services’ president, told AIN. MAUS is a scanning system for NDT inspection of large areas, such as an airframe, incorporating ultrasonic pulse echo, ultrasonic resonance and eddy current scanning ability.
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $348,000 civil penalty against Republic Airways subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines for its alleged failure to perform inspections required by five different FAA airworthiness directives (ADs).
Midcoast Aviation has expanded its capability to assist aircraft operators at their home bases to supplement in-house maintenance staff. “We have been providing this select service to customers by request for years,” said Morris Smith, director of technical services. “Because operators have found the service so beneficial it just made sense to expand and let all our customers know mobile maintenance teams are available to come to them.
To provide Falcon operators throughout the southeastern U.S., Caribbean and South America with the highest level of service and convenience, Fort Lauderdale-based Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 4029) is now offering an extensive array of inspection and upgrade services. “Our commitment to support the Falcon