StandardAero’s Los Angeles engine shop has been serving the business aviation community for 62 years. It was started by Cliff Garrett in 1946 as AiResearch Aviation on what was then known as Mine Field, later to become Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The company built a solid reputation for maintenance, including retrofit programs for the Falcon 20, Hawker 125 series and 731 JetStar.
Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed JetStar–the only one of the three aircraft owned by The King still in private hands–was put on the auction block December 19 at the 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction. According to auctioneer Kruse International, the jet has never been restored and features the original exterior and interior.
Aviation parts supplier Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) has announced the availability of a consignment program called Excess Inventory Management (EIM). Joplin, Mo.-based TECI (Booth No. 5321) owns a 75,000-sq-ft climate-controlled warehouse for EIM inventory. The facility includes multiple loading docks and makes use of a variety of shipping methods, the company said. Founded in 1991, TECI
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., reports it is developing a number of products and services including more emphasis on its ambitious reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) compliance project.
In the ever-fluid world of aerospace, to build and deliver a thousand of any major aircraft system is a milestone worthy of note. It was appropriate, then, that Phoenix-based Honeywell Engines celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th TFE731 turbofan engine on October 30.
LOCKHEED 1329-23E JETSTAR, HOUSTON, TEXAS, MAY 15, 2004–JetStar N57NR sustained minor damage when the left flap assembly detached while the airplane was on approach to Hobby Airport. The airplane was operated by Aircraft Trading Center of Tequesta, Fla. The two ATP pilots and two passengers were not injured.
Following approval several months ago of RVSM equipment in the JetStar II, Duncan Aviation reported that it has received group approval for RVSM operations for the four-engine business jet. Last February, the Lincoln, Neb.-based company completed the installation and certification of dual IS&S altimeter/air data units in a JetStar 731, the first step in adding these aircraft to group RVSM approval.
The long-running dispute between JetStar operators and Lockheed Martin continues, as the two dozen or so owners of the remaining 36 U.S.-registered Lockheed L-329 JetStars say they are just about out of patience with the defense contractor. Lockheed Martin inherited JetStar support under the same agreement through which it supports the L-1011 TriStar airliner. It has not produced either aircraft in decades.
Lockheed JetStar 1329-23E, Houston, Texas, May 15, 2004–Lockheed JetStar N57NR sustained minor damage following an in-flight separation of the left flap assembly while on final approach to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The airplane was registered to and operated by Aircraft Trading Center of Tequesta, Fla. The two ATP pilots and two passengers were not injured.
Lockheed Martin has recommended to the FAA that the agency upgrade to Airworthiness Directives a series of service bulletins developed over the past 18 months for the L-329 JetStar, one of the first U.S. business jets, to ensure compliance.
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