Liebherr-Aerospace Saline is set to increase its support in the rotary-wing market. The North American branch of the 57-year-old German company is based in Saline, Mich., and provides technical support, inventory and service that caters particularly to the growing fleet of European-designed aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened earlier this month a 56,000-sq-ft parts distribution center in Frankfurt, Germany. The Canadian OEM began increasing parts availability in Europe in February by adding inventory to its London warehouse. These and other efforts to improve parts availability and distribution speed are part of an effort by the company to significantly upgrade customer support.
It started out as a small, Griffin, Ga.-based repair station specializing in fiberglass aircraft such as the Cirrus but quickly expanded into carbon fiber and Kevlar. Atlanta Aerospace Composites continues to expand rapidly, adding comprehensive sheet metal repairs to its list of services.
Heli-Mart of Costa Mesa, Calif., has bought nine MD 520Ns and a 300C previously operated by the Phoenix Police Department. An inventory of serviceable spare parts and engines, worth nearly $1.5 million, is now available for purchase.
Duplicating the superheated activity that defined the pre-owned market last year doesn’t look likely as this year’s used landscape begins to take shape. Early indications during the first quarter point to a market cooling to a more normal level. After a few consecutive years of lower-trending inventory, which as recently as January dipped below 1,600, the market has turned tail and now is closer to the 12-month moving average.
Aerospace Products International (API), a provider of distribution and supply chain services, has been chosen by Flight Options for rotables management. API’s Electronic Supply Program (ESP) will manage Flight Options’ recertification cycle. It will also handle the associated logistics required to manage its life raft and survival equipment inventories.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA), the Addison, Texas-based subsidiary of the Japanese company that built the MU-2 turboprop twin, has acquired Intercontinental Jet of Tulsa, Okla. The company provides support for about 50 percent of the 400-strong MU-2 fleet. The acquisition will not change the status of Turbine Aircraft Services, according to MHIA.
Gulfstream Aerospace has released three new enhancements to CMP.net, its computerized aircraft maintenance tracking program. They are a new work order module, inventory purchase order module and smart cards designed to facilitate, capture and report day-to-day aircraft maintenance activities.
Reports of tread separations and bulges on Goodyear Aviation nosewheel tires on Gulfstreams and Global Expresses have resulted in a proposed Airworthiness Directive to replace the tires if they fall within a designated range of serial numbers. The proposal affects some 1,000 Gulfstreams and 100 Global Expresses.
Unless the FAA makes a last-minute change to the timetable, pilots have until June 6 to comply with a new second-in-command (SIC) type-rating rule. The rule requires pilots serving as second-in-command to have an SIC type rating when flying to international destinations (see FAR Parts 61.5 and 61.55).