BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive will open a regional turbine center (RTC) in the Pittsburgh area by the end of this month. It will be located at Washington County Airport about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh International Airport.
Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D
BBA Aviation-owned engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive plans to open a regional turbine center next month at the Washington County Airport just south of Pittsburgh. The 5,300-sq-ft facility initially will provide hot-section inspection services for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprops and JT15D turbofans, as well as fan repairs on JT15Ds and power-section repair on PT6As.
Dallas Airmotive’s late-September announcement that it would be closing its Millville, N.J. facility caused something of a stir. Much of the concern focuses on the loss of more than 240 jobs, but some concern stems from the company’s long history.
MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg’s exhibit here (Booth No. 8625) is designed around touting its expertise in supporting General Electric CF34 engines that power business jets such as Bombardier’s Challenger 601, 604 and 605.
Clifford Development of Portage, Mich. (Booth No. 5651), has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (S550).
The NTSB this week finally released initial factual information about the Flight Options Beechjet 400A that experienced a dual engine flameout on Nov. 28, 2005. Both of the airplane’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 turbofans, which had been inspected 31 hours earlier, failed on a positioning flight to Marcos Island, Fla., when power was reduced after the fractional jet was cleared to descend to FL330 from FL380.
Clifford Development has expanded certification efforts for its Cessna Citation II re-engining and airframe modification program to include the S/II (CE-S550). Like the company’s Citation II program, the modification will include replacing the S/II’s Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D turbofans with Williams FJ44-3 turbofans, as well as adding winglets and more than 30 other systems enhancements.
If two competing companies have their way, Cessna 550 owners will soon be able to take their jet farther and higher, all while paying less per mile to do it.
Like the mythical phoenix, the AASI Jetcruzer 450/500 may arise from its ashes to fly again, this time as a single-turbofan, experimental airplane rather than a certified single-turboprop pusher. It was in April 2002 that Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures Inc. (AASI), after completing its acquisition of the bankrupt Mooney Aircraft Co., changed its name, as expected, to Mooney Aerospace Group (MASG).
Buying the assets of a bankrupt aviation company is one way to lower the cost of entry into the industry, but it’s still a risky business. Iowa real-estate developer Matt Eller paid $441,000 last October to acquire the intellectual property of VisionAire, and thus acquired the moribund single-turbine Vantage very light jet. Eller’s goal is to certify and build the Vantage, but in the meantime he’s still searching for funding.