West Star Aviation has acquired the Messier Bugatti Dowty overhaul manuals and technical data for 192-month landing-gear restorations on the Challenger 604. “West Star has made a substantial investment in procuring these manuals,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager for West Star Aviation. “No technician can perform a Challenger 604 192-month gear restoration without them so it was an easy choice for us.”
Product lifecycle management
A J Walter Aviation is to buy the component repair business of Aveos Fleet Performance. AJW plans to develop an MRO operation and will establish Aveos’s Montreal facility as its new global aircraft components maintenance headquarters. The acquisition is part of a larger expansion program that has included establishing offices in Miami, Dubai and Singapore; additional spares hubs across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas; and the launch of a new engine division. A UK global headquarters and logistics center will open later this year.
Baker Aviation has purchased AeroMech and now operates from two Texas locations: Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth and Addison Airport in Dallas. “While Baker is known for its aircraft charter and flight management services, with the AeroMech acquisition we can now offer a full line-up of maintenance with a well stocked parts department,” Marty Dryer, Baker’s director of operations, told AIN.
SR Technics, an executive refurbishment and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist in Zurich, continues to enhance and develop its executive cabin outfitting and maintenance services.
The company claims to have invested in new engineering tooling and systems and to have nearly doubled the size of its skilled labor team in the past 12 months alone.
Component Control, an MRO and logistics software developer, announced at EBACE that Corporate Flight Management (CFM) of Smyrna, Tennessee, has selected its Quantum Control software solution for its maintenance and repair operations. CFM operates 35 aircraft and offers aircraft charter, management and MRO services for both the private and commercial aviation markets.
Bell Helicopter and Cessna announced that their joint service facility, operated by Aviation Service in Prague, Czech Republic, has received EASA Part 145 MRO certification. The certification allows for maintenance, inspection, repair and component overhaul of the Bell 206, 407, 412, 427 and 429. It also gives Cessna the capability to perform base and line maintenance–including systems, avionics and powerplant support–for all Citations except the CJ3, CJ4 and X. Training is planned to incorporate those three models this year.
ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China, based at Binhai International Airport in Tianjin, claims to be making rapid progress toward becoming a fully functioning business jet aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center.
GE Aviation and France-based Aeromecanic have signed an agreement for Aeromecanic to become an authorized service center (ASC) for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The ASC designation allows the MRO to offer comprehensive line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and LRU, on-wing heavy repairs and manage a pool of spare/rental engines for the Western Europe and North Africa region. GE Aviation will provide Aeromecanic with material support and training.
FOCUS on…MRO Operators’ emphasis on controlling lifecycle and direct operating costs (DOC) has thrust maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) into a lead role in rotorcraft operations, expanding the boundaries of MRO far beyond wrench turning. And with declining aircraft sales, OEMs that formerly ceded large segments of aftermarket services to third-party companies are increasing their involvement in the MRO arena. These trends are on full view here in Dallas at Heli-Expo.
If Charles Dickens were to make a prediction about the state of aircraft maintenance in 2012, he might say it will be the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is business is picking up; the bad news is there are problems.