Naples Jet Center, based at Naples Municipal Airport, Fla., has been approved as a Venezuelan repair station by the Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil Venezuela (INAC). The MRO provides maintenance and repair work on Citations, Learjets, Hawkers, Embraers and Twin Commanders. Services include avionics installation and repair, structural repair and upgrades, interior refurbishment and maintenance and inspections.
Boeing yesterday announced that the FAA has approved the 787’s scheduled maintenance program, marking a particularly noteworthy accomplishment for an airplane billed as 30 percent less expensive to maintain than any “comparable product.” The company bases its claims on projections for the performance of the 787’s composite structure and highly integrated systems architecture, which, it says, allow for fewer maintenance tasks and longer time in
The new Bell 429 light twin will have a faster top cruise speed than the previously published 142 knots, program director Neil Marshall told AIN. He declined to specify just how much faster the 429 will be, saying only that the higher speed “would be pleasing” to customers.
The governor of Missouri has signed a bill eliminating sales tax on aircraft repair parts, aligning the state with neighboring states having similar laws. Before passing the law, Missouri exempted aircraft used to carry people and property, but now the tax exemption applies to all materials, replacement parts and equipment used for modification, repair, replacement and maintenance of aircraft, powerplants and accessories from Jan.
Failure of the FAA to publish an advisory circular may prompt the National Air Transportation Association to request an extension of the October 6 implementation date for new repair station rules. The AC is intended to provide guidance for complying with the revised rules, particularly how contract maintenance is to be handled. “Our members need time to digest this,” the association claimed.
Premier Turbines (Booth No. 2053), an engine overhaul and component/accessory repair shop based in Neosho, Mo., recently launched a quick-turnaround service for component repairs and specialized processes. The new service, named the Bullet Shop, guarantees return of parts within 10 working days of the date of receipt.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced that its Gulfstream IV-SP has achieved a 99.6-percent dispatch reliability rate over the past year, while the GV dispatch rate is now exceeding 99 percent. The fleet of GIVs, GIV-SPs and GVs comprises some 551 in-service aircraft, and the GIV fleet alone recently passed a cumulative total of 1.5-million in-flight hours and exceeded a fleet total of 770,000 landings.
The Alerts (aircraft logging and event recording for training and safety) system developed by Appareo Systems and the Bristow Group received the American Helicopter Society’s Harry T. Jensen Award at the AHS Forum 64 conference in Montreal last month.
As part of ongoing initiatives to boost global customer support, Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 463) has appointed Gate V Aircraft Maintenance of Vienna, Austria, as a recognized maintenance facility to provide line maintenance support for PW500 and JT15D series engines. Gate V, a Part-145 approved maintenance organization, operates a 27,000-sq-ft hangar at Vienna International Airport.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group has moved its authorized Citation service center from a shared maintenance hangar in Montreal to a new dedicated facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.