Raytheon Aircraft appointed Glenn Oka v-p of customer quality and product reliability, a new position. Formerly v-p of quality assurance, Oka will “ensure” that customer aircraft “whether new aircraft or 40 years old, will experience total product reliability, service and support,” said Raytheon Aircraft. He will focus on areas “our customers feel are important, including DOCs, component reliability, MTBF, modernization and upgrades.”
A new Web-based tool for NBAA members provides business aircraft manufacturers and operators real-time information about business aircraft maintenance and performance.
Called the Forum for Enhanced Reliability and Maintainability Standards, Ferms allows individual operators to benefit not only from the compilation of their own aircraft data, but also from information contributed by other experienced fleet operators.
Certification of the 3,100-nm super-midsize Challenger 300 was scheduled for the first quarter of this year, but Bombardier said last month that this approval would not happen until the second quarter. At press time, four flight-test Challenger 300s had logged more than 1,640 hours during 759 flights. The flight-test program is being conducted at Bombardier’s Wichita Flight Test Center.
“Back in the mid 1990s we made a strategic decision to enter the corporate and regional-airline sectors,” Ron Jonkman, v-p of marketing and business development for Standard Aero, told AIN. “We were doing PT6 work and realized the future was larger engines.” In 1995 the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada company purchased TOPPS of Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Raytheon Aircraft’s fourth Hawker Horizon, which entered flight test last month, represents the final production configuration of the new super-midsize business jet. Outfitted with an interior, the aircraft will conduct FAA function and reliability testing as part of the certification effort.
Today it is normal to have maintenance performed on our aircraft or components almost anywhere in the world. With the availability of overnight delivery of almost any aircraft component to any location, it makes sense to seek out the most capable and cost-effective certified repair facility almost without regard for its location.
Aviall Services opened a new Los Angeles customer-service center at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The facility, which services parts buyers in Southern California and product repair customers in the Western U.S., is a response to Aviall’s sales increases over the last three years and anticipated growth.
Cezar Lima, Embraer’s senior manager for fleet maintenance support, received the Overhaul & Maintenance Award for his outstanding achievement in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
The advent of very light jets has prompted an FAA proposal to require that all new certification projects for turbofan-powered airplanes of 6,000 pounds or less mtow undergo function and reliability testing similar to that which has been required for larger fanjet-powered airplanes. F&R testing would add complexity, time and cost to new-design projects. The new requirement would not apply to developmental projects already under way.
In the world of aircraft maintenance software, to say there are options would be an understatement. The gamut ranges from digitally photographing your aircraft logbooks and storing the images for safe keeping to very high end, comprehensive maintenance planning, prediction and record-keeping systems.