Full FAA certification of the super-midsize Hawker 4000 (neé Horizon) has slipped again–from the end of last year to early next month, a Raytheon Aircraft spokesman told AIN yesterday. The delay, he said, stems from the company recently opting to install lightning protection on RC5–the function and reliability test aircraft–before, instead of after, FAA approval.
Rolls-Royce is seeking to add the Middle and Far East to its rapidly growing military engines support portfolio, and says significant deals are likely to be forged “in the medium term.”
Nordam is to obtain Middle River Aircraft Systems’s General Electric CF6 thrust-reverser maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. It also is to be appointed exclusive authorized provider for original equipment manufacturer MRO services.
A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts launched over the past year by Dassault as part of a multi-year plan to “become the undisputed leader in customer support in business aviation.” The programs were announced today on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva.
Aircraft operators and owners looking to have their aircraft serviced can now locate maintenance facilities worldwide via the Internet through a service offered by Jet Repair. The company also offers Part 145 repair stations relief from the mound of paperwork required by most Part 135 and Part 91 operators.
Building on OEM-sponsored programs for by-the-hour airframe and powerplant maintenance, Intermarket Insurance Agency has introduced Av-Tec Equipment Maintenance Management Solutions for avionics. The program is designed to control and more effectively manage the costs associated with maintaining avionics equipment.
Since our new business airplane report was finalized, a third Falcon 7X, S/N 03, joined the flight-test program. First flown on September 20, it will be used primarily for avionics, systems and function and reliability testing. At press time the Falcon 7X test fleet had logged 171 hours in 60 sorties. Certification is expected late next year for the fly-by-wire trijet.
Sino Swearingen said it has received the last of a series of 13 FAA type inspection authorizations for its SJ30-2. Function and reliability testing and a “few open items” must still be completed, said the San Antonio company, which expects type certification of the light twinjet before year-end. No information on sales orders was revealed.
When philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche penned “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” in the late 19th century, it’s safe to say he didn’t have JetCorp in mind. But the statement certainly applies to the MRO company. Born of thoughtful planning and execution, the company fell victim to an unpredictable, devastating circumstance and emerged even stronger.
A Falcon parts price guarantee program and a program to improve dispatch reliability are two of the latest efforts Dassault has launched as part of a plan to “become the undisputed leader in customer support in business aviation.” Under the parts program, if Dassault “agrees” that the customer has found a component equivalent to a factory replacement part, the company will match the price.