An upcoming standoff for parts could spell serious problems for Lockheed JetStar owners. Some operators report Lockheed Martin will soon revise the maintenance manual, setting life limits for wing attachment bolts, tail pivot fittings, flaps and nosewheel steering. While not yet mandated by an AD, repairs could cost each operator $250,000 to $300,000, or about one-third of the aircraft’s current hull value.
Last month AeroVironment’s RQ-11B Raven B small unmanned air vehicle (SUAV) passed its initial operational test and evaluation. It is already in high-rate production, having been awarded an initial production contract in last October for use by the U.S. Army and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Full-rate production is expected next year, but by then the Raven B will already be widely deployed.
Keystone Helicopter Corp. (Booth No. 2645), which was acquired by Sikorsky Aircraft last year, announced the selection of Patty Ryan as chief financial officer. Her background includes 22 years at Sikorsky, where most recently she served as manager of the integration team for Sikorsky at Keystone.
Sikorsky received a contract for 2007 delivery of an S-76C++ to LG International at last week’s Asian Aerospace 2006 trade show in Singapore. “The S-76++ sets the standard for quiet, comfortable and efficient corporate and VIP transport,” said Steve Estill, Sikorsky v-p for worldwide sales.
Helotrac II, Sikorsky’s next-generation Web-based customer aircraft maintenance tracking program, will use Avtrak GlobalNet maintenance management technology as its foundation. The system will provide Sikorsky owners and operators direct, online links to Sikorsky technical publications and will also allow them to manage their other, non-Sikorsky, aircraft seamlessly through the same system.
Sikorsky Aircraft this spring announced it has signed position assignment agreements with Premier Aviation Services of Ireland for two executive S-76Ds. This, said the helicopter OEM, represents the first European customer for the S-76D. Premier Aviation plans to operate the two aircraft out of Weston Airport, near Dublin.
There it was at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, bearing an amazing resemblance to the deadly ray-emitting “eye” of the alien creatures from the film War of the Worlds.
But unlike the eerie alien eye, its function is far more benign. It’s the new flex-arm, LED reading light introduced by B/E Aerospace at the EBACE show, and it emits nothing more terrifying than a soft, white glow.
At 11:30 a.m. today, representatives of Sikorsky Aircraft will reveal a series of future product improvements for the S-76 series during an event at the OEM’s booth (No. 3069).
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