On Saturday, fractional provider Avantair grounded its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops to conduct “a comprehensive examination of all maintenance records and aircraft.”
A shop supervisor for Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG) is the latest employee convicted in a trial stemming from an aircraft parts conspiracy. Dennis Romero was convicted in U.S. District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for his participation in the conspiracy. The same jury acquitted three lower-level ATR mechanics and a salesperson. A separate mechanic, Hermes Reyes, pleaded guilty before the start of the trial.
Francisca Diaz, former employee of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG), has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to mail fraud in conjunction with a scheme involving the false representation that aircraft windows had been overhauled properly when they had not.
Aviation Consultancy & Engineering Services (ACE Services) has added a new aircraft maintenance management (AMM) department and obtained UK CAA continuing airworthiness management (Camo), airworthiness review certificate and permit to fly approvals. ACE Services provides project, engineering, maintenance, continuing airworthiness and technical records; quality assurance and control; aircraft maintenance planning and forecasting; and audit safety systems.
In another safety issue affecting the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter’s main gearbox, on July 18 the FAA released an airworthiness directive (AD) that calls for inspection for cracks. The AD was prompted by the discovery of a crack in the gearbox housing of one S-92, “in the cored passage area adjacent to the scissor bracket mount,” allowing oil to leak. The result could be a loss of oil and subsequent failure of the gearbox, the FAA said.
Software company SkyBooks is now offering its version 4.7 aircraft operations management system in two product lines, for flight operations or maintenance management. Both versions are available as either analyst- or user-managed.
“Segmentation in two functional areas and bundling core offerings is a result of customer requests and new feature enhancements,” said CEO John Willis.
The EASA and FAA have issued new emergency Airworthiness Directives (ADs) for the Eurocopter EC135 after detection of cracks on the lower hub-shaft flange of two more of the light twins. The ADs require repetitive preflight inspections.
Air Service Basel’s continuing airworthiness management organization (Camo) status has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. It is now authorized to provide continuing airworthiness reviews for all Cayman-registered Gulfstreams, Bombardier Challengers, Global Express, and Learjets, Dassault Falcons, Cessna Citations and Embraer Legacy 600/650s. It has been an established EASA and Bermuda BDCA-approved Camo+ organization for several years and holds both EASA and FAA repair-station approvals.
Air Works India Engineering has made an investment in Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group. EAG offers aircraft sales, management, charter, finance and insurance. “The acquisition will help us establish a significant footprint in the Middle East by providing maintenance to EAG’s fleet of managed aircraft. In return, EAG will provide aircraft management services to Air Work’s customers in India,” Vivek Gour, Air Works managing director, told AIN.
On Monday, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) filed a friend of the court (amicus curiae) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to intervene in the issue of manufacturers refusing to provide technical data to maintenance providers.