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.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the operating certificate of Dana Air last week, in the aftermath of the crash of an MD-83 operated by Dana Air on June 3, which killed 153 people on board the aircraft and at least 10 people on the ground.
Five South Florida individuals pled guilty in May to mail and wire fraud charges related to a scheme that falsely represented aircraft windows as properly overhauled. All five - Diego Garcia, Ivonne Portales, Geovanni Hernandez, Chabela Anerios and Aileen Bermudez - were former employees of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG) of Hialeah, Fla.
The FAA issued a second Emergency Airworthiness Directive [2012-10-53] for the Eurocopter EC135 on May 18. This EAD supercedes the earlier EAD [2012-10-51] for an inspection of the main rotor hub shaft flange for cracks.
The EASA has issued a new emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) after further cracks were detected on the lower hub-shaft flange of two other Eurocopter EC135 light-twin helicopters. Repetitive preflight inspections are required and different from those described in a first emergency AD, issued in March. The initial inspections proved insufficient. The investigation is ongoing.