The EASA has issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) calling for inspections of all Eurocopter EC135s after a crack was discovered on the lower hub-shaft flange of a main rotor hub shaft on one of the light twin-engine helicopters. In issuing the emergency order, the agency wants to avoid crack propagation, which could cause hub failure.
ExecuJet Australasia’s Australian operation at Sydney Airport recently received approval from the Bermuda DCA as a continuing airworthiness management organization. The MRO already held the Bermuda DCA approved maintenance organization designation. ExecuJet Australia also has the capability to draft BDCA compliant aircraft maintenance programs and minimum equipment lists for customer aircraft. Additionally, the MRO is currently undergoing an auditing process and anticipates IS-BAO approval next month.
The FAA has issued what could be an expensive tail-boom inspection airworthiness directive for the more than 100 Eurocopter EC130B4s in service in the U.S., most of them with air-tour operators. The AD mandates inspections for cracks in the region where the tail boom meets the fenestron assembly. If cracks are found the boom must be replaced at an estimated cost of $64,250 per helicopter.
The entire 68-strong Airbus A380 fleet must be inspected for new cracks in wing-rib feet after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today extended an earlier requirement limited to 20 airframes.
A federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Jacksonville, Fla., has indicted Franklin Williams and Stacy Willis on three counts of fraud involving aircraft and space vehicle parts in interstate commerce and one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. The aircraft, a Piper PA-32R-301T, was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and written off as a total loss. According to the indictment, an unidentified Brazilian national purchased the Piper from a salvage company in 2008 and arranged for Williams have it exported to Brazil.
In what stands as approximately the 40th airworthiness directive (AD) affecting the Airbus A380, the EASA mandated inspections and possibly repairs on the double-decker’s wing rib feet last Friday after operators found cracks on several aircraft. The AD applies to 20 of the 68 A380s in service.
Wichita-based BCX Software, a recently established electronic data management firm, is developing Airworthiness Management System. AMS is an electronic data-sharing product designed to streamline and standardize the process of complying with FAA requirements for obtaining airworthiness certification.
Hawker Beechcraft’s factory-owned service center in Chester, UK, has been authorized as an EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (Camo). The new organizational structure allows the OEM to issue and extend an airworthiness review certificate that replaces the annual Certificate of Airworthiness requirement.
Estero, Fla.-based Flightdocs, a provider of aircraft maintenance tracking software and services, released on Monday what it says is the first aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application. The Flightdocs Mobile Information Center app is available free at the iTunes store, though a Flightdocs maintenance tracking subscription is required.