A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch as the only exit. Luckily, the pilot was able to radio a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.
Emteq has received FAA supplemental type certification (STC0359AT) for the industry’s first chip-on-board technology 400-candela anti-collision exterior light system designed for Part 25 airplanes. The light was designed primarily by Emteq’s flight components division in Bachenbulach, Switzerland, working with engineers at Emteq’s New Berlin, Wis. headquarters.
AircraftLogs.com has added new maintenance features to its online logbook system. Users of the Columbus, Ohio, company’s online system can now receive automatic alerts when the FAA issues new service bulletins and Airworthiness Directives, thanks to an arrangement with maintenance data publisher Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP).
Global Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., is now a Bombardier Business Aircraft-authorized AOG/line maintenance facility, strengthening service center coverage on the West Coast. Bombardier’s selection of Global Aviation authorizes the company to offer line maintenance on the Learjet 40, 45 and 60; the Challenger 604 and 605; and the Global series.
In response to a thrust-lever quadrant failure in an Eclipse 500 on June 5, the FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD 2008-13-51) on June 12, calling for pilot inspection of quadrants and a report to the FAA of any problems found.
Turbine engine overhauler Standard Aero on Thursday celebrated the ground-breaking of a new 80,000-sq-ft facility at its Winnipeg, Canada headquarters. The new plant adjoins Standard Aero’s existing 55,000-sq-ft GE CF34 repair and overhaul facility and is needed to accommodate growth in the CF34 program. The new section will open by next July and Standard Aero expects to add more employees to perform the additional CF34 work.
Last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., Plastek CEO Gus Ordonez announced a version of the company’s military window repair and restoration kit for the civil market. Signal Hill, Calif.,-based Plastek’s aviation-grade polish comes in 12 different strengths, depending on the type of window plastic.
Jet Works Air Center has started building a 43,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar at its 66,000-sq-ft facility in Denton, Texas. Most of the new hangar will be used for maintenance, inspections and avionics installations. The company services Hawker Beechcraft 400/400As, Cessna Citations and Learjets, among others. The new hangar will also accommodate long-range business jets, including the Bombardier Global Express and large-cabin Gulfstreams.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has earned a much-coveted star for safety. Well into the implementation of a newly organized safety management system, the Cincinnati-based charter and aircraft management company has earned the Star Participant designation in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s voluntary protection program (VPP).
Grand Junction, Colo.-based West Star Aviation has completed Supplemental Inspection Document (SID) inspections on 27 Cessna Conquest II twin turboprops, ensuring that the airframe is free of corrosion, cracks, debonding, abnormal wear and other anomalies.