NBAA Convention News

Airborne cuts cost with exchange plan

 - June 30, 2008, 7:29 AM

Parker Aerospace’s Nichols Airborne Division is here at NBAA to provide information about its bleed air valve new spare and factory-overhaul exchange program, along with its factory overhaul program on the Airborne brand of fuel pumps.

Existing pricing will be available through year-end on Airborne’s entire bleed air product line, which includes shut-off, pressure regulating, flow control and a variety of other valves for turbine aircraft.

“As the original equipment manufacturer [OEM], Nichols Airborne has aircraft manufacturers’ most current specifications,” said Jeff Rolf, Nichols Airborne pneumatic business team leader. “And we conduct acceptance tests on each of our spare and overhauled bleed air valves to original equipment  specifications–information that independent overhaulers don’t have.”

The Nichols Airborne warranty program also provides up to 24 months from the date of purchase to install factory-overhauled and new bleed air valves. Once installed, factory overhauls are covered for six months and new spares for one year. To minimize downtime, Airborne’s worldwide distributors stock a pool of new and factory-overhauled bleed air valves for immediate exchange.

Parker Aerospace (Booth No. 2841) said that only its Nichols Airborne Division, as the OEM, can offer all three options of new, rebuilt or overhauled fuel pumps. Airborne overhauls its fuel pumps using the same tooling, test equipment and procedures as it does for new products. Therefore, anyone with a 1967 core can rely on Airborne to provide overhaul and testing of the fuel pump to the most recent specifications, the company said.

In other developments, Nichols Airborne and Parker’s Aircraft Wheel & Brake divisions announced fuel pump and wheel and brake conversion kit rebate programs for Airborne and Cleveland brands.

Good for entire fleets of major aircraft, including Hawker, Raytheon, Mitsubishi, Cessna and New Piper, the rebates include a $200 savings on 24 different Airborne fuel pumps and a $400 savings on 10 of Cleveland’s conversion kits (where applicable).

Parker said another major benefit of the fuel pump and wheel and brake conversion kit rebate program is that the number of rebates available is unlimited. Whether an aircraft owner or operator buys one or 50 fuel pumps or conversion kits, the rebate will apply to each one.