NBAA Convention News

Jet Aviation Marks First Legacy DU-875 Upgrade

 - October 31, 2012, 2:10 PM

Jet Aviation St. Louis has become the first company to install Honeywell’s DU-875 flightdeck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. “A team of technicians has been trained to support the [Legacy] airframe,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation St. Louis. “We have increased tooling, parts and other materials needed to support the aircraft.” The company recently received approval for DU-875 installations in the Legacy 650 as well.

Jet Aviation St. Louis (Booth No. 3797) also announced the formation of airframe-specific teams to improve aircraft support. The dedicated teams will focus on Hawker, Falcon, Gulfstream and Bombardier Global and Challenger jets. “Having technical teams focused on specific aircraft benefits operators by providing the right resources,” said Krugh.

The company is on schedule for its 200th green aircraft completion in December, a volume enabled by continuous improvement initiatives that have increased the efficiency of its completions process. The last 16 of Jet Aviation St. Louis’s completions have been delivered ahead of schedule, the company noted. Krugh added that the company’s completion experience “has made us experts at building aircraft and at building the tools we use to manage the aircraft production process. From improved data management to shop-floor layout, we have looked at every variable involved in the process and worked to make it better.”

Here at the show, Jet Aviation is debuting an interior configuration and paint scheme app for the iPad and iPhone that allows clients to visualize their options for cabin interior appointments and exterior finishes. Jet Aviation St. Louis is also touting its free tool calibration offer: any client who brings an aircraft in for maintenance before December 31 this year can receive free calibration of hand tools, such as torque wrenches and micrometers. “We’re offering to calibrate clients’ hand tools as a reminder about the importance of [the procedure],” said Krugh. “With certified metrologists on staff, calibration is just one of the many valuable services we have to offer.”