Maintenance and Modifications

News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.

October 21, 2014 - 7:10pm

Winglet Technology (Booth 4359) has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The Wichita firm is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (excluding labor) here at NBAA.

Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases 205 nm with payloads under 1,200 pounds and by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds.

October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Securaplane has grouped its lithium-ion battery technology under the “System Lithium” brand. Typically, such batteries weigh about half the weight of a traditional sealed lead-acid or nickel-cadmium battery, and in a large aircraft can save up to 200 pounds. Rather than being a single, sealed unit, the company’s lithium-iron phosphate batteries typically comprise clusters of low-power, smartphone-style cells packaged in a unit with advanced electronic cell management and health monitoring, with each cell surrounded by several layers of short-circuit protection.

October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm

Winglet Technology has completed testing its new elliptical winglets on the Cessna Citation Sovereign. It is collaborating with the Citation service center network on the project and released test results for the $395,000 kit (uninstalled) today at NBAA 2014. Speed increases by 12 to 14 knots at FL450, time-to-climb direct to FL450 drops to 26 minutes and range increases by 265 nm with payloads over 1,450 pounds. FAA certification is pending. The company’s elliptical winglets for the Citation X were approved by the FAA in 2009.

October 21, 2014 - 2:50pm

Van Nuys, Calif.-based MRO provider Western Jet Aviation (Booth 4223) has partnered with MJets, a Southeast Asia business aviation service provider, to establish a new FAA Part 145 maintenance facility at the latter’s FBO at Don Muang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. The MJets operation is currently a Cessna-appointed service facility and also services Gulfstream aircraft from the G200 through the G650.

October 21, 2014 - 2:10pm

For Learjet 20-series operators, Dec. 31, 2015, has been looking like a dark day. That’s the last day aircraft with takeoff weight of less than 75,000 pounds will be allowed to operate in the contiguous U.S. if they do not meet Stage 3 noise standards. But Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) has a solution that does not involve selling offshore or parting out airplanes.

October 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

The strong investment Rolls-Royce has made in customer service was vindicated by the results of this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, which placed the engine maker in joint number-one position. Last year the engine maker established a new operational service desk in Dahlewitz, Germany, and made a series of reforms aimed at making its product service delivery team more responsive.

October 21, 2014 - 11:00am

At its booth here at NBAA 2014, Timken is highlighting its parts manufacturer approval (PMA) and bearing repair services. In September the company announced the year-end closure of its turbine engine overhaul and repair business. No more orders for turbine O&R are being accepted, said Larry Shiembob, director of Timken Aerospace Aftermarket operations in Mesa, Ariz. He added that Timken (Booth 3028) expects to clear its overhaul and repair backlog by the end of October.

October 20, 2014 - 7:50pm

Engine condition trend-monitoring specialist Jet-Care has introduced a new version of its webECHO online portal to give aircraft operators easier real-time access to test results and trend reports. The new system is designed to be used on both desktop computers and mobile devices. The improved site brings together analysis and results covering the company’s gas path analysis (GPA) engine trend monitoring, as well as its laboratory testing of oil, hydraulic fluid, fuel, debris and filters.

October 20, 2014 - 6:30pm

Advent Aerospace from Rye, N.H., is working on the preparation of two supplemental type certificates (STCs) that will see its patented anti-skid brake system (ABS) become available for the Pilatus PC-12 and Beechcraft King Air 200/300. The ABS is already standard on the Eclipse EA550 and available as an STC retrofit for the EA500.

October 20, 2014 - 6:20pm

In addition to an already attention-grabbing design, the Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) Split Scimitar winglet displayed on the exhibit floor at the NBAA Convention also sports a custom paint scheme that pays tribute to the U.S. military.

People often tell me our winglets are works of art, so what better way to showcase this art than applying a one-of-a-kind livery to honor America’s servicemen and women, veterans and fallen heroes,” said API founder and CEO Joe Clark. API (Booth 3899) is based in Seattle, Wash.

 
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