Associated Air Center (AAC) delivered its first green Airbus A330-200 VVIP widebody completion last month. The project for a prominent, undisclosed customer included a fully customized cabin with full front and rear galleys and a stand-up shower. The equipment installed at the company’s Dallas facility included a high-speed connectivity satcom, high-definition in-flight entertainment, sound insulation throughout the cabin and a complete zonal drier and humidification system.
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.
CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is back at NBAA with another Harley raffle, this year a 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883N motorcycle. “This has become a CRS and NBAA tradition and we are proud to be able to hold our special drawing again this year,” said Armando Leighton, CRS CEO.
For the past six years, cabin interior specialist and maintenance service provider Lufthansa Technik (LHT, Booth 2289) has been working on a legend. At a specially built hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine, the German company, in conjunction with its Oklahoma-based Bizjet subsidiary, has been painstakingly restoring one of the last remaining Lockheed L-1649A Super Stars with the expectation that it will someday fly again.
Aviatechnik’s landing gear overhaul and repair services are just one of the product lines that the Mississauga, Ontario company provides. The company also offers repair and overhaul and lease and exchange of landing gear for commercial, regional and business aircraft as well as MRO for hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, all capabilities that the company is highlighting at its NBAA booth (1372).
It was back in 1989 when newly established Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) rolled out its first engine maintenance program for the Honeywell (formerly Garrett) TFE731. Now, as the company celebrates its 25th anniversary, its very first client to enroll in the program is still onboard. Wood product manufacturer Boise Cascade Corporation still owns the very same Dassault Falcon 50, and its three original engines have been tended by JSSI for the past quarter-century.
Component Control has been named an exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association. Component Control’s Quantum MRO and logistics software provides a best-practices platform for aviation repair organizations to efficiently and comprehensively manage MRO processes while promoting adherence to rigorous quality and regulatory standards.
Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth 871), which supplies a variety of components to several diverse aviation market segments, has opened a new 67,800-sq-ft logistics center in Toulouse, France. Liebherr provides flight control and actuation systems, landing gear, and air management systems for business jets, civil and military helicopters, airliners and trainers. The new $14.5 million center will process incoming and outgoing inventory, including inspections and shipping procedures.
Engine condition trend monitoring specialist Jet-Care is making its gas path analysis (GPA) available to operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6 turboprop engines. The process detects deterioration and faults in the engine core by analyzing key flight data parameters, including fuel flow, shaft speeds and gas temperatures.
In tandem with the GPA service, Jet-Care also offers an array of laboratory services; analyzing oil, chips, filter debris, fuel and hydraulic fluids. These help to provide a fuller picture of an engine’s condition (see below).
TAM Aviação Executivo recently received approval from Brazil’s Ceará state government to operate at Aracatí Airport, where it aims to open by year-end a 150,000-sq-ft business aviation maintenance facility that can simultaneously service up to 30 aircraft. Once Brazil’s civil aviation agency, ANAC, approves the new facility in the country’s northeast region, TAM AE plans to start servicing the Cessna Citation and Caravan and then quickly expand to the whole Textron Aviation portfolio.
Honeywell Aerospace released two new mobile applications–Pilot Gateway and My-Maintainer–that it says enhance efficiency for pilots, maintainers and operators. The new Pilot Gateway website and mobile app provide access to Honeywell pilot training materials, manuals, videos and other resources. The new My-Maintainer app allows maintenance personnel to access information wirelessly at the gate and perform fault analysis from data stored on the aircraft through Honeywell’s Data LAN Management Unit Wireless (DLMU-w) system.
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