The Greater Rockford (Ill.) Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) broke ground on a new RVC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program site. The 40,000-sq-ft facility, which will be located on the grounds of Chicago Rockford International Airport, will house the RVC educational course of study for aeronautical maintenance and repair and will allow RVC to expand and enhance its current program. Rockford is a major center of aerospace activity, with more than 200 aerospace suppliers operating in the region.
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.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display in the museum’s Early Years Gallery.A brilliant, self-taught man, Taylor began working in the Wrights’ bicycle business in 1896 and played an important role in their flying experiments for several years. Unable to find a manufacturer who could build an engine to their –specifications–no more than 180 pounds and delivering eight to nine horsepower–the Wright brothers turned to Taylor.
Eclipse Aerospace has added General Enterprises as its second European Gold Service Center, expanding its international service center network for Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 very light twinjets. General Enterprises will provide maintenance, inspections, parts and warranty support, as well as AOG service. Based at Groningen Airport Eelde in Eelde, The Netherlands, General Enterprises has been a service center for single- and twin-engine piston aircraft since 1993, and has been servicing Eclipse jets since 2011.
Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies and Phoenix Heliparts have signed a new partnership agreement. Phoenix Heliparts will now offer Timken products through its online storefront, improving off-hours convenience to customers. The company will also use Timken’s component overhaul services, covering a multitude of aircraft. Timken has more than 1,600 FAA-approved PMA products, as well as component repair experience, and expects to raise its market presence with the new partnership.
MD Helicopters (MDHI) has selected Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, Georgia to be an Authorized MD Helicopters Service Center. PAS is approved to provide factory authorized service, including airframe maintenance, component overhaul parts and accessories sales, including parts and labor for warranty replacements. The approval covers MD 900/902 Explorer helicopters and 500- and 600-series helicopters, the complete line manufactured by MDHI.
STS Component Solutions has opened a new support office in Turkey and hired Omur Basol to spearhead its marketing and sales activities. Basol is a former purchasing executive for several Turkish airlines and MROs. The new office complements existing locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe and Singapore. “Expanding our global footprint is an essential step in our strategic growth strategy,” said Tom Covella, group president. “We are excited to provide expanded support to our customers while continuing to meet growing demands within the Turkish region.”
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Thomas Anderson director of product support for its site at Long Beach Airport, Calif. Anderson, who will oversee operations there, joined Gulfstream in 2002 and has been a senior manager of final-phase operations for the G550 and G450; senior manager of final phase; and manager of the premium furniture woodshop. His 26-year career includes 13 years in Long Beach with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing in materials and interior operations and two years as general manager of an aerospace tube-and-duct fabrication facility in Vista, Calif.
A new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Learjet 45 stems from a report of two cases of premature corrosion on the structural support flange for the engine thrust reverser. The AD requires inspecting for any corrosion, and damage to the sealant; installing sealants and gaskets; and related investigative and corrective action as necessary.
Camarillo, California-based Merex Group (here with subsidiary Kellstrom Defense in Hall 3 Stand D12) has announced the acquisition of specialized tooling and inventory to manufacture spares for the F-5, T-38 and F-16 fighters. This gives Merex the capability to produce the wing leading and trailing edge, vertical stabilizer and horizontal stabilizer as replacement parts. Sierra Aerospace of Simi Valley, California, sold the surplus equipment. The Merex Group will make additional investments in 3D computer aided design to improve the dimensional accuracy and quality of the final product.
Aircraft support specialist AJW Aviation (Outdoor Exhibit 10) has been chosen by Air Serbia to provide a five-year, hourly cost maintenance service to supply spares for its Airbus narrow-body fleet. The contract covers seven Airbus A319s and two A320s.
AJW Aviation is building a network of support hubs in Eastern Europe to provide greater support and minimize AOG situations, although a 24/7 AOG service is also provided.