Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics announced Jody Jaraczewski has joined the company as the director of sales and marketing. Jaraczewski brings more than 14 years of sales experience and an understanding of how to drive revenue within sales while providing exceptional customer service, according to Spirit. In his new role, Jaraczewski will be responsible for creating and implementing sales strategies designed to help the company achieve its aviation service objectives worldwide.
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.
Trine Aerospace & Defense announced that retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Taylor has joined the company as COO. Taylor will assume responsibilities for operations at the company’s base at Colorado Springs Airport, where it offers engineering, manufacturing and modification on general aviation, commercial and special-mission aircraft, while also providing in avionics and installation repair. Taylor will report directly to Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO.
The FAA has issued an NPRM to supersede airworthiness directive 2013-21-01, which currently applies to the Airbus Helicopters AS350B/BA/B1/B2/B3/C/D/D1 and AS355E/F/F1/F2/N/NP. The current AD requires certain inspections of each tail-rotor pitch horn assembly for a crack and, if there is a crack, replacing the pitch horn with an airworthy pitch horn before further flight. It also requires a one-time visual inspection for pitch horns above certain hours time-in-service (TIS).
The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive for all Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR700-725A1-12 turbofans. The AD requires removal of affected fuel metering units on the BR700-725A1-12. This AD was prompted by reports of wear on the receptors of the double-ended unions in the FMU housing on BR700-725A1-12s causing fuel leakage. The AD is intended to prevent failure of the FMU, which could lead to damage in one or more engines and damage to the airplane. The AD becomes effective July 17.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated a G100 and other aircraft components to Savannah Technical College last week. The aircraft is a former Gulfstream Field and Airborne Support Teams (Fast) aircraft that flew technicians and parts to AOG customers. Gulfstream also donated fly-by-wire components, including manifolds and actuators, from a G650, as well as a flap assembly and fuselage panel assembly from a G450. The aircraft and components will be used as training tools in the college’s aviation programs.
Last week Embraer eliminated 83 of its 560 Nashville maintenance facility employees. An Embraer spokesman told AIN, “The business cycles of the aviation industry periodically require companies to adjust their workforce to match their customers’ requirements. Such was the case recently at our Nashville commercial aircraft maintenance facility.”
Gulfstream Aerospace will move its maintenance operations at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, Brazil, to a more centrally located, larger and more modern hangar at the same airport. The new 34,768-sq-ft facility is expected to be fully operational by mid-July. The new hangar has a 1,077-sq-ft bonded parts warehouse, seven customer offices, a conference room and secure parking under the hangar.
FIFA World Cup support will be provided by Bombardier out of its regional support office (RSO) in São Paulo, where local support will be coordinated in conjunction with Bombardier’s customer response centers. The company has plans for five field service representatives based at Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
Vector Financial Services, an independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul service, has extended its leasing and support agreements for two Vector-owned AS332L Super Pumas with Bond Helicopters Australia.
“The Vector team understands the level of support our operations need and is committed to delivering the quality of service we demand,” said John Boag, managing director of Bond Helicopters Australia. “We have been working with Vector on MRO activities for years and are pleased to extend this to the leasing program.”
EASA has given approval to DC Aviation to expand its maintenance capabilities to include the Bombardier Challenger 604/605. Through its facility at Dubai World Central, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the joint venture between DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim, can now offer line maintenance support to customers operating the Challenger as well as the Airbus A320 series and Bombardier Global Express.