Neil Simon has joined King Aerospace Commercial (KACC) as avionics manager. Simon will lead the KACC avionics team in Ardmore, Okla., where he will oversee avionics modifications on private and business aircraft. Simon brings 20 years of avionics experience to KACC, last serving as avionics manager/STC project manager at Temple Electronics in Houston. Simon’s avionics career began with an eight-year stint in the U.S. Navy.
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 FAA is superseding emergency AD 2014-12-52 for all Honeywell TFE731-4, -4R, -5AR, -5BR, -5R, -20R, -20AR, -20BR, -40, -40AR, -40R, -40BR, -50R and -60 turbofans. It required a review of the engine logbook maintenance records to determine if any affected engines are installed and also prohibited operation of an airplane with two or more affected engines that have second-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT2) blades with fewer than 250 operating hours since new.
Aerostar has had considerable success building its civil MRO business having gained engineering expertise in defense work over several decades–most recently is its contract with the Mozambique air force to “bring back to life” eight MiG-21s, a contract that included training and support.
Ovidiu Buhai, director of aviation maintenance and upgrades, told AIN that Starbow of Ghana “came for a second aircraft this year and has another BAe 146 its wants a C-check on,” while “FastJet intends to come with another aircraft in November.
Legacy product support specialist Ontic (Hall 1 stand B13) is here at Farnborough 2014 announcing new “extended life solution” contracts, a local stamp of approval for its Singapore maintenance facility and “incredible growth” over the past 12 months, when total annual sales exceeded $30 million.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), in association with the Aviation Management Consulting Group, will hold its aviation management workshop on September 16 and 17 in Savannah, Ga. The workshop provides a practical foundation in leadership and management. Subject matter is geared toward leadership, management and decision-making development, best-practice approaches, innovative strategies, and creative techniques from industry experts who have decades of experience leading and managing people and making business decisions.
Honeywell has named JetSupport’s MRO division an authorized service center. The designation will broaden the MRO’s current maintenance capability, which includes the Citation 650 and Falcons. The initial authorization grants approval to perform maintenance on the Honeywell TFE731 turbofan and APUs. JetSupport plans to add Honeywell’s TPE331 turboprop and avionics products to its authorization.
JetSupport provides MRO services and support for business aviation and special-purpose aircraft.
GA Telesis has received the “Good to Great” award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. The regional award program honors companies based in South Florida that embody ideas from Jim Collins’s bestselling business book Good to Great. The Good to Great Award highlights companies that have shown exceptional growth and development over a four-year period.
GA Telesis received the award for its double-digit growth and global expansion initiatives over the last few years, including the establishment of both GA Telesis Engine Services and GA Innovation China.
Jettech gained FAA STC approval to install the touchscreen Garmin GTN 650/750 GPS/navcom (single or dual) in Cessna 525 CitationJets manufactured from 1993 to 1999 (S/Ns 0001-0359). The STC includes Waas approvals and certifies the aircraft for fully autopilot-coupled GPS-LPV approaches. Jettech is offering the STC’d data package through authorized Garmin dealers and will provide full support through the installation process.
StandardAero marked the redelivery of its 100th PW100 engine serviced for Swiftair during an event held recently at the airline’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain.
The 100th engine serviced represents a milestone for the two companies, which established their partnership in 2000. “Over the past 14 years we have been the main PW100 service provider for Swiftair, and we have seen it grow to become one of the largest ATR operators in Europe,” said Laurens Leijten, StandardAero Swiftair program manager.
Paradigm Aerospace has added a second paint booth. The new Garmat booth, which provides improved airflow, fresh-air recovery and better lighting, has a 3 million BTU furnace. Both the booth and its adjacent mixing room are explosion proof and equipped with separate fire suppression units. “We are seeing faster dry times and an even higher-quality finished product,” said PAC paint manager Bryan Fisher.