The global market value of the aircraft dismantling services market is set to reach $80 million this year, according to an industry study by TeamSAI Consulting, conducted in partnership with the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (Afra).
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.
After a five-month delay, MidairUSA has resumed construction of an expansion project at Melbourne International Airport. The FAA had ordered a work stoppage, citing concerns about the project’s impact on airspace and air traffic. The 87,000-sq-ft expansion is expected to be completed this October and will consist of an additional ramp, two hangars and administrative offices, as well as sales, planning and engineering facilities and a warehouse. The facility will house a back shop for parts fabrication and repairs.
Delta Private Jets has opened a new 40,000-sq-ft comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at its headquarters at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Domestic and international operators now have 24/7 access to $35 million worth of Falcon and Gulfstream parts through a partnership between Duncan Aviation and Global Trade Group. “By pairing with Duncan Aviation, we’re able to get parts in the hands of our customers even faster,” said Pat Cuiffo, owner of Global Trade Group.
FlightSafety International will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference from September 15 to 18 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla. More than 300 flight simulation experts will identify technical solutions to engineering and maintenance issues, resulting in immediate and long-term savings for simulator users.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Tony Swift as its first field service representative (FSR) in Africa. Swift, who is based in South Africa, reports to Ken Maxwell, senior manager for international field service operations. Swift will act as the liaison between the company and Gulfstream operators based in or traveling through Africa.
Raisbeck Engineering named Keith Anderson v-p of engineering; he will report directly to CEO and founder James Raisbeck. Anderson will be responsible for overseeing all engineering projects, certifications and FAA engineering interactions. In addition, he will maintain his role within product integration, product development and sustaining engineering. Before joining Raisbeck Engineering in 2012, Anderson was at Quest Aircraft, where he held various positions, including chief pilot, director of engineering and director of customer service.
The Bell Helicopter Training Academy has received Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval to conduct Bell 412EP/412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at its Singapore Service Center. The Australian CASA approval expands the academy’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lufthansa Technik is offering two innovative products for private aircraft cabins: a steam generator for steam showers and an on-board oxygen generator. The steam generator, consisting of a steam outlet, a control panel and a refill port for the vaporizer fluid, is self-contained and does not have to be connected to the aircraft’s water system. Aroma oils can also be addedInstalling the steam shower is particularly challenging: overheating inside the steam generator must be impossible, and the shower enclosure must be so well sealed that no steam can escape.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Singapore Service Center has entered into an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace that will allow the MRO to offer retrofit, modification and upgrade services for Honeywell products to operators of Bombardier business jets in the region. Operators will see simplified logistical arrangements as they will no longer have to leave Singapore for complex avionics upgrades.