Piaggio Avantis formerly in the Avantair fleet, stripped of their airworthiness certificates (ACs) by the FAA in the wake of the August bankruptcy of the Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional program operator, now have approved paths to recertification.
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.
Proposed legislation addressing sleep apnea will require pilots to be tested for sleep apnea, but maintenance personnel, who are not required to pass an FAA physical, are not addressed.
The Tianjin Airport Economic Area has signed a letter of agreement with Bombardier Aerospace to expand the Canadian manufacturer’s aircraft maintenance services in Mainland China. The agreement is a first step toward the creation of a joint venture for a maintenance facility slated to open in 2016.
Along with illuminating the runway surface for takeoffs and landings, landing lights are important tools for achieving maximum conspicuity–making yourself easily visible to nearby traffic–especially in terminal and high-density traffic areas. Twin Commander Aircraft is offering a kit to upgrade the twin turboprop’s existing landing lights to new high-intensity discharge (HID) lights.
Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services (LTMES) is expanding its activities in the Middle Eastern aviation market. LTMES bundles the contract partners for sales, logistics, Lufthansa Technical Training and the component business and makes them available in Dubai, said LTMES managing director Ziad al Hazmi.
Western Aircraft received the OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (Sharp) award, for its safety and training. This year marks the seventh year in a row the company received the honor.
Sharp recognizes employers with fewer than 250 employees who operate excellent safety and health management systems. Sharp is one of the highest awards OSHA can give to a small company.
Aero Precision entered into an agreement to market Euravia’s P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO services. “We are excited about this new partnership with Euravia, which is one of the leading P&WC PT6A and PT6T MRO service providers in the world,” said Pavel Slavin, director of sales for Aero Precision. Euravia’s approach to cost-effective repair and overhaul and its customized preventive maintenance programs “will help our customers with the reliability of their engines and decrease long-term cost of ownership.”
The FAA has granted PMA approval to Mesa, Ariz.-based Able Aerospace to provide low-cost replacements of Bell 206 duplex bearings (OEM p/n 206-040-032-105; Able p/n 2AA-040-032-105). The company offers certified, guaranteed parts that erase long lead-times and significantly reduce operating costs immediately, said Anthony Saenz, Able Aerospace’s president.
Chromalloy has acquired Trac Group, a tier-one component supplier to the aerospace and energy industries. “Chromalloy’s acquisition of Trac Group is in line with our strategy to increase our support for the new engine supply chain,” said president Carlo Luzzatto. “Chromalloy and Trac together offer the original equipment manufacturers a global source of component production and repair.” Trac Group provides design, engineering and manufacturing of high- and low-pressure complex turbine components, including blades, segments and vanes for the engine hot section.
RBR Maintenance has hired Chris Grinnell as lead technician. According to the company, Grinnell has developed extensive technical knowledge through his previous positions as maintenance/lead mechanic and AOG technician. Specializing in Cessna and Embraer aircraft, Grinnell has been working on the Phenom 100 since first delivery. In addition, he has successfully completed FJ44 schooling. In his new position he will be responsible for overseeing maintenance projects and providing technical support to RBR customers.