Maine-based MRO provider C&L Aerospace recently opened a new aircraft paint shop. The $3 million facility, a conversion of a 17,000-sq-ft hangar at Bangor International Airport, can accommodate an Lineage 1000, or it can be partitioned to hold a pair of aircraft the size of a Global simultaneously. The five-month, $6 million project refurbished two hangars and mated them with a newly built structure for an overall 120,000 sq ft of maintenance space capable of handling up to six jobs at once depending on the size of aircraft.
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.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace, through wholly owned subsidiary ST Aerospace Engines, will be injecting a pro rata share of $20.8 million as additional capital into its Xiamen-based engine MRO joint-venture company, ST Aerospace Technologies (Statco). The planned capital injection is subject to regulatory approvals by the Chinese authorities. Upon transfer of the funds, STA Engines’ total share capital contribution in Statco will stand at $41.6 million. Statco provides MRO and support services for the CFM56-7B engines that power the Boeing 737.
Springdale, Ark.-based AirResource Group received its FAA Repair Station certificate for maintenance, preventive maintenance, inspection and alteration of aircraft and associated products. AirResource Group was formed in 2007 by Carl Finch and Cheri McKelvey, who have more than 50 years of combined experience offering aircraft brokerage, acquisition and management services.
Spirit Aeronautics of Columbus, Ohio, has named Bill Highfill director of maintenance. He will be responsible for aircraft maintenance, avionics and interior refurbishment operations. Highfill has 17 years of experience at Gulfstream Aerospace, Indianapolis Jet Center (now Comlux Aviation Services) and Arinc. Previous senior positions include director of maintenance, general manager and senior operations manager. Highfill graduated from Embry-Riddle University, where he studied business aviation maintenance management and aviation maintenance technology.
Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., has named Harvey Ticlo senior vice president for corporate strategy, business development and integration. Ticlo was formerly president of the company’s Cabin Innovations division, located in Lewisville, Texas. Steve Jourdenais was named senior vice president for the Interiors Group, consisting of the Cabin Innovations and Jormac Aerospace divisions, and will be responsible for operations at both. Jourdenais was previously president of Jormac Aerospace, located in Largo, Fla.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 and PT6A-114A turboprop engines. It requires initial and repetitive borescope inspection of compressor turbine blades (CT), and the removal from service of blades that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by several incidents of CT blade failure, causing power loss and engine failure. The purpose of the AD is to prevent failure of CT blades, which could result in damage to the engine and the airplane.
Oceania Aviation’s Airborne Systems subsidiary has received an STC from New Zealand’s CAA for its bike rack on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. Made of aluminum alloy, the device can hold up to six bicycles (three on each side). The system weighs 120 pounds and trained ground crew can load the bikes in 20 seconds, according to the company. An AS355 STC addition was planned for last month.
Rockwell Collins has expanded its Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350s. The retrofit delivers a NextGen-capable avionics system with three interchangeable 14-inch touchscreen flight displays, the company said. Capabilities include synthetic vision; geo-referenced e-charts with own-ship position display; touch-interactive graphical maps; and localizer performance with vertical navigation approach capability. Rockwell Collins is collaborating with Landmark Aviation to STC the upgrade in the first half of next year.
Stevens Aviation has a long history as a privately held, local business. It began in 1950 as the J.P. Stevens Aviation Department, which operated a small piston-powered aircraft to support the large textile company in Greenville, S.C. The company and its flight department were integral members of the local community, and long-time Greenville residents and employees of Stevens Aviation still talk about the gentle manners and southern hospitality of Ralph Cuthbertson Sr., Stevens’ first pilot and president.
Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.