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.

May 8, 2008 - 9:54am

Cessna has instructed its Citation factory service centers not to complete phase inspections on Citations that have aftermarket Perkins Aircraft Services windshields installed.

May 8, 2008 - 9:50am

Through the end of the month, Raytheon Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution Co. (Rapid) is conducting a sale on some 46,000 part and kit numbers for Beechcraft and Hawkers in an effort to reduce $80 million in excess parts inventory, the company said. Customers can use Rapid’s Web site at raytheonaircraftparts.com to conduct a parts search by aircraft type, part number, part description or download the entire parts list.

May 7, 2008 - 10:33am

Hartzell has introduced a four-bladed aluminum propeller conversion for the Fairchild Metro II that the company said reduces sound levels by 10 to 12 dBA, providing a quieter cabin and lower external noise. The diameter of the new prop system is reduced by five inches from that of the original three-blade system. An “advanced airfoil configuration” was also applied to the new blades, said Hartzell.

May 7, 2008 - 9:23am

An AD issued last month requires the installation of a new rudder-control system on all U.S.-registered Boeing 737s before Nov. 12, 2008. An October 8 directive (AD 2002-20-07) stems from the investigation into two fatal accidents and a reported rudder event attributed, in part, to an uncommanded rudder hardover, rudder reversal or jammed rudder. Parts are expected to cost Boeing about $140,000 per aircraft.

May 7, 2008 - 7:37am

With the recent receipt of an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Hop-A-Jet is now offering maintenance to outside customers, primarily on Learjets and Challengers. The move is an extension of the charter firm’s in-house maintenance facility that heretofore has been servicing the company’s fleet of 14 Learjets and Challengers.

May 7, 2008 - 7:36am

Turboprop East, a 25-year-old North Adams, Mass. repair facility specializing in King Air maintenance, is planning to expand its services to a wider range of Cessna Citations. The company said about 5 percent of its business comes from small jets, mostly the Citation 500 series, but it “is seeking to expand that service and market to include a wider range of Citations,” noted company president Jean Cahoon.

May 7, 2008 - 7:29am

If a Beechcraft or Hawker customer identifies the “exact same part at a much lower price elsewhere,” Raytheon Aircraft will “make every effort to lower the price,” according to a parts-price review form now posted on the company’s Web site.

May 7, 2008 - 7:25am

LoneStar Propjets of Waco, Texas, has received an STC to replace the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprops on the King Air 90 through C90 series with Prague-designed Walter M601E turboprops and Avia Hamilton five-blade propellers. The converted airplane, known as the “Power 90,” has a “substantial increase in both climb and cruise performance,” according to LoneStar.

May 7, 2008 - 7:22am

Aviation Partners now expects to receive certification of its winglets for the Hawker 800 next May, nearly a year later than originally planned. Failure to obtain certain engineering data from Raytheon Aircraft caused the delay, according to Aviation Partners. The Seattle company claims winglets allow the “Hawker 800SP” to fly 30 min longer or 180 nm further and 18 kt faster than a standard Hawker 800.

May 7, 2008 - 7:21am

A laser-guided, computer-controlled robot that promises to significantly decrease the time it takes to find corrosion and other airframe structural anomalies is under development by Honeywell and London-based BBA Diagnostics. The structural anomaly mapping (SAM) robot is being designed to scan an entire aircraft in three hours.

 
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