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.

September 3, 2008 - 5:56am

A two-year, worldwide logistic services agreement has been signed by Ameco Beijing and Lufthansa Technik Logistik (LTL). Under the terms of the agreement, LTL will commence comprehensive logistic support for Ameco Beijing to enhance the MRO’s capabilities for tracking and tracing, consolidation and 24-hour AOG service.

September 3, 2008 - 5:51am

The 96-month inspection of a Challenger 604 gave JetCorp’s St. Louis facility the downtime required to make significant interior modifications and cabin entertainment upgrades in the customer’s airplane.

“With the Challenger 604s coming out of warranty, we recognize that more and more customers are looking for an exceptional facility to complete the
critical 96-month inspections,” said JetCorp president Bill McLendon.

September 3, 2008 - 5:49am

Piaggio Aero has appointed Jet Aviation Dusseldorf an authorized service center for the Avanti/Avanti II turboprop twin. The facility has been performing Avanti/Avanti II maintenance work for more than a decade.

September 2, 2008 - 9:24am

Driven by growth in turbine engine overhaul contracts, Standard Aero has broken ground for an 80,000-sq-ft expansion of its Winnipeg facility.

September 2, 2008 - 6:42am

The governor of Missouri has signed a bill eliminating sales tax on aircraft repair parts, aligning the state with neighboring states having similar laws. Before passing the law, Missouri exempted aircraft used to carry people and property, but now the tax exemption applies to all materials, replacement parts and equipment used for modification, repair, replacement and maintenance of aircraft, powerplants and accessories from Jan.

September 2, 2008 - 5:58am

Signature Flight Support has acquired MES Handling at Munich International Airport in Germany. Signature now has 22 FBO locations in Europe, although the MES acquisition represents the company’s first FBO in the business aviation market in Germany. The former MES management team, led by Oliver Trono and Klaus Besold, will remain with the new Signature operation.

September 2, 2008 - 5:49am

Cessna has added the Citation CJ3 to its ProTech maintenance program, which allows operators to pay for regular maintenance labor costs via a monthly fee. Maintenance must be done at one of Cessna’s 10 service centers in the U.S. or at a participating authorized service facility around the world.

September 2, 2008 - 5:46am

Dassault Falcon said it plans to establish a factory-owned Falcon service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. According to Dassault, the new service center will support the growing Falcon fleet in Brazil, which is expected to double in size to more than 50 airplanes in the next three years. The facility is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.

August 31, 2008 - 1:57pm

The FAA has warned operators with carbon brakes about problems with environmentally friendly organic salt runway de-icer fluids. Aircraft manufacturers have notified the FAA that spray between the wheels causes the de-icer fluid to coat carbon brake heat-sink (pressure) plates.

August 29, 2008 - 2:03pm

Threshold Aviation Group of Chino, Calif., recently completed structural repairs to the rear belly skin and bulkhead of a Citation 650. According to the company, the project was coordinated with engineering support from Cessna. The damaged zone was disassembled, inspected and repaired in accordance with factory specifications in record time and the aircraft also received Phase I through V inspection.