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.

October 7, 2008 - 10:32am

R.W. Martin announced here at the show that it has completed construction of a 20,000-sq-ft hangar at its aircraft modification facility at French Valley airport in Murrieta, Calif. The facility “greatly enhances our flight test capabilities and adds much-needed room for both our internal and customer projects,” said company president John Zublin.

October 7, 2008 - 10:31am

Korry Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corp., is at Booth No. 2976 showing the cockpit control panels it has been selected to supply for the HondaJet. Korry will provide 12 control panels per aircraft to Honda Aircraft Co. to complement the HondaJet’s all-glass flight deck. Each panel features 5⁄8-inch

October 7, 2008 - 10:28am

Louis Martin wants his company, Technical Composites Corp., to “seek its own level in the industry,” as a distinct and growing brand, though still connected in service philosophy and ownership to Lou Martin & Associates, his composite business. Martin is discussing the capabilities of both brands from his booth (No. 4281), as well as marking his 30th year in service.

October 7, 2008 - 10:22am

Thales (Booth No. 789) has been selected by Bombardier to provide a fly-by-wire spoiler system for the Canadian OEM’s new Learjet 85. The Thales spoiler package consists of one digital flight control computer and an integrated spoiler control level and actuation system. Thales used its latest dual flight control computer architecture contained with robust packaging designed specifically for composite aircraft environmental conditions.

October 7, 2008 - 9:41am

Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No. 2285) announced Tuesday that it recently serviced its 200th customer. The Waco, Texas-based company upgraded a Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90B with PT6A-135A engines. The airplane belongs to Oregon-based Western Wings president Bill Woods. Blackhawk ranked as the top Pratt & Whitney non-OEM engine seller in 2008.

October 6, 2008 - 3:22pm

Nextant Aerospace (Booth No. 771) its touting its 400NXT–serialized remanufactured Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, new Williams FJ44-3AP engines, several aerodynamic improvements and new interior and paint–as the “best value” in the light jet segment.

October 6, 2008 - 3:21pm

Winglet Technology reports “significant progress” toward FAA certification of its Cessna Citation X elliptical winglet modification. Announced at NBAA’07 in Atlanta, the program has moved through full-scale wing static test to installation of the modification kit and production winglets on Cessna’s test aircraft.

October 6, 2008 - 3:19pm

Stevens Aviation, buoyed by market reception of its Lear4Ever avionics and airframe modification package for the Bombardier Learjet 35, on Monday announced expansion of its Select Suite of aircraft targeted for the same level of avionics modernization to include some of the most numerous and popular models.

October 6, 2008 - 3:14pm

Rolls-Royce (Booth No. 2940) announced here yesterday that charter and aircraft management provider XOJet has enrolled its entire fleet of 48 Rolls-Royce-powered Cessna Citation X twinjets in the engine manufacturer’s CorporateCare services program.

October 6, 2008 - 2:22pm

Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5100) announced yesterday plans to build its third full-service maintenance facility. The center will be located in Provo, Utah, and is scheduled to open by August 2010, pending final approval for state incentives from the Utah governor’s Office of Economic Development.