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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.
Jet Repair Anywhere has announced the availability of a free competitive repair quote service. JRA’s Web service links jet operators and maintenance facilities
to provide up-to-the-minute competitive rates. Jet Repair Anywhere’s business
partners include Bombardier, Pentastar and JetCorp.
Líder Aviação, headquartered in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, recently became a Raisbeck-authorized installation center to support Raisbeck Learjet performance system sales. The company will be responsible for selling, installing and maintaining Raisbeck’s ZR Lite and aft fuselage locker for the Learjet 30 series.
Early last month a Boeing 737-300 requiring an 8A check was the first aircraft to be towed into Ameco Beijing’s A380 hangar. A spokesman for the company said it is ready to support aircraft flying to the Olympic Games. The new hangar will simultaneously accommodate six widebody and four narrowbody aircraft, encompassing the spectrum of Boeing and Airbus airplanes, including the A380.
Hawker Beechcraft late last week completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif.
SkyTrac’s automated flight following and satellite communication system has received FAA STC and Transport Canada Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) approval for installation in Robinson R22s and R44s. SkyTrac is already approved for installation in various AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky models.
Eurocopter has announced it will take over Motorflug Baden-Baden, a German helicopter MRO specialist. The firm has bases in Baden-Baden, Rheinmünster and Schönhagen, near Berlin. It will become part of Eurocopter’s service and support business. The manufacturer intends to continue to provide MRO services to all Motorflug customers’ helicopters, whatever the brand.
For Robinson Helicopter, switching from aluminum to stainless-steel skin for main rotor blades has been “a mixed bag,” said company vice president Kurt Robinson, who defended the move on the grounds that the change means lighter and stronger blades with better corrosion resistance. But critics argue that the stainless skins do not hold paint well and that the switch from aluminum
A more powerful, better performing Caravan 208 with improved fuel burn is the goal of Anchorage-based Aero Twin, which is working on a mod to convert the turboprop single from its original 675-shp P&WC PT6 to the 850-shp Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S. Aero Twin, which first flew a prototype “850 Caravan” on October 2 and had expected to receive an STC for the conversion this spring, has pushed back its certification target to the fall.
PAS Technologies (Hall 3 Stand B8) is here to highlight its expanding product line, global reach and repair performance.
President and CEO Robert Weiner joined the new company at its formation and immediately set about transforming a business he admits was underperforming.