Aviation Partners expects to obtain an STC early this month on its blended winglets for the Hawker 800 series. The project has been in the works for a couple of years. “Manufacturing problems,” failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process.
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.
The Astreon series of solid-state LED wingtip position lights was among Honeywell’s bag of announcements at the convention. Developed to last 10 times longer than current position lights, the Astreon series will soon be tested aboard a Gulfstream 550. Honeywell’s warranty on the lights is for 3,000 hours or five years of service.
The FAA has amended an earlier Airworthiness Directive for all Airbus A320-series aircraft, requiring operators to modify elevator control systems to prevent vibration problems caused by excessive freeplay. The AD applies to the A319 (which is the basis for the Airbus Corporate Jetliner), the A320 and the A321.
Aviation Partners said 30 hr of initial flight testing of its winglets installed on a Hawker 800 (designated the 800SP) has verified a 7-percent reduction in cruise fuel consumption, netting an increase of 150 to 200 nm in range, “significant” improvement in takeoff second segment climb, better payload capability from hot-and-high airports and optimum cruise altitudes of about 2,000 ft higher.
The entire air charter industry has been left in the lurch since the FAA initiated enforcement action against AMI over how it was managing its operation.
For some time, the industry speculated that the FAA was looking into the operations of the on-demand charter operators and into the methods used by some Part 135 on-demand carriers and the corporate aircraft often used to provide lift for these operations.
Threshold Aviation Group is evidence of evolution in action. Company CEO Mark DiLullo got hooked on aviation while in Air Force pilot training for the Air National Guard. When he returned to civilian life, he went to work for Martin Aviation in Ontario, Calif., and began building civilian flight time.
Corpair Supply, the component arm of Chesterfield, Mo.-based Avmats, can now clean, bubble point and flow check Falcon hydraulic filters. It also offers a complete set of exchange filters for the Falcon 10, 20, 200 and 50s. The company has more than 25 years of experience in heavy maintenance, sheet metal, avionics, engines, APUs, interiors and modifications.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has opened a parts distribution center in Singapore to help accelerate deliveries to customers in the Pacific Rim region. It will be managed by the P&W Component Solutions group 24/7 and offers a large inventory of new parts and exchange accessories for all P&WC engines.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., is expanding its corporate aviation services by adding Atlanta-based The Maintenance Group, which has been providing corporate aviation services since 1995. Both locations offer airframe and engine maintenance, avionics installations, exterior paint and interior refurbishment.
Operators of Cessna 441 Conquest IIs have a new option for compliance with
the continuous inspection program Cessna initiated last June.
The revised program recommends that Part 91 and Part 135 operators comply with a series of supplemental inspection documents (SID) that are now being incorporated into an expanded phase inspection program with a compliance deadline of September 1 next year.