Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, Fla., was recently named an authorized service center by Embraer for its new Legacy, a 10- to 19- passenger business jet/corporate shuttle version of the ERJ-135 regional jet. Brazilian certification of the Legacy is expected this month (see related story at right).
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.
DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.
A General Electric spokesman confirmed the sale of its Garrett Santa Barbara completion center to Yankee Pacific and WestCap Partners Private Equity Fund. The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based facility delivered the second of two Boeing Business Jet completions this year and has a contract with Bombardier for a series of Global Express completions.
The Swiss aircraft service provider groWing is Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO) certified since last year. Just before this year’s EBACE, the young company achieved CAMO Plus certification.
Russian charter operator Dexter Air Taxi has signed a fleet management program with Pratt & Whitney Canada covering eight PT6A-67P engines on its fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
As part of ongoing initiatives to boost global customer support, Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 463) has appointed Gate V Aircraft Maintenance of Vienna, Austria, as a recognized maintenance facility to provide line maintenance support for PW500 and JT15D series engines. Gate V, a Part-145 approved maintenance organization, operates a 27,000-sq-ft hangar at Vienna International Airport.
Ruag (Booth No. 1313), the Swiss technology and defense corporation, has created or acquired six business aircraft maintenance and service establishments in Switzerland and Germany since its inception in 1999. It has now announced the setting up of a maintenance network linking the different shops into one operational unit called Ruag Aircraft Services Network.
Denmark’s ScanTech has outfitted a King Air 200 from Swedish air ambulance operator Svensk Flygambulans AB with five Raisbeck EPIC Performance Systems at its facility in Sindal. The retrofits included Hartzell/Raisbeck turbofan propellers, high-flotation gear doors, dual aft body strakes, enhanced-performance leading edges and ram air recovery systems.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation today signed a letter of intent with Ogden, Utah-based Kemp Development to open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility and Jet Aviation FBO at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The Swiss company plans to assume the existing FBO operations of Kemp Jet Services, following the close of the deal.
Signature Aircraft Engineering at London Luton Airport has been awarded contracts to provide scheduled maintenance for Dassault Falcon 2000s in the European and Middle Eastern fleets of Executive Jet’s NetJets fractional-ownership programs. The contracts were awarded by Dassault to meet the terms of its guaranteed maintenance cost commitments to Executive Jet and will run through the end of 2004.