A last-ditch campaign to have the FAA modify its final rule revising FAR Part 145 appears to have paid off for several aviation maintenance trade associations. The Office of Management and Budget, the last stop in the bureaucratic review process, returned the rule to the FAA for reconsideration on July 20.
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.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between West Star Aviation and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has named Midcoast Aviation as an authorized distributor for 50Dash4 performance upgrades for Falcon 50 business jets. According to Premier, demand for the upgrade is accelerating as performance guarantees have been regularly exceeded in operational use.
Innotech Aviation plans to open a new 41,000-sq-ft paint preparation and application facility this July. The paint shop, which will accommodate aircraft as large as the Bombardier Global XRS, features state-of-the-art filters, an independent waste-water cleaning system and variable-speed airflow, making it, according to Innotech, the most modern and technologically advanced hangar of its kind in North America.
Bombardier Aerospace has selected Innovative Power Solutions to provide its brushless starter/generator (BS/G) system for the new Learjet 85. With growth potential to 625 amps, the 500-amp/18-kilowatt DC systems will be used on the 6,100-pound- thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307 engines and auxiliary-power unit.
Microturbo, a subsidiary of Safran Group company Turbomeca, has finalized a partnership with Triumph Gear Systems of Park City, Utah, for the development of a gearbox for its new e-APU line of auxiliary power units, which are being specifically designed for business jets requiring 15 to 90 kWe power (up to 150 shaft horsepower).
Following a review of its operations by efficiency consultants, CRS Jet Spares has revealed a range of measures that will help the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company “go green.” These include encouraging car pooling, reducing paper waste, recycling packaging material, placing recycling bins around the company’s facilities, changing to high-efficiency lighting and eliminating Styrofoam cups with “long-lasting, eco-friendly coffee mugs.”
To support the 1,015 worldwide Falcon operators who fly an average 1.7 aircraft, logging 360 hours each year, Dassault has launched a renewed customer-support effort. The improved support network includes three technical centers that ensure 24/7 expert hotline service. Globally, 420 people– including 80 field service representatives– work in Falcon customer support facilities.
Townsend Leather is here at EBACE unveiling its new Cosmopolitan Collection, featuring three product lines in “a coordinated, sophisticated color palette.” There is the well-known Classic; an updated pearlized leather Glamour; and Couture Cow, a hand-rubbed leather that combines an ultra-soft feel with protective qualities. Also on display at its booth (No.
zLeki Aviation, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based company providing product support and services to the aviation industry has come to EBACE’08 (Booth No. 1647) to claim a bigger share of the business aviation sector. With a global network of customers and warehouses, the company markets parts, service and support on behalf of OEMs and component manufacturers.