GKN Aerospace Services is promoting its growing capabilities in composites, machining and fabrication. In January, the UK-based group added Boeing’s former fabrication facility in St. Louis with a view to landing more work from U.S. airframers, including business aircraft builders.
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.
Last year, Karin Tennstedt was just one of a number of entrepreneurs launching a new business at NBAA; as she put it, “wandering the halls with a net and looking for customers.”
This year, the president of Mach 1 Design and former corporate flight attendant is the head of a successful turnkey completion management company.
The latest option for owners of Challenger 604 business jets is the enhanced version of the Safe Flight AutoPower system, which was installed and certified under a supplemental type certificate by Bombardier Business Aviation Services in Tucson, Ariz. The system will be offered as an option on new production aircraft or a retrofit item on older 604s.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) has expanded capacity at its Hamburg, Germany completions center and now offers a dedicated production line for large airliner-class VIP jets and four lines for its branded XXL Class interiors for the Boeing Business Jet and Airbus Corporate Jetliner. Starting in 2003, the company will offer XXL Class completions on Fairchild Dornier’s Envoy 7, which is a derivative of its 728JET regional airliner.
Bombardier has announced a modification program to allow the Learjet 35 and 55 to be upgraded with the cabin interiors of the Lear 31A and Lear 60, respectively. According to George Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Business Aviation Services, the manufacturer is now looking to offer new interior modifications to other existing Learjet models.
Garrett Aviation Services has extended its maintenance-cost-per-hour (MCPH) program to CJ610 turbojet engines on Learjet 20 series aircraft. “Learjet 20 operators can now take advantage of this popular program to help lock in their engine maintenance costs for long-term budgeting,” said Gary Buchanan, program manager of Garrett’s services on GE product lines.
Spinneybeck Inc., a manufacturer of high-end flame-retardant upholstery leathers, recently introduced its new Forte leather product, which the company claims is the world’s first upholstery leather designed specifically for the aviation industry.
Almost everywhere I go, the subject of mechanics being recognized as professionals filters into the conversation. Often there is a mild tone of bitterness, as people lament the fact that mechanics are somehow not considered professionals. What decides whether a trade or skill is considered a profession? According to one measurement, if a third party pays you for your knowledge and ability you are a professional.
When it comes to getting your aircraft worked on, Millville Jet Center on Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey has quite an appeal. The nontower IFR airport is open 24 hours a day and has no landing fee, ramp fee, noise restrictions or state sales tax on parts or labor for any aircraft with a max takeoff weight of more than 6,000 pounds.
England’s Oxford Airport will be the new home of PremiAir’s fixed-wing maintenance operations. The company’s Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center will make the move next September from PremiAir’s headquarters on Blackbushe Airport, Surrey. The Blackbushe facility will become a dedicated rotary-wing maintenance base.