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.

August 5, 2008 - 11:11am

Avionics Mobile Services in England has received UK CAA certification of its RVSM package for the BAC 111-475 and -500 series. The package, developed in partnership with Aeromech in Everett, Wash., includes an air-data display unit from IS&S of Malvern, Pa., and costs about $195,000 installed. Downtime is about three weeks.

August 5, 2008 - 11:01am

Arinc Direct, the business aviation arm of Annapolis, Md.-based Arinc, has introduced an RVSM modification and certification package for the Cessna 500 series that uses the Shadin ADC-6000 dual air-data computer with right-side altimeter. Arinc Direct can provide all the needed aircraft modifications, and can perform them at its location or a site chosen by the customer.

August 5, 2008 - 10:54am

A proposed AD that would require replacing the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator (HSTA) every 18 months on Citation 650s is based on a discovery in lab tests that the no-back friction brake within the HSTA “can degrade and allow the actuator to move without a command if an electrical failure is also present,” according to Cessna. At press time, the manufacturer said it had not received any reports of this condition in the field.

August 5, 2008 - 10:01am

The FAA’s concern that a critical part on the Bombardier Learjet 45 “was not manufactured per the type design data” led it to ground the entire fleet of 173 U.S. Learjet 45s on August 13. The UK followed suit and promptly grounded the 11 Learjet 45s on that country’s register.

August 5, 2008 - 6:52am

A new aftermarket support organization has been formed as a recommended solutions supplier for Airbus Spares Support and Services. Called the Blue Sky Alliance, the new group brings together Netherlands-based Avio-Diepen, Germany’s Interturbine Logistik and Satair of Denmark, which can provide a single point of contact for aftermarket space in all consumable material, expendables and standard hardware materials.

August 4, 2008 - 10:30am

After changing hands three times in fairly quick succession over the past decade, the UK’s PremiAir Aircraft Engineering appears to be settling down and renewing its commitment to business aviation. In fact, it was recently appointed by Raytheon Aircraft as an authorized service center for the Premier I.

August 4, 2008 - 7:01am

Failure of the FAA to publish an advisory circular may prompt the National Air Transportation Association to request an extension of the October 6 implementation date for new repair station rules. The AC is intended to provide guidance for complying with the revised rules, particularly how contract maintenance is to be handled. “Our members need time to digest this,” the association claimed.

August 4, 2008 - 6:49am

Jeppesen’s BBJ VIP Plus Program is a new bundled pricing package intended solely for operators of Boeing Business Jets. Under the program, BBJ operators have access to special pricing for fuel, international handling and planning, electronic and manual charting services and moving-map technology. Information is available at (408) 866-7611. There are currently more than 60 BBJs in service.

July 30, 2008 - 10:17am

“PMA parts? Ooh, now there’s a murky area,” said a maintenance supervisor who oversees the upkeep of an offshore oil support helicopter fleet numbering well over 100. His is the kind of large-scale operation where saving 10 percent on routine maintenance results in significant additions to the year-end bottom line.

July 30, 2008 - 9:48am

Three people were injured–one critically–during an explosion on July 2 at the Gulfstream Aerospace plant in Savannah, Ga. According to the company, two contractors were performing leak tests on oxygen bottles inside a building when a flash fire occurred. A Gulfstream employee who tried to help the two men also suffered burns.

 
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