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).
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.
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.
UK-headquartered Spectro, and Jet-Care, both divisions and trading names of Palace International, Ltd. (Booth No. 1523), have returned to EBACE with their largest ever range of performance monitoring programs, focusing on the Pratt & Whitney Canada series of small turbofans and turboprops. At the same time, Jet-Care is highlighting its condition monitoring service, which it now is offering to helicopter operators.
The business aviation engine maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) market presently serves approximately 26,000 turbine-powered aircraft. The sector worldwide now is worth about $1.8 billion per year.
“Tool on Time” is exactly what it sounds like–a maintenance support program that will make maintenance tools and ground support equipment readily available. It is the latest offering from Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and is intended to complement its spare parts pooling program to quickly provide parts and reduce the need for inventory investments.
In October 2006, the Embraer board of directors authorized expenditure of $100 million on customer support. At the same time, the Brazilian manufacturer announced an expansion of its Executive Jets authorized service network in the U.S. and Europe and said that by mid-2008 its customer support network would comprise seven wholly owned and 38 authorized service centers in all regions of the world.
“There are definite signs the market is improving. We’re starting to see aircraft sales pick up at the broker level and we’re holding our own in the market, at least in the first quarter of this year, and we’re hoping it will continue in the second quarter,” James Donlan told AIN.