Jet Aviation’s facilities at Biggin Hill in the UK and Dusseldorf, Germany, were named by Embraer as authorized service centers for the Legacy, the new corporate jet from the Brazilian manufacturer based on the ERJ-135 regional airliner. Embraer started deliveries of the Legacy in the second quarter of last year and the first deliveries to Europe were scheduled for last month.
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.
Alpha Omega Jet Services, launched in late 2000 as an aircraft management and consulting firm, went into the completion and refurb business last month with the acquisition of Aircraft Components Manufacturing. Both companies reside at Sulphur Springs (Texas) Municipal Airport. As a subcontractor, ACM had done the cabinetry work for four Boeing Business Jets finished by the former Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems.
A passive sound-reduction kit for the Pilatus PC-12 lowers cabin noise by 55 percent in the speech interference level and by 80 percent in the average “A” weighted scale, according to Western Aircraft, the Boise, Idaho company offering the kit. The kit uses a variety of soundproofing materials installed throughout the cabin of the turboprop single, adding between about 90- and 120 lb to the aircraft’s empty weight. The kit costs $21,602.
Learjet 30-series jets operating in the Pacific Rim can have RVSM mods performed by Jet Aviation Singapore. Under an agreement with the jet’s manufacturer, Bombardier, Jet Aviation will arrange for height-monitoring flights and install modifications to make the aircraft RVSM-compliant. The agreement applies to Learjet 31s, 31As, 35s, 35As, 36 and 36As. RVSM currently applies in Pacific airspace from FL 290 to FL 390 inclusive.
Dee Howard, the San Antonio-based heavy maintenance, repair and aircraft modification company in business since 1947, is being auctioned. According to CEO Jim Malone, Dee Howard filed for Chapter 11 protection in mid-February and the due diligence phase is now in progress, with all bids due by April 15. The winning bid is expected to be announced on April 18 and subsequently sent to a Federal Bankrupcy Court for approval.
Times are tough, but you won’t hear a lot of complaints from Universal Jet Services. In fact, the company is doing well enough that it made its first appearance ever at September’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
GE Druck has introduced a new air-data line-switching unit to make it easier for operators to test their pitot-static systems. The LSU-105 unit uses manually switched color-coded valves to allow crewmembers to connect the test equipment quickly to the aircraft’s pitots. The unit can conduct multiple tests simultaneously to reduce downtime. Each of the four pitot-static channels can be isolated to allow independent instrument testing.
NDT International has developed a smaller, less expensive way of providing C-scan images of bond flaws in composites and honeycomb structures. At just 1.5-lb, BonDetector is smaller than other bond analysis instruments, the manufacturer claims, and provides immediate visualization and interpretation of flawed areas.
Armed with the largest single contract in its 52-year history–converting 19 U.S. Army King Air C-12 flight decks from “analog to glass”–Stevens Aviation anticipates “substantial” demand for a similar upgrade among the operators of some 800 to 850 civilian-equivalent King Air 200s in service worldwide.
Turbomeca has boosted its customer-support operation, increasing its team of field-service representatives to 40 and its service centers to 23. The number of field- service technicians based at these centers has also grown to 50 to improve turn times on repairs. The French helicopter powerplant maker has also established “Turbo-Link” teams to support field representatives with technical expertise and service coordination.