Determination best describes the mood of this year’s Aviation Services & Suppliers SuperShow attendees. The event, held March 26 to 28 in Indianapolis, is the joint Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and National Air Transportation Association annual show.
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.
Boeing and Russia’s privately owned East Line signed an agreement to establish Russia Technique at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport for maintenance of non-Russian-made airplanes. East Line plans to invest between $40- and $45 million in the project over the next 30 months. The facility will start work on Boeing 737s in about seven months, according to Boeing.
Pan Am International Flight Academy (PAIFA) and Saab Aircraft of America signed an agreement to jointly develop maintenance training courses for North and South American operators of the Saab 340 twin turboprop. Courses, available on demand, will be held at the customer’s location or at PAIFA’s regional airline training centers located in Dulles, Va., and Minneapolis.
Raytheon Aircraft Services in the UK has received RVSM group approval for Hawker 700s. The company is now seeking FAA approval. For older Hawker 700Bs requiring the replacement of mechanical altimeters with digital equipment and an air-data computer (ADC), the mod costs approximately $123,000. For later 700s, which require only the ADC installation and other modifications, the cost falls to about $65,000.
A St. Louis-area maintenance facility is finalizing flight-test data required to support a Sabreliner 65 reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) compliance package. Avmats of Chesterfield, Mo., expects to receive group certification in October for Sabre 65s. The RVSM package includes replacement of the jet’s Collins ADC-80K air-data computer with new dual Collins ADC-87A air-data computers.
Raytheon Aircraft’s failure to provide wing-structure data will delay by several months Aviation Partners’ blended winglet program for the Hawker 800, a program for which the Seattle-based modification designer had hoped to receive certification this summer.
Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last Friday when a problem was discovered with the engine’s air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. According to Gulfstream director of customer support Mitch Choquette, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.
At press time, as many as 50 of the 183 Citation Xs delivered worldwide had yet to be inspected for “very small cracks” in the elevator hinge fittings that were originally discovered during a routine inspection on April 20 of a Citation X at the Wichita Citation Service Center. Subsequent inspections revealed several other Citation Xs with similar cracks. On April 22, Cessna ordered all Citation Xs grounded until they were inspected.
“We’ve had some very positive response from the marketplace,” a Honeywell spokesman said, but the company and partner Garrett Aviation Services have failed to obtain the minimum number of orders needed to launch a Hawker 700 engine upgrade program. Last spring the companies announced a program to install a new high-pressure-ratio fan and a new TFE731-5 hot section, creating a TFE731-4.
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.