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.

April 21, 2008 - 12:29pm

The Dee Howard Company, created in 1947 and under Chapter 11 protection since mid-February, is now San Antonio Aerospace. Sale of San Antonio International-based Dee Howard at auction was approved by Federal District Court in San Antonio in April. The winning bid came from Singapore Technologies for $14.5 million in cash and an additional $3 million to $4 million in “other considerations.” The transaction was completed on May 31.

April 21, 2008 - 12:18pm

Raytheon Aircraft Co. has signed an agreement with Central Flying Service at Little Rock (Ark.) Airport (LIT) to lease a 19,000-sq-ft hangar and office to “primarily service and maintain the Beech 1900.” Raytheon will contract for a number of special services from Central and the facility is expected to employ about 30 aircraft specialists in a 24/7 operation.

April 16, 2008 - 5:42am

Miami-based Quiet Technology Aerospace is nearing completion of about 45 hr of planned flight testing of its first FAA-conforming Stage 3 hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. Flight testing of a GII equipped with the company’s translating-ejector type hush kit started in late May and follows 30 hr of baseline flight testing of the aircraft without the hush kit installed.

April 16, 2008 - 5:29am

Sabreliner has developed a special “slot reservation” RVSM pricing structure for the Sabreliner 65.

April 15, 2008 - 11:32am

Zimex Aviation disclosed that it has phased out of business aircraft maintenance, to focus instead on air-charter operations and executive aircraft handling at Zurich Airport. The privately owned company was founded in 1969 and embarked on business aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul with the 1986 acquisition of Limess Aviation, which was the Swiss airport’s first general aviation maintenance firm when it opened in 1955.

April 14, 2008 - 11:42am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) recently purchased the Aircraft Ground Service Guide and the Aircraft Towing Guide from Sandpiper Publications. The AGSG provides aircraft fuel requirements and capacity; performance specifications; ground-power locations and requirements; tire-pressure requirements; and weights and dimensions for pistons, turboprops and jets. The ASCG also has detailed drawings of service locations.

April 14, 2008 - 7:15am

Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group has moved its authorized Citation service center from a shared maintenance hangar in Montreal to a new dedicated facility at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

April 14, 2008 - 7:10am

Raytheon Aircraft is introducing a new aircraft service plan that the company “promises will eliminate aircraft operators’ maintenance hassles.” Called Support Plus (Support +), the plan provides owners of Raytheon aircraft with selectable options covering all maintenance issues.

April 3, 2008 - 11:52am

Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace yesterday announced its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.

April 2, 2008 - 6:27am

Airworthiness Directives (ADs) were in the news as I was writing this article as a major airline has admitted that it failed to comply with the ADs on a considerable number of aircraft. (See story on page 14 about the penalty imposed on Southwest.) Major media outlets have given the story a great deal of attention, providing the public a look into the world of maintenance and, according to one reporter, scaring some passengers to death.

 
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