Pratt & Whitney Canada last month launched an e-business supplier portal designed to share information in real time with the Longueuil, Quebec, company’s suppliers.
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.
In response to a problem of water freezing inside the Citation Encore’s emergency pressurization valve, Cessna next month will issue a Service Bulletin (SB 560-21-19) requiring a relocation of the valve. According to a Cessna spokeswoman, the problem affects all 71 Encores delivered as of the third quarter this year.
Miami-based Quiet Technologies said the FAA now has all the test data, and the company expects to receive an STC for its Gulfstream II/III Stage 3 hush kit this month, about two months later than the previously revised date of the long-delayed program. The $1.5 million system (installed) does not reduce takeoff or climb performance or adversely affect range at typical cruise speeds, according to officials.
Cessna has instructed its Citation factory service centers not to complete phase inspections on Citations that have aftermarket Perkins Aircraft Services windshields installed.
Through the end of the month, Raytheon Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution Co. (Rapid) is conducting a sale on some 46,000 part and kit numbers for Beechcraft and Hawkers in an effort to reduce $80 million in excess parts inventory, the company said. Customers can use Rapid’s Web site at raytheonaircraftparts.com to conduct a parts search by aircraft type, part number, part description or download the entire parts list.
Hartzell has introduced a four-bladed aluminum propeller conversion for the Fairchild Metro II that the company said reduces sound levels by 10 to 12 dBA, providing a quieter cabin and lower external noise. The diameter of the new prop system is reduced by five inches from that of the original three-blade system. An “advanced airfoil configuration” was also applied to the new blades, said Hartzell.
An AD issued last month requires the installation of a new rudder-control system on all U.S.-registered Boeing 737s before Nov. 12, 2008. An October 8 directive (AD 2002-20-07) stems from the investigation into two fatal accidents and a reported rudder event attributed, in part, to an uncommanded rudder hardover, rudder reversal or jammed rudder. Parts are expected to cost Boeing about $140,000 per aircraft.
With the recent receipt of an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Hop-A-Jet is now offering maintenance to outside customers, primarily on Learjets and Challengers. The move is an extension of the charter firm’s in-house maintenance facility that heretofore has been servicing the company’s fleet of 14 Learjets and Challengers.
Turboprop East, a 25-year-old North Adams, Mass. repair facility specializing in King Air maintenance, is planning to expand its services to a wider range of Cessna Citations. The company said about 5 percent of its business comes from small jets, mostly the Citation 500 series, but it “is seeking to expand that service and market to include a wider range of Citations,” noted company president Jean Cahoon.
If a Beechcraft or Hawker customer identifies the “exact same part at a much lower price elsewhere,” Raytheon Aircraft will “make every effort to lower the price,” according to a parts-price review form now posted on the company’s Web site.