Dassault Falcon Jet announced last month that as a central thrust in its strategy to bolster customer support it has spent more than $7 million on the Wilmington, Del. service facility and FBO that it bought from Atlantic Aviation in October 2000. Including the undisclosed purchase price, DFJ expects to invest $30 million in the facility all told.
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.
Chicago-based Jet Support Services Inc. has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer will provide the enrollment fee for JSSI’s top-of-the-line, tip-to-tail, customized hourly cost maintenance program applied to used “narrowbody” aircraft (primarily Learjets) taken in trade and sold over the next year.
Seagull Aviation is working on another STC for the installation of the 750-shp Czech Walter engine and Avia propeller on various King Airs. This STC will apply to the King Air A100, F90 and 99. Dan Sigl, president of Seagull Aviation, said he anticipates receiving the STC in late spring. Installed price is between $500,000 and $525,000 and Seagull said it will help owners sell their old engines.
Thunder Avionics in St. Louis has teamed with Flight Test Associates to develop an RVSM package for Falcon 10s and 20s. For the Falcon 10, the original autopilot will be used in addition to IS&S replacement air-data controllers and altimeters. Estimated downtime for equipment installation and skin testing is eight to 10 weeks. Price will vary from $115,000 to $200,000.
Duncan Aviation was recently awarded an STC for the Innovative Solutions & Systems air-data computer in the Gulfstream II. The ADC is RVSM compliant and is a key component of the full RVSM certification package the Battle Creek, Mich. company is developing for the GII. No further details were available at press time.
UK-based Jet-Care International has been appointed by Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide engine-condition trend monitoring. Jet-Care analyzes the data to show customers how their engine should be performing and plots anomalies so that early warnings of problems can quickly be addressed. Together with the company’s Spectro oil analysis program, Jet-Care said it monitors the health of more than 12,000 business jet engines in 60 countries.
West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., has completed flight testing that will lead toward RVSM group approval next month for Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot and Century III Softflite wings. New equipment includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and AL-800 altitude alerter control and a two-inch standby altimeter.
Jet Aviation facilities in Geneva, Singapore, Teterboro, N.J., and West Palm Beach, Fla., have been appointed as authorized installation centers for Quiet Technology Aerospace’s hush kits in the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The hush kits lower the aircraft’s noise signature below Stage 3 limits, weigh 234 pounds and require no modifications to the thrust reversers.
“We’re having trouble getting students. Becoming an A&P mechanic doesn’t seem to be as attractive to students coming out of high school as it used to be,” suggested Laura Hopkins, associate dean of aviation at South Seattle Community College, Seattle.
Last April the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) brought together 11 companies to develop and refine a draft policy that the association had made public the previous month. The companies included some of the largest aerospace product and component manufacturers and independent maintenance providers in the world, including Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa Technik, Nordam Group and Pratt & Whitney.