Dassault Falcon Jet confirmed that it is “evaluating a number of sites in the Western U.S. to expand our service capability there.” A spokesman told AIN that Santa Maria, Calif., is on the list but that other sites are also being considered. “We expect to have a final decision later this year,” he said.
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.
Stage III Technologies on February 8 ceased operations pending further funding, leaving just one company–Miami-based Quiet Technology Aerospace–currently providing hush kits for the Gulfstream II and III. Stage III’s hush kit
Raylene Alexander, a professor at Kansas State University-Salina, has created a mentoring program for female airframe and powerplant students in the
After a record 30-year run, Dassault quietly stopped building its once popular Falcon 50 last spring. More than 350 of the trijets were delivered before the final version, a Falcon 50EX, rolled off the assembly line. About 240 were the original Falcon 50, and the remainder were the 50EX.
Proposed rule changes could have profound effects for operators of narrow-body bizliners with an auxiliary fuel system, and compliance could be costly for owners of some 75 airplanes.
Bell Helicopter expanded its customer-support capabilities with the acquisition of maintenance-tracking software company Skybooks in mid-January. Skybooks is an online system that tracks maintenance, flight operations, expenses and pilot currency and stores archived aircraft logbooks as well as maintains electronic logbook records.
“People have been asking me, ‘Can you tell me where Acrohelipro is?’” Donald Jackson said Monday afternoon, right after making the official announcement that the Richmond, British Columbia-based helicopter MRO provider and modification specialist now lives under the Vector Aerospace umbrella.
Wellington, Colo.-based CompuTrak (at Paravion Technology Booth No. 4231) recently added Mission Control to its maintenance-tracking software package. The add-on allows for integrated mission activity of each flight, including pilot and passenger information, fuel usage and mission narrative.
Aircraft accessories provider Precise Flight (Booth No. 1421) of Bend, Ore., has received a supplemental type certificate for its high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting for the Robinson R22 series. According to Precise Flight v-p Scott Philiben, the HID lighting is “a great fit” for Robinson helicopters, providing illumination in low-visibility situations and dense urban environments.
Here at Heli-Expo’08, Aerospace Filtration Systems (Booth No. 4013) is marking the delivery of more than 3,000 inlet barrier filters (IBFs) for helicopters. The engine protection systems are in use worldwide on a wide array of commercial and military helicopters, with more than one million total flight hours combined.