Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
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.
Honeywell signed a contract with West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., to develop an RVSM equipment package for the Learjet 30 series. The package, scheduled to be available for installation early next year, includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and altitude alerter control.
With the aim of facilitating “quicker technical solutions and reduced aircraft downtime,” Dassault Falcon Jet has designated its field service representatives to be “model specialists.” This means they will demonstrate “particular proficiency in two models specifically, and general working knowledge of the rest of the Falcon family,” according to the company.
Online air-taxi broker CharterAuction.com has launched a program in which it will guarantee future owners of the Eclipse 500 and Safire S-26 twin-engine entry-level business jets enough charter income to cover interest payments and the DOCs for up to 20 hr of flying monthly. This income is based on at least 40 hr per month of charter income, according to the Quincy, Mass. company.
T-G Aviation, based at Hamilton Airport in Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada, signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide category I maintenance, including hot-section inspections, for three P&WC engine series–the JT15D, PT6/6T and PW500. The service is a natural extension of the T-G Aviation Super Cheyenne conversion package for the Piper Cheyenne I and II, which specifies PT6A-135A turbine engines.
National Jet Systems opened a regional aircraft maintenance facility in Brisbane, Australia. The 62,000-sq-ft complex includes a 46,000-sq-ft hangar that will hold three airliners simultaneously. The company operates a fleet of BAE Systems 146s and Avro RJs on wet leases for flag carrier Qantas and as corporate shuttles for the Australian mining industry.
Avcon Industries, the Newton, Kan. company that developed the Learjet 30 series “Avcon Fin,” is seeking 20 Learjet 24/25s, at least four of which will participate with Avcon’s own aircraft in a group RVSM program for the business jets. Avcon expects the RVSM avionics package and functional test flight to cost $149,225 per aircraft. An initial deposit of $25,000 is required.
After a long stint working for other people, Geno Haggan, president of Englewood, Colo.-based Haggan Aviation, decided to open his own maintenance shop in 1996. He credits his varied experiences with giving him the practical aircraft know-how and the business acumen to make his operation successful.
Continuum Applied Technology has released Version 8.5 of its Corridor aviation service software. New features include third-party compliance integration capability (aircraft records), flight operations integration capability, vendor invoice management tools, rotable management accounting updates, warehouse bin validation functionality and time tracking enhancements, among others.
Smyrna, Tenn.-based Corporate Flight Management (CFM) has expanded its maintenance division’s capacity by moving it from two relatively small hangars to a complex across the airport that provides an 80-percent increase in hangar space and five times more office space.