For the fourth time the FAA has awarded Western Aircraft the Diamond Certificate of Excellence for the company’s commitment to technical training and expertise. Western Aircraft has developed a number of initiatives over the years to enhance safety and quality through aggressive training and safety management principles.
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.
GE Sensing and Inspections has introduced the XLG3 borescope, which standardizes the inspection process and allows the user to manage it effectively.
In a situation reminiscent of the dilemma JetStar owners face, a substantial number of Cessna 441 Conquest II twin turboprops could be grounded come September unless modifications are made to the contents and administration of a Cessna program designed to deal with aging-aircraft issues.
The FAA has been under intense pressure from the U.S. Congress of late, and some believe that the reaction to Congressional pressure to tighten up FAA oversight of the aviation industry is a direct cause of the thousands of airline groundings last month.
Dassault Falcon has rearranged its two support organizations for Falcons, combining the eastern and western hemisphere customer service organizations under Jacques Chauvet as senior vice president, worldwide customer service, a new position. Reporting to Chauvet is former senior v-p for customer support Gerry Goguen, whose new role is senior vice president for customer relations and business strategy.
Richmond Heights, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace announced last month its 400NXT Beechjet retrofit and modernization program and Pro Line 21 cockpit upgrade for Beechjets and Hawker 400XPs.
The FAA recently suspended the repair station certificate of Weco Aerospace Systems of Burbank, Calif. Weco, acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace a year ago, was an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station with Class 1, 2 and 3 accessory and Class 1, 2, 3 and 4 instrument ratings.
Because the final bid for a 44,000-sq-ft paint hangar at Falcon Jet’s Wilmington, Del. service facility went “well beyond estimates,” groundbreaking has been delayed. The cost is a “critical issue” that must be resolved between Falcon Jet and its lessor and financial partner, the Delaware River Bay Authority, before construction can start.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened last month its Commercial Service Center (CSC) in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. The CSC is “dedicated to the specific service and support needs of the more than 1,600 out-of-production de Havilland DHC-1 through -7 aircraft still in production,” according to Bombardier.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport has successfully completed its first retrofit of a Bombardier Learjet 31A to meet JAR-OPS Part 1 requirements. In a separate development, LBAS expects to begin offering interior refurbishment work for all Bombardier business aircraft models in the near future. Through association with E.I.S.