Small and medium-size North American OEMs can find the European market challenging in terms of providing engineering and customer support for their products. UK-based Aerospace Representatives (ARL) is seeking to meet this need by offering to be more than just a sales representative in the region.
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.
Sky Connect has obtained STCs for its equipment on the Bell 206 (B and L-1/3/4) and Sikorsky S-76 (A through C). The STCs include Sky Connect’s newest control head, called the mission-management unit. It provides flight crews with two-way text messaging and unlimited phone calls.
E-A-R Specialty Composites (Booth No. 5376), which specializes in aircraft interior noise control, has announced the recent completion and delivery of new interior noise suppression kits for the Challenger 850 and the Gulfstream G150. Two kits for the Challenger 850 were recently delivered to Lufthansa Technik for installation at the company’s Hamburg service facility.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule. Approvals by the FAA and other regulatory agencies are expected within weeks, a company spokesman said.
Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, a leading provider of executive/VIP cabin interior solutions, in partnership with UK-based Andrew Winch Designs, announced the launch of a joint VIP interior concept of the Boeing 787 here at the show yesterday.
The Nordam Group (Booth No. 5574) continues to expand its MRO business internationally a year after the untimely death of its founder, Ray Siegfried II, last October.
Clifford Development (Booth No. 5249) is introducing a supplemental type certificate development program to re-engine Cessna Citation IIs with 3,000-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3 engines. The company, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is in the process of collecting baseline data and expects certification within 12 months.
Mecaer America (Booth No.1047) announced delivery of its first five landing gear shipsets to Eclipse Aviation for the recently certified Eclipse 500 VLJ. The delivery was made on September 29. Previously, Mecaer’s parent company, Mecaer S.p.A. of Borgomanero, Italy, delivered 30 landing gear shipsets to Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse.
Northeast Airmotive of Portland, Maine, is seeking approval to install the Shadin Avionics ADC-8000 RSVM solution as the Group B equipment provider. The Shadin system is designed for the Cessna Citation 500 with the Bendix autopilot now installed. The ADC-8000 provides commands to the flight director and the autopilot via the AC flight director module, and is compatible with the Chelton Flight Systems synthetic-vision EFIS.
In a bid to make airplanes more visible, Honeywell has introduced the Astreon LED (light-emitting diode) aft position light. TSO approval is expected from the FAA in time for a product release early next year. The light is a form-fit replacement for several current Honeywell parts. It complements the Astreon wingtip position lights that have been available since 2003.