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.
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.
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.
CRS Jet Spares is offering additional support for Premier I airframes. The company recently parted out a Premier I, making component and structural items available for Premier operators. The inventory includes many key items such as Collins displays, computers, pumps, leading edges, actuators, oxygen masks, inverters and seats.
Midcoast Aviation of St. Louis has been named EADS Socata’s western hemisphere repair center. Under the terms of the agreement, Midcoast becomes the authorized repair center for the structures built by EADS Socata for the Falcon 7X.
A joint venture between Air China and Lufthansa has produced one of the world’s largest MRO facilities. The 414,400-sq-ft maintenance hangar provides sufficient space to work on as many as four Airbus A380s at a time. In addition to supporting Air China’s growing fleet, it will also serve private aircraft arriving at the new Terminal 3 at Beijing’s Capital International Airport, built to support this year’s Olympics.
Cessna Aircraft has begun serving Citation customers with a mobile service unit designed to save owners and operators time and money on their aircraft maintenance.
Turbine engine overhauler Red River Turbines has built the world’s first commercial T-9 military spec depot-level engine test cell.