Neosho, Mo.-based CD Aviation Services (CDAS) has opened an office in Sweden. It will be staffed by Marko Huhtaniska, who will be responsible for sales and service support throughout the EU.
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.
Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Atlanta-based corporate flight department ordered four blended winglet shipsets from Aviation Partners to equip its Raytheon Hawker 800s–two 800SPs and two 800XP2s. The first blended winglet installation was accomplished recently at Duncan Aviation, and the remaining three shipsets will soon be installed in house.
“Among today’s aviation service providers, software is playing an ever-increasing role in day-to-day operations, so it is becoming more critical for A&P technicians to be computer and software proficient,” said Continuum founder and president Jack Demeis.
Avmats, located in Chesterfield, Mo., on Spirit of St. Louis Airport, has expanded its maintenance offerings to include Beechjets. With more than 25 years of experience in heavy maintenance, sheet metal, avionics, engines, APUs, interiors and modifications, the company has a longstanding reputation for working on older aircraft.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Council of Air Shows Foundation (ICASF) have established the ICAS Foundation GAMA Scholarship. The annual scholarship will award $2,000 in funds to a college student seeking an aviation-related degree such as aircraft maintenance, aeronautical engineering, aviation business or professional pilot.
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has agreed in principal to acquire Pegasus Aircraft Components of Richmond, British Columbia. The purchase will allow PAG to upgrade services to its customers operating Bell, Sikorsky, Eurocopter and MD/Hughes helicopters in the expanding Canadian market.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace Engineering has opened a $10 million, single-bay facility on Singapore Seletar Airport. It is dedicated to heavy maintenance and modifications for general aviation, helicopters and narrowbody aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 757. In addition, the company has broken ground on a second hangar. The two-bay facility will cost $17.3 million and is set to open next year.
Gulfstream Aerospace has developed software enhancement called “Circuit Flash” for electronic manuals that makes it easier for aircraft technicians to interpret detailed wiring diagrams.
Authorized service centers for Michelin Aircraft Tire are running an incentive program called “Upgrade to Michelin,” which offers an instant 20-percent rebate to customers who convert all the main landing-gear tires on their aircraft from a competitive brand to Michelins. Add in nose landing-gear tires, and the discount rises to 25 percent off the whole purchase of Michelin tires.
The FAA has awarded Sabreliner’s Perryville operation its Gold Certificate
of Excellence. The award is given to companies that send at least 50 percent
of eligible technicians to specified training on FAA regulations and policies as well as aviation maintenance during the previous calendar year.