Ed Duracka, director of aircraft maintenance for Safeway Insurance, made a chilling discovery while complying with Cessna Alert Service Letter (ASL) 750-29-09. The Romeoville, Ill., Lewis University Airport-based flight department operates a Cessna Citation X.
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Aero Battery of Cincinnati has received its first FAA Diamond Award, with all of the company’s technicians having received FAA-approved training last year. Aero Battery has been selling and servicing aviation lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries since 1973 to operators in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
The FAA also awarded Raytheon Aircraft Services the agency’s highest award for maintenance excellence. In addition to the service centers’ recognition, 278 employees each earned the recognition of an FAA award.
The FAA has awarded Executive Jet Management (EJM) a Diamond Award for aircraft maintenance training excellence. EJM received the award for having at least 25 percent of its maintenance technicians qualify for an individual training award last year. The company employs 122 maintenance technicians and supervisors and 54 support personnel.
To better serve operators in Brazil and Latin America, Dassault, along with Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney, is tripling the stockpile of spare parts in Brazil. The parts will be housed at Morro Vermelho Taxi Aero (MTVA) on São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport. MTVA is a Dassault authorized service center.
Arnoni Aviation of Houston has expanded its landing gear and accessory shops by moving them to a 25,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new location includes more than 10,000 sq ft of environmentally controlled shop space. Planned expansion in Arnoni’s growing component overhaul services prompted the move.
Atlas Pilatus Center, an authorized distributor for the Pilatus PC-12 in the Northeast U.S., has appointed Aerodynamics (ADI) an authorized Pilatus PC-12 satellite service center. Based at Oakland County International airport in Pontiac, Mich., ADI will provide parts distribution and service for PC-12 owners in the Michigan area. ADI employs 165 people and has four hangars with 136,037 sq ft under roof.
Innotech Aviation has served the corporate aviation market since the dawn of the business jet era. “This is our 50th year, and that’s a long time in aviation,” Kirk Rowe, the company’s executive vice president and COO, told AIN. “We have a long history with Cessna, Raytheon, Bombardier and other OEMs that’s allowed us to build substantial technical depth and product line knowledge.”
Stevens Aviation approached the Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) Airport Authority with a proposal to “significantly” upgrade the company’s existing facility and continue expanding its business. GSP and the Greenville, S.C. area have been Stevens’ home base since the company began a nationwide expansion in the 1960s.
Bell says its new anti-torque system will offer directional control, reductions in main rotor speed and noise and higher cruise speeds–up to 170 knots. Bell will evaluate the Propulsive Anti-Torque System (PATS) next year using a full-size gas turbine engine, inlet fan, bifurcated ducting and a series of test thrusters.