The Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association is donating a bronze bust of Charles E. Taylor to American Airlines’ Kansas City Overhaul Base on May 24. The nonprofit association was created to promote aircraft maintenance professionals, who are called either aircraft maintenance technicians (AMT) or aircraft maintenance engineers (AME).
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.
Dallas Airmotive has expanded the services of its Regional Turbine Center (RTC) in Portsmouth, England, with the addition of repair, hot-section inspection and field service on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW500 series of engines. The facility has a long history of working on the PT6A and JT15D and is CAA and EASA approved.
Recognizing the managerial potential of the maintenance technician was among the issues under discussion at the 16th annual NBAA Maintenance Management Conference, held this year in Dallas. Some 148 registrants, 26 exhibitors and 52 exhibitor staff members were on hand for the event, the theme of which was “learn from the past; live for the present; plan for the future.”
Helicopter Support has received certification from American Eurocopter to support the AS 350, AS 355, EC 120 and BO 105. A wholly owned subsidiary of Sikorsky, Helicopter Support is based at Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut. It provides parts and services.
Germany-based aerospace consultancy PMI-Media has lowered its estimated very light jet (VLJ) delivery schedule for this year based on production difficulties Eclipse Aviation has encountered. In its latest report, PMI said it has reduced its total VLJ industry deliveries forecast by nearly half, from 205 to 125.
Gulfstream Aerospace broke ground on a new manufacturing site last month. The 306,000-sq-ft facility is the first since the company brought GII production to Savannah in 1967. The building is slated to be completed next April. Gulfstream also plans to use the existing service center for manufacturing after a new and larger service and support center is completed in late 2009.
The FAA last month issued an Unapproved Parts Notification for George Myles and his company, Miles Aviation of Pompano Beach, Fla., nearly a month after a U.S. District Court sentenced Myles to a 76-month prison term. According to the court, the company sold everything from landing gear to basic nuts and bolts.
The FAA last week issued an Unapproved Parts Notification for George Myles and his company, Miles Aviation of Pompano Beach, Fla., nearly a month after a U.S. District Court sentenced Myles to a 76-month prison term. He was convicted of falsifying documents about parts he sold to various customers, both civilian and military.
Business Aviation handling group Feras, perhaps best known for its support services network in eastern and central Europe and the CIS, continues to expand in a westerly direction. It is extending its central European base and expects to open seven new bases in Germany over the next 12 months.
Zurich-based worldwide aviation service company Jet Aviation is being acquired by Permira, a European-headquartered private-equity group. With a formal closing expected in late September, the sale will end uncertainty over the fate of the Hirschmann-family-controlled enterprise, which had been informally in play since the family put it on the market in early 2002.