Just as with most elements of aircraft ownership, a good cleaning, inside and out, is much more involved than the average person could possibly imagine. Even showering down a piston single involves more than just putting on your bathing suit and grabbing a bucket and sponge. Cleaning solutions from the shelves of the local supermarket or Pep Boys won’t do.
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.
A single report of a miswired APU fire-extinguishing bottle on a Citation X (C750) has prompted a proposed AD to require placing identification sleeves on the positive and negative terminals of APU and main engine fire-extinguishing bottle wiring and reconnecting the wires to the correct terminal studs on Citation 500s, 550s, S550s, 560s, 560XLs and 750s.
Spirit Wing Aviation of Edmund, Okla., said it now expects to receive STC approval for its $2.2 million SpiritLear–a re-engined Learjet 25–in the first quarter of next year. Last year, the company expected certification this past summer.
CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has a deal for operators of the Learjet 35, 36 or 55–a replacement generator with an FAA-approved TBO of 3,000 hours, nearly three times the 1,050-hour TBO of the original generator for the airplanes.
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.
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.