Heli-Invest of Poland has signed a deal with Eurocopter to carry out light maintenance on the EC 120 and EC 130, and to act as its customer services agent in Poland. Heli-Invest signed a three-year contract with Eurocopter in June to create a base that can offer its customers an OEM-approved “all-inclusive” maintenance package. The company expects to obtain Part 145 approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency soon.
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.
Portuguese air transport and maintenance group Omni is seeking to raise its stature as a business aviation services group by revitalizing its executive charter and handling operations. The company has declared its ambition to be active in the wider European business aviation market and to establish a leadership position in France.
Anyone who has studied the market for business aviation seriously in Asia accepts that its potential will take time to come to fruition, but that when it happens the scale of its growth should be substantial. Of all the western companies that have sought to tap this potential, Jet Aviation has firmly demonstrated its long-term commitment to the region.
Over the past several years, owners and manufacturers have begun to recognize aircraft product support as an increasingly vital function. Original equipment manufacturers with good service reputations work hard (and invest heavily) to defend their turf, while those who have made missteps are, in many cases, making significant investments of time, personnel, energy and money to “get it right.”
Tampa, Fla.-based Private Jet Mech’s 24-hour, on-call maintenance service for business jet operators is nowcapable of dispatching to more than 100 U.S. airports. The company provides on-site maintenance services through a nationwide network of on-call mobile maintenance providers.
Bombardier is looking to boost its parts distribution performance with the opening of two new “super warehouses.” A new facility opened at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and another new parts depot at Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport will be fully operational in November. The Frankfurt depot will be bonded, meaning that parts will clear customs as soon as they arrive and will be available for immediate distribution.
“Lindbergh flew off our ramp right out front,” John Rahilly, vice president of sales and marketing for Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) Wilmington, Del., told AIN. “This used to be the Atlantic Aviation facility; it was here for some 75 years. We acquired it because our customers wanted a Dassault service center in the northeast part of the U.S.”
The FAA has recently awarded a repair station certificate to Arinc Direct’s Scottsdale Airport facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Arinc regional maintenance facility will now be able to service and repair more than 50 types of aircraft built by Raytheon, Bombardier, Cessna and Gulfstream.
Learjet 60 operators are the latest to benefit from the Learjet Electronic Technician (e-Tech) troubleshooting tool. E-Tech compiles more than 22 megabytes of information onto a single CD, in a user-friendly Web page format that can be accessed by a laptop computer.
Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of its maintenance management software, MxManager Version 7.5.