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.

December 18, 2007 - 6:04am

One year after beginning construction at its new maintenance facility, Táxi Aéreo Marília (TAM) has begun operations at its Jundiaí center, which will allow the company to handle 120 aircraft per month, double the number it services at its Congonhas facility. The new center briefly wears the crown as the largest business aviation maintenance facility in the world until Cessna inaugurates its new facility in Wichita this month.

December 17, 2007 - 6:13am

Safe Flight Instrument last month announced it has gained approval for a low-airspeed awareness (LAA) display as part of the angle-of-attack (AOA) computer system used in the EFI-890R retrofit cockpit in a Challenger 601-3A. The retrofit avionics system, developed by Universal Avionics of Tucson, Ariz., presents LAA warnings alongside TAWS, TCAS, weather, navigation and other flight information on four 8- by 9-inch displays.

December 17, 2007 - 6:02am

Stage III Technologies, which is still working to obtain certification of its thrust reverser for the Gulfstream II and III, claims that its Stage 3 hush kit averages at least 7 dB quieter than that of its only competitor, Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA).

December 14, 2007 - 11:50am

Prices of another 2,700 Gulfstream spare parts have been cut as of late last month. This is in addition to the 7,000 parts for which Gulfstream has already lowered prices since April 2002. The new price reductions apply to parts such as tires, wheels, washers, light bulbs, actuators, windows and windshields. Gulfstream includes a one year/1,000-hour warranty on all parts.

December 14, 2007 - 8:14am

Raytheon Aircraft announced a lightweight interior modification for its Premier I that the company says reduces cabin average noise level to 82.2 dBA on takeoff and 73.6 dBA during long-range cruise.

December 14, 2007 - 8:12am

Thanks to Raytheon Aircraft Services’ new quick-change interior program, owners of the Beechjet 400A (S/N 110 and later) can get a new cabin makeover fairly quickly. The interior package offers a choice of eight materials and color schemes and includes all soft goods and removal of the old interior.

December 14, 2007 - 7:39am

Dallas Airmotive’s late-September announcement that it would be closing its Millville, N.J. facility caused something of a stir. Much of the concern focuses on the loss of more than 240 jobs, but some concern stems from the company’s long history.

December 11, 2007 - 6:33am

After numerous delays, start-up company DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center is open for business on Tucson International Airport’s south side.

December 11, 2007 - 6:14am

Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.

December 11, 2007 - 6:02am

A Challenger 600 and Falcon 50 recently rolled out of Elliott Aviation’s Moline, Ill. paint shop, both firsts of those types for the company. The Challenger 600 featured a paint scheme in which Elliott Aviation paint shop manager Kirk Wood collaborated with the customer and outside sources to produce an iridescent “pearlized” look for the aircraft exterior.

 
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