Raytheon Aircraft signed a 10-year agreement with NetJets for the maintenance of the fractional-ownership operator’s fleet of Hawker 1000s, Hawker 800XPs and Hawker 400XPs. The contract includes options beyond the initial 10 years. Hawker 1000 and 800XP heavy maintenance will be performed at the Hawker Service Center in Little Rock, Ark. Maintenance for the Hawker 400XP will be done at Raytheon Aircraft Services in Tampa, Fla..
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.
Aviation Partners is hoping to complete the STC program for a winglets retrofit on Hawker 800s and begin initial deliveries of modified aircraft before the end of this month. The Hawker 800SP project has been in the works for more than two years. Failure to obtain certain OEM data and changes in FAA certification methods lengthened the STC process.
Under new FAA anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations, repair stations are responsible only for their own compliance, and not the compliance of their contractors, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) determined.
As Stevens Aviation’s Memphis, Tenn. facility nears certification of a Universal EFI-890R synthetic vision glass panel in the Learjet 25, the company is embarking on a similar project–with added features–for the Learjet 35 series. The Stevens Aviation “Learjet 35 Forever” modification will include the EFI-890R avionics, Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite and locker systems, a fresh interior and Avcon’s RVSM solution.
Aerospace Integration Corp. (AIC) of Mary Esther, Fla., is scheduled to open a 100,000-sq-ft aircraft completion center next February, on the grounds of the Albertville (Ala.) Municipal Airport. The $12 million completion center is meant to quickly “missionize” both U.S. Army and civil green aircraft by gathering a diversity of contractors under a single roof to achieve what AIC has termed block modifications, or “block mods.”
Helitowcart (Booth No. 3501) introduced its HeliCushion kit for “instant refurbishing” of Eurocopter AS 350 and AS 355 seats. The “ready-to-go” kit consists of molded foam buildup and cover and is designed to slide into place in seconds and fit all seating positions.
Helicopter owners who use after-market parts made by Extex (Booth No. 3109) under the FAA’s PMA (parts manufacturer approval) rules can now benefit from the company’s new customer assurance program (CAP).
Soloy Aviation Solutions of Olympia, Wash., announced at its booth (No. 3019) that it sold 10 of its AS 350SD2 conversion kits to Heliproducts Industries of British Columbia.
To meet increased customer demand, British Columbia-based helicopter shipper Panalpina has added a service center in the Northeast. The company has hired Peter Baldauf, a helicopter load-out specialist, to its Heliship team at Hartford/Bradley Airport in Connecticut.
PMA landing gear struts from Aerometals (Booth No. 2221) for MD 500 series helicopters have been excluded from a January 8 FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making that would require inspection, rework or replacement of the forward and aft struts on the MD 500N. The proposal, which also covers the MD 300 and OH-6A, was prompted by five reported MD helicopter landing gear strut failures.