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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After numerous delays, start-up company DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center is open for business on Tucson International Airport’s south side.
Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.
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.
Piedmont Aviation Component Services recently added ATR 42 landing gear to its list of capabilities. Jennifer Giordano, Piedmont landing gear marketing manager, said, “Adding the ATR 42 to our landing-gear menu allows us to service additional equipment for our current customers as well as expand our customer base to include those flying the Dash 8-300.” The company also offers Dash 8-300 landing gear equipment for loan/exchange purposes.
Duncan Aviation has been awarded a “multiple aircraft type” STC for Honeywell’s runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), allowing the company to install it on aircraft equipped with Honeywell’s Mark V or Mark VII EGPWS systems. This STC includes the option for an “inhibit” annunciator switch that allows flight crews to mute RAAS warnings for 30, 60 or 90 seconds.
Aircraft Components Company, of Tulsa, Okla., and Turbine Aircraft Components, of Addison, Texas, have merged and will operate under the name Aircraft Components Company headquartered in Tulsa. Aircraft Components Company is an FAA-approved repair station that specializes in the repair and overhaul of aircraft components; Turbine Aircraft Components is a parts supplier with an extensive inventory of new and used