Aircraft detailing company Immaculate Flight has purchased In Plane View Detailing, another aircraft detailing company based in Naples, Fla. Immaculate Flight has stations in 13 states and offers mobile services 24/7 to any customer in the U.S. By adding In Plane View Detailing, the company is better poised to serve all airports in southwest Florida.
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.
Weco Aerospace Systems, a privately held aviation-component overhaul company specializing in electrical, electronic accessories and flight instrument services, has been acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace. The business will retain the Weco name and become part of Gulfstream’s product support business. The purchase is expected to close by the end of the first quarter; financial details have not been disclosed.
Cessna Aircraft has entered into an agreement with Innovative Solutions & Support for the avionics maker to provide flat-panel display systems for legacy Cessna Citations. The new system replaces existing round dials and displays and will be distributed and installed through 34 Cessna Service Centers worldwide.
The FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive that requires landing-gear inspections on Socata TBM 700s with more than 1,750 landings. The AD cites the possibility of “landing gear repair or replacement” if cracks are detected. It is based on EADS Socata TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-130, ATA No. 32, dated January 2006, which calls for a series of on-going inspections even if no cracks are detected.
The FAA is releasing a new Web-based program that lets the user fill out, digitally sign and print forms online. The user can also interact with the FAA when necessary and forward forms directly to the aircraft registry to be placed in the official aircraft records.
Sabena Technics, the TAT Group subsidiary specializing in civil and military aircraft maintenance, has acquired EADS Barfield, an aviation support, service and component repair and maintenance operation. The acquisition is a strategic move to further penetrate the American market.
Mather Aviation of Sacramento, Calif., became an authorized line maintenance facility for Learjets.
Based at Mather Airport near Sacramento, Mather Aviation’s Rancho Cordova facility has a staff of 40 factory-trained technicians who offer 24-hour AOG assistance, line maintenance and avionics service. The company has an 86,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and 25,000-sq-ft storage hangar.
Reliance Aerotech Services (RAS) of Nashville, Tenn., has launched a toll-free recruitment hotline to make it easier for prospective employees to contact the company’s recruiters. RAS provides outsourced aviation maintenance personnel and integration solutions for the defense, government, business and commercial aviation markets.
Keeping today’s turbine-powered aircraft clean might not be rocket science, but it isn’t like washing a car, either. There is now a program that teaches aircraft detailers the safe and proper procedures for detailing all aspects of turbine-aircraft exteriors and interiors.
Stevens Aviation announced the expansion of its network of five service center locations by re-opening its Greenville, S.C. facility as a Stevens Turboprop Center
after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. The move adds 30,000 sq ft of hangar space to support the operation.