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.

November 28, 2007 - 5:11am

Hawker Beechcraft opened its new sheet metal assembly facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. According to the Wichita-based airframer, the new light metal shop will support the company’s current and projected workforce needs and alleviate space constraints at its U.S. manufacturing facilities. Current plans for the operation call for an initial staff of 250 workers with a growth potential of up to 650 over the next five years.

November 27, 2007 - 11:34am

Jet Aviation yesterday signed an agreement with Vnukovo Invest that will allow the Swiss-based aviation company to provide maintenance services at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport by year-end. The deal makes Jet Aviation the first global independent business aviation services company operating in the growing Russian bizjet market.

November 27, 2007 - 10:42am

In a move that will create one of the largest aerospace lighting businesses, Goodrich has entered into an agreement with Germany’s Hella KG Hueck & Co. to purchase a 95-percent stake in Hella Aerospace, one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace lighting systems in the world, according to Goodrich officials.

November 27, 2007 - 9:25am

Component repair company Heico Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., will expand its services in the repair of avionics and other instruments as a result of purchasing Cleveland-based Inertial Airline Services (IAS) from fractional aircraft ownership operator Flight Options. Heico said it plans to keep IAS management intact and retain its location in Cleveland. Flight Options now operates 88 airplanes for more than 700 owners.

November 27, 2007 - 7:10am

An STC for after-production installation of the auxiliary fuel tanks for the Boeing Business Jet 2 is expected this month, about three months later than originally planned. PATS of Columbia, Md., is doing the aux tank installation in addition to BBJ2 winglet installations at its Georgetown, Del. facility.  

November 27, 2007 - 6:59am

Parker Hannifin announced a guaranteed cost-per-brake-landing (CPBL) program for Pilatus PC-12s equipped with new Cleveland brakes. The program, provided through Pilatus Business Aircraft of Broomfield, Colo., guarantees a brake cost of $2.85 per landing for 1,000 landings over three years.

November 27, 2007 - 6:47am

The maintenance division of Denmark-based ExecuJet Scandinavia has received JAR 145 approval, enabling the company to service aircraft registered to any nation in the European Union. From its base at Copenhagen’s Roskilde Airport, ExecuJet Scandinavia is the operating partner for Bombardier’s Flexjet Europe fractional aircraft ownership program. It is part of the Johannesburg, South Africa-based ExecuJet Aviation Group.

November 27, 2007 - 6:34am

Really Quiet of Mojave, Calif., expects to receive FAA certification this month for its Stage 3 hush-kit installation on the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The FAA has flown the test airplane, a Really Quiet-owned GII, and verified a “cumulative noise level six to seven decibels below Stage 3,” according to the company. It hopes to have a certified airplane at this month’s NBAA show.

November 26, 2007 - 11:18am

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has signed a $260,000 contract with Boundary Layer Research (BLR) to adapt a NASA-patented technology for use on the Coast Guard’s fleet of HH-65 Dolphin helicopters.

November 26, 2007 - 8:11am

In 1969, a youthful Ray Siegfried II, just four years out of Notre Dame University, bought Nordam with its eight workers out of bankruptcy. Over the next 34 years he and his team proceeded to build the Tulsa, Okla. company into a major aircraft component manufacturer, overhaul and repair provider with more than 3,000 employees in facilities around the globe.

 
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