The more than 400 maintenance professionals working for Flight Options will be covered by the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), according to a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). In March 2006, Flight Options became the first fractional provider to establish ASAP for its pilots. ASAP is a voluntary reporting program that provides a mechanism for company personnel to identify potential safety hazards.
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.
Stockholders approved the merger of White Plains, N.Y.-based K&F Industries Holdings, makers of aircraft brake and fuel components, and avionics manufacturer Meggitt-USA of Simi Valley, Calif., last month. Soon after the announcement, K&F said the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division requested more information about the merger.
Dassault revealed a new Falcon 2000 with winglets at EBACE. The new 2000LX, which is based on the company’s popular 2000EX, will provide 200 nm more range than its sibling. According to Aviation Partners chairman and CEO Joe Clark, whose company will be providing the blended winglets, the aircraft will be able to fly 4,000 nm at Mach 0.80 at 41,000 feet.
If two competing companies have their way, Cessna 550 owners will soon be able to take their jet farther and higher, all while paying less per mile to do it.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) issued a call to action last week related to maintenance issues for charter operators. The association wants members to complete a survey related to the issue of FAR Part 135 maintenance of aircraft with more than nine versus nine or fewer seats.
Dassault Falcon Jet’s Little Rock, Arkansas completion center is ramping up its capacity to meet demand for Dassault’s newly certified Falcon 7X, while continuing to fulfill commitment with regard to the Falcon 900EX, 900DX and 2000EX.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth No. 1040) announced several maintenance and support deals at EBACE along with the launch of a customer support center at its Quebec, Canada headquarters.
Midcoast Aviation and Savannah Air Center were selected as factory authorized preferred completion centers to conduct interior completions for the Bombardier Global 5000 and Global Express XRS. Based in St-Louis, Mo., Midcoast Aviation, is a full-service aircraft maintenance, modification and completions provider, including avionics and exterior paint services.
Swiss group Ruag Aerospace is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1470) hot on the heels of its purchase of Pilatus Aircraft’s (Booth No. 700) TSA Transairco subsidiary in early April. The sale, the price of which was undisclosed, is retroactive to January 1.
The new owner said it intends to retain all 115 of Transairco’s employees and the management team headed by CEO Jason Mulcock.
The U.S. Army called them scroungers; the aviation industry gives them a more professional name: acquisition specialists. Whatever you call them, the industry variation travels from airport to airport poking around, asking questions and finding treasures in the form of used parts.