Yankee Pacific, created four years ago to “invest in aviation-related businesses and provide business development services to an aviation company client base,” recently expanded its mid-America presence by buying the Tulsa, Okla.-based Lufthansa Technik Completion Engineering (LTCE) assets of its German partner.
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.
For the fourth straight year, Duncan Aviation was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine. The Lincoln, Neb.-based aircraft service company employs nearly 2,000 people based at 40 locations. Duncan ranked 77 on this year’s list, which appeared in the January 12 edition of the magazine.
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., has earned FAA approval for a pop-out float option on its Model 480B. The floats cost $39,690 and add 106 pounds to the empty weight of the turbine single (only 14 pounds of installation hardware remain when the floats are removed). They can also be retrofitted to in-service aircraft.
After a difficult year in 2003, Brazil’s largest executive charter company, TAM Taxi Aéreo Marília, saw better times last year, when its revenues increased to Real 105 million ($39.4 million)–up 15 percent from the previous year–with help from a recovery in the local economy. The increase in revenues was a result of growing demand on all fronts, including maintenance, aircraft sales and executive charter.
Southern Star Avionics has completed required flight testing for Cessna Citation 560 and S550 airframes and expects to receive RVSM group certification for the types early next month. The $95,000 installation kits use IS&S digital altimeters with integrated air-data computers and analog interface units. The company said the upgrade is available for both single and dual flight director aircraft equipped with Sperry SPZ-500 autopilots.
Cessna recently signed a ground-lease agreement at Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, Ariz., possibly for the eventual development of a Citation Service Center. But, while Cessna confirms it has signed a lease for 11.7 acres of land at the airport, the company hasn’t disclosed what, or even if, it will build there.
In the world of aircraft maintenance software, to say there are options would be an understatement. The gamut ranges from digitally photographing your aircraft logbooks and storing the images for safe keeping to very high end, comprehensive maintenance planning, prediction and record-keeping systems.
Revisions to the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements in FAR Parts 121, 135 and 145 (air carriers and repair stations) set to have gone into effect on January 16 have been delayed until Jan. 30, 2006. As a result of several unresolved issues raised by the industry, the agency has delayed the effective date of the revisions on four separate occasions since the final rules were adopted on Sept. 16, 2000.
Dallas-based Aviall, which supplies parts for more than 200 aviation manufacturers, will now integrate its Raytheon Aircraft inventory into Raytheon’s aircraft parts and inventory distribution (Rapid) program. Aviall’s part listings, totaling more than 60,000 components, will further increase the quantity and range of spares available for Beech and Hawker customers.
Raytheon Aircraft will conduct six regional maintenance and operations sessions for Beechcraft and Hawker owners. The dates and locations are: February 18, Houston; February 19, Tampa, Fla.; February 20, Atlanta; March 3, Tarrytown, N.Y.; March 4, Rosemont, Ill.; and March 19, Las Vegas. In addition, the annual Hawker Jet Operators Conference will be held in Little Rock, Ark., from April 26 to 28.