UK-based Jet-Care International has been appointed by Pratt & Whitney Canada to provide engine-condition trend monitoring. Jet-Care analyzes the data to show customers how their engine should be performing and plots anomalies so that early warnings of problems can quickly be addressed. Together with the company’s Spectro oil analysis program, Jet-Care said it monitors the health of more than 12,000 business jet engines in 60 countries.
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.
West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., has completed flight testing that will lead toward RVSM group approval next month for Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot and Century III Softflite wings. New equipment includes Honeywell’s AZ-252 advanced air data computer, AM-250 barometric altimeter/airdata computer, BA-250 altimeter display and AL-800 altitude alerter control and a two-inch standby altimeter.
Jet Aviation facilities in Geneva, Singapore, Teterboro, N.J., and West Palm Beach, Fla., have been appointed as authorized installation centers for Quiet Technology Aerospace’s hush kits in the Gulfstream II, IIB and III. The hush kits lower the aircraft’s noise signature below Stage 3 limits, weigh 234 pounds and require no modifications to the thrust reversers.
“We’re having trouble getting students. Becoming an A&P mechanic doesn’t seem to be as attractive to students coming out of high school as it used to be,” suggested Laura Hopkins, associate dean of aviation at South Seattle Community College, Seattle.
Last April the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) brought together 11 companies to develop and refine a draft policy that the association had made public the previous month. The companies included some of the largest aerospace product and component manufacturers and independent maintenance providers in the world, including Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa Technik, Nordam Group and Pratt & Whitney.
“There are two things that we are exceptional at here at Midcoast Aviation. We build relationships with our customers and we have a very comprehensive backshop capability,” Kurt Sutterer, executive vice president of the Cahokia, Ill. company, told AIN.
Each year, representatives of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program issue five levels of training certificates– bronze, silver, gold, ruby and diamond–to eligible technicians and employers. The employer Diamond Certificate is awarded when 25 percent of each site’s eligible employees receive a minimum of six hours of training during the course of a year.
The Brazilian Departamento de Aviacao Civil (DAC) recently awarded Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility repair station certification. The certificate allows the company to work on aircraft registered in Brazil. Duncan Aviation Battle Creek also has approvals from Europe’s JAA and Venezuela. Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility has approvals from Brazil, Bermuda, Venezuela, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, China and the JAA.
Teledyne Controls has released its new E-Services online information service.
The service is designed to provide Teledyne’s customers, partners and suppliers with a secure Web-based portal to conveniently access vital information.
Thunder Aviation of Chesterfield, Mo. has received a group STC for an RVSM retrofit for Falcon 20s equipped with the Collins AP-105 autopilot. Follow-on STC amendments covering similarly equipped Falcon 10s are forthcoming, as well as amendments for Falcon 10s and 20s equipped with the SPZ 500 autopilot.