Raisbeck Engineering has started Phase 3 FAA certification flight tests of enhanced performance modifications for the Learjet 35. The Seattle-based company expects to receive an STC for the modifications this summer, and modified aircraft will be called the Learjet 35ZR. The ZR mod was announced at last year’s NBAA show with an introductory price of $200,000 installed.
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 in Grand Junction, Colo., is working with the FAA to amend its Learjet 35/36 RVSM STC to include models with the FC-530 autopilot, FC-200 autopilot and Mark IV wings, FC-200 autopilot and non-Softflite Century III wings or FC-531 autopilot and Century III Softflite wings. The amended STC will allow about 70 to 80 additional 30-series Learjets to meet RVSM equipment requirements.
Boundary Layer Research, the Everett, Wash. company that developed winglets for the Beech Duke 10 years ago, is now designing winglets for King Air 200s and 300s. A prototype has been flying since late last summer and an announcement to King Air operators in December garnered an “overwhelming” response, claimed company president Bob Desroche. He said winglets will improve speed, handling and fuel economy.
The old saw “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it” could conceivably have been first uttered by a Duncan Aviation employee. “Vast capacity” would be a fair assessment of what this giant in the MRO industry offers.
The Enstrom 480 series has an upgraded air conditioning unit that the FAA recently certified. “The condenser bypass makes this system more efficient than that of most of our competitors,” claimed Bayard duPont, director of product support for Enstrom Helicopter.
Pentastar Aviation has signed a five-year ground handling contract with Daimler- Chrysler Aviation for its Airbus A319 shuttle. Located at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pentastar Aviation will provide maintenance, fueling, passenger processing, cleaning, security, catering to DaimlerChrysler Aviation’s Airbus A319 shuttle, the Transatlantic Star. The aircraft can accommodate up to 48 passengers in executive seats.
Jet Aviation Singapore, the only Gulfstream authorized service center and warranty repair station in Asia, recently completed the replacement of both left and right wing attachment (clothes-pin) fittings on a Gulfstream IV. This was the largest structural repair job the facility ever performed.
Flightcraft, based at Portland, Ore. International Airport, has become Hartzell Propeller’s newest recommended repair facility. Hartzell has more than two dozen repair facilities around the world. To qualify, a company must complete a periodic audit process to ensure the quality systems and capabilities needed to properly service Hartzell products. In addition, Hartzell has an ongoing requirement to participate in factory training.
The second annual Super Bowl party and golf tournament held at Houston-based Wing Aviation raised more than $13,000 for the Wing Aviation/PAMA Scholarship Fund. The annual program is dedicated to helping fund one year’s tuition for a student attending Westwood College of Aviation Technology. More than 200 attended the party and 100 golfers participated in the golf tournament.
The FAA has certified Cutter Aviation’s Phoenix facility to perform full-service maintenance on the Hawker 800XP, 800 and 700. Cutter has long been a Beechcraft maintenance provider, with emphasis on the King Air line. Cutter is also an authorized service center for Pratt & Whitney Canada, Williams International and Cessna models 500 through 560XL. Cutter has operations at major airports in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.