Gulfstream Aerospace acquired the maintenance operation of BBA Aviation’s facility at London Luton Airport, making the facility the first Gulfstream-owned service center outside the U.S. The facility will continue to provide maintenance for Citations, Falcons and Hawkers, as well as all Gulfstreams.
Maintenance and Modifications
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Buyers of new Gulfstream 200s now will receive a five-year or 2,500-hour maintenance and training program, similar to what Gulfstream has been offering buyers of new G400s and G550s since last September. Under the extended plan, all covered maintenance, inspections and parts are provided by a Gulfstream or General Dynamics service center, and includes the cost of labor.
UK-based Avionics Mobile expects to complete by the end of the month an RVSM equipment and operational package for the BAC 1-11. In addition to verifying the RVSM capability of the aircraft’s original Elliott autopilot, the package includes air-data displays from IS&S and flight-test evaluations from Aeromech. Meanwhile, Thunder Avionics, a division of the Thunder Aviation FBO at Spirit of St.
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb., has received RVSM group certification for the Westwind 1124 and RVSM equipment certification for the Astra series. Basic equipment installation for the Westwind (including air-data computers and IS&S altimeters) costs $160,400, depending on aircraft configuration. A pneumatic standby altimeter is an additional $12,000 (installed).
An AD should be issued requiring all operators of transport-category airplanes with certain pressure-vessel structural repairs to determine if they were done properly or whether there’s hidden damage that could lead to multiple-site fatigue cracking and possible structural failure, according to the NTSB.
Raytheon Aircraft selected Cox & Company of Manhattan, N.Y., to supply its electromagnetic expulsion de-icing (EMED) system for the horizontal stabilizer of the Hawker Horizon, which is scheduled to receive certification before year-end.
Aviation Partners said it is in the “preliminary stages” of “looking at the entire Citation line” as the possible next candidate for the company’s performance-enhancing blended winglets. No timetable, however, was immediately available. Meanwhile, the Seattle-based company expects to receive certification of its blended winglets for the Hawker 800 and 800XP in mid- to late summer, more than a year later than originally planned.
Garrett Aviation Services approved Northeast Air, a Portland, Ore. service center, to install Garrett’s RVSM avionics packages for the Citation 500 series. The installations include two IS&S air data display units, two modules, two analog/digital interface units and several new wire harnesses. Starting prices are $105,000 for a single flight director and $128,000 for a dual FD installation.
Within 10 days of the issuance of an emergency AD in late March requiring the replacement of horizontal stabilizer components in Learjet 45s, Bombardier said it had inspected the fleet of more than 230 aircraft worldwide and, at its own expense, retrofitted new actuator assemblies on the approximately 105 aircraft affected.
Boise, Idaho-based Positron Systems has received a Small Business Innovative Research grant by the Office of Naval Research to enhance its Photon