Miami-based Quiet Technologies Aerospace in late January received FAA approval of its Stage 3 translating-ejector hush kit for Gulfstream IIs, IIBs and IIIs.
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.
Selling its Citation Williams FJ44 Eagle II program to Garrett Aviation Services frees Sierra Industries to refocus on developing additional modifications for Citations and other business jets, according to a company official. Sierra has already obtained about 300 STCs for Citation mods.
Jill Hilgenberg, marketing v-p for Cygnus Business Media, has had to learn a long list of aviation vocabulary in a short time. She was handed the responsibility for pulling off this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers Supershow (AS3) combined with the airline Ground Support Equipment (GSE) International Expo.
Raytheon Aircraft Services in Atlanta received an STC to upgrade existing Hawker 700A and 700B height-keeping equipment to digital altimeters with data-acquisition units to meet RVSM requirements. The installed cost averages $112,000. Downtime is about three weeks (less if the aircraft already has an air-data computer). Another RVSM option for Hawker 700As and 700Bs is Midcoast Aviation.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced last month that as a central thrust in its strategy to bolster customer support it has spent more than $7 million on the Wilmington, Del. service facility and FBO that it bought from Atlantic Aviation in October 2000. Including the undisclosed purchase price, DFJ expects to invest $30 million in the facility all told.
Chicago-based Jet Support Services Inc. has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer will provide the enrollment fee for JSSI’s top-of-the-line, tip-to-tail, customized hourly cost maintenance program applied to used “narrowbody” aircraft (primarily Learjets) taken in trade and sold over the next year.
Seagull Aviation is working on another STC for the installation of the 750-shp Czech Walter engine and Avia propeller on various King Airs. This STC will apply to the King Air A100, F90 and 99. Dan Sigl, president of Seagull Aviation, said he anticipates receiving the STC in late spring. Installed price is between $500,000 and $525,000 and Seagull said it will help owners sell their old engines.
Thunder Avionics in St. Louis has teamed with Flight Test Associates to develop an RVSM package for Falcon 10s and 20s. For the Falcon 10, the original autopilot will be used in addition to IS&S replacement air-data controllers and altimeters. Estimated downtime for equipment installation and skin testing is eight to 10 weeks. Price will vary from $115,000 to $200,000.
Duncan Aviation was recently awarded an STC for the Innovative Solutions & Systems air-data computer in the Gulfstream II. The ADC is RVSM compliant and is a key component of the full RVSM certification package the Battle Creek, Mich. company is developing for the GII. No further details were available at press time.
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.