“As an OEM we look at the product as a whole and not just as a collection of individual parts. We design our engines as an entire system,” Wayne Russell, manager of parts support for Pratt & Whitney Canada, told AIN. Russell said some engine parts have a high enough turnover rate that it becomes economically attractive for some companies to produce them for aftermarket installation.
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.
On September 16 Bell Helicopter Textron officially filed its intent to appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit the OEM had filed against Able Engineering and Component Services, a Phoenix component overhaul facility. The U.S. District Court Western District of Washington at Seattle dismissed the suit August 15.
The FAA presented Elliott Aviation’s Moline, Ill., and Omaha, Neb. service facilities with the Diamond Award of Excellence for aviation maintenance training for the fifth consecutive year. The honor, which is part of the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) awards program and is the highest achievement of its kind, recognizes technicians and maintenance facilities for excellence in maintenance training.
Piedmont Hawthorne of Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elevated to platinum status as an authorized Raytheon service center. It indicates a superior level of audit compliance with authorized service center standards for tooling, spares, technical library, training and facilities based on an annual review by Raytheon Aircraft. Seven of Piedmont Hawthorne’s 13 Regional Corporate Maintenance Centers are Raytheon service centers.
Bombardier and Camp Systems announced an agreement that will allow Camp to assume responsibility for providing maintenance-tracking services for Bombardier business aircraft.
Under the terms of the transaction, Camp will also provide service for more than 700 Bombardier business aircraft currently enrolled in Bombardier’s in-house Computer Integrated Maintenance Management System (Cimms).
Positioning itself to take advantage of an expected economic recovery, Banyan Air Service, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based full-service FBO, has signed a contract with DeCrane Cabin Interiors of Tucson, Ariz., in a joint venture to offer business aircraft cabin refurbishment services.
When Piper introduced the Meridian in 2001, it marked the return of the Vero Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer to the turboprop market and the end of a nine-year hiatus since the Cheyenne production line went quiet in 1992.
Garrett Aviation has selected Rockwell Collins to provide elements of its Pro Line 21 avionics as part of a retrofit program aimed at upgrading Cessna Citation 501s. System deliveries are scheduled to begin in January.
CAE SimuFlite has inked a deal with Dassault Falcon Jet to develop and deliver a technical training curriculum for maintenance technicians, beginning the second half of this year. Training will be available for the Falcon 50/50EX, 900/900EX and 2000/2000EX. Next year the program will extend to earlier Falcons.
Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has launched its newest software platform–Navigator V. The new program improves a maintenance organization’s ability to cut the cost and time associated with accessing and compiling regulatory data. It streamlines user interface and simplifies work flow when accessing a complete and current collection of regulatory documents.