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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.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Jet Aviation in Dusseldorf, Germany an authorized service center for Hawker 800 series.
Embraer recently broke ground at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., for its second new executive jet service center in the U.S. The ceremony came three weeks after a similar groundbreaking ceremony was held at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The new facility, scheduled for completion in the middle of next year, is dedicated to full-service care for Embraer’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600.
Yingling Aviation, a Cessna-affiliated general aviation services provider located at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, has announced that it will add 9,000 sq ft of hangar and office space to its facility.
The Phoenix Aviation Group has acquired Jet Aviation Services (JAS). Phoenix president and CEO Paul Alonzo said, “JAS is a small but strongly profitable company located at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. It holds an unlimited airframe license, which is extremely difficult to get in the best of times.”
In a lawsuit initiated in March last year, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) challenged the FAA mandate that anti-drug and alcohol testing programs apply to aviation maintenance contractors “at any tier.”
GDS Aero of Salem, Wis., has FAA-approved Falcon 2000/EX/EASy APU firewalls in stock for STC installation. According to the company, the firewalls offer substantially more resistance to stress cracking than the original equipment with no significant increase in weight. The company emphasizes that the firewalls are fully repairable for the life of the aircraft and its two-piece design significantly reduces labor time.
MXI Technologies has added an automated line-planning feature to its Maintenix aviation maintenance management software. The new feature is intended to help eliminate repetitive tasks and improve labor productivity by allowing planners to focus on critical issues and decisions.
Banyan Air Service, located at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, recently performed the company’s first 10-year Pilatus demate. The 28-year-old maintenance facility has been an authorized Pilatus satellite service center since 2002.
The special tooling and custom fabrication of wing shoring was developed by company employees Curtis Florio, Hartley Starratt and Misael Rodriguez under the direction of crew leader Dan Day.
The Dallas-area chapter of the American Red Cross recognized Dallas Airmotive for its employee and corporate support by presenting its 2007 Humanitarian Award to the company. Dallas Airmotive president and CEO Hugh McElroy accepted the honor on behalf of the company during the chapter’s annual recognition ceremony.