Several French-based companies, universities and local authorities have joined forces in a project to reduce helicopter support costs by 30 percent. Thirteen small firms, all located around Montauban, near Toulouse, are participating in the $14 million Helimaintenance project.
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.
If your King Air 200 is coming up on its second or–worse–third PT6A-41 engine overhaul, you might find the numbers daunting. Fortunately, Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, offers an alternative in the form of an STC that is far more operator friendly.
FBO company turns its attention to maintenance Houston-based Encore FBO has focused a good deal of time and attention on the maintenance element of its business. “We want to provide total support for our business aviation customers,” CEO Dan Bucaro told AIN. The company currently offers maintenance at its Frederick, Md., and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, and it has plans to expand.
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT SERVICES APPOINTED BLACKHAWK DEALER
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.