Banyan Air Service held its eighth annual AMT Day on May 24. The annual event pays tribute to Charles E. Taylor, the first aircraft maintenance technician (AMT), who built Orville and Wilbur Wright’s engine. At a time when new student starts in aviation technical schools are down and industry technician retention is low, Banyan uses the event to honor its aircraft maintenance technicians, avionics team and parts team.
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.
Rolls-Royce has named ExecuJet Service Centre in Dubai, UAE, an authorized service center to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on Rolls-Royce BR710 and AE3007A powerplants. The BR710 powers the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000, and the AE3007A is on Embraer’s Legacy 600 and 650.
Peachtree City, Ga.-based Gardner Aviation Services has changed its name to Precision Aviation Services. “This name change is the last in a series of name changes to our existing operating companies to identify and align each business as a member of the Precision Aviation Group [PAG],” said David Mast, PAG president and CEO.
Farnborough, UK-based Gama Support Services has been named a Beechcraft authorized service center. Under the terms of the agreement the MRO is authorized to provide maintenance support and certification for the King Air, Bonanza and Baron series. It also provides for AOG service for all Beechcraft types; Gama’s in-house quick-reaction team for urgent operational support to Beechcraft operators worldwide; avionics support for Garmin and Rockwell Collins; and Hawker Beechcraft Support Plus program and warranty claims processing.
Associated Air Center has signed its 10th Boeing Business Jet 12-year overhaul phase maintenance inspection check. The aircraft will undergo the required overhaul inspection maintenance that is due every 12 years, including full cabin removal and reinstallation for fuselage inner skin inspection, lower belly auxiliary tank removal and reinstall and landing-gear overhaul. Also included will be the installation of a full cabin management system (CMS) and new LED lighting.
Elliott Aviation has added a fifth project manager, Dave Hulme, at its headquarters in Moline, Ill. The appointment comes shortly after the company revealed plans to create 50 new positions by 2015. Plans also include a long-term lease on an additional 24,000 sq ft of maintenance hangar capacity. Hulme joined Elliott Aviation in 1994 as a parts associate and brings 25 years of aviation experience to the position.
The FAA is proposing to supersede an airworthiness directive for the Sikorsky S-64E (type certificate currently held by Erickson Air-Crane). It requires inspecting and reworking the main gearbox second-stage lower planetary plate.
North American Surveillance Systems introduced a sliding, air-operable cargo door for the Cessna Caravan. According to the Deland, Fla.-based company, the enhanced door requires no modification to the aircraft and installs in place of the standard two-piece cargo door. Installation of the new door, which adds about 45 pounds but has the same exterior profile as the original, takes about one hour, the company said. The air-operable feature enables parachute and bundle-dropping operations, it noted.
Orlando, Fla.-based The Allen Groupe, which has operations in Europe and the U.S., signed an agreement last week at EBACE to provide aircraft cleaning, detailing and paint repair services on all Bombardier business jets at the airframer’s wholly owned Amsterdam Service Centre at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport. In addition, Bombardier tapped OHS Aviation Services of Berlin to create custom interiors and perform cabin repairs on all Bombardier business jets at the Amsterdam facility.
More than two years after Boeing acknowledged problems with the 747-8’s flight management computer (FMC), the airplane carrying a package of improvements largely centered on the Honeywell FMC took to the air last week. Taking off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 1:30 p.m. local time on May 20, the 747-8 Intercontinental flew for about four hours with the newly upgraded FMC and a performance improvement package (PIP) for its General Electric GEnx-2B turbofans.