When Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation broke ground on its new 175,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar facility it did so with the recommendations of the MRO’s Green Team in mind. The original design included recommended elements such as LED lights, radiant floor heating and skylights.
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.
Cessna has named Air Services an authorized independent non-destructive testing (NDT) facility for the second year in a row. “With this certification, Air Services has access to all equipment and materials needed to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citation models. Our NDT team can travel anywhere to support customer testing needs,” said Shawn Ehrhart, NDT manager of Air Services.
Graham Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in businesses with advanced industrial technologies and innovative products, has acquired Desser Tire & Rubber and affiliated companies. The investment firm has been seeking to make investments in the aviation product aftermarket Desser serves.
Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics is introducing a new level in its AOG and on-site service capabilities. “Customers don’t always have the choice of bringing us the aircraft or have time to wait for service,” said Tony Bailey, president of Spirit Aeronautics. With that in mind, the company created its Aircraft-on-Demand Service Program to support customers who cannot move the aircraft for physical or financial reasons. “We will provide avionics, interior and maintenance service at their location, when they need it,” he added.
The FAA has granted Colorado Springs-based Trine Aerospace & Defense certification that enables it to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on rotary-wing aircraft.
“Trine is one of the few facilities in our region with helicopter repair station certification,” said Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO. “The certificate enables us to serve our customers better by providing in-house repair and replacement of non-warrantied parts as well as avionics and installation repair.”
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has recognized Landmark Aviation as a sustaining member. Landmark has shown commitment to the foundation’s vision of enhancing and improving safety through its financial support. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Landmark offers maintenance at several of its 59 U.S. locations and 16 FBOs in Europe and Canada. “I believe the ACSF is one of the key drivers of safety and standards in the industry.
JetSupport’s avionics shop has become part of the Honeywell service network by adding Honeywell and BendixKing service authorizations. The addition of the service center authorization allows JetSupport to provide a broader range of repairs, modifications and upgrades for Honeywell and BendixKing components and installations found in commercial, business and general aviation. JetSupport, located at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands, is an EASA- and FAA-authorized repair station with 4,500 components on its capability list.
Metallized Carbon (Metcar), a manufacturer of oil-free, self-lubricating, carbon-graphite materials for severe-service lubrication applications, has announced its carbon-graphite bushings are available for use in gear pumps that pump aviation fuel for aircraft engines. The carbon-graphite bushings, which are used to support both the drive gear shaft and the idler gear shaft, are preferred for that application because they can use aviation fuel as the bushing lubricant.
The FAA has issued a superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the Bombardier Challenger CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL-601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R and CL-604). It requires operators to assign serial numbers or part numbers to certain landing-gear parts; establish the number of landings on the parts, if necessary; and revise the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA).
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for certain Embraer Phenom 100s. It requires inspection and replacement as necessary of the barrel nuts at the horizontal stabilizer to vertical stabilizer attachment joint.