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.

October 15, 2014 - 11:00am

Jet-Care, a provider of engine condition trend monitoring services, has added the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 to its gas path analysis portfolio. The service targets the detection of engine core deterioration and associated faults by monitoring and trending engine data, enabling clients to monitor the health of their engines efficiently and effectively.

October 15, 2014 - 10:55am

JetSupport has been granted Garmin’s dealership approval for its products and services. While JetSupport is known mainly for its MRO activities in the business aviation sector, its avionics division provides services for multiple markets, including general aviation, business aviation and regional airlines. As an official Garmin dealer JetSupport can offer modification, installation of new equipment, parts support and cockpit and software upgrades. JetSupport Avionics, which is FAA and EASA approved, is located at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands.

October 15, 2014 - 10:50am

Bill Cavitt has been named president and CEO of Mxi Technologies and also appointed a member of the company’s board of directors. Cavitt will be responsible for working with the executive team to strengthen Mxi Technologies’ market position and drive growth. He succeeds Dave Seibel, who is retiring after nearly four years of leading Mxi. Seibel was instrumental in Mxi’s business transformation. Cavitt joins Mxi from American Airlines, where he most recently served as vice president for engineering, performance improvement and quality.

October 15, 2014 - 10:45am

SoCal Jets appointed Marty Owens manager of new business development. Owens will focus on developing the company’s relationships with key accounts and seeking new business opportunities. With more than 27 years of aviation experience, Owens joins SoCal Jets from StandardAero, where he most recently served as director of airframes. Owens was responsible for maintaining relationships with the OEMs for which the company is an authorized service provider.

October 15, 2014 - 10:40am

The FAA is issuing a superseding airworthiness directive for certain Airbus Helicopters EC130B4s. AD 2012-02-13 required inspecting certain areas of the tailboom/fenestron junction frame (junction frame) for cracking. The new AD retains the requirements of AD 2012-02-13, expands the inspection area of the junction frame and shortens the repetitive inspection interval.

October 9, 2014 - 2:40pm

Rockwell Collins signed on the 1,500th business aircraft for its Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP) this week, the company said yesterday. The agreement was coordinated by Germany-based Rheinland Air Service, a Rockwell Collins-authorized dealer. CASP offers corporate aircraft operators maintenance for avionics and cabin entertainment equipment. Rentals, exchanges, component repairs, comprehensive reliability upgrades, equipment removal and refit coverage are also included, Rockwell Collins said.

October 8, 2014 - 11:50am

Lithuania’s FL Technics Training is instituting an ab initio program designed to bring new personnel into the aviation field. When it begins in January, the program will provide comprehensive aircraft maintenance training in accordance with EASA requirements.

October 8, 2014 - 11:45am

Purdue University’s Department of Aviation Technology will receive a commercial regional jet, donated by Delta Air Lines, to be used for on-the-ground research and teaching at the Purdue University Airport.

October 8, 2014 - 11:42am

Lufthansa Technik is set to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the new Airbus A350. The aircraft received EASA certification on September 30. The spectrum of services covers the entire life cycle of the A350 and includes production inspections, material supply, maintenance and maintenance management as well as engineering services, entry-into-service support and LRU and engine maintenance.

October 8, 2014 - 11:40am

Denmark’s Air Service Vamdrup (ASV) has become the latest member of the TBM Customer Support Network as an approved TBM Service Center. ASV is an EASA Part 145-certified operation based at Kolding Vamdrup Airport in southern Denmark, and it recently opened a second facility at Eggenmoen Airport in Norway. With these resources, ASV can serve TBM operators from northern Europe to Russia.