Western Aircraft held a ribbon-cutting celebration recently to dedicate two new buildings at its 18-acre complex. The buildings, totaling 26,000 sq ft, include an expanded parts facility as well as a two-story building that houses support shops for Western Aircraft’s services operation. “We started this journey nearly four years ago with tremendous support from the city of Boise and the state of Idaho and today we thank all our partners for their efforts and contribution to our vision,” said Jeff Mihalic, president of Western Aircraft.
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.
Banyan Air Service recently received the 2013 Garmin platinum award for excellent sales performance as part of the Garmin International avionics distributor network. Banyan has received similar recognition over the past 12 years for consistently ranking among the top distributors of Garmin aviation products. Joe Stewart, Garmin International aviation regional sales manager, presented the award to Don Campion, president of Banyan, and the Banyan Pilot Shop team; then, in a second ceremony, to the Banyan Avionics team.
Elliott Aviation, an authorized King Air service center, announced their FAA STC approval for the activation and use of all Aircell Wi-Fi products in the King Air 200, 300 and 350.This includes the ATG 2000 and ST 4300 as well as the ATG 5000, ATG 4000 and the Aviator 200 and 300/350 and Gogo Vision with the UCS 5000 media server. The STC allows airplane activation for all Wi-Fi standards including A, B, G and N.
The FAA has certified the Garmin G1000H all-glass, integrated flight deck for installation in the Enstrom 480B helicopter. It is designated the 480B-G. “Combining the G1000H with the safety and handling qualities of the 480B make this an exceptional helicopter for anything, including personal use, police work and training,” according to Bill Taylor, Enstrom’s director of engineering. “We partnered with RSG Aerodesign during the design phase, and that really helped get the project moving.
Vector Aerospace Africa engine repair and overhaul facility, located in Lanseria, South Africa, has been appointed a designated overhaul facility for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine. Located on Lanseria International Airport near Johannesburg, the MRO is a P&WC distributor and designated overhaul facility for other PT6A engine models and offers mobile repair team support for a range of additional P&WC powerplants.The facility also holds approvals from Rolls-Royce, Turbomeca, General Electric and Honeywell.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for certain Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters requiring the installation of a main gearbox (MGB) failed pump sensor and vacuum switch wiring, installing an MGB oil auto bypass system, activating aircraft management system (AMS) 7.1 software to show a new visual warning and installing updated enhanced ground proximity warning system software that includes an aural annunciation of a complete oil pressure loss condition.
Concorde Battery announced it has received TSO approval for its RG-641, the latest addition to its RG series of valve-regulated sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries. Designed specifically to meet demanding turbine engine starting applications, the new battery passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. This latest approval brings the total of the West Covina, Calif.-based company’s TSO-authorized part numbers to 87.
Business aircraft remanufacturing firm Nextant Aerospace joined the Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC), the company announced today. The RIC defines remanufacturing as “a comprehensive and rigorous industrial process by which a previously sold, worn or non-functional product or component is returned to a ‘like-new’ or ‘better-than-new’ condition and warranted in performance level and quality.” Nextant remanufactures Beechjet 400/400XP twinjets into the 400XTi and plans to remanufacture King Air C90s into the G90XT.
Raisbeck Engineering received FAA STC approval on Friday for its Learjet 60 aft fuselage locker. It will now be available for purchase and installation at all Raisbeck-authorized dealer locations. Final certification flights were completed in March. Development of the aft fuselage locker–which weighs 276 pounds and adds 28 cu ft of storage space–began in June 2008, with the confirmation of technical cooperation between Raisbeck and Bombardier Learjet. The program involved the addition of a fire-proof shell and a fire-detection system.
A coalition of aviation trade associations spoke out on behalf of the international maintenance, repair and overhaul market. While the matter at hand was drug and alcohol testing at foreign aviation repair stations, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association says that what is really at stake is international sovereignty, the health of the global aeronautical business community and the safety of the flying public worldwide.