Duncan Aviation has released an update to its popular Field Guide “How to Extend the Life of an Aircraft Interior: A DOM’s Guide to Phased Interior Maintenance.” According to Nate Darlington, a completions sales rep, the guide is designed to assist operators with planning and budgeting for aircraft interior maintenance. “The objective is to aid operators with the upkeep of their aircraft interior functionality and aesthetic appearance,” he said.
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.
Aircelle (Safran) has opened a new facility for its Aircelle Europe Services business at Pont-Audemer in the Normandy region of France, doubling the operation’s capacity to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul on jet engine nacelle hardware. The 48,400-sq-ft structure adjacent to Aircelle Europe Services’ existing 32,300-sq-ft facility provides additional area for the specialized jigs, tooling and other material. The MRO works on the nacelles and thrust reversers of approximately 20 different business jets and regional airliners.
Vector Aerospace has signed a five-year agreement to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul on the AS350 and UH-1H helicopters in operation with California’s Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “Signing this contract highlights Vector’s ability to provide tip-to-tail MRO support for AS350 fleets,” said Chris McDowell, vice president for sales and marketing at Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America.
The FAA proposes to supersede AD 2013-22-19, which applies to all Gulfstream GVs and GV-SPs. It requires determining if fuel boost pumps with a certain part number are installed, replacing them and revising the airplane maintenance program to include revised instructions for continued airworthiness.
The FAA proposes to supersede AD 2012-14-06, which applies to certain Rolls-Royce 250-C20, - C20B, and -C20R/2 turboshaft engines. The current AD requires a one-time visual inspection and fluorescent-penetrant inspection on certain third- and fourth-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine blades.
The maintenance and logistics behind keeping big helicopters such as the tandem-rotor Columbia Helicopters 234 and the Erickson Aviation S-64 Air Crane flying can seem downright daunting.
Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours is a privately owned and operated aviation services company. The 25-year-old MRO specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, completions and modification services for business aircraft. In 2009 Flying Colours acquired JetCorp, located on Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS) in St.
Sabreliner Aviation, rooted in support of Sabreliner business jets, plans to expand its business aviation MRO services in the wake of its purchase and reorganization earlier this year. “We’re not a start-up, but an upstart,” said Sabreliner Services president Greg Fedele at the company’s headquarters in Perryville, Mo., explaining the company’s reinvention.
Williams International and Rolls-Royce tied for best turbofan support and Honeywell earned the top spot for turboprop support, according to the 2014 AIN Product Support Survey Part 3: Engines.
The retirement rate for commercial aircraft is expected to reach 1,000 aircraft per year in the coming decade, ushering in a new reality for all industry players. Today more than 80 percent of surplus parts in the aftermarket come from part-outs (up from 55 percent a decade ago), and that number is likely to rise in the next 10 years, according to ICF International.