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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a nonlinear acoustic imaging technique that can detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems. According to Dr. Jack Potter, research assistant in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Bristol’s Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing research group, it has long been understood that acoustic nonlinearity is sensitive to many physical properties including material microstructure and mechanical damage.
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.
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.