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.

September 10, 2014 - 11:05am

Advent Aerospace of Rye, N.H., has named Harvey Ticlo senior vice president for corporate strategy, business development and integration. Ticlo was formerly president of the company’s Cabin Innovations division, located in Lewisville, Texas. Steve Jourdenais was named senior vice president for the Interiors Group, consisting of the Cabin Innovations and Jormac Aerospace divisions, and will be responsible for operations at both. Jourdenais was previously president of Jormac Aerospace, located in Largo, Fla.

September 10, 2014 - 11:00am

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114 and PT6A-114A turboprop engines. It requires initial and repetitive borescope inspection of compressor turbine blades (CT), and the removal from service of blades that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by several incidents of CT blade failure, causing power loss and engine failure. The purpose of the AD is to prevent failure of CT blades, which could result in damage to the engine and the airplane.

September 6, 2014 - 12:55am

Oceania Aviation’s Airborne Systems subsidiary has received an STC from New Zealand’s CAA for its bike rack on the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil. Made of aluminum alloy, the device can hold up to six bicycles (three on each side). The system weighs 120 pounds and trained ground crew can load the bikes in 20 seconds, according to the company. An AS355 STC addition was planned for last month.

September 4, 2014 - 2:08pm

Rockwell Collins has expanded its Pro Line Fusion avionics upgrade to include Pro Line II-equipped King Air 350s. The retrofit delivers a NextGen-capable avionics system with three interchangeable 14-inch touchscreen flight displays, the company said. Capabilities include synthetic vision; geo-referenced e-charts with own-ship position display; touch-interactive graphical maps; and localizer performance with vertical navigation approach capability. Rockwell Collins is collaborating with Landmark Aviation to STC the upgrade in the first half of next year.

September 4, 2014 - 3:35am

Stevens Aviation has a long history as a privately held, local business. It began in 1950 as the J.P. Stevens Aviation Department, which operated a small piston-powered aircraft to support the large textile company in Greenville, S.C. The company and its flight department were integral members of the local community, and long-time Greenville residents and employees of Stevens Aviation still talk about the gentle manners and southern hospitality of Ralph Cuthbertson Sr., Stevens’ first pilot and president.

September 3, 2014 - 4:20pm

Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.

September 3, 2014 - 4:15pm

Sabreliner Aviation president Greg Fedele said the company plans to exploit experience gained in servicing military aircraft to expand its services into the civilian MRO arena. The company has provided maintenance on C-12s and C-21s, military versions of the Beechcraft King Air 200 and Learjet 35, respectively.

September 3, 2014 - 4:10pm

Rockwell Collins do Brazil announced plans late last week to double the size of its 9,500-sq-ft service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to 19,000 sq ft. The company expects to start construction by year-end.

“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said managing director Nelson Aquino.

September 3, 2014 - 4:05pm

The Jet Support division of St. Louis-based aircraft parts and services provider Avmats has established a composite shop under the direction of vice president Bill Kener to support the company’s new emphasis on one-off parts manufacture and repair.

September 3, 2014 - 3:50pm

Under a new agreement, Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo will bolster its stockpile of critical spare parts for Bombardier business jets. This follows an initial spare parts agreement signed in 2012 between Bombardier and Jet Aviation’s line maintenance and AOG facility in Moscow. Jet Aviation will arrange for customs clearance and transportation for the parts that Bombardier ships to the facility. “Ensuring ready access to spare parts is a key tactic in reducing aircraft downtime, particularly during AOG situations,” said Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo general director Vitaly Aleksikov.

 
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