Dassault Falcon has named Indian charter operator Taj Air as a Dassault Falcon authorized line service station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The facility, which is already operational, will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for all Falcon 2000 models. Initially the facility will serve Indian-registered Falcons; EASA approval is expected early next year. The 35,000-sq-ft facility also offers 24-hour AOG assistance.
AINmxReports » August 1, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has introduced a limited-time sales promotion providing three years of complimentary maintenance to customers in North America who place an order for a Beechcraft King Air 350i or King Air 250 on or before September 15 this year.
China and Nigeria have recently granted maintenance organization (AMO) designations to Gulfstream Aerospace’s Appleton, Wis. service center. The approvals allow aircraft registered with the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to use the MRO facility.
“Foreign authorizations are important to our customers, particularly from countries such as China, where our fleet has grown from zero to more than 40 in about 11 years,” said Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Product Support.
Eurocopter’s subsidiary in the Southern Cone has formed a partnership with Servicios Aéreos de Los Andes and opened its first certified service center in Peru. The new center, based in the city of Ayacucho, will offer Eurocopter AS350B3 customers a maintenance center certified at the operational and intermediate (O&I) level.
The center will carry out inspections up to 600 flying hours and will replace small and large components, including gearboxes, blade and hub units, and electrical and avionics systems.
Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a five-year agreement with Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air under which the operator will upgrade the charter company’s fleet of Twin Otters with new PT6A-27 and PT6A-34 engines.
“This agreement provides Kenn Borek Air and [other] operators the opportunity to install new PT6A engines for both upgrade and renewal of their fleets. This agreement also includes a new engine warranty and full access to P&WC engine support at all times,” said Denis Parisien, P&WC vice president, general aviation.
Qatar-based Rizon Jet has been granted approval by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation for its Doha facility to maintain and repair Bermuda-registered aircraft under an AMO certificate. The MRO has also added the Learjet 45 and Challenger 300 to its Biggin Hill, UK, line and base maintenance list of aircraft capabilities. Both locations are EASA Part 145 compliant and hold approvals from a number of different states. The centers offer AOG support on Bombardier and Hawker aircraft.
Jet Aviation has named Chris Maupin as director of FBO services of its Houston facility. Maupin will lead the 45-person operation, which includes the MRO facility, fuel service and aircraft cleaning. Before joining Jet Aviation, Maupin spent 14 years at Universal Weather & Aviation, where he was part of the team that opened the first FBO in Mumbai, India. Maupin reports to John Langevin, vice president and general manager of U.S. FBOs.
The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University has received Nadcap AC7122/1 accreditation for non-metallic materials testing, including composites and adhesive/adhesive primer. NIAR is one of only seven test laboratories in the U.S. with the accreditation, according to Tracee Friess, marketing and communication manager. “Nadcap is an industry-managed consensus approach to OEM oversight of suppliers.
The FAA is proposing to rescind an Airworthiness Directive (AD 200-07-11) issued for all Piaggio Avantis to prevent the brake hydraulic fluid from leaking. It was prompted by reports of brake assembly rods contacting the brake valve tubing, which could compromise the airplane’s ability to stop during ground operations. Since then the FAA has determined it is no longer an unsafe condition and that regularly scheduled annual inspections address the subject. The FAA is taking comments until September 4.
The FAA is proposing an Airworthiness Directive for the Embraer EMB-135 and -145 as a result of a lightning strike that hit an airplane tail boom, causing rear bulkhead parts to jam an elevator control rod. The AD requires installing or reworking metallic diverters and aluminum sheets; modifying the lights assembly on the rear movable fairing of the tail boom; and replacing the hood assembly and rerouting its electrical harness.
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