The FAA issued Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Aero-Instruments yesterday for a replacement pitot probe that can be installed on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318s through A340s in the field. The new 0851HL-AI pitot probe can replace any or all of the three Thales or Goodrich probes installed on Airbus jetliners, according to Aero-Instruments vice president and general manager Ryan Mifsud.
AINmxReports » August 5, 2009
Going against the common practice of replacing rather than repairing, MTU Aero Engines has teamed with General Electric to make repairs more cost effective for the operator. “It is common for maintenance facilities to use new parts to replace worn or damaged ones, but we prefer to repair. Our technicians can restore even heavily worn components to as-good-as-new condition,” said Dr.
Eight full-time technicians have been assigned to Gulfstream Aerospace’s airborne product support program. Previously the company asked for volunteers to handle each occurrence. “The system was a bit random and the technicians were not always ready for immediate dispatch. They are now assigned to duty shifts and are packed and ready for immediate dispatch,” a company spokesman told AIN.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for Turbomeca Arrius 2F turboshaft engines, citing insufficient clearance between the P3 air pipe and the rear right bulkhead. According to AD 2008-NE-43, investigations have shown that both the P3 air pipe and the rear right bulkhead were compliant with the original approved design.
The FAA plans to retest 1,400 people who passed the A&P written, oral and practical exams at Tobias Aerospace Services, an airplane mechanic testing facility in San Antonio. Tobias was shut down by the FAA last fall and the agency pulled owner Bryan Tobias’s FAA-designated examiner status; he denies any wrongdoing.
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