Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support has released its 2012 Quick Response Team special events schedule. The OEM provides on-site technical expertise and immediate support to owners and operators at popular business, political, sporting and lifestyle events around the world. The 2012 events include: Super Bowl XLVI (February 5); Daytona 500 (February 26); Masters Golf Tournament (April 5 to 8) in Augusta, Ga.; Indianapolis 500 (May 27); and the Summer Olympics (July 27 to August 12) in London.
AINmxReports » February 1, 2012
Abu Dhabi-based Strata Manufacturing, a composite aerostructures company, recently graduated 62 Emirati nationals–60 women and two men–from an intensive 10-month course that provides the students with the core competencies needed to become composite aircraft technicians. The course forms part of a longer 22-month program of study that includes on-the-job training at Strata, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures plant in Al Ain.
Savoy, Ill.-based Flightstar has purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics. Under the terms of the agreement the staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its assets and services, will transfer to Flightstar’s FBO facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport. Bloomington Avionics operated for more than 30 years at Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill., as an FAA Class I and II avionics repair station serving owners of high-performance single- and twin-engine aircraft.
AAR has expanded its distribution network for original Unison aerospace components to better serve aircraft operators and repair facilities in Europe. AAR, an exclusive supplier of aerospace parts for the Unison distribution channel, is adding inventory at its European Distribution Center located near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The new inventory includes turbine ignition systems, engine-dedicated alternators, sensors, switches and wiring harnesses.
The AgustaWestland AW119 Koala and variants of the Eurocopter EC155 are the latest helicopters to be added to the list of aircraft for which Tanis Aircraft Products offers preheat systems. Bob Krueger, the company’s president, told AIN, “We’ve been doing preheat systems for general aviation since 1974 and about 20 years ago added the helicopter products. At this point we have about 50 different preheat configurations for various helicopters.”
A Falcon maintenance technician training program that blends CAE simulation-based theoretical instruction with the option for practical aircraft experience at Dassault’s factory is marking its second year in Bordeaux, France. The EASA-approved four- to five-week B1/B2 training program has trained more than 200 Falcon 7X, Falcon 900EX EASy and Falcon 2000EX EASy technicians from around the world for Falcon operators, the Dassault front-line customer service team and maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for all Agusta A109S and AW109SP helicopters. A fatigue crack found in the left elevator assembly along the riveting of the upper skin to the fourth rib on an Agusta A109S prompted the AD. The airworthiness directive requirements are designed to detect a crack that could lead to a failure of the elevator, reduced maneuverability of the helicopter, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Avtrak has announced its U.S. and international regional training and IA renewal schedule for 2012. It covers regulatory trends in aircraft maintenance, compliance issues and an in-depth overview of both the GlobalNet and Gulfstream’s CMP.net systems. Chuck Parker, manager of customer service and training, told AIN, “We find that the interaction between customers talking about how they use it provides as much learning as through the instruction itself.” Registration is free and open to the public.
Dassault Falcon’s newest satellite service station has opened at West Palm Beach Airport in Florida. DAS–West Palm Beach, an FAA approved facility, is certified to perform “A” inspections up to the “4A+” level on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000, Falcon 900 and Falcon 7X. EASA approval is expected within the next 30 days. In addition to the service station, a Falcon AOG “GoTeam” is also located at the facility.
Michael Harkins has joined Dallas Airmotive as regional engine manager for the Mid-Atlantic states. An A&P mechanic and IA, he will be responsible for selling repair and overhaul services on the Honeywell TFE731, Honeywell 36 series APU and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW305. His Air Force career culminated as crew chief on the B-52G. Most recently he was director of maintenance for Aero Taxi in New Castle, Del.
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