Dallas Airmotive has opened a regional turbine center (RTC) on Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. It offers authorized Honeywell major periodic inspection service for the TFE731 and line maintenance on TFE731, CFE738 and HTF7000 engines and on 36-series, RE100 and RE220 APUs. The facility is also a First Support global technical support center to handle AOG and other field-related service requests.
AINmxReports » February 29, 2012
Cessna has named Castle AM, a division of Castle Aviation, its newest single-engine service facility. The Akron Canton Airport-based MRO has been in business since 1984 and has been expanding its maintenance capabilities since it took over Summit Air’s maintenance shop in 2009. Castle specializes in Cessna Caravans, is authorized to service all Cessna singles, and also works on Aerostars.
Jet Aviation Basel has added a tail and wing dock certified for the 737-based BBJ and Airbus A320 to its widebody hangar. This new dock platform will help to shave up to six weeks off aircraft downtime during 12-year inspections by providing access to all areas of the tail on all four levels, as well as access for full structural inspection of the wings.
Following its recent Civil Aviation Administration of China approval as a Part 145 maintenance organization, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) has completed its first (and China’s first by an authorized service center and independent MRO) scheduled maintenance inspection on a Chinese-registered corporate aircraft. The MRO completed the work on an unspecified Chinese-owned and -operated midsize business jet last month.
Bombardier Aerospace will open a company-owned and -operated service center in Singapore next year. “Singapore has the advantage of being a strategic location; it is more central in the Asia Pacific region than Hong Kong. Also in its favor, it has a skilled workforce in place and there is a longstanding aerospace presence at Seletar Airport,” a spokesman for Bombardier told AIN.
Dallas-based Associated Air Center is offering an STC for the Aircell ATG-5000 wireless Internet on Boeing 757-200s. The STC was accomplished with the support of the company’s business aviation completion facility in Springfield, Ill. The collaboration between Associated Air Center and StandardAero Springfield has also resulted in STC approval and installation of the ATG-5000 wireless Internet on several other Boeing Business Jets.
Ontic has expanded the electronics manufacturing area at its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. The expansion adds more than 5,000 sq ft of floor space dedicated to mature avionics and electronics manufacturing and support. “This expansion allows us to further support mature avionics and electronics on established platforms.
ST Aerospace has begun construction on an expansion to its facility at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park. It will include a general aviation hangar, simulator center for pilot training, facilities for aviation technical training and a VIP facility for air charter customers. ST Aerospace expects to complete the project by year-end. The 42,600-sq-ft hangar will double current capacity to service business jets, helicopters and light aircraft.
West Star Aviation has been awarded STC approval to install Wi-Fi on the Gulfstream V. The certification includes connectivity via Inmarsat Swift Broadband and the Aircell Gogo Biz networks using the Aircell CTR wireless router. According to Rick Brainard, v-p of sales, “The installation was completed on a West Coast-based Part 135-operated Gulfstream V. The operator is well known for providing global charter services, and the addition of providing both terrestrial and satellite-based broadband wirelessly will be attractive to its clients.”
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California. He reports to Jace Stone, director, product support sales, West Region. Meng, who is based in Long Beach, Calif., is responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Before his promotion, Meng was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at Gulfstream’s facility in Long Beach.
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