Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services is no stranger to taking an older airplane from analog to digital. According to principal engineer Greg Smith, the DC-9 cockpit went from “steam gauges” to digital in a matter of four months and the airplane rolled out with a glass cockpit sporting four 10-inch Universal Avionics EFI 890 flat-panel displays; Universal UNS-1LW flight management system; L-3 integrated standby units combining airspeed and attitude in a single unit; and Cobham audio panels.
AINmxReports » January 11, 2012
Chicago-based AAR has been selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office as aviation industry partner for a new education-to-careers engagement strategy between the City Colleges of Chicago and private business to prepare residents for jobs in high-growth sectors. The Colleges to Careers initiative focuses on building industry partnerships for careers in aviation, healthcare, logistics, hospitality and information technology.
Andrew Anderson of Cartersville, Ga.-based Aviation Consultants is facing charges of 10 counts of federal conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on charges stating that between approximately September 2009 and June 5, 2010, he attempted to defraud the government of Dubai using fraudulent FAA documents.
Signature Flight Support has purchased the assets of Azalea Aviation’s Mobile Air Center at Mobile Regional Airport and Downtown Air Center at Mobile Downtown Airport. The Mobile Air Center offers line maintenance services for turbine- and piston-powered aircraft; fuel; 60,000 sq ft of hangars; and a 16,000-sq-ft executive terminal with customer offices. Downtown Air Center has more than 45,000 sq ft of hangar space, including a newly constructed 16,800-sq-ft hangar. The facility includes tenant offices and an executive terminal supporting fueling operations for FedEx and Mobile Aerospace.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a mobile support vehicle to its Brunswick, Ga. facility. A spokeswoman for the company said typically there are one to three technicians assigned to a support vehicle on a road trip, depending upon the situation. “In many cases an inspector will go with a technician [mechanical or electrical/avionics] and, if needed, even an interior technician could be dispatched,” she told AIN. The vehicle will cover an area equivalent to a maximum of about eight hours of driving time.
GA Telesis Component Repair Group Southeast has received a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. GA Telesis maintained a gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period for the second consecutive year. It is one of 122 suppliers to receive the Gold Performance Excellence Award among the 529 Boeing-recognized suppliers that achieved either a Gold or Silver level of recognition. The company supplies Boeing with maintenance, repair and overhaul services for hydraulic, pneumatic and power generation components.
Tap Manutenção e Engenharia Brazil has concluded its first C-Check of a new WhiteJets A320 two days in advance of the contract turn-around-time. The services were performed at the company’s base in Porto Alegre with the participation of four of Tap M&E Lisbon’s specialists. The work was used to train the Brazilian facility’s staff. Tap M&E Brazil is the only member company in the Airbus MRO network in Latin America and is certified by ANAC of Brazil, the FAA and EASA.
A five-year contract between Eurocopter’s Helibras subsidiary and the Brazilian armed forces details support for the force’s new fleet of 50 EC725 helicopters. Helibras will supply and manage all spare parts and stocks and provide related technical support, including inspection, overhaul and deployment of teams to provide on-site services for the Brazilian armed forces’ EC725s. It is the first agreement involving all three branches of the military and is valued at approximately $79.3 million.
Smyrna Air Center has added Mather Aviation in Rancho Cordova, Calif., to its network of authorized installation centers for the Power 90 engine conversion program. The MRO offers inspection, repair, component overhaul and modification for Bombardier, Learjet, Hawker, Falcon, Gulfstream and Cessna jets and Beech King Air turboprops. Power 90 is a conversion program for owners of King Air 90s that replaces the installed PT6s with more powerful 705-shp GE M601E-11As.
Dassault Falcon has promoted Antoine Ajarrista to senior vice president and general manager of its Little Rock Completion Center in Arkansas. He replaces Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vice president of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. As general manager, Ajarrista oversees all day-to-day operations of Dassault’s largest facility, which is responsible for the completion of nearly all Falcons. For the past three-and-a-half years he has served as senior vice president of operational control in Little Rock.
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