Bahrain International Airport will be home to Mena Tempus, a new joint venture between Mena Aerospace Enterprises and Tempus Jet Centers (Tempus Jets). The new venture will focus on delivering aviation services to the Middle East.
AINmxReports » January 22, 2014
Dassault Falcon has approved Air Alsie of Denmark as an authorized line maintenance service center for Falcons. Part of the Sandma Holding group, Sønderborg Airport-based Air Alsie has a 33,500-sq-ft hangar that includes a maintenance shop and storage space.
Air Alsie, which has more than 20 years of experience servicing Falcons, provides scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the 7X, 2000 and the 2000 EASy series, including the DX, LX and newly certified 2000S.
Leipzig-based Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT), the division responsible for Volga-Dnepr Group’s maintenance operations in Europe, has expanded its maintenance capability on Western-built aircraft. VDT’s EASA Part 145 certificate enables the MRO to extend A-check services on the Boeing 737-300/-400/-500, 747-8F and 747-400 (PW4000-powered). The company’s EASA Rating C14 has also been expanded to cover wheel and brake repair shop activities on a number of 747 variants.
“In 2014 we aim to reach…C-check capability on Western aircraft,” said VDT managing director Ildar Ilyasov.
Gulfstream Aerospace will expand its service center at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport in Brunswick, Ga. The company signed a lease with the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to develop a $25 million, 110,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility near its two existing hangars. The new facility will include a 73,000-sq-ft hangar that will accommodate six to nine large-cabin aircraft. The expansion is expected to create 100 jobs, a 50-percent gain on Gulfstream Brunswick’s current workforce.
Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of an Airbus ACJ320 for an undisclosed head-of-state. The aircraft will be delivered to the Basel completions center in the third quarter.
Configuration of the ACJ320 includes a luxurious bedroom, bathroom, lounge and office area in addition to a large executive staff area. The aircraft will be redelivered to the client at the end of next year.
Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has established a repair station, Van Horn Repair, which has recently obtained its FAA repair station certification. The new MRO is co-located with VHA’s Tempe, Ariz. manufacturing facilities and will specialize in repairing VHA composite rotor blades. “The repair station certificate allows us to serve our customers better by providing in-house repair and replacement of both warrantied and non-warrantied parts,” said VHA president James Van Horn. “Customers now have a choice when it comes to repairing their VHA composite blades.”
Part, a Victorville, Calif.-based MRO, has contracted with the Chilean Air Force to do a C-Check on its presidential 737-500. Part has performed heavy maintenance for other Chilean aircraft. A spokesman for the company told AIN, “We’re making a conscious effort to expand our services to the Latin American market. We see it as a long-term growth region for us.” A second presidential aircraft for an unspecified customer is also undergoing a C-Check, and later this year two more Latin American presidential aircraft are slated to arrive at Part’s facilities for maintenance.
AJW Group has appointed Michael Duncan as its regional director for Africa. Duncan will be responsible for developing the company’s presence and establishing partnerships with operators who need integrated aircraft support services. Previously Duncan was responsible for aviation projects in the Sudan, Comoros, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Burkhard Andrich, currently senior vice president of aircraft component services at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, will take over as president and CEO of Manila-based Lufthansa Technik Philippines. The joint venture with Philippine aviation service provider MacroAsia has a staff of 2,700 and offers MRO services focusing on base maintenance checks for Airbus aircraft. Andrich studied mechanical engineering and completed his education with a doctoral degree. He has been at Lufthansa Technik since 1992.
The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive (AD) that establishes a new life limit based on a prorated formula for some Sikorsky S-70, S-70A and S-70C components that were previously installed on military helicopters. Some of the parts, including the main rotor hub, main rotor shaft, main rotor spindle nut, rotating swashplate and main rotor gearbox, have been interchanged with military helicopter models with life limits different from those of the civilian version.
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