AINmxReports » January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 - 3:15pm

The U.S. aviation industry won’t be getting a final rule on the aircraft repair station security issue until the fourth quarter of this year, the Department of Homeland Security announced. The issue dates back to a 2004 public meeting held by the TSA in response to the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Act passed by Congress in 2003.

The DHS made the announcement after 20 industry leaders sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking that the rule, which has been under consideration for eight years, be finalized before the end of last year.

January 4, 2012 - 3:10pm

In lieu of holiday cards and gifts to its members, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) donated $1,000 to the Northrop Rice Foundation (NRF) for an aviation maintenance scholarship. “ARSA started a small scholarship fund last year; it believes every company in this industry should make a similar effort. It’s past time for this industry to commit continuous resources to workforce development.

January 4, 2012 - 3:05pm

Citic Offshore Helicopter (COHC) has ordered seven EC225 LP long-range helicopters in a new agreement with Eurocopter. The deal also paves the way for the two companies to pursue future joint ventures in training and maintenance to serve China’s rapidly developing rotary-wing market. Under the terms of the agreement COHC and Eurocopter will develop cooperative training services and establish a maintenance facility for China and the wider Asian marketplace.

January 4, 2012 - 3:00pm

Twin Commander operators in Europe now have another option for maintenance. London-based Gama Engineering has been named an authorized Twin Commander Service Center. Based at Fairoaks Airport near Heathrow, Gama Engineering comprises the former Mann Aviation Group Engineering and Lees Avionics. Gama Engineering will provide engineering and certification support to Twin Commander operators as well as other general aviation, helicopter and regional operators. Lees Avionics has been moved to Gama Engineering’s facility to provide airframe and avionics support.

January 4, 2012 - 2:55pm
Dubai’s Al Bateen Executive Airport is increasing its maintenance services to ac

Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, which recently announced plans to increase its capacity to meet rising demand for MRO services for executive aircraft, has become an official “gold sponsor” of the First Abu Dhabi Air Expo, to be held March 6 to 8 at Al Bateen Executive Airport. Organizers expect more than 10,000 visitors at the show. At its Al Bateen location, FAS recently opened a new maintenance hangar to provide MRO services for not only business aviation but also for the UAW’s military air wing as well.

January 4, 2012 - 2:50pm

West Star Aviation has received approval for an STC to install the Safe Flight Instrument Auto Power System in Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker 800XPs, 850XPs, 750s, 900s and 800XPrs. Installation on compatible aircraft can take as little as two weeks at the MRO’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility. “One huge benefit is that the system ensures a constant fuel burn, which can result in 3-percent fuel savings,” said Aaron Berg, West Star’s avionics technical sales manager.

January 4, 2012 - 2:45pm

GA Telesis has named Russell Bonnell to the position of president of its MRO division. Previously he was senior vice president of global sales, where he oversaw all domestic and international sales efforts related to the Aircraft Systems Group, Turbine Engine Group and MRO divisions. His efforts led to year-on-year growth and expansion of global sales. Bonnell is tasked with an aggressive growth strategy consisting of increased and enhanced capabilities through both M&A and organic growth.

January 4, 2012 - 2:40pm

Cleveland-based Constant Aviation has named Jay Randall to the position of Great Lakes regional sales manager. Randall joined the company from Dallas Airmotive, where he was responsible for the sale of engine maintenance services specializing in the PT6A, JT15D, Spey and Tay for the Northeast and Great Lakes territory. Before that Randall was a maintenance manager for the Flight Options sales and acquisitions department. He will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior, parts and modifications/refurbishments in the Great Lakes region.

January 4, 2012 - 2:35pm

The FAA issued an airworthiness directive for the Piaggio Avanti baggage door based on an in-flight baggage door opening due to a defective locking mechanism or installation. The warning light went on properly before the event, but the pilot, who misinterpreted it as a false warning, ignored it.

January 4, 2012 - 2:30pm

The FAA has adopted a new Airworthiness Directive for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG, -27, -28, -34, -34AG, -34B and -36 turboprop engines. It requires the removal of certain affected PMA replacement Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies first-stage reduction sun gears and/or the interacting planetary gear sets from the propeller reduction gearbox assembly.


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