In what the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) is calling a major victory for the aviation industry, the FAA withdrew its “faulty legal interpretation” of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in FAR 121.377. Specifically, the agency reversed course on its May 18, 2010 legal interpretation meant to clarify the application of the rest provisions and equivalency standards under the regulation.
AINmxReports » January 9, 2013
Gulfstream Aerospace announced plans to increase employment at its Appleton, Wis., facility by approximately 100 positions in the next year. The hiring boom is designed to support the growing volume of completions work for Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft, including the recently certified G650.
Constant Aviation has relocated and expanded its accessory facility and capabilities. “The decision to relocate our landing-gear facility from the Birmingham location to the Cleveland location was made in part to leverage the efficiencies of the larger accessory facility and the capability of future growth. The new 20,000-sq-ft facility will allow us to expand into the service and repair of additional airframe landing gear and accessories. We have already begun the process of purchasing core gear units for our other niche aircraft,” said Stephen Maiden, president of Constant Aviation.
GE Aviation has expanded its CT7 engine overhaul subcontract agreement (EOSA) with H+S Aviation to include all CT7-5A and CT7-9B engine care maintenance program (ECMP) commercial engine shop visits. Under the terms of the agreement, GE will continue to manage CT7 ECMP contracts and supply OEM parts to H+S, which will perform all labor on engine shop visits.
In 2011, CT7-5A and -9B engines accounted for 170 shop visits, more than 80 percent of all CT7 shop visits.
Two new iPad applications offered by Pilatus through Apple’s iTunes store allow the user to create a personal PC-12 NG interior design and exterior paint scheme. The apps, one for the interior and one for the exterior, may be downloaded and installed on the iPad at no charge.
The interior design app lets the user to select from one of four BMW DesignWorks USA interior themes specifically designed for the North and South American markets. In addition, customers can make individual adjustments to wood, carpet, leather, plating and other interior materials.
Pentastar Aviation’s maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut has received FAA FAR 145 satellite repair station certification. Pentastar Aviation’s satellite repair station certification reflects the expansion of maintenance services from the original repair station at Oakland County International Airport, Mich., where the MRO has maintained heavy jets, including Challengers, Falcons and Gulfstreams, for nearly 50 years. Pentastar also has a facility at Van Nuys Airport in California.
ST Aerospace has invested an additional $73.5 million in wholly owned subsidiary ST Aerospace Rotables (Star), bringing the company’s total share capital contribution to $75 million. Star will use the additional funds to build its rotables asset pool as it broadens the scope of its component support capability.
Able Aerospace Services announced the availability of a new Bell 206 main rotor strap fitting and pin PMA replacement part. Operators of the Bell 206 series can now further reduce operating costs by using the exclusive FAA-certified PMA parts. The main rotor strap fitting and pin are components of the Bell main rotor hub. The strap fitting replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-150-105 and the strap pin replaces Bell Part Number 206-011-125-105. Parts are available immediately at up to 50 percent less than OEM parts, according to the company.
BBA Aviation named Doug Meador president of its Dallas Airmotive subsidiary. The eight-year company veteran has been CFO of the subsidiary since June 2005. Before that he was vice president and general manager of operations for Dallas Airmotive’s Forest Park maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. Responsibilities will encompass all areas of Dallas Airmotive global engine repair and overhaul operations. Before joining Dallas Airmotive in August 2004, Meador was plant manager at General Electric Engine Services in Dallas.
David Elam has joined West Star Aviation as its Northeast regional sales manager. Elam brings 22 years of experience in the aviation industry with him to West Star Aviation. A graduate of the University of Southern California Aviation Safety School, Elam is a certified A&P technician and a Gulfstream aircraft master technician. He will be responsible for providing technical and sales support.
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