Of all the potential health risks found in a maintenance facility, a mechanic probably devotes the least concern to the ubiquitous cloth shop towel–yet it has become the focal point of controversy. The question is whether or not a clean, reusable cloth shop towel contains hazardous residues that can be transferred to the mechanic.
AINmxReports » July 11, 2012
Farnborough, UK is the site of the newest Bombardier Aerospace regional support office (RSO). It is the 10th to open outside North America in the past four years and will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers in Europe. The new RSO is located with Bombardier’s international sales office within the TAG Farnborough Airport Terminal building and alongside Bombardier’s authorized service facility, TAG Farnborough Engineering.
Embraer has developed a plan to support its operators during the London Olympic Games, scheduled for July 27 to August 12. It is coordinating the effort with London Stansted-based Inflite The Jet Centre, a member of Embraer’s authorized service center network. The Inflite FBO offers customer lounges, concierge, handling and parking services, as well as advice on the special flight operations and restrictions surrounding the games.
Constant Aviation has opened a new landing-gear repair and overhaul facility at its Birmingham, Ala. location. The facility will begin servicing Beechjet 400A/XP landing gear and expand to include the Embraer Legacy 600 and Hawker 800A/XP in the coming months.
A new $11.5 million, 45,000-sq-ft. aircraft paint shop has entered service at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb., facility. It can support aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X and Embraer Legacy. The new facility follows on the heels of last year’s implementation of a chrome-free paint process.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association is teaming with the Aircraft Maintenance Technicians Association (AMTA) to honor the first aviation technician, Charles E. “Charlie” Taylor, with an inscription on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia.
BBA Aviation has signed a seven-year lease extension and expansion of its downtown Orlando corporate headquarters offices to accommodate anticipated growth. Signature Flight Support and Aircraft Service Group International, together with parent company BBA Aviation, collectively have more than 1,000 employees in 12 Florida cities, with almost 200 of them based in downtown Orlando. The expansion will support the future anticipated growth of the business and the creation of new, high-wage jobs over the course of the next three years.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for the Bombardier Challenger 300 prompted by reports of deformation found at the neck of the pressure regulator body on the oxygen cylinder and regulator assembly (CRA). The AD requires an inspection to determine if a certain oxygen CRA is installed and the replacement of affected oxygen CRAs.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for all Eurocopter BK117C2s with certain generator control units (GCU) installed. The AD is prompted by reports of internal short circuits in certain GCUs. The proposed actions are intended to replace any affected GCUs to prevent a short circuit which could result in a loss of electrical generating power, loss of systems required for continued safe flight and landing, and possible loss of control of the helicopter.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Pedro Mercado a national sales manager for product support interior refurbishment sales. Mercado’s territory is the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., from South Carolina to Maine. In his new position, Mercado is responsible for sales of interior aircraft enhancements for Gulfstream customers, including avionics upgrades, interior component replacement and reconfiguration, the installation of sound-suppression materials and paint.