Camp Systems International expanded its share in the business aviation maintenance-tracking market by purchasing Avtrak on July 9. In early May, Camp was sold by private equity firm Warburg Pincus to another private equity company, GTCR (owner of the Landmark Aviation FBO chain), for a reported $600- to $700 million. Camp CEO Ken Gray said that he had indicated an interest in buying Avtrak to co-founders Joe and Glenn Hertzler.
AINmxReports » July 18, 2012
Assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer announced yesterday that Nordam “has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay a $2 million penalty to resolve violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA].” Nordam, a Tulsa, Okla., MRO provider, has also agreed to cooperate with the DOJ for three years, including periodic reports on compliance efforts, and the company must “implement an enhanced compliance program and internal controls designed to prevent and detect FCPA violations.”
According to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa), a recent bill introduced by representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) would add redundant requirements to proposed FAA regulations. Burgess’s Airline Maintenance Safety Act (H.R.
Software company SkyBooks is now offering its version 4.7 aircraft operations management system in two product lines, for flight operations or maintenance management. Both versions are available as either analyst- or user-managed.
“Segmentation in two functional areas and bundling core offerings is a result of customer requests and new feature enhancements,” said CEO John Willis.
The FAA has been busy with proposed penalties for alleged maintenance violations. Two civil penalties were proposed for Delta Air Lines. The first case was for alleged failure to repair a chip on the radome of a Boeing 737. According to the FAA, Delta operated the 737 for 20 flights after an FAA inspector reported the chip damage while conducting a preflight inspection on Feb. 25, 2010. The FAA is proposing a $687,500 penalty.
The FAA has granted FAA-PMA approval to the new Hartzell Engine Technologies ALV-9610 100-amp alternator for Continental -470, -520 and -550 piston engines, which replaces the original Crittendon and ALV-9510 units. The new alternator weighs 12.75 pounds, saving up to 9.25 pounds per alternator, and features a compact design with integral noise filtering. Cost of the ALV-9610 is $1,100, with a $425 core charge and two-year warranty.
West Star Aviation has purchased a roll-around set of landing gear for Hawker-series jets, so that aircraft undergoing landing gear overhauls or repairs can be moved. The roll-around landing gear will help shorten downtime during gear swaps and multi-shop events, according to West Star, which also offers overhauls and repairs for HS125 through Hawker 900XP landing gear. “This roll-around shipset will offer a whole new solution for operators who would like to have their aircraft serviced during a gear restoration,” said Steve Goede, accessories program manager.
Bruce’s Custom Covers has donated two sets of custom-fitted aircraft covers in support of the EAA Young Eagles program. The auction is part of the Gathering of Eagles event scheduled for July 27 during the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow next week. There are two auction events, and each winner will receive an aircraft covering custom-fitted to his aircraft, including a logo or tail number imprint and storage duffel bag.
The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate to Banyan Air Service for installation of Honeywell’s Aspire 200LG Wi-Fi-enabled satcom system on the Gulfstream GII/III/IV. The system includes the Aspire 200LG Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satcom, optional CNX-200 cabin gateway and Honeywell Sky Connect dual-channel Iridium satcom. “The flexibility and scalable architecture of the Aspire system combined with data acceleration and Wi-Fi allows versatility within our STC to meet the needs of our clients,” said Brian Wilson, Banyan’s director of avionics.
Quality Aircraft Accessories of Tulsa, Okla., is now the sole factory-authorized provider of overhauls for Dukes general aviation fuel pumps. Thousands of Dukes pumps are in service, and the company has been manufacturing pumps for more than 50 years. Quality Aircraft Accessories offers a 10-day turnaround time on pump overhauls, as well as a line of pumps available for exchange. Dukes will continue to sell factory-rebuilt pumps.