AINmxReports » July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013 - 1:20pm

The University of North Dakota has donated $25,000 to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s struggling aircraft mechanics school located on Van Nuys Airport. The donation will be used to award scholarships to low-income students preparing for high-paying, high-skilled jobs as trained airframe and powerplant mechanics.

Recently threatened with closure by budget cuts, the vocational school was saved by a large private donation, strong advocacy campaign and rent relief from Los Angeles World Airports.

July 3, 2013 - 1:15pm

Macquarie Group has sold Aviation Technical Services (ATS) to members of the current senior leadership team and a handful of experienced aerospace investors. The new ownership group is headed by current president and CEO, Matt Yerbic, and is backed by Wells Fargo, NewSpring Capital and Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash.

July 3, 2013 - 1:13pm

Prague, Czech Republic-based Aviation Service, a Bell Helicopter service facility, has been granted expanded and updated terms of its design organization approval from EASA. The expansion of the DOA certification allows Aviation Service to perform major changes on the primary structure and cabin interior on all Bell helicopter models.

July 3, 2013 - 1:05pm

The FAA is adopting an airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet 60s. The AD was prompted by a report of a high-speed rejected takeoff caused by all four main landing gear (MLG) tires blowing out during the takeoff roll.

July 3, 2013 - 1:05pm

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service is offering upgrade solutions for the more than 1,100 operators flying with Magnastar equipment. The Magnastar is a legacy in-flight telephone system found in most GIIIs and GIVs, Challenger 601s through 604s and some Falcons, Brian Wilson, Banyan director of avionics, told AIN.

July 3, 2013 - 1:00pm

Duncan Aviation has entered into an agreement with Safran Power UK & Safran Power USA, naming the MRO the exclusive worldwide distributor of Safran Power UK and Safran Power USA’s replacement starter generator specifically designed for the Learjet 60. Duncan Aviation will house unit inventories on site at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is ready to send shipments worldwide. According to Duncan Aviation, the Learjet 60 starter generator is a direct STC replacement that is “more reliable and simple to install with no required aircraft modification.”

July 3, 2013 - 12:55pm

Keystone Aviation’s Part 145 repair facility at Aurora State Airport in Aurora, Ore. has been named a Cirrus authorized service center. Keystone Aviation’s maintenance department was established in 1997 to provide maintenance services for the regional aviation market and the company’s charter fleet. It has since grown to a Part 145 repair station with a Class IV airframe rating. The Aurora location is also an authorized service center for Daher-Socata and operates maintenance facilities at Tac Air Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah.

July 3, 2013 - 12:50pm

Ontic has signed a license agreement with Tempe, Ariz.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls to expand its electronic and electro-mechanical portfolio for the support of pilot controls and transmitter product lines. The products, which include landing-gear levers with integral light plates and electronics, tiller modules, pilot LED checklists, flight control surface indicators, rudder trim switches and push-to-talk switches, will be moved to Ontic’s manufacturing facilities in Chatsworth, Calif., and Cheltenham, UK.

July 3, 2013 - 12:45pm

Eurocopter has entered into a partnership with aviation software provider Ramco Systems to offer helicopter maintenance software for operators and maintenance centers. “Ramco Aviation on Cloud is modular, which makes it user friendly for small and large operators,” said Matthieu Louvot, Eurocopter’s vice president of support and services. “With tens of thousands of parts in an aircraft, tracking and managing each stage of maintenance work would become unmanageable without a user-friendly and comprehensive solution.”

July 3, 2013 - 12:40pm

Butler National is nearing completion of an STC for a Learjet 20-series Stage 3 noise suppression device. The aircraft is subject to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which includes provisions that ban its operation in the U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015 for not meeting current FAA Stage 3 noise level requirements. Installation of the Avcon Noise Suppressor should allow continued use of the airplanes in 2016 and beyond.Butler projects installations of the Avcon Noise Suppressor STC will begin this fall.

 

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