On Monday, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) filed a friend of the court (amicus curiae) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to intervene in the issue of manufacturers refusing to provide technical data to maintenance providers.
AINmxReports » June 13, 2012
Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Dallas Airmotive for the MRO company to provide mobile repair support services for the BR710 series of turbofan engines. It claims to be the only independent engine service company to have the approval. Dallas Airmotive will offer on-site engine borescoping, troubleshooting, accessory replacement and engine removal and reinstallation.
Singapore Technologies Engineering’s (ST Engineering) Vision Technologies Aerospace (VT Aerospace) has made a successful bid for Pemco World Air Services and certain assets including the Boeing 737 freighter conversion supplemental type certificates. The company paid $49.7 million at a bankruptcy auction, a price that includes VT Aerospace’s assuming liabilities estimated at $6.2 million. A spokesman for the company declined to detail the specifics of the liabilities.
Pentastar Aviation is now offering maintenance services at Key Air’s FBO facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC) in Connecticut, following signature of an agreement earlier this spring. The company is operating out of a 20,000-sq-ft facility, with room to expand as demand dictates. The new location is Pentastar’s first foray into East Coast operations and joins the company’s facilities in Van Nuys, Calif., and its headquarters location in Waterford, Mich.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has again been named a Rolls-Royce authorized service center for the BR710 turbofan. A spokesperson for the company said, “The BR710 powers a lot of our bread-and-butter aircraft here, so it’s advantageous to our clients for us to have that authority.” The BR710 powers the Gulfstream V/V-SP, G500 and G550 and the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS and Global 5000.
German airline TUIfly and CFM International have achieved a new first-run time-on-wing world record set by a CFM56-7B engine powering one of the airline’s Boeing 737-800s originally delivered in 1999. The engine logged more than 50,000 hours without a shop visit. “This record is a remarkable achievement,” said Friedrich Keppler, TUIfly managing director. “To put this in perspective it is equivalent to driving your car for 16 years with nothing more than oil changes and tune ups; or flying 20 million miles with no engine removals.”
Associated Air Center’s BBJ mockup has proved more effective than originally anticipated for turnaround time, project cost and risk management. It allows technicians to fit check interior furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners and valances before the arrival of the green aircraft or while other work is being done on the aircraft.
Hong Kong-based Metrojet has named Steve Hughes as director of maintenance and engineering. He will oversee all aspects of Metrojet’s maintenance, including CAMO DME and Part 145 repair station accountable manager responsibilities. Hughes began his 29-year aviation maintenance career in the UK Royal Air Force Tornado squadrons, followed by experience in a variety of fields within business aviation including maintenance manager with Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia. He joins Metrojet from NetJets Europe, where he has been director of maintenance and engineering since 2002.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for the Bell Helicopter 412, 412EP and 412CF. It is the result of a reported failure of a collective lever. The proposed actions are intended to detect a crack in the collective lever, which could lead to failure of the collective lever and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. The FAA is taking comments on the proposed AD until July 23.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for all Honeywell ALF502L-2C; ALF502R-3; ALF502R-3A; ALF502R-5; LF507-1F; and LF507-1H turbofans. The AD was prompted by two reports of engines experiencing uncontained release of low-pressure (LP) turbine blades. The AD requires operational checks of the engine overspeed trip system to prevent LP turbine overspeed, which could lead to uncontained release of the LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.
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