AINmxReports » June 20, 2012

June 20, 2012 - 12:30pm

Gulfstream Aerospace is developing a specially outfitted field and airborne support team (Fast) mobile maintenance vehicle. “The new unit will not be based at a service center so it will be available to be relocated as necessary,” Barry Russell, vice president, customer support told AIN.

Operating from San Jose International Airport, the vehicle will support customers as far east as Reno. From December to early March it will shift its base to Denver’s Centennial Airport to serve operators in Colorado during ski season.

June 20, 2012 - 12:27pm

Bombardier Aerospace has begun construction on a factory-owned and -operated service center for business aircraft at Singapore Seletar Airport. Set to enter service in next year’s second quarter, the facility will include 31,500 sq ft of hangar space and 28,800 sq ft of office space and back shops. According to a Bombardier spokeswoman, it will be capable of performing a variety of light to heavy maintenance tasks on Learjets, Challengers and Globals.

June 20, 2012 - 12:25pm
(L-R): Mack Riley, manager of the FAA’s Orlando manufacturing inspection district office, hands the production certificate for Embraer’s Melbourne Phenom 100 assembly line to Phil Krull, managing director of Melbourne production, during ceremonies on June 18

The FAA has presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Previously, Phenom jets assembled in Melbourne were certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.

June 20, 2012 - 12:23pm

The EASA has certified the FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system for the Bell 205. It follows recent certification for the Bell 212, and Bell 412 certification is under way. “With FastFin, most operators will receive between a 10- and 90-percent increase in useful load depending on specific model and density altitude,” said Dave Marone, vice president of sales and marketing for BLR Aerospace.

June 20, 2012 - 12:20pm

Indianapolis-based Eagle Creek Aviation Services received the 2011 Service Center of the Year Platinum Award from Twin Commander Aircraft. “The Twin Commander accounts for a significant amount of our sales and service business every year. We think it’s a great airplane and enjoy working on it,” Richard Branch, vice president of Eagle Creek Aviation, told AIN.

June 20, 2012 - 12:15pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a 15-year on-condition fleet maintenance program (FMP) with NetJets for the PW306D turbofans that will power the Cessna Citation Latitudes that the fractional ownership operator will begin flying in 2016. With the on-condition FMP, there are no hard-time intervals for hot-section inspections or overhauls, offering what P&WC describes as new levels of flexibility to the operator. Instead, P&WC evaluates each engine enrolled in the FMP and makes maintenance decisions based on how the engine is performing.

June 20, 2012 - 12:12pm

Soloy Aviation Solutions is offering an AS350B engine conversion kit that replaces the Turbomeca Arriel 1B with a Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A. The conversion reduces operating costs by approximately 20 percent, fuel flow by four to six gph, and may be maintained on an on-condition inspection cycle resulting in less down time and lower operating costs, according to Soloy. “The total kit, including factory rebuilt engine, is $440,000 and takes less than 10 days to install,” Nick Parkinson, helicopter sales director, told AIN.

June 20, 2012 - 12:11pm

Robert Bryant has joined UK-based International Bureau of Aviation as manager of technical projects. He joins the firm from SpiceJet in India, where he was vice president. He has also held senior positions at Air Astana and Al Salam Aircraft and has worked with carriers such as British Airways and Saudia. An IBA spokesman said the consulting firm has seen demand for expert-witness testimony in the field of aircraft maintenance increase 400 percent over the last two years. IBA advises commercial and business aviation clients, aircraft engine manufacturers and operators.

June 20, 2012 - 12:08pm

The FAA proposed an Airworthiness Directive for the Eurocopter SA365N, SA365N1, AS365N2, AS365N3, EC155B, EC155B1, SA365C, SA365C1, SA365C2 and SA366G1. It is prompted by reports of corrosion on the main gearbox (MGB) casing lower area between the two servo-control anchor-fitting attachment ribs. The proposed actions are to detect corrosion on the MGB casing, which could lead to a crack, failure of the MGB and subsequent loss of control. The FAA is accepting comments until August 17.

June 20, 2012 - 12:05pm

The FAA is proposing a new Airworthiness Directive for the Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER. It is prompted by a report of an inboard main landing gear (MLG) door assembly departure due to premature fatigue cracking in the inboard MLG door hinge fittings. The AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the inboard MLG door hinge fittings and modification of cracked fittings, which would terminate the repetitive inspections.


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