The world market for PMA Parts will reach $749 million by the year 2017, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts of San Jose, Calif. PMA Parts–A Global Strategic Business Report predicts the robust gains will be driven by Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.
AINmxReports » May 2, 2012
A licensed aircraft maintenance engineer has received a 10-year prison sentence from an Athens, Greece, court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance on a Helios Airways Boeing 737-300. The aircraft subsequently collided with a mountain near Athens in 2005 after the airplane’s oxygen supply failed and the pilots and most of the passengers fell unconscious. “
Propulsion International has rolled out a new group maintenance plan (GMP) for operators of aircraft powered by Honeywell’s TPE331-10 (and higher dash numbers). One of the first programs offered is for owners of Twin Commander turboprops, but Propulsion International is also offering GMP to Mitsubishi MU-2 and other TPE331 owners, including fleet operators.
Gama Support Services is expanding its U.S.-based MRO business to include corporate aircraft maintenance and support. It has been building its Bridgeport, Conn.; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. infrastructure since 2009 toward that goal. Tom Connelly, Gama’s president, told AIN the company maintains its own U.S.-based fleet of 40 managed aircraft under Part 135 and added Part 145 to take in outside business.
Eurocopter has purchased an 80-percent stake in the new Sabadell Helicopters Service Center (SHSC). The OEM cited the move as part of a continuing strategy of industrial expansion in Spain. SHSC will have an initial staff of 35 technicians based at its Sabadell Airport facility near Barcelona to support all civil helicopter fleets.
Nextant Aerospace has been awarded several new supplemental type certificates for the 400XT, including STCs for the Rockwell Collins Venue in-flight entertainment system and the Aircell Axxess cabin communication system featuring high-speed wireless Internet connectivity and dual-channel satellite phone service. Nextant also received STCs for additional avionics options, many of which help to pave the way for final certification by the EASA.
Embraer signed a five-year agreement with Poland’s Lotams that makes the Warsaw-based MRO services provider an authorized aircraft service center. Lotams will provide routine checks, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as component repairs for both the Embraer ERJ-145 and E-Jet series. Under the terms of the agreement Lotams will have access to Embraer’s structure-specific repair solutions and extended databases, and will be approved to handle airframe and warranty issues on behalf of Embraer customers.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the Bombardier CL-600-2B16 (Challenger 604) prompted by multiple reports of short-circuit events during pre-delivery inspections and test flights. One event resulted in smoke in the cockpit. The AD requires replacing or relocating certain circuit-breaker panel bus bars, inspecting for any loose or improperly crimped lugs and replacement if necessary, and inspecting for foreign object damage in certain areas.
The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for Learjet 45s prompted by changes to the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the maintenance manual that add life limits, revise life limits or add inspections. The AD requires revising the maintenance program to include new or more restrictive life limits and inspections.
West Star Aviation recently announced Julie Timmons has accepted the position of corporate aircraft interior sales manager at its East Alton facility located on St. Louis Regional Airport. Timmons began her career in corporate aircraft interior/exterior modifications more than 20 years ago and has held various positions with managerial and direct customer interaction. In her new position she will be responsible for overseeing all interior and exterior projects at the East Alton facility.
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