AINmxReports » May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013 - 1:45pm

Although the FAA has developed a risk-based assessment process for inspectors to identify areas of greatest concern at repair stations, the agency is emphasizing mandatory inspections and not high-risk areas, according to an audit conducted by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and issued on May 1.

The audit examined 27 randomly selected repair stations in the U.S., Brazil, China, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore that maintain aircraft operated by U.S. Part 121 air carriers.

May 8, 2013 - 1:35pm

Maximum Manuals of Carlsbad, Calif., has unveiled an automated online system that allows operators to create, purchase and receive minimum equipment list (MEL) and RVSM manuals in as few as two hours. Maximum Manuals has been developing the Smart Manual Process for the past two years and the system has been undergoing testing with operators that have submitted newly created manuals to FAA FSDOs for review. These manuals received positive feedback from FAA inspectors, according to the company.

May 8, 2013 - 1:33pm

An FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) issued to Trolltune promises to help operators of Gulfstream IIBs and GIIIs fly within strict noise limits at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. The STC isn’t a Stage 3 hush kit, explained Trolltune president Tom Storli, but limits maximum takeoff weight to 64,000 pounds, thus cutting takeoff noise by three decibels–to 79.8 from 82.8–enough to meet the new Van Nuys limit of 80 dBA. This limit is a City of Los Angeles ordinance that takes effect on January 1 next year.

May 8, 2013 - 1:30pm

Charter operator Fast Air, based in Winnipeg, Canada, did its first Halo 250 gross weight increase modification on a Beechcraft King Air 200 equipped for aeromedical transport. Fast Air also offers aircraft management, maintenance and consulting services. The Halo 250 mod adds 920 pounds of payload capacity by increasing the maximum takeoff weight to 13,420 pounds, up from 12,500.

The Halo 250 mod was developed by CenTex Aerospace of Waco, Texas, and FAA certification was granted last October after three years of effort.

May 8, 2013 - 1:25pm

At the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference held April 30 through May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, the NBAA Maintenance Committee awarded Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (Tracs) to 35 people. The Tracs program is open to current and aspiring A&P mechanics enrolled in an accredited A&P program or Part 147 school and military technicians who are transitioning to civilian careers in business aviation, according to NBAA.

May 8, 2013 - 1:20pm

Vector Aerospace has added a new 45,000-sq-ft office and hangar complex at its Andalusia, Ala., helicopter MRO facility. The added space doubles the size of Vector’s facility and will fit up to 20 aircraft concurrently, according to the company, as well as facilitate implementation of lean manufacturing processes that will reduce turn-around time for customers. Vector plans to expand the Andalusia workforce to 170 employees from the current 140.

May 8, 2013 - 1:15pm

In a letter to two members of the European Parliament, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa) welcomed the members’ inquiries to the European Commission “concerning anti-competitive practices negatively impacting the aviation maintenance industry.” Arsa reiterated its ongoing concerns about design approval holders withholding instructions for continued airworthiness (ICAs).

May 8, 2013 - 1:10pm

In an extension of a training agreement first reached in 2011, Bombardier has appointed FlightPath International as an authorized technical training provider for all entitlement and recurrent technical training for the CRJ series and Challenger 850, 870 and 890 business jets. Training will be provided at FlightPath’s new Toronto facility and at customer locations. “Our recent expansion of services will now add even greater flexibility to Bombardier in serving its customers,” said FlightPath president Andrew Lucas.

May 8, 2013 - 1:03pm

Superior Air Parts has hired Jalil Jatip as director of quality assurance, responsible for in-house production and quality assurance and quality control of the global supplier network and Superior’s Beijing facility.

May 8, 2013 - 12:55pm

Bell Helicopter held two maintainers and operators conferences in China at the end of April, in Beijing and Shanghai. The conferences helped Chinese operators learn more about Bell customer support and service enhancements and safety improvements and enabled discussion of technical issues. “We were pleased with the turnout at both locations,” said Chris Jaran, managing director, China. “It was apparent that our Chinese customers are focused on maintaining their Bell Helicopter products at the highest level.”


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