Bell Helicopter has announced a substantial investment in its support of operations in China. The OEM has signed a memorandum of understanding to assist with the establishment of a maintenance training facility in Guangdong Province. The MOU with Guangzhou Civil Aviation College focuses on training for the Bell 206L and Bell 407 and includes access to training-course materials, electronic training systems and continued support throughout training.
AINmxReports » November 21, 2012
Dallas Airmotive has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to provide engine support at its North American service centers. The two parties have signed an engine service agreement whereby Dallas Airmotive will support the Learjet 30, 40, 50 and 60 series; Challenger 300 and 600 series; Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000.
Gal Aviation of St. Joseph, Quebec, Canada, has been recognized by Transport Canada as an approved maintenance organization (AMO). The recognition follows accreditations and certifications, including AS9100 Rev. C and Nadcap (alodine and anodizing anticorrosion treatments). Equivalent EASA certification has been applied for and is anticipated by year-end. A bilateral agreement between U.S. and Canadian aviation authorities automatically gains FAA approval following the AMO certificate.
The Aero Engine Maintenance Training Center has graduated the 10,000th student to complete CFM56 line maintenance training since opening its doors in 1996. AEMTC is a cooperative venture between CFM, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Civil Aviation Supplies Holding Co., Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC), GE Aviation and Snecma. AEMTC was the first training center of its kind in China and was originally opened to support operation of the CFM56 and GE CF6. The school is located within the CAFUC campus in Guanghan, Sichuan Province.
Bombardier has given ExecuJet Middle East its Authorized Service Facility (ASF) Excellence Award in the international category for the second year in a row. The Bombardier ASF Excellence Awards are presented annually to Bombardier ASFs, based on a set of 13 criteria, including quality assurance, technical compliance and customer influence as well as management and representative input. The ASF Excellence Awards are split into five categories: overall, North America, Europe and International authorized service facilities, and best line maintenance facility.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) has been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands to perform maintenance repair work on aircraft registered in that nation. The certification marks the first time a maintenance facility has been granted Cayman Islands’ approval in mainland China. “We have seen strong international traffic with the registration since we started business and are delighted to be able to add this capability for the business aviation community,” said Carey Matthews, general manager of SHPBASC.
Maximum Manuals, a provider of automated aviation manuals, has named Liz Ryan manager of North American sales and marketing. Until recently, the company has focused exclusively on the production of minimum equipment lists (MELs). Now it has expanded its product offerings to include automated RVSM manuals, as well as customized applications for approval and use of the Apple iPad as a Class 1 electronic flight bag.
Lufthansa Technik’s Innovation Business Unit has begun production deliveries of its nice HD CMS/IFE (cabin management and in-flight entertainment) system for the new Learjet 70 and 75. It features personal HD video at most seat locations via seven-inch pop-up HD displays. The pop-ups have an ultra-thin, small and lightweight design. The system includes a number of media interfaces–USB, Apple and HDMI–that will enable encoding and streaming on the Ethernet network simply by connecting personal devices to the system to watch and listen.
StandardAero announced today it has appointed Rob Cords to the position of senior v-p of its airlines and fleets business.It is the largest of StandardAero’s business sectors.Cords previously served as senior v-p of corporate strategy and customer development since joining StandardAero in 2009. In his former role, he influenced the overall strategic direction of the company during a time of rapid growth and diversification. Before joining StandardAero he was associate partner for Oliver Wyman’s aerospace and defense practice.
The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive that supersedes an existing airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD900. It requires a visual inspection and, if necessary, an eddy-current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight.
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