Republic Polytechnic, a Singaporean college, and Pratt & Whitney have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding aimed at training future aviation professionals to be industry relevant and ready. With the anticipated future demand for manpower in the aviation industry, the MOU aims to nurture aerospace aspirants and promote a career for Republic Polytechnics students in this sector.
AINmxReports » October 10, 2012
Fractional provider Avantair of Clearwater, Fla., has installed LED lighting in its maintenance hangar. “We currently have metal halide lights throughout our hangar,” said Kevin McKamey, executive vice president. “They are costly to run and don’t react quickly when there’s a power outage. The new LED lights provide 120 percent more lighting, are 50 percent more efficient to run and react more quickly to power interruptions,” he explained.
Gama Group has entered into an exclusive agreement with Professional Aviation Associates to hold consignment stock for Europe-based Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The agreement significantly expands the range of stock Gama Support Services (GSS) holds for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft.
Joe Hertzler, CEO of the Teton Aviation Group, formerly Avtrak, announced his retirement. Hertzler, along with his brother Glenn, co-founded Avtrak in 1996 and built the company to become one of the industry’s premier maintenance tracking providers. The brothers were instrumental in bringing maintenance-tracking software to a new level of sophistication and flexibility.
In an effort to make sealed lead acid (SLA) battery technology more affordable for Cessna Citation operators, Duncan Aviation has developed and is offering parts manufacturer approved (PMA) battery replacement tie-down bolts at a significant discount with the purchase of a new Securaplane SLA battery.
These tie-down bolts are an STC requirement for installation of a Securaplane SLA battery in Citation 560s. Until now, Citation 560 operators wanting to install Securaplane batteries had to purchase expensive tie-down bolts directly from the OEM.
Eclipse Aerospace is offering an anti-skid braking system for new and existing Eclipse 500/550s. The lack of anti-skid braking has proved a problem for the airplane, with locked brakes contributing to several blown-tire incidents. The system, which adds approximately 17 pounds to aircraft empty weight, includes brake control and wheel speed sensors, a dedicated control computer and software updates to the avionics. Testing has indicated it is possible to stop the aircraft from normal landing speeds in less than 750 feet using “aggressive” braking.
Timco Aerosystems’ new dynamic sled test facility in Wallburg, N.C., has received FAA approval for the testing of aircraft seats to show compliance with regulatory codes 14CFR25.562 and 14CFR23.562. The approval enables Timco to test seats for compliance with critical occupant safety impact standards, including 16-g horizontal and 14-g vertical structural thresholds.
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine has received type certification from Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register. To date, the H80 has received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency, the U.S. FAA, Brazil’s civil aviation agency and Argentina’s Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China, to support the expanding global customer base. The H80 will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls.
Gore Design Completions recently received its first FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the interior of a BBJ3. Gore Design Completions’ organization designation authorization (ODA) allows the San Antonio facility to issue STCs in-house. “This is a major milestone for GDC; are we delivering not only the first BBJ3 but also our first ODA-certified aircraft,” said Kathy Gore-Walters, the company’s president. The company designs, engineers, builds, installs and certifies custom interiors for private, corporate and head-of-state aircraft.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the Eurocopter EC155B, EC155B1, SA365N1, AS365N2 and AS365N3 requiring visual inspection of the tail-rotor hub for a crack and removal if one is found. The AD is prompted by reports of cracks on two tail-rotor hubs. These actions are intended to prevent the tail rotor from jamming, which could lead to reduced control or loss of control of the helicopter.
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