Lufthansa Technik Sofia is expanding its single-aisle hangar capacity by adding two new bays for heavy checks. The company also has plans to build a separate smaller hangar for line maintenance operations and lighter checks. The addition nearly doubles the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul capacity for the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 series to four aircraft side-by-side.
AINmxReports » September 21, 2011
The FAA has issued Special Conditions for the Cessna 680 Sovereign, for which Cessna proposes to use rechargeable lithium-ion main batteries and APU start batteries. According to the FAA, lithium-ion batteries differ significantly from the nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad) and lead-acid rechargeable batteries currently approved.
Summit Aviation of Middletown, Del., recently dedicated a new 78,000-sq-ft expansion that includes a 37,400-sq-ft hangar, 9,200-sq-ft paint facility, two cold storage units and an additional 11,400 sq ft of support and office space. It joins an existing 160,000-sq-ft facility located on the MRO’s 550-acre compound. The new hangar is designed to work on the CH-47 and V-22.
Hawker Beechcraft has increased the Premier I/IA inspection time from a 200-hour core interval to a 600-hour interval. The extended inspection period applies to all new and in-service Premier I/IAs. The new schedule requires an “A” inspection every 600 hours and an “A and B” inspection every 1,200 hours. The company has reformatted Chapter 12 for the aircraft to align with the change and removed all previous inspection guides.
Boeing predicts the Asia-Pacific region will require more than 400,000 new commercial airline pilots and technicians over the next 20 years to support airline fleet modernization and the rapid growth of air travel. The 2011 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook calls for 182,300 new pilots and 247,400 new technicians in the Asia-Pacific region through 2030.