Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.
AINmxReports » September 3, 2014
Sabreliner Aviation president Greg Fedele said the company plans to exploit experience gained in servicing military aircraft to expand its services into the civilian MRO arena. The company has provided maintenance on C-12s and C-21s, military versions of the Beechcraft King Air 200 and Learjet 35, respectively.
Rockwell Collins do Brazil announced plans late last week to double the size of its 9,500-sq-ft service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to 19,000 sq ft. The company expects to start construction by year-end.
“This expansion will bring new engineering and service capabilities to our customers in the region and will enable Rockwell Collins do Brazil to pursue and capture more commercial and military programs,” said managing director Nelson Aquino.
The Jet Support division of St. Louis-based aircraft parts and services provider Avmats has established a composite shop under the direction of vice president Bill Kener to support the company’s new emphasis on one-off parts manufacture and repair.
The Embraer Executive Jets service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, is now an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 in the South American country. The agreement allows Embraer to perform Rolls-Royce’s warranty or CorporateCare program services, which covers the cost of replacement parts, labor and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. AE3007s power the ERJ-135 and -145 regional jets and Legacy 600/650 business jets.
Several business aircraft maintenance providers are among the 75 companies set to exhibit at the JetExpo show, which opens at Moscow Vnukovo Airport on September 4. The ninth staging of the annual event runs through September 4 and has once again drawn all leading business aircraft manufacturers despite rising political tensions over the worsening military standoff in eastern Ukraine. Among the maintenance specialists exhibiting at JetExpo are Denmark’s Air Service Vamdrup, Jet Aviation, ABS Jets from the Czech Republic and Vnukovo-based VTS Jets.
Under a new agreement, Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo will bolster its stockpile of critical spare parts for Bombardier business jets. This follows an initial spare parts agreement signed in 2012 between Bombardier and Jet Aviation’s line maintenance and AOG facility in Moscow. Jet Aviation will arrange for customs clearance and transportation for the parts that Bombardier ships to the facility. “Ensuring ready access to spare parts is a key tactic in reducing aircraft downtime, particularly during AOG situations,” said Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo general director Vitaly Aleksikov.
FAA airworthiness directive AD 2014-16-21, effective October 2, will require operators of Dassault Falcon 7X trijets to replace certain pintle pins in the left- and right-hand main landing gear. The agency found that some pintle pins in the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear had been incorrectly corrosion-protected, which could cause them to shear under normal load and lead to collapse during takeoff or landing.
LoPresti Aviation’s “next generation” 85-watt BoomBeam high-intensity discharge (HID) lights, which the company says offer more than 10 times the illumination of standard lights, are now available for Cessna Citations. They are approved for the recognition, landing and taxi lights. The lights, which can be installed at a service center or by operators’ own maintenance departments, carry five-year or 5,000-hour warranty on the kit components. BoomBeam lights for business jets and turboprops carry prices ranging from $7,400 to $30,000, depending on the aircraft model.
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