Cleveland, Ohio-based Constant Aviation has opened a new facility in Las Vegas. “This is a huge accomplishment for our company and employees but most of all for our customers. Expanding to a third location has been a long-term goal for quite some time. It made sense that the growth was on the West Coast,” Stephen Maiden, the MRO provider’s president, told AIN.
AINmxReports » September 5, 2012
Piedmont Aircraft is taking over the aircraft maintenance operation at Moore County Airport at Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C. The maintenance facility, which up until now has been operated by the airport authority, has been rebranded as Piedmont Aircraft Services.
Cadorath Group and Meridian Aviation Consulting have joined forces to establish Meridian Helicopters. The company will focus on providing reworked parts distribution support as well as consulting, brokering and technical support for the global Bell Helicopter network.
Gulfstream Aerospace has extended the operating hours at its company-owned service center in Westfield, Mass., to provide 24-hour service Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends. Gulfstream Westfield offers AOG support, airframe inspections, avionics installations and interior refurbishments. The MRO facility currently employs 168 people, including 90 A&P technicians and 16 avionics technicians. Facility technicians are certified to work on large- and mid-cabin Gulfstream aircraft along with Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon and Bombardier Challenger business jets.
London Oxford Airport-based aircraft management and engineering company Hangar8 has enhanced the support capabilities at its Oxford, UK, MRO facility to cover a broader range of business aircraft. Within a year of acquiring EASA 145 approval, the company now provides Camo-Part M and line support for all Hawkers, the Dassault Falcon 2000, Citation 525 series and Embraer Phenom 100.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a pressurization leak kit for rudder-pedal horns. Leaks in the boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can result in a noticeable loss of pressure differential, meaning a higher cabin altitude at cruise. Twin Commander’s new rudder-pedal seal kit includes a plug for the rudder-pedal horns/brake valve arms and improved boots that help preserve cabin pressurization.
GA Telesis has appointed Rebecca Longo to the position of vice president of its Aircraft Systems Group, where she will oversee all airframe component sales from the company’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Before joining GA Telesis, Rebecca served as the vice president of Strategic Development for PartsBase in Boca Raton, Fla., where she was responsible for the global sales team as well as oversight of business development strategies.
Robert Kirsch has been named the new director of operations for Kelly Aviation Center. He will be responsible for production operations, master scheduling and logistics, quality, environment, safety and health and engineering for government programs and commercial services. Since 2010, Kirsch served as general manager of operations for Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he oversaw operations, supply chain, continuous improvement and facility maintenance.
An airworthiness directive has been issued for all Honeywell TFE731-20R, -20AR, -20BR, -40, -40AR, -40R, -50R and -60 turbofan engines. It was prompted by a report of a quality escape of about 8,000 second-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT2) rotor blades manufactured by Honeywell’s Chihuahua, Mexico, manufacturing operation since 2009. This AD requires removing and inspecting certain LPT2 rotor blades. Cost of the fix is $3,480.
The FAA is proposing an airworthiness directive for MD Helicopters 369Ds, 369Es, 369Fs and 369FFs with specific serial-numbered tailboom assemblies. The AD was prompted by the discovery of short-edge margin conditions on two tailboom assemblies.
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