Embraer announced that the European Union has formally approved the company’s proposed $64.7 million manufacturing complex in Évora, Portugal. The company broke ground in July 2009. “This announcement is faithful to Embraer’s practices where all regional development projects have to be formally and properly approved.
British Columbia-based Associated Aviation has acquired Timber Wolf Aviation of Ottawa, Canada. Timber Wolf, an MRO specializing in helicopter maintenance, holds approvals for Eurocopter’s AS350 and EC120. “The company is well positioned to support our European and South American markets,” Rod Youngberg, Associated Aviation’s president, told AIN.
Under new final rules issued by the FAA, all transport-category (Part 25) aircraft certified henceforth will have to meet requirements “to prevent catastrophic failure due to widespread fatigue damage throughout the operational life.” The rule also applies to existing Part 25 aircraft operated under Part 121 and 129 regulations with an mtow of more than 75,000 pounds.
Twenty years ago Mid-Continent Instruments opened a West Coast facility at Van Nuys Airport in Southern California, starting with a tiny 500-sq-ft building. The company’s West Coast division has grown since then and is now housed in a 15,000-sq-ft facility.
ExecuJet Aviation is moving into a new facility in Malaysia, having entered into a joint venture with local company Dnest Aviation Services. On October 31, the Switzerland-based business aviation services group ended its existing arrangements with the Subang SkyPark FBO and moved into new premises on the other side of Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (also known as Subang).
Chinese air carriers and regulators made positive comments about FAA-approved PMA parts at the Independent and Alternative Materials Conference held in China from November 11 to 12. The conference was sponsored jointly by Heico and Chromalloy and attracted about 80 participants from Chinese airlines, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa).
The FAA has issued a proposed policy change that would clarify the definition of the words "actively engaged" as they relate to application for and renewal of the Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Airframe and powerplant mechanics (A&Ps) can qualify to take the IA test if they have held their mechanic certificate for at least three years and have been "actively engaged" as a mechanic for the previous two.
BLR Aerospace has named Heritage Aviation of Burlington, Vt., an authorized dealer for its King Air winglets. Heritage Aviation, a 79,000-sq-ft green FBO with maintenance and avionics capabilities, joins a global network of 21 dealers with service facilities in 35 locations.
HNA Group of China and Bravia Capital of New York will acquire a majority stake in myTechnic. According to Daglar Cizmeci, CFO, board member and investor in myTechnic Aircraft MRO Services, the company is the first lean (zero waste) greenfield maintenance, repair and overhaul center in the world.
Soloy Aviation Solutions, which has historically focused on helicopter and fixed-wing engine product development, has added an avionics business based on the need to integrate avionics with the engine system. “We essentially had to start our own avionics business to be able to meet our customers’ needs,” David Stauffer, Soloy Aviation Solutions’ CEO, told AIN.