Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has appointed Metrojet Hong Kong to its network of authorized service centers to support its Hawker 900/800/700 series. Metrojet, located on Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport, is the first HBC-authorized service facility in Hong Kong.
Smyrna Air Center has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for the M601 and H80 turboprop engines. Under the terms of the agreement Smyrna Air Center will offer comprehensive line maintenance, removal and re-installation of engines and LRUs and spares for the M601 and H80 engines. GE Aviation will provide Smyrna Air Center with material support and training.
Yesterday the NTSB released the finding of the cause of the May 24, 2008, Island Express helicopter accident in Two Harbors, Avalon, on Catalina Island, in California. The Eurocopter AS350D collided with terrain while landing after a flight from the Queensway Bay Heliport, Long Beach, Calif.
Anthony Mosallam and Jonathon Deming, students at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy in Riverside, Calif., designed and built a turbine engine for their high school’s annual science fair. The engine was made from auto parts and a leaf blower, which was used to provide air to start the engine. A Buick Regal turbocharger was used as the compressor, and propane powers the engine.
According to a study conducted by research firm AeroStrategy, the aviation maintenance industry in the U.S. employs 274,634 people and annually “the industry’s direct and indirect impact on the U.S. economy is $39 billion.” The study is based on information culled from government data last year.
Dramatic photos circulating on the Internet purporting to show a Williams International FJ44-3A-24 installed on a Cessna Citation CJ2+ destroyed by exposure to volcanic ash from the recent eruption in Iceland are “complete fiction,” according to Brad Thress, Cessna vice president of product support. The incident occurred about a month before the April eruption, he said. “It’s viral,” Thress said.
While pilots need to be careful not to fly through heavy concentrations of volcanic ash from the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland, the glass particle-laden ash clouds don’t have the same effect on acrylic windows as other volcanic eruptions. According to Bob Cupery, who founded Torrance, Calif.-based Aircraft Window Repairs 31 years ago, volcanic eruptions that are more gaseous pose a bigger problem for aircraft windows.
Engineers at Honeywell’s Phoenix engine division have received two TPE331-5 turboprops removed from a Dornier Do-228 operated by the UK’s National Environment Research Council on flights into volcanic ash clouds resulting from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull Volcano.
Lufthansa Technik’s newly established Mobile Aircraft and Cabin Services (Macs) team has already completed several maintenance events at the home bases of different executive jet customers. According to the company, Macs is designed to maximize the availability of executive aircraft and reduce the cost for smaller scheduled maintenance checks.
Cessna has initiated a program designed to reduce the lead time required for interior refurbishment of classic Citations. Under the RightNow Interiors program, Cessna’s Citation service centers will stock pre-selected, certified interior design materials, eliminating the typical eight- to 12-week lead time necessary to order and receive materials for interior refurbishments.