Business aviation continues to return to New Orleans and flourish. Flightline First, on New Orleans Lakefront Airport has added aircraft maintenance and avionics capacity to its list of FBO offerings. Innovative Turbine Aircraft Solutions has secured space at the facility and is offering aircraft maintenance.The MRO works on all King Airs, all Cessnas through the Citation 560, Beechjets and the entire Piper line up to the Cheyenne III.
The Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) is asking its members to participate in a study of how people view the aircraft mechanic career path. Pat Kinane, senior quality assurance auditor for AAR, told AIN he is pursuing the project as a dissertation study toward a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Capalla University.
Forecast International estimates that nearly $1.7 billion will be spent on upgrades for fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 70,000 pounds during the 2009-2018 period. The report of a study conducted by the company, titled “The Market for Light Aircraft Retrofit and Modernization,” noted that a spike in the avionics business as a result of FAA mandates has cooled somewhat but engine upgrades are on the upswing.
Robert Kraaipoel, 66, a citizen of the Netherlands and the director of Aviation Services International (ASI), an aircraft parts supply company in the Netherlands, has pleaded guilty to one count criminal information in federal court in the District of Columbia. Robert Neils Kraaipoel, 40, ASI’s sales manager, also a citizen of the Netherlands, and son of Robert Kraaipoel, entered the same plea.
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) is transforming its Lafayette, La. component repair operation into a support and logistics center. The component repair work currently being done at the facility will be moved to the company’s Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility. “This action is in line with our long-term strategy of building our component repair business,” stated BBA Aviation ERO president Hugh McElroy.
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) based upon Twin Commander Service Bulletin SB237.
Canadian air carrier WestJet is the launch customer for StandardAero’s latest expansion. The contract calls for the MRO to work on the CFM56-7B engines for the airline’s 81 Boeing Next Generation 737s; the number of airplanes is expected to reach 135 by 2016. The exclusive 12-year OnPoint contract is valued at more than $850 million.
Ruag may have to close its Zurich-Kloten site “due to unfavorable cost structures,” according to a spokesman for the company’s Aircraft Services Network, which maintains business and executive jets. He said the civil aircraft maintenance business is strategically important to the company, but cost pressure and lower margins are forcing management to revise its strategy.
The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that would affect about 1,082 Falcons on the U.S. registry, namely the Dassault Falcon 10, Fan Jet Falcon, Mystere-Falcon 200, Mystere-Falcon 20-C5/-D5/-E5/-F5, Falcon 2000, Falcon 2000EX, Mystere-Falcon 50 and 900, and Falcon 900EX.
Jet Aviation Hong Kong was granted Part 145 repair station certification by the FAA, allowing the company to provide maintenance services on U.S.-registered aircraft, including scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, airframe and engine repair, avionics modifications, inspections and defect rectifications.