Have you ever heard the comments about Washington, D.C., being a merry-go-round or the suggestion that reality stops at the Beltway? There’s a host of such jabs aimed at the decisions that flow from the nation’s capital. I think we all have complained about some of the decisions from Washington in general or the DOT/FAA in particular. I have no intention of trying to defend some of the decisions that seem disconnected from reality.
Aviation International News » April 2006
Thunder Aviation Services of Chesterfield, Mo., received certification of its aviation repair station as an EASA-approved maintenance organization. Based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, the company is a full-service FBO offering extensive maintenance and avionics programs ranging from major inspections and heavy maintenance to prepurchase evaluations and powerplant HSI and inspections.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Landmark Aviation an authorized service facility (ASF) for Learjets and Challengers. It is the first ASF in the U.S. to service all of the OEM’s business aircraft lines. Landmark had previously held authorization to conduct maintenance on Globals.
Dallas Airmotive’s Lafayette, La. facility has invested in new technology and equipment that will enable it to expand its support to additional rotary-wing engines and also add fixed-wing engine types. The company, known for its component repair capabilities for the Rolls-Royce 250 engine, plans to add PT6A/T, JT15D and PW300/PW500 component repair capabilities during the upcoming year.
Jet Aviation and Signature Flight Support at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., now offer a full line of aircraft cleaning services through Sharp Details. The company’s aircraft cleaning services include wipe-down, brightwork polishing, Teflon paint protection, Xzilon application, washes, interior detailing and carpet shampooing. The services will be offered to based tenants, transient aircraft and charter and fractional operators.
CRS Jet Spares president Armando Leighton Jr. has announced that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company has been audited and is on track for AS9120 accreditation as a “Stockist Distributor.” The standard includes the ISO9001:2000 quality-management system, as well as additional aviation industry requirements.
The cost of having a business aircraft worked on by a certified repair station that also works on airline aircraft may go up as a result of new FAA drug and alcohol testing requirements.
Ameco Beijing, located on Beijing Capital International Airport, is offering landing gear service for the Boeing 737 (including the BBJ) and 737NG, 747-200/400 and 767-200/300. The company also offers service on the A320 series, which includes the Airbus Corporate Jetliner.
Mike Dwyer, helicopter maintenance director for transport services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Arkansas Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Award.
Established by the FAA and presented by the facility manager for the Little Rock Flight Standards Office, the award is an annual competition for the best of the best when it comes to aviation maintenance in the state of Arkansas.
In its most recent AS9100 surveillance audit, Sabreliner’s southeast Missouri operations received a score of 98.9 percent, its highest rating for quality since receiving its certification in 2004. The facility received 870 points out of a possible 880.