As the aviation industry recovers from the events of 9/11, all of the service providers await the return of better economic times. We can now see indicators of robust activity. The number of new aircraft being delivered and the growing demand for avionics upgrades and custom interiors for both new and in-service aircraft are all indicators of a stream of revenue for our maintenance providers.
Aviation International News » August 2005
West Coast Maintenance, a division of West Coast Charters, recently opened a repair station in a newly built 30,000-sq-ft hangar on Daugherty Field in Long Beach, Calif.
Dallas Airmotive is opening a new 22,600-sq-ft warehouse at its Forest Park turbine engine repair and overhaul facility in Dallas.
The FAA has issued Handbook Bulletin HBAW 04-06E in an attempt to clarify issues surrounding maintenance requirements under FAR Part 135. The bulletin has been amended to suspend its compliance time requirement because the FAA is considering a rulemaking effort to remove the words “type-certificated” (TC) from the language of FAR 135.411.
Montreal-based Innotech Aviation has been approved as a line service center for Honeywell’s HTF 7000 turbofan engine. Under the agreement, Innotech will perform engine removal/replacement, hot section inspections, major periodic inspections and line maintenance.
Piedmont Aviation Component Services announced that it has entered an agreement to sell all of its ownership interest to Tulsa, Okla.-based Limco Airepair. Limco will continue to operate Piedmont with the same name, facilities and employees.
Piedmont also announced it has met the standards and requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 certification process and has been registered by AQA as an ISO 9001:2000-compliant company.
Bombardier announced a 100,000-sq-ft expansion plan at its factory-owned service center at Love Field in Dallas. Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take one year.
Rolls-Royce has designated Jet Aviation an engine service center. The agreement authorizes Jet Aviation to provide complete engine management, warranty work, CorporateCare and the entire spectrum of line maintenance to customers of aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has entered an agreement with Cessna Aircraft to offer PowerAdvantage Plus (PA+), an expanded pay-by-the-hour maintenance program for Cessna Citation operators.
Bombardier Flexjet, the fractional ownership program of Bombardier Aerospace, announced it has earned the FAA’s Employer Diamond Award for the seventh consecutive year. The award is the agency’s highest for excellence in aviation maintenance training.