This year Gulfstream Aerospace is recognizing the 20th anniversary of its Long Beach, Calif. business jet interior completions and service facility at Daugherty Field. In March 1986, Gulfstream purchased the facility to absorb some of the aircraft interior completions work being done at its manufacturing headquarters in Savannah, Ga.
Aviation International News » August 2006
Four new installation centers have been authorized as Raisbeck King Air dealers. They are Hillaero Modification Center in Lincoln, Neb.; Superior Aircraft Maintenance in Medford, Ore.; Professional Aircraft Maintenance in Bakersfield, Calif.; and MCA Aviation of Shoreham-by-Sea, in West Sussex, England.
Avantair has chosen JSSI’s Tip-to-Tail airframe maintenance cost-guarantee program to cover its fleet of Piaggio Avantis. JSSI developed the Tip-to-Tail airframe hourly cost maintenance program to complement its engine programs. According to the company, OEM interest has driven the addition of new aircraft models–including the Piaggio Avanti and Avanti II–to the Tip-to-Tail program.
Avmats has joined forces with LoPresti Aviation to deliver LoPresti Boom Beams to legacy Hawker 700s. LoPresti Boom Beams are already a standard item on every Cirrus Design, Adam Aircraft and Lancair aircraft and a factory standard option on the Hawker 800 series.
Aerospace Products International, a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has opened its newest distribution and logistics center in Shanghai, China. Aerospace Products International (Shanghai) will enhance the product distribution services that API has provided in China since 2000 and allow API to serve as a major third-party logistics provider in the Asia-Pacific region.
Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco) and Mxi Technologies have announced an agreement to implement the Maintenix system at Joramco’s MRO facility on Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan. Specifically, Mxi will provide Joramco with a maintenance software solution that will automate the company’s maintenance operation.
Standard Aero has expanded its range of small gas turbine engine services with a five-year agreement covering PT6 engine work with Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions. The agreement includes material purchase arrangements, component repair services and engine teardown services. Standard Aero has offered a full range of overhaul, repair and component services for the PT6 since 1990.
Las Vegas; Minneapolis; and West Palm Beach, Fla., were purchased from BBA Aviation to form General Dynamics Aviation Services (GDAS). The following year Gulfstream’s Westfield, Mass., service center was added to the mix, and by March 2003 all five General Dynamics Aviation Services maintenance centers had earned the FAA’s Diamond Certificate of Excellence and each has earned it every year since.
The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to advise owners, operators and repair stations of aircraft equipped with the Rolls-Royce (formerly Allison) 250-C30, -C40 and -C47 series engines that a recent suspected unapproved parts investigation revealed that some combustion liners might have been modified with an unapproved metal alloy.
The owner of the 1991 Falcon 900 shown here undergoing an extensive cockpit and cabin renovation by Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb., has learned a lesson familiar to all pioneers: the unknown lurks somewhere out there and will spring surprises.