The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to owners of Airbus A300s; Dassault Falcon 20s, 50s, 200s and 900s; Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porters; and Eurocopter AS 350B3 and SA 315B helicopters.
Aviation International News » February 2007
Fargo Jet Center of Fargo, N.D., has introduced the Aero Spa, a service aimed at pampering your jet with a thorough cleaning and detailing. Aero Spa services include “trip ready” interior cleaning, wet or dry washes, hand waxing, machine buffing, bright work, de-ice boot refurbish and carpet shampoo and extraction. The service is offered as a standalone or in conjunction with line service or maintenance.
Kansas City Aviation Center’s Chesterfield, Mo. facility has been given an FAA Part 145 designation. Midwest Aviation Center (MWAC) was established last August by KCAC on Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The facility is approved for all small aircraft, the Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Malibu/Meridian series, King Air 200 and Citation 500 series. It is also approved to service most Continental and Lycoming engines as well as the TPE331, PT6 and JT15.
Operators who need maintenance during a trip can now have some reassurance as to the quality of work they can expect. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Jet Repair Anywhere, an Internet-based subscription maintenance directory and auditing company, has begun scheduling on-site audits of FAA repair stations and maintenance facilities.
While Eurocopter remains the leader in unit sales of civil helicopters, its competitors are honing their products. The company’s management team is well aware of the pressure, as one official recently expressed concern about new competing products from Western manufacturers. He stated that they will soon be as capable as, and less expensive than, Eurocopter’s.
Haggan Aviation on Denver’s Centennial Airport has become an authorized installation facility for the Raisbeck ZR light performance system for 30-series Learjets. The ZR light (batwing) performance system modifies the flap contours and installs the batwing at the wing junction with the tiptank.
Embraer has named Elliott Aviation an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. The agreement includes routine inspections, scheduled and unscheduled airframe, engine, avionics and other systems maintenance and repairs. The company has facilities in Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Omaha, Neb.
Timken has acquired Turbo Engines, of Tucson, Ariz., as it continues to expand its presence in the aerospace aftermarket.
Gulfstream’s Savannah Service Center has received approval from the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department to perform maintenance on aircraft registered in Hong Kong. With the HKAR-145 certificate, the Gulfstream Savannah Service Center has the authority to work on Gulfstream G200s, G450s and G550s registered in Hong Kong. Currently, there are six Gulfstreams registered in Hong Kong–three G200s, one G450 and two G550s.
“We’ve come a long way from my mom’s garage in 1982 to our current 43,000-square-foot facility in Fort Lauderdale,” said Armando Leighton Jr., CRS Jet Spares founder and CEO. The company provides parts exchanges, sales, provisioning packages, repair and rental options for Learjets, Hawkers, Gulfstreams, Challengers and Falcons.