Aviation International News » July 2005

October 10, 2006 - 7:42am

Duncan Aviation’s full-service facility in Lincoln, Neb., has won DesignatedAlteration Station (DAS) authorization from the FAA. The authorization allows the facility to approve STCs on behalf of the FAA, significantly reducing the timerequired to complete new STCs. Duncan’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility has had DAS status for several years.

October 10, 2006 - 7:41am

“Maintenance plays a principal role in our business,” according to Columbia Air Services president Art Maurice. “For many companies maintenance is a necessary evil or, at best, just one of a number of services they offer. For us, maintenance has been our primary business since the beginning.” The company touts its aircraft pick-up and drop-off service as another way it distinguishesitself from other maintenance companies.

October 10, 2006 - 7:38am

Securaplane Technologies has received Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) on its XL249 emergency battery system forinstallation on the Gulfstream V.Securaplane developed the XL249 emergency battery for GV production and it is now the standard production battery on the Gulfstream G350, G450, G500 and the G550.

October 10, 2006 - 7:36am

Standard Aero has appointed CRS Jet Spares, a worldwide distributor of aftermarket support and services, a component distribution center for the Honeywell GTCP APU Series 36.

October 10, 2006 - 7:34am

TAT Technologies, through its fully owned subsidiary Limco Airepair,announced it will acquire Piedmont Aviation Component Services. The agreement is expected to close this month.

October 10, 2006 - 7:32am

Heatcon Abaris Training International has partnered with Lufthansa Resource Technical Training to offer compositerepair training at Lufthansa’s Cwmbran, Wales facility. Heatcon will assumeresponsibility for composite training.

October 10, 2006 - 7:18am

David Allen has been an aircraft detailer for almost 15 years. His Orlando-based Allen Groupe details aircraft interiors and exteriors out of locations in Indianapolis (IND), Atlanta (PDK), Orlando (MCO and ORL) and Palm Beach (PBI). “XZilon is the first product that I’ve found that can back up its claims scientifically, verified by an independent lab,” he told AIN.

October 10, 2006 - 7:10am

An extensive investigation by a team from the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), with input from the French BEA, has failed to arrive at a positive cause for the crash of TBM 700 N30LT on Dec. 6, 2003, at England’s Oxford Airport. The accident killed the pilot and his two passengers.

October 10, 2006 - 6:41am

The NTSB blamed the first officer’s poor techniques for the Dec. 18, 2003, crash of a FedEx Boeing MD-10-10F in Memphis, Tenn. The Safety Board attributed the crash to “the first officer’s failure to properly apply crosswind landing techniques to align the airplane with the runway centerline and to properly arrest the airplane’s descent rate before touchdown.

October 10, 2006 - 6:38am

Bell/Agusta’s BA609 looks nothing like the finished article in the VMSIL. In place of a fuselage and wings, the tiltrotor’s systems, interfaced with an aircraft flight-simulation host computer, are spread across three separate areas in the lab.