Aviation International News » July 2009

June 30, 2009 - 11:48am

Precision Turbines has entered into an agreement with Avatas Aerospace enabling Precision Turbines to offer customers a complete array of maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the PT6A.

June 30, 2009 - 11:46am

The FAA has awarded a one-year renewable contract to Abaris Training to train its aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair. The course, “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” reflects the growing use of composite materials in interior panels, control surfaces, wings and fuselages.

June 30, 2009 - 11:46am

Cessna joined the wings and fuselage of the third CJ4 in mid-May, marking major assembly of the first CJ4 in Cessna’s new assembly line using production tooling. The first two production CJ4s were also assembled on production tooling, but not on the new assembly line.

June 30, 2009 - 11:45am

Sikorsky Aerospace Services has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Naasco Northeast for an improvement to S-76 helicopter starter-generators. According to Naasco, the Mercury Mod improvements have been shown to extend the time between overhauls and typical life of the starter-generators by providing a cooler operating temperature while also offering lower operating costs and enhanced performance.

June 30, 2009 - 11:43am

Testifying before Congress in May, Stanford University professor Brad Parkinson–the chief architect of GPS and the original GPS program manager before his retirement from the USAF–echoed the concern of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that there will be insufficient backup satellites to fill gaps in the constellation before the DOD’s forecast 2014 launches of its next-generation GPS III units. (see AIN, June, page one.)

June 30, 2009 - 11:43am

General Electric (GE) has purchased a 51-percent share of Airfoil Technologies International Singapore, a joint venture between GE and Teleflex, for $300 million in cash. GE previously held a 49-percent share in the company. ATI Singapore, which started operations in 1998, is a repair facility for compressor airfoils.

June 30, 2009 - 11:42am

Gulfstream Aerospace has reintroduced its “Meet the Quote” spare parts price-matching program. Originally launched in 2004, the program this time will be in effect through the end of this month.

The program includes the most popular exchange parts, says Gulfstream, including valves, alternators, regulator and brake assemblies, actuators and display units, for the entire line of Gulfstream jets.

June 30, 2009 - 11:40am

Air Alliance, a Cessna service center based in Germany, has been designated an authorized Blackhawk distributor and installation center. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackhawk will purchase three new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engines for the Cessna 208 Grand Caravan series.

June 30, 2009 - 11:40am

L-3 Avionics Systems has appointed Jay LaFoy president of the company after the departure in April of former president Adrienne Stevens. In his new role, LaFoy will oversee all aspects of L-3 Avionics Systems and report to Kris Ganase, president of parent company L-3 Aviation Products.

June 30, 2009 - 11:38am

as acquired three Gulfstream IIs to disassemble and part out. The company also owns a GIV (S/N 1058) fuselage and interior that is about to be parted out.

Norm Hill, who oversees sales and marketing for the company, said its primary business is making economical, serviceable GII, GIII and GIV parts available to operators worldwide.