Gulfstream Aerospace is adding spare-parts inventory valued at $4.5 million to its Luton, England, service center to support the growing fleet of Gulfstream business jets operating in Europe and the Middle East. The additional inventory will include spare parts for the Gulfstream G200, GIV, GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Mayo Aviation, located on Englewood, Colo.’s Centennial Airport, offers both maintenance and a large Part 135 operation. “Having our own charter fleet gives us a unique perspective because it is also one of our customers. It makes us sensitive to turn-around time; it costs us real money when we don’t get an airplane done right the first time, on-time,” said Greg Laabs, general manager of maintenance.
“Obtaining ISO 9001:200 and AS9120 certification of our quality-management system was a critical part of meeting the demand for the highest level of quality control. It means so much to us to know that we are performing at the highest standards possible in meeting the requirements of the business jet community,” said CRS Jet Spares president Armando Leighton Jr.
“We’re trying to do a better job of getting the word out about Tracs scholarships for 2007. We had a number of the 2006 opportunities go unused for lack of applicants,” Mark Dietrich of NBAA’s Maintenance Committee told AIN. “The deadline for next year’s awards is January 15, 2007, so we’re giving plenty of notice.”
Raisbeck Engineering has appointed Stevens Aviation of Greenville, S.C., an authorized installation center for the ZR Lite. Stevens, already a Bombardier Learjet authorized service center, has a long history of selling, installing and servicing Raisbeck Performance Systems.
Under the terms of an agreement with BLR Aerospace, Landmark Aviation has become an authorized dealer for the Everett, Wash.-based aerospace research and development firm. The arrangement allows five Landmark Aviation locations, previously designated as Raytheon authorized service centers, to install winglets designed, certified and manufactured by BLR for King Air 200s.
Manufacturers of Part 25 transport aircraft weighing more than 75,000 pounds, including business jet OEMs, will be required to develop operational limitations for all future designs, under a far-ranging proposal aimed at eliminating “widespread fatigue damage” (WFD) as aircraft age.
More than a few business aviation technicians have expressed frustration that NBAA doesn’t represent them and their interests, maintaining, instead, that the organization is primarily flight-crew oriented. The association’s maintenance committee is aggressively trying to change that perception, and the Maintenance Management Conference, held this year in Dallas, is one part of that effort.
A controversy is flaring at the French fireguard about the use of converted Bombardier Dash 8Q-400 turboprops as heavy waterbombers. Pilots deem the aircraft unsuited to their needs and insist that using it has negative implications for safety. The Ministry of the Interior, which ordered two of the aircraft in 2004, has just reached an agreement with the pilots.
The paperwork demands of a high-performance single- or twin-engine airplane or helicopter are enormous and can be a continuing headache for owners and operators. Aircraft owners Doug Stewart and Greg Ratliff are well aware of this workload and decided to design an Internet-based program that aggregates all the data for both pilot and airplane currency and maintenance into one online system.