Keystone Helicopter of West Chester, Pa., has expanded its accessories capabilities on both the Rolls-Royce 250 and Honeywell LTS101 turboshaft engines. According to Ralph Kunz, vice president of the MRO, the company has invested more than $500,000 in tooling and test equipment to become a Honeywell-authorized repair and overhaul facility.
Aviation International News » March 2005
Two students were selected to receive NBAA’s 2004 William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Shannon Stuart Spangler and Anna Romer will receive $2,500 each to further their education as they pursue careers as aviation maintenance technicians.
Maintenance technicians at the Greenville, S.C. facility of Stevens Aviation brought home the gold–the FAA’s gold, that is. The FAA has again recognized the company for outstanding technical service. The FAA named Tim Kunkle 2004 Maintenance Technician of the Year, while Charles Jamison received the state’s 2004 Avionics Technician of the Year award.
Boeing Business Jets selected Flightdocs of Babylon, N.Y., as a factory-authorized maintenance tracking service for BBJ operators. Flightdocs will be offered to all new BBJ operators with the delivery of their aircraft. Rick Heine, president of Flightdocs, said, “We have worked closely with Boeing to provide outstanding maintenance tracking tools for the Boeing Business Jet.
Duncan Aviation has signed an agreement with Securaplane Technologies to provide sales and service on Hawker pure lead SLA batteries. The Hawker mainship battery is a no-maintenance, pure lead battery that can be shipped as non-hazardous/non-spillable. The battery can also be stored fully charged for up to 24 months with no ongoing maintenance or top-charging.
The FAA has approved a pairing of Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite performance system for the Learjet 35/36 with West Star Aviation’s RVSM system. No changes to the West Star RVSM installation are required for any of the Raisbeck systems, and previously equipped RVSM airplanes also need no updates when installing the ZR Lite system.
GE Transportation Aircraft Engines, through Unison Industries, has acquired Aircraft Parts Corporation (APC). Founded in 1960, APC has its headquarters in Long Island, N.Y., and a service center in Wichita. The privately held company manufactures and repairs aircraft electrical systems, including starter-generators and generator control units for business/commuter jet, helicopter and military applications.
Dallas Airmotive’s Carpenter Freeway production facility in Dallas has added overhaul-level authorization to its existing Honeywell 36-series authorized service center agreement. The new authorization covers all Honeywell 36-6, 36-100 and 36-150 APUs used in business and general aviation applications.
You might call Heli-Expo 2005 a triumph for Bell/Agusta Aerospace and particularly for the AB139. In the period covering European certification in 2003, FAA IFR authorization in December and last month’s show, eight AB139s have been handed over to customers, for use in roles ranging from VIP to air ambulance and a wide range of environments. Twenty-six more were ordered in Anaheim last month.
If all goes well with a new $250,000-per-year research program the FAA is launching next month, pilots flying specially equipped rotorcraft will be able to take advantage of lower IFR approach minimums and new flight corridors to Manhattan heliports within the next few years.