Aviation International News » March 2009

March 2, 2009 - 11:04am

Ameco Beijing held a grand completion ceremony on March 18 last year for its A380 hangar, the biggest aircraft maintenance building in Asia.

March 2, 2009 - 11:01am

CRS Jet Spares announced recertification of its quality management system by the Bureau Veritas Certification in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 and the corresponding SAE aerospace standard, AS9120. This new certification also includes the continuation of accreditation to FAA AC 00-56. The original certification was granted in December 2005 and this recertification extends CRS’s validity through December 2011.

March 2, 2009 - 10:59am

A new, larger facility adjacent to Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix has become home to BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul (ERO) company Dallas Airmotive. The Regional Turbine Center (RTC) moved from Scottsdale Airpark into a 7,500-sq-ft facility, almost doubling its previous space.

March 2, 2009 - 10:57am

Duncan Aviation is cutting some production team members’ hours and implementing pay cuts in all other positions. According to the company, it is the first time in its 53-year history that Duncan has had to implement cutbacks.

March 2, 2009 - 10:55am

GE Aviation has signed an exclusive distributor agreement with Aviall Services that covers unique spare parts of the GE CF34-3 for the remaining life of the engine.

March 2, 2009 - 10:54am

Duke Aviation will be opening the first independent MRO facility in India. It
will be on Nagpur’s International Airport located within a special economic zone. Maharashtra Airport Development has a 25-percent stake in the project, slated to begin doing engine work next year. The plan calls for expansion into airframe maintenance and paint.

March 2, 2009 - 10:52am

Tennessee-based Aerospace Products has become an authorized worldwide distributor for SAFT aviation batteries. API is a wholly owned subsidiary of
First Aviation Services.

March 2, 2009 - 10:50am

A Cessna Aircraft A&P mechanic has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts. The federal complaint alleges that Diego Alejandro Paz Teran of Wichita stole parts from Cessna to sell on eBay from August 2008 through January 30 of this year.

March 2, 2009 - 6:36am

Sikorsky’s S-76D made its first flight February 7 at the company’s West Palm Beach. Fla. test facility. The helicopter performed taxi, hover and hover turns and achieved a top forward speed of 40 knots during the 30-minute flight. The flight came three years after Sikorsky began development of the latest S-76 variant.

March 2, 2009 - 6:35am

Eurocopter has voiced concerns about the safety of supplemental type certificates (STC), claiming three times more accidents are caused by STC’d hardware than by the original aircraft. The European helicopter manufacturer is concerned that some STCs cover such a wide array of major modifications that certifying a new version of the helicopter would be a more prudent course.