The European Aviation Safety Agency has granted approval of a recent FAA-approved rotor blade tape installation STC for Robinson R22s and R44s. Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-12 was issued to address delamination of the helicopters’ main rotor blades.
Aviation International News » May 2008
An 18,000-sq-ft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility was slated to open on Singapore’s Changi Airport before the end of last month. The new facility continues the expansion of Ametek Aerospace & Defense’s growing presence in the global MRO services market and will operate as a unit of Ametek Southern Aeroparts.
The EASA has issued a Part 145 approval certificate to Embraer’s new executive jets center at Le Bourget Airport. The 37,600-sq-ft facility with 20,500-sq-ft hangar is dedicated exclusively to the Embraer executive jets fleet. It joins an existing service center network that includes OGMA, in Portugal, and another four Embraer authorized service centers in the region.
For the fourth time the FAA has awarded Western Aircraft the Diamond Certificate of Excellence for the company’s commitment to technical training and expertise. Western Aircraft has developed a number of initiatives over the years to enhance safety and quality through aggressive training and safety management principles.
GE Sensing and Inspections has introduced the XLG3 borescope, which standardizes the inspection process and allows the user to manage it effectively.
Cushman and Wakefield, the real-estate firm hired by MD Helicopters parent company Patriarch Partners, has reportedly narrowed potential new sites for the company down to four: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, North Texas Regional Airport, Shreveport Regional Airport and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The company was expected to make a decision by late last month.
A new Pentagon order for V-22 Osprey tiltrotors could boost prospects for more rapid development of the BA609 civil tiltrotor. The U.S. Department of Defense signed a $10.4 billion contract for 167 more Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey military tiltrotors over the next five years, despite continuing engine problems on the machine. The Marine Corps will receive 141 MV-22s and the Air Force 26 CV-22s for its Special Operations Command.
Eurocopter design engineers continue ground testing the main gearbox of the EC 175 medium twin. “Trials started in Marignane, France late last year–on time,” program manager Francis Combes told AIN. The company has allotted two years to main gearbox development.
Eurocopter’s “fleet safety directorate,” officially formed last July, continues to study human factors in helicopter operations, with the statistical backdrop that pilot errors cause an estimated 75 percent of helicopter accidents, and maintenance errors account for another 10 percent.
For Dan Naor, a helicopter owner and pilot and partner in the busy Baltimore Marine Center in the Maryland city’s downtown harbor, landing at the nearest airport was an inconvenience. “You can land at BWI or Martin,” he said, “but then it takes half an hour to get downtown.”