Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, will use the Avtrak GlobalNet platform to support its Viking MX factory maintenance tracking program. According to Viking, the system allows operators to easily plan, track and schedule maintenance activities, maintain regulatory compliance, and work closely with the OEM in monitoring overall aircraft systems reliability. It can also track all of an operator’s aircraft with a single system.
Aviation International News » September 2010
GE Aviation is offering an on-wing engine upgrade program for certain configurations of the CF34-3A2. The upgrade allows on-condition engine maintenance, rather than the current hard-time interval. The upgraded engines will have longer time on wing and greatly reduced maintenance costs with no scheduled hot-section inspections or overhauls, the company claims.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) recently ordered five AKV cycle-counter systems from Dart Helicopter Services for installation on its five Bell UH-1 firefighting and utility helicopters.
Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based in Brisbane, Australia, has entered into a distribution agreement with Timken for bearing inspection, overhaul and reconditioning services throughout the Australasian region. Sikorsky Helitech will also carry an extensive inventory of bearings at its Brisbane location to facilitate and expedite regional overhauls and exchanges.
Royal Jet, a charter operator based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has awarded a new engine maintenance, repair and overhaul contract to Snecma for its CFM56-7B fleet. Snecma will provide MRO services for all CFM56-7Bs powering the operator’s Boeing Business Jets. Royal Jet operates a fleet of six BBJs. Snecma has been working with Royal Jet for eight years.
Ten years after Embraer began doing business in China by setting up a representative office in Beijing, it has established its first wholly owned subsidiary there. Embraer China Aircraft Technical Services Company (ECA) is based in Beijing, and the company anticipates investing as much as $18 million.
Jeppesen leadership is addressing problems the company experienced in July in meeting customer requests for timely delivery of charts. The problems stem from a recent switch to a new Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) system used for processing orders.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation
recently installed in a Gulfstream IV an Aircell ATG 4000 high-speed internet system complete with the Aircell Axxess cabin communications systems with Wi-Fi provisions. The installation was completed in conjunction with a 72-month inspection and was the fourth Aircell high-speed internet system Constant Aviation has installed this year.
EMS Aviation is offering its Forté AirMail for a wide range of corporate aircraft. The FAA STC-approved, Iridium-based system provides worldwide Wi-Fi e-mail capability in flight using common Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones (BlackBerry and iPhone) and Wi-Fi-enabled personal digital assistants.
Dart Helicopter Services (DHS), a manufacturer and distributor of helicopter accessories, signed an agreement with Hawker Pacific to strengthen DHS’s presence in the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Hawker Pacific operates facilities in several Asian and Australian locations; Auckland, New Zealand; and Dubai, UAE.