Winnipeg, Canada-based Cadorath Aerospace has expanded its engineering department to broaden its offerings for Bell helicopter repairs. Last year, Cadorath’s engineering team developed 178 new extended repairs for Bell helicopters. Cadorath says this growth in the list of Bell repairs, as well as expansion of the engineering team, puts it on schedule to perform more repairs this year.
Eurocopter is now anticipating that a solution to the main gearbox problem that has grounded the North Sea fleet of EC225s will be available in April. According to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling, the solution will at least be a “safety barrier.”
Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti fractional operator Avantair says that its flight and maintenance operations have fully recovered from a three-week voluntary standdown that ended in November. Further, it has closed a second round of funding since the grounding and hired a new COO.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has invited NBAA to take part in the formulation of new rules that would differentiate rest requirements for on-demand aircraft charter operators from those that cover scheduled air carriers. Current EASA regulations on crew rest are “one size fits all,” said NBAA vice president for safety, security, operations and regulation Doug Carr. They make no allowances for the different nature of the on-demand charter business when compared to scheduled airline operations, NBAA said.
328 Group acquired an FBO and business aircraft maintenance and repair station at London Biggin Hill Airport from Jet Aviation earlier this month. The facility has been renamed Jets (Biggin Hill) Ltd. The acquisition brings new aircraft maintenance capabilities to the 328 Group, including the Dassault Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X and Cessna Citation 525, 550 and 560, in addition to its existing services for the Bombardier Challenger 300, 601, 604 and 605; Learjet 45; Dornier 328; and Hawker 700, 800, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, 950XP and 1000.
Astronics’ Max-Viz 600 enhanced vision system has received a Cessna Aircraft Service Bulletin for retrofit installation in recently delivered Cessna Skyhawks, Skylanes and Stationairs. The retrofit, available from Cessna for retrofit by Cessna-authorized service centers, is approved by the FAA and EASA. The Max-Viz 600 and its higher-end sibling, the Model 1500, are already STC’d for a long list of business jets and turboprops, as well as helicopters.
Boeing has begun assembling 737NGs at a rate of 38 airplanes per month, the company announced Tuesday. Over the past two years, monthly production of the 737 has risen more than 20 percent, from 31.5 to 38 airplanes. Plans call for the rate to increase again to 42 airplanes a month next year.
An “improperly crimped” fueldraulics line is the probable cause of a fuel leak that led the U.S. military to suspend flight operations of the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing (Stovl) variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, which was grounded on January 18.
“No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound,” promises Gulfstream in an announcement about its recently certified G650, which boasts a maximum velocity of Mach 0.925.
The Walk Out for Safety protest organized by the European Cockpit Association (ECA) was supported by 2,500 to 3,000 pilots and cabin crew across 26 different countries on January 22. The event was intended to express opposition to changes to commercial flight- and duty-time rules proposed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).