Mesa Air Group inked an eight-year deal with US Airways to add another nine aircraft to its fleet of 38 Bombardier CRJ900s, the airline announced in late February.
CHC maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiary Heli-One has opened a facility in Rzeszow, Poland. Work has begun on Heli-One Poland’s first project: the major overhaul (G-Check), repaint and modification of a CHC AS322L Super Puma. By year-end “a new, customized hangar” will replace the current temporary facility. The company plans to invest “more than $15 million in building costs, purchasing, training and other expenses related to the operation.” Heli-One’s fourth major workshop location, the new site is expected to employ more than 100 people by 2015.
Universal Avionics has completed helicopter vibration testing and approval for its UniLink UL-800/801 communications management unit (CMU), expanding the company’s line of products designed for the helicopter market. The UniLink UL-800/801 is an ACARS-compatible CMU that includes digital ATIS, pre-departure clearance, aircraft tracking, messaging, weather information and graphics. The system is also provisioned for the Aeronautical Telecommunications Network, providing a platform for future compliance with emerging datalink requirements.
Bombardier Aerospace business aircraft operators in Brazil and Mexico will have regional customer briefings in 2013. The Support Team will host operators in Toluca, Mexico (April 16 and 17) and in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 15.
MRO Exchange has launched MROmarketplace.com, an online site that facilitates the procurement of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul projects by maintenance repair organizations and other aircraft service providers.
The site “provides MROs and aircraft owner-operators with an online platform to expedite the RFP/RFQ/RFT process, enabling them more quickly to identify the most suitable worldwide transactional partners for maintenance, repair and overhaul work required on aircraft,” said Vince Mariano, CIO.
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AAR is expanding its parts inventory for the European market, stocking more high-demand airframe and engine-related components, along with bulky, difficult-to-move items such as aircraft surfaces and nacelles at its main distribution center in Amsterdam. . The move is designed to ensure that customers’ parts and inventory needs can be supported quickly and more economically.
Falcon operators have additional support from Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS) with the opening of a new satellite service station in Van Nuys, Calif. It will provide troubleshooting and line maintenance for all Falcon 50s, 900s and 2000s as well as the Falcon 7X.
Duncan Aviation now has the capability to repair batteries from Securaplane Technologies in addition to distributing both Securaplane main ship and emergency batteries. “With more than seven years of Securaplane customer support experience under our belts, we’ve earned the ability to repair the emergency batteries as well as distribute and service them,” said Karl Detweiler, accessories shop business development and marketing supervisor at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Nebraska, location.
To accommodate existing and future business growth, CAV Ice Protection will open a North American operations center at New Century Airport in Olathe, Kansas, near Kansas City. “CAV Ice Protection’s ongoing growth and future business plans will result in new ice-protection products and services, greater support and expanded capabilities at our facilities in the UK, Poland, Mexico and the United States,” said Ken Weaver, CAV Ice Protection vice president for sales and marketing.