Universal Avionics Systems (Booth 723) recently received FAA TSO approval for its SCN 1001/1101 software for the company’s satellite-based augmentation system FMS/multi-mission management system (MMMS). The latest software release includes a number of new features and enhancements for better operational efficiency and to support special-mission operations.
Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, recently announced orders for 14 Model 505 JetRanger X light singles in South Africa. Bell’s local sales representative, National Airways, was responsible for the sales, mostly to “private pilots and enthusiasts,” according to the OEM. Nine of the sales were announced at the 8th Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) show last month in Tshwane, South Africa.
Teterboro, N.J.-based charter, FBO and maintenance provider Meridian (Booth 1878) has added a newly refurbished Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet, which currently includes 25 business jets ranging from a Gulfstream G550 to a Cessna Citation Mustang. The 12-passenger large cabin aircraft, based in Bedford, Mass., is available for charter on the company’s certificate.
Airbus is discussing with airlines the possibility of building an extended-range version of the A321neo narrowbody airliner that would offer a replacement for the Boeing 757, which is no longer in production. An Airbus spokesman confirmed the outreach effort, which is at an early stage.
The services division of Comlux is offering Bombardier Global 8C inspections and the first is in progress. A Bombardier-authorized service facility since 2009, Comlux performed the first fuselage crown skin replacement on a Bombardier Global XRS in 2012, following a lightning strike.
The MRO also announced the addition of the Learjet 70/75 to its OpsSpec. “As an authorized service center for Learjet, we are pleased to have this join our list of approved aircraft,” said Jim Soleo, CEO of Comlux America.
Honeywell TPE331 engines can now be covered with a lifetime workmanship warranty on contracted maintenance services performed at a StandardAero facility. The program offers a warranty on maintenance performed by StandardAero, protecting against defects in workmanship as long as the engines are serviced by StandardAero. The program is offered at no additional cost and is transferrable to future owners/operators.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a representative for the interests of repair stations. When the association was formed in October 1984 its mission was to devote itself to representing civil aviation maintenance.
At this year’s Strategic Leadership Conference participants investigated public relations and international market development, and providing executive-level industry leaders a forum to explore the future of global aviation maintenance.
Fargo, N.D.-based Fargo Jet Center has been named a Cirrus authorized service center. “The designation from Cirrus expands our service offerings and gives the regionally based owners and operators access to quality authorized services,” said Darren Hall, vice president of marketing for Fargo Jet Center. “We continue to see an increase in the number of Cirrus owners in our area and look forward to supporting their needs.” Fargo Jet Center offers fuel and line services, an FAA repair station, and avionics sales, service and installations.
Barfield has developed the technology to transform any Android tablet into a wireless remote control for the DPS1000, the ground support test equipment used for testing pitot-static/air data systems. In the past line testing often required two operators, communicating with each other by radio; Barfield’s technology requires only one. Moreover, one of the great benefits of a software application is that it can continually evolve with limited development cost.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has expanded its relationship with Delta Private Jets (DPJ). Since the two forged an alliance last January, DPJ and its clients have enrolled 14 aircraft in JSSI engine, airframe and APU maintenance programs. Last April, DPJ opened a 40,000-sq-ft facility offering comprehensive MRO services at its headquarters at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.