Stevens Aviation has a long history as a privately held, local business. It began in 1950 as the J.P. Stevens Aviation Department, which operated a small piston-powered aircraft to support the large textile company in Greenville, S.C. The company and its flight department were integral members of the local community, and long-time Greenville residents and employees of Stevens Aviation still talk about the gentle manners and southern hospitality of Ralph Cuthbertson Sr., Stevens’ first pilot and president.
The FAA announced it will formally re-examine the certification standards for helicopters under FAR Parts 27 and 29. Currently Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have no more than nine passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29.
Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) is in the final stages of receiving approval to open a center for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of composite and bonded metal/composite components for a wide range of business aircraft types. The center will be the first of its kind in South America.
The FAA plans to formally reexamine the certification standards for helicopters under Parts 27 and 29 of the FARs, the agency announced. Currently, Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have nine or fewer passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29 rules.
Legacy product support specialist Ontic (Hall 1 stand B13) is here at Farnborough 2014 announcing new “extended life solution” contracts, a local stamp of approval for its Singapore maintenance facility and “incredible growth” over the past 12 months, when total annual sales exceeded $30 million.
Honeywell has named JetSupport’s MRO division an authorized service center. The designation will broaden the MRO’s current maintenance capability, which includes the Citation 650 and Falcons. The initial authorization grants approval to perform maintenance on the Honeywell TFE731 turbofan and APUs. JetSupport plans to add Honeywell’s TPE331 turboprop and avionics products to its authorization.
JetSupport provides MRO services and support for business aviation and special-purpose aircraft.
West Star Aviation’s East Alton location was founded in 1947 and was originally named Walston Aviation. It changed ownership in 1986 and was renamed Premier Air Center. In 2004, the principals of Premier Air Center acquired West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., and operated under the dual name Premier Air Center/West Star Aviation until September 2007, when the company was rebranded West Star Aviation.
Duncan Aviation will open the new maintenance hangar complex at its facility in Lincoln, Neb. with an open house on July 15. A full day of informational sessions, tours of the campus and visits with industry vendors and OEMs will conclude with an evening reception with music, food, drinks and socializing. The event is open to anyone in the business aviation industry.
Duncan Aviation broke ground for the 175,000-sq-ft facility in the fall of 2012; it comprises two 40,000-sq-ft maintenance hangars and 95,000 sq ft of office and shop space.
EASA has given approval to DC Aviation to expand its maintenance capabilities to include the Bombardier Challenger 604/605. Through its facility at Dubai World Central, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, the joint venture between DC Aviation and Al-Futtaim, can now offer line maintenance support to customers operating the Challenger as well as the Airbus A320 series and Bombardier Global Express.
Jet Aviation Basel recently received FAA approval to provide line and base maintenance for the G650. The company received similar EASA approval last month. “We are continuously investing in new technologies and training our employees,” said Erik Vandegrift, director of Gulfstream maintenance operations at Jet Aviation Basel. “We are pleased to broaden our maintenance capabilities for Gulfstream owners and operators in the region.”
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