Keeping today’s turbine-powered aircraft clean might not be rocket science, but it isn’t like washing a car, either. There is now a program that teaches aircraft detailers the safe and proper procedures for detailing all aspects of turbine-aircraft exteriors and interiors.
Stevens Aviation announced the expansion of its network of five service center locations by re-opening its Greenville, S.C. facility as a Stevens Turboprop Center after a multimillion-dollar refurbishment. The move adds 30,000 sq ft of hangar space to support the operation.
Some MROs are growing increasingly concerned about working on aircraft that are more than 18 years old because they fall beyond the statute of repose limits established in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994.
Dassault Falcon Jet has bestowed authorized service center status on Jet Aviation Dubai for the Falcon 900 and 2000. The company is now authorized to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, AOG assistance and aircraft repair for Falcon 900s and 2000s.
Several European helicopter pilots recently formed the Flying Bulls, the only civil helicopter aerobatic team in Europe. The team uses the BO 105 for its performances, the most recent of which took place in Kitzbuhel, Austria, on January 27.
At 6:34 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2006, while attempting to land on an oil platform, a CHC-operated Eurocopter SA 365N Dauphin 2 crashed into the Irish Sea. During the later stages of the approach to the Morecambe platform, the crew decided to go around.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is drafting new rules for heliport layout and construction in a revised Annex 14. The new rules propose changes to the size of the final approach and takeoff (FATO) area, visual cues and surrounding airspace.
Agusta S.p.A., the Italian element of AgustaWestland, is suing the French procurement agency, the DGA, claiming that an unfair tender essentially eliminated the Milan-based company from the competition for helicopters for the French state.
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