Associated Air Center, a subsidiary of StandardAero, has completed the necessary modifications for compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration’s SFAR-88 Airworthiness Directive on its ninth BBJ equipped with DeCrane-PATS auxiliary fuel tanks. Associated Air Center will complete these mandatory modifications on seven other BBJs before the AD deadline of December 2009.
Ground support equipment provider Aero Specialties (Booth No. 986) has signed a distribution agreement with Jet Go International for its new 550M diesel-powered 28-volt GPU.
Although Gulfstream has joined the rest of the aviation industry in announcing layoffs, the company remains on schedule with new-airplane programs. In February, the first midsize G250 forward, center and aft fuselage sections were joined.
Despite an order backlog covering 5,000 aircraft, turbine business aircraft manufacturers are expected to experience the steepest decline in production of any aerospace sector, according to figures revealed by management consultancy AeroStrategy at an aerospace materials conference in Pittsburgh last month.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently completed its 2,000th airborne product support flight, achieving the milestone seven years after introducing the on-demand maintenance service in May 2002.
Freedom Aero Service, a new repair station founded by former Weco Aerospace Systems employees, received FAA certification on January 29. Freedom Aero offers helicopter and business jet electrical and electronic component and instrument repair and overhaul. The company plans to move to Sacramento-McClellan Airpark, where Freedom Aero has leased a 24,000-sq-ft former military repair facility.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace has merged two of its holdings– Executive Aircraft Completions (EAC) and Cabin Innovations– into a single division called Cabin Innovations. The new company’s design, engineering and certification office will remain in Tulsa, Okla., with a production and engineering office based at Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facility in Lewisville, Texas.
Gulfstream Aerospace recently launched BudgetPlus, a parts subscription service that offers mid-cabin Gulfstream owners and operators a way to manage their annual maintenance costs. The launch formalizes a pilot program Gulfstream introduced in 2005.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a replacement for the troublesome Sundstrand environmental control unit (ECU) for JetProp models (840, 900, 980 and 1000). The replacement system is based on an improved version of the Enviro Systems ECU. The original Enviro ECU was developed in conjunction with Gulfstream Aerospace when it was producing JetProps as a warranty replacement for factory-installed Sundstrands.
The second phase of a new Savannah Service Center for Gulfstream Aerospace is under way and slated to enter service by next year’s third quarter. According to Gulfstream, it will be the largest maintenance facility in the world built specifically for business jets.