Royal Aero Group has opened an airframe parts operation in North Carolina. Based in Miesbach, Germany, the company bills itself as an aviation re-distribution, leasing and engine consultancy business specializing in aircraft, jet engines and surplus OEM parts.
The engine failure that occurred during ground testing of the first Bombardier CSeries flight test airplane on May 29 originated in the low-pressure turbine, according to the airframe maker.
After moving the partially built components of the all-composite, single-engine Privateer amphibian to Comp Air Aviation in Titusville, Fla. for final assembly, Comp Air technicians have put together major portions of the airframe. In the past three months, the Comp Air team has installed the wings and center section on the fuselage, then attached that assembly to the floats. “The horizontal stabilizer and elevator are complete and ready for control system integration,” according to Comp Air. First flight of the 714-hp Walter 601-powered amphibian is planned in the fourth quarter.
Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) launched a new check-to-check airframe maintenance program this week at EBACE. Coverage is available for a range of business jets, including all Falcons, Globals and Challengers; the Citation Sovereign+; and the G450 and G550. It enhances the company’s standard airframe product by adding customizable contract terms to provide coverage through the remaining length of the next major scheduled airframe inspection. The program’s coverage is transferable.
Duncan Aviation has added Brian Andrews to its airframe service sales team, where he will provide technical sales and quote support for airframe maintenance projects. Andrews, who is well versed in several different airframes, will focus on providing technical sales support for Duncan Aviation’s Embraer clients. After graduating from A&P school in 1998, Andrews joined Duncan Aviation’s facility in Battle Creek, Mich. as an airframe technician.
In a move designed to promote economic development and position a more strongly aligned workforce, Illinois’ Greater Rockford Airport Authority (GRAA) and Rock Valley College (RVC) have combined efforts to create an expanded aviation maintenance technology program.
Yukon, Oklahoma-based maintenance provider Legacy Aviation has doubled-down on its investment in supporting the Beechcraft King Air line. Company president and CEO R.J. Gomez said, “Our market research indicates that nearly 600 King Airs are based within a 500-mile radius of our facility.
Quest Aircraft received FAA approval for a 565-pound maximum landing weight increase for its Kodiak to 7,255 pounds, the same as the turboprop single’s mtow. This allows operators to carry extra fuel–“a significant benefit for those flying to remote regions,” said Quest president and CEO Sam Hill. The upgrade is standard on all new-production Kodiaks and an option for in-service aircraft without requiring any structural upgrade.
Gore Design Completions (GDC) last week received the first of two Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for which it will produce luxury cabin interiors on behalf of private owners. The second aircraft will arrive at its facility in San Antonio, Texas, in the third quarter of this year and the elaborate completions projects for each of the widebodies are expected to last three years.
As maintenance facilities worldwide struggle to hire enough technicians to keep up with demand, some have opted to train their own. Marshall Aviation Services recently honored four apprentices at an awards ceremony at its facility in Broughton, North Wales.
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