A multiyear FAA reauthorization bill will be on President Obama’s desk by July 4. That was the prediction last week by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. According to GovernmentExecutive.com, congressional aides are meeting informally to reach agreement on some lesser differences between House and Senate versions of FAA bills.
After building a parts and rotables inventory worth more than $25 million, Constant Aviation is now making it available to the corporate aviation community. “Under our new Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange (Care) program we have increased our inventory to cover 4,000 line items, including expendable parts and particularly rotable exchanges.
Reports of the demise of the Loadmaster program are unfounded, according to Russ Heil, CEO of Ayres Corp., the Albany, Ga.-based agplane OEM and developer of the Loadmaster. It’s true that in its second quarter 2001 financial statement FedEx stated it had taken a write-off on the Loadmaster and that one FedEx official said the airplane wouldn’t be built.
Ayres Corp. is no more and the prospects for the Loadmaster LM200 are now bleaker than ever. On August 7, GATX Capital, which had been operating Albany, Ga.-based Ayres Corp. using “debtor in possession” financing since Ayres entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November last year, foreclosed on the debt-ridden company. As legally required under such a transaction, the name of the company was changed; hence, Ayres Corp.
Wilson Air Center has entered into an agreement with Tunica Air Group to provide a range of maintenance services.
Kollsman, the company that invented the first sensitive barometric altimeter in 1928 and the first enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Gulfstream V in 2001, received a big gift on its 75th birthday. The company announced last month that it received an order from FedEx for its all-weather window EVS. The order represents the first EVS destined for the commercial air transport market.
The FAA proposed on March 19 to assess a $75,000 civil penalty against Stevens Aviation, the Greenville, S.C. aircraft service company, for alleged violations of hazardous-material regulations. The agency alleges that in December 2000 the company prepared five shipments by FedEx, each consisting of a fuel control unit containing residual fuel, that were not packaged, marked or documented as required.
FedEx has signed on to assist Really Quiet of Mojave, Calif., in the production, parts management and customer service of the latter company’s Stage 3 translating ejector hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs. FedEx developed a Stage 3 solution for its own fleet of Boeing 727s, with more than 730 shipsets delivered to date.
In the world’s first major commitment to head-up display and enhanced vision technology by a civil operator, Federal Express announced late last year that it would equip its whole widebody fleet with the new equipment. The HUDs, to be supplied by Honeywell, will incorporate enhanced vision systems built by Kollsman. These two companies provide the HUD/EVS combinations currently being offered by Gulfstream in its G350, G450 and G550.
As airlines seek to shed costs associated with expensive component repair and overhaul (R&O) activity, lucrative opportunities are emerging for companies with the wherewithal to provide such capability. U.S. engines and avionics giant Honeywell considers itself one such entity.
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