Montreal-based Innotech Aviation has been approved as a line service center for Honeywell’s HTF 7000 turbofan engine. Under the agreement, Innotech will perform engine removal/replacement, hot section inspections, major periodic inspections and line maintenance.
For the third consecutive year in AIN’s Product Support Survey, readers gave Gulfstream top marks for both its newer business jets (less than 10 years old) and older business jets (10 years or older), when ratings for the Westwind series are excluded.
Jet Aviation Dallas is now providing around-the-clock maintenance support seven days a week. Three weekday and 10-hour weekend shifts as well as an on-call service will enable the facility to significantly reduce the downtime for scheduled inspections while providing full coverage around-the-clock for unscheduled work.
Premier/West Star of Grand Junction, Colo., has been named a factory-authorized Hawker service center. The company has a nine-year track record on the aircraft, during which it invested heavily in the form of tooling, equipment training and personnel. All Hawker technical personnel are FlightSafety and SimuFlite trained.
Honeywell’s business aviation segment recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the TPE331 turboprop at its Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport facility. Since the first of the line entered service in 1965 on the military OV-10 Bronco, the TPE331, along with the TFE731 turbofan, has been a mainstay of the Garrett/AlliedSignal/ Honeywell engine business.
As the launch customer for the new Learjet 40XR, Bombardier Flexjet announced the induction of the first three of the new type into the fractional provider’s fleet. Flexjet will take delivery of four more Learjet 40XRs by year-end. In the accompanying photo, Flexjet chief pilot Rick Handschurch welcomes the arrival of the first 40XR.
In medicine it goes by various names: restorative surgery, cosmetic surgery, transplant surgery. In the world of business jets it’s called anything from a rerag to a major refurbishment. By whatever name it goes, the process breathes varying degrees of new life into an airplane that is showing its age but worth rejuvenating.
In these pages last month, a relatively lackluster but functional 1991 Falcon 900 pushing 11,000 hours began its journey through the fountain of youth. As the photos here show, technicians at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility have now stripped the airplane of its outdated cabin furnishings, and they have gutted the instrument panel in preparation for installation of a modern suite of Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.
It’s an axiom of the industry that “to make a small fortune in aviation, start with a big fortune.” So far that has not been the case for the owners of Springfield, Ohio-based Spectra Jet.
AIN’s readers this year have chosen CFM as the best provider of product support for turbofan engines (the CFM56s on Boeing Business Jets), and Pratt & Whitney Canada as the leader in turboprop support.