StandardAero, well established in the airline engine MRO business, is refocusing its attention on the business aviation segment. While the company’s roots are intertwined with business aviation as far back as the early days of the Garrett (now Honeywell) TFE731 engine, StandardAero hasn’t done a lot of marketing to the business aviation community during the past few years.
Business aviation would be nowhere if it weren’t for the pioneers who jump-started aeronautical development in the first part of the last century. The Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and the early air racers who squeezed every ounce of available technology into what were then state-of-the-art airplanes all deserve much credit.
Dassault Falcon 900B, Gatwick, UK, Jan. 20, 2007–The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has ruled the probable cause of the uncontained engine failure was the fracturing of a stage-two low-pressure (LP) turbine blade due to a casting defect, with the possibility that this was caused by a third-stage blade failure.
The FAA has approved the Gulfstream Aerospace Long Beach, Calif. facility to perform engine and APU maintenance on the Gulfstream G150. It was previously approved to perform only airframe maintenance. “Being able to service the entire Gulfstream fleet at Long Beach is important,” said Mark Burns, Gulfstream president for product support.
StandardAero has appointed Aero Management its new representative for regional airlines and business aviation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The company will represent StandardAero for business-jet airframe, interior and avionics services, as well as GE CF34, Rolls-Royce AE3007, Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 and PT6 engines, as well as Honeywell auxiliary power units and TFE731 engines.
Honeywell last month said it completed initial testing of renewable jet fuel on its 131-9 APU and TFE731-5 turbofan engine. Bob Smith, vice president for advanced technology, said the company had seen “no degradation in engine performance or fuel consumption.” The biofuel was produced by Honeywell’s UOP unit using oil from jatropha plants and algae.
Brazilian regulatory authority Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil granted repair station certification to the new Dassault Aircraft Services São Paulo service center at Sorocaba Airport. The certification covers line maintenance and A checks on Brazilian-registered Falcons through the Falcon 7X. Dassault Falcon has applied for U.S.
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.
The FAA has adopted and/or proposed a series of Airworthiness Directives (ADs) that will affect operators of Honeywell ALF502/507 and TFE731 engines and Sundstrand APUs. ALF502L-2 and L-2C engine compressor discs may have had too much disc balance material removed, which could cause premature fracturing of the disc.
Last month Honeywell designated MX Jet Service an authorized line service provider for TFE731-series turbofans and 36-100 and -150 APUs. Under the designation, MX Jet technicians will be able to offer routine maintenance, on-wing troubleshooting and engine removal and installation, as well as help fulfill MSP claims and comply with service bulletins.