Indianapolis is now home to the third Rolls-Royce global On-Wing Care center to open in the past 18 months. The engine maker’s latest facility in a global network of repair and overhaul service centers, it will serve as Rolls-Royce’s new North American headquarters for the On-Wing Care program. The $1 million On-Wing Care center located at Indianapolis International Airport becomes the sixth Rolls-Royce facility in the Indianapolis area.
The National Air Transportation Association is reminding FBOs and
Avidyne used last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., to announce FAA certification of the Entegra Release 9 avionics system. Avidyne said TSO approval for the Entegra Release 9 suite opens the door for retrofits of the cockpit into existing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
Medical authorities are advising travelers to Asia–and Southeast Asia in particular–to consider being vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral infection. The vaccine isn’t suitable for everyone, but should be considered by travelers who plan an extended stay or will spend time in rural areas. Approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of Japanese encephalitis are reported annually.
“StandardAero will never compromise flight safety, going above and beyond the regulatory, legal or acceptable minimum requirements,” said StandardAero president and CEO Rob Mionis.
“By implementing the Immune-Safety Management System, StandardAero has become vigilant in identifying risks and threats to product quality, and proactive in eliminating them. This allows the company to minimize the risk of future occurrences.”
Corporate Angel Network, the Westchester County, N.Y.-based public charity that arranges free flights for cancer patients to treatment by using empty seats on business aircraft, reached a new milestone last month when it transported its 31,000th and 31,001st patients, from treatment at Houston’s MD Anderson Hospital to their homes in Florida.
AgustaWestland last month unveiled a special variant of the A109S Grand light twin, dubbed Da Vinci, with improved avionics. Launch customer Rega, Switzerland’s air rescue organization, has placed firm orders for 11 copies of the light-twin helicopter and has options for four more. The Da Vincis will succeed the agency’s A109K2s.
San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace launched a quick-turn wet processing program available to aerospace parts manufacturers that need to outsource chemical processes or need faster service for large numbers of products. Processes available include anodizing, alodining and primer and paint application, and M7 offers a six-business-day turnaround time.
In a report titled “An Overview of Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance,” the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concludes, “The errors of maintenance technicians are the visible manifestation of problems with roots deep in the organization. Yet until recently, maintenance personnel were overlooked by the human factors profession.
While a 20-pound weight saving may not seem like much, every pilot knows even a small reduction in aircraft weight can make a difference in performance. Aeronautical Accessories (Booth No. 3975) received a supplemental type certificate in December for reduced-weight skid tubes for the Bell 206L, which are 20 pounds lighter than the existing skid tubes designed for the high cross-tube configuration.