King Aerospace has launched what it calls the “Ultra VVIP Customization Program,” which will expand the Ardmore, Okla. shop’s capabilities well beyond its traditional midsize and large business jet refurbishment market. King was formed 14 years ago by Jerry King-Echevarria, who had previous experience with bizliner cabin refurbishment and completion work at Associated Air Center.
Transport Canada (TC) has issued an Urgent Airworthiness Directive that calls for the inspection of certain tail-rotor components. The directive covers eight Bell Helicopter alert service bulletins for the 206, 222, 230, 407, 427 and 430.
TC identified the concern as “Balance weights departing from the tail-rotor blades during flight. The cause has been narrowed down to missing weight screws. This failure can happen at any time.”
West Star Aviation is the new official moniker for Premier/West Star and all its affiliated locations, bringing back a name that had been used for more than a decade starting in the 1980s. The circuitous route the company has taken since then provides insight into the reasons the name is back: Premier Air Center in East Alton, Ill., bought West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2004.
In contrast to its primary competitors, Raytheon Aircraft posted an increase in deliveries of its turbine business airplanes. In the third quarter, Raytheon shipped 39 Hawkers, Beechjets, Premier Is and King Airs, compared with 32 in the same period last year. In the nine months ending September 30, Raytheon delivered 105 jets and turboprops vs 99 last year.
Gulfstream reported delivering 19 jets in the third quarter, two more than the same period last year. But for the nine months ending September 30, Gulfstream delivered 53 aircraft this year versus 68 last year and 76 in 2001. Gulfstream projects it will deliver 50 large aircraft (G300 and above) this year. The company delivered 85 aircraft last year and 101 in 2001.
Dr. Sam Williams, chairman and CEO of engine manufacturer Williams International, is this year’s recipient of the NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation.
Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) of Clinton, Mo., recently gained an STC and PMA for its aft jump seat kits for King Air 100 and 200 series airplanes. AvFab said the fold-up seats not only improve the utility of the King Air cabin, but the list price of $14,800 a pair (unupholstered) is approximately half of Raytheon’s list price. In addition, the new product is available for immediate delivery.
Soloy Corp. has begun certification of its Turbine Pac powerplant conversion for the new Cessna 206H. The conversion installs an original Rolls-Royce 250-C20S turboprop in place of the airplane’s Lycoming IO/TIO-542 piston engine. The Olympia, Wash., firm has delivered more than 75 turbine-powered 1977 to 1986 Cessna 206s and 207s under a current certification.
The FAA presented Elliott Aviation’s Moline, Ill., and Omaha, Neb. service facilities with the Diamond Award of Excellence for aviation maintenance training for the fifth consecutive year. The honor, which is part of the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) awards program and is the highest achievement of its kind, recognizes technicians and maintenance facilities for excellence in maintenance training.
Byerly Aviation of Springfield, Ill., and Keystone Helicopter of West Chester, Pa., have both received the FAA’s prestigious Diamond Award of Excellence for participation in the maintenance technician awards program last year. The award is recognition for aviation companies that lead the industry in measurable commitment to training. The program is designed to ensure higher levels of training and knowledge for maintenance technicians.