The super-medium Bell Helicopter “Relentless” Model 525, announced at Heli-Expo’12, is not just an ambitious new program, it is a catalyst for changing the culture of the company, said Larry Thimmesch, Bell’s vice president of commercial programs. “There are many new things on this program, not just in terms of product but also in terms of process and cultural change,” he said.
Information technology management
Magellan Aviation Group, an integrated aftermarket aviation support services provider, has chosen Quantum Control software to manage its leasing, asset management and repair operations for its worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs and MRO companies.
Bell Helicopter is preparing to start assembling the first prototype of the 525 Relentless super-medium twin later this year at its facility in Amarillo, Texas. Four more prototypes are expected to join the test program before certification in 2015. Bell and its suppliers have begun manufacturing parts for the helicopter, which was announced in February last year and is slated to fly for the first time next year.
SR Technics, an executive refurbishment and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist in Zurich, continues to enhance and develop its executive cabin outfitting and maintenance services.
The company claims to have invested in new engineering tooling and systems and to have nearly doubled the size of its skilled labor team in the past 12 months alone.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 5580) has always provided customers with rapid-response access to technical road crews, but the company has recently expanded the capabilities and the number of technicians so that it can now provide its customers with maintenance at their preferred location.
“This saves the customer fuel and travel time and makes maintenance-only events less disruptive to their overall schedule,” said Chad Doehring, airframe services manager for Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. location.
Keitas Systems (Stand 1026), a start-up company based in Gex, France, not far from Geneva, is here introducing its Tempeus software program, designed to give exhaustive maintenance information to pilots via a simple Internet-connected laptop computer. Keitas Systems’ founders, sisters Lahou and Fatou Keita, began working on the program six months ago so it would be ready for EBACE.
Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, will use the Avtrak GlobalNet platform to support its Viking MX factory maintenance tracking program. According to Viking, the system allows operators to easily plan, track and schedule maintenance activities, maintain regulatory compliance, and work closely with the OEM in monitoring overall aircraft systems reliability. It can also track all of an operator’s aircraft with a single system.
Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, will use the Avtrak GlobalNet platform to support its factory maintenance tracking program–Viking MX. According to Rob Mauracher, v-p of business development and MRO general manager for Viking, the Viking MX system will allow operators to plan, track and schedule maintenance activities, maintain regulatory compliance and work closely with the OEM in monitoring overall aircraft systems reliability.
AgustaWestland is boosting its customer-support capability with the opening of a new fleet operations center. The facility, located close to the Italian helicopter manufacturer’s headquarters near Milan Malpensa International Airport, is staffed and equipped to handle urgent technical questions and spares requirements around the clock.
AircraftLogs.com announced reporting enhancements that capture performance metrics for flight departments. The company’s online system can track three broad categories of non-financial metrics–aircraft utilization, passenger data and strategic alignment. With these metrics, flight departments can better understand the utilization of the corporate aircraft while evaluating
the operation’s efficiency.