Epps Aviation, located at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, has been given Cessna authorized independent NDI facility certification. The authorization was granted after a review and on-site audit by Cessna representatives. It allows the company access to all of the equipment and materials needed to perform nondestructive testing on all Cessna Citations.
Four separate reports of interference and consequent chafing of hydraulic lines in the No. 1 and No. 3 engine pylons of Falcon 50s have led to an AD requiring detailed inspections of the entire length of the lines to ensure proper clearance. AD 2003-10-04 is applicable to aircraft with S/N 2 two through 329. Inspections and corrective action are required by June 11.
Between now and December 31, the FAA is sending teams of aviation safety inspectors to conduct “special emphasis inspections” of all Part 135 charter operators focusing on compliance with FAR Parts 119 and 135 and OpSpec A002 and A008 operational control requirements. The instructions to the inspector workforce are detailed in FAA Notice N8900.16, which contains an inspection checklist.
General Electric has acquired Everest VIT, a Welch Allyn subsidiary focused on remote visual inspection equipment for industrial applications. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed, but Everest VIT will now become part of GE Inspection Technologies, headquartered in Huerth, Germany.
Sino Swearingen said it has received the last of a series of 13 FAA type inspection authorizations for its SJ30-2. Function and reliability testing and a “few open items” must still be completed, said the San Antonio company, which expects type certification of the light twinjet before year-end. No information on sales orders was revealed.
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.
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