BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive and fractional ownership provider Avantair have signed a five-year engine maintenance agreement. Dallas Airmotive will provide repair, hot-section inspection, overhaul and field service on the PT6A-66 turboprop engines that power Avantair’s fleet of 50 Piaggio Avantis. The engines will be serviced at Dallas Airmotive’s Charlotte, N.C.
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“There was always talk of the labor shortage in the MRO market of ‘Mr. Right Skills,’ a shortage so bad that we’d be grounding planes,” said David Stewart, a partner in forecasting group AeroStrategy. “First of all, we never grounded planes, so somehow our industry coped with the shortage. Second, we’re now into recession so it’s less of an issue.
In a report titled Aircraft Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul (MRO): A Global Market Report, Global Industry Analysts provides a comprehensive review of the MRO industry and quantifies potential in key markets such as heavy airframe maintenance, modifications, component maintenance, engine overhaul and
An aircraft on ground (AOG) event is an inconvenience operators want to fix swiftly, and OEMs and independent companies are launching mobile service teams to get airplanes back in the air as soon as possible.
BBA Aviation’s engine repair and overhaul (ERO) group has expanded its international service support network with the opening of field service centers in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Mumbai, India. The new centers will provide troubleshooting, parts support, borescope inspection and on-wing hot section inspection and repairs.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) has boosted its customer support network in both Germany and Switzerland by appointing two more recognized maintenance facilities. Both Aero-Dienst in Nuremberg, Germany, and Altenrhein Aviation in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are now approved to maintain PT6A, JT15D and PW300 engines.
The FAA reauthorization bill is at odds with the European Union-U.S. Aviation Safety Agreement signed in March 2008, according to John Brutton, the EU’s U.S. ambassador in Washington. While the FAA’s proposal to inspect MRO companies outside the U.S. twice a year doesn’t sit well with the EU, Brutton also identified as sticking points additional proposed regulations pertaining to training European pilots in the U.S., investment in U.S.
Miami-based High Standard Aviation has been acquired by Ametek as it expands its MRO capability in the Southeastern U.S. market. High Standard Aviation, with annual sales of $31 million, specializes in hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical and electromechanical repair services.
A report issued by Global Industry Analysts predicts the worldwide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will reach $55.2 billion by 2015. The recently released report, “Aircraft Maintenance, Repair And Overhaul: A Global Market Report,” suggests the world market for heavy aircraft maintenance is poised to grow at a steady pace through 2015, with engine overhauls expected to expand most rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Naples Jet Center, based at Naples Municipal Airport, Fla., has been approved as a Venezuelan repair station by the Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil Venezuela (INAC). The MRO provides maintenance and repair work on Citations, Learjets, Hawkers, Embraers and Twin Commanders. Services include avionics installation and repair, structural repair and upgrades, interior refurbishment and maintenance and inspections.