FOCUS on…MRO Operators’ emphasis on controlling lifecycle and direct operating costs (DOC) has thrust maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) into a lead role in rotorcraft operations, expanding the boundaries of MRO far beyond wrench turning. And with declining aircraft sales, OEMs that formerly ceded large segments of aftermarket services to third-party companies are increasing their involvement in the MRO arena. These trends are on full view here in Dallas at Heli-Expo.
Nordam has named Jeff Chalupa general manager of domestic operations for its transparency division. In his new role Chalupa will oversee engineering, production, operations, supply chain and purchasing, maintenance, quality and customer program management. His emphasis will be on leading growth, development and technology enhancement. Chalupa joined Nordam in 2007 in a management capacity and has held positions of increasing leadership since that time.
If Charles Dickens were to make a prediction about the state of aircraft maintenance in 2012, he might say it will be the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is business is picking up; the bad news is there are problems.
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.
Delta TechOps has received ISO 9001 certification from the International Standards Organization for its engine maintenance and landing gear shops. It is one of only a few airline maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers to achieve the certification, an internationally tested framework designed to manage an organization’s processes and help generate a high-quality product that satisfies customers’ expectations. The airline received ISO 9001 certification for its component maintenance shop in 2008.
JetFlite International has been awarded an FAR Part 145 repair station certificate for its JFI JetCenter on Long Beach Airport. The certificate allows JFI to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, repairs and alterations.
Low-cost carrier flydubai announced $74 million in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) contracts Tuesday at the Dubai Airshow.
The airline signed agreements with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, with a combined value of $54 million.
Alsalam Aircraft Co. is hoping for a record year and believes there is much business to be had in VIP conversion work and military MRO.
Executive Aircraft Maintenance, an authorized Twin Commander Service Center at the Scottsdale, Ariz. airport, has received overhaul authorization for Honeywell’s TPE331 turboprop engine. EAM’s Anchorage, Alaska facility retains its status as a Honeywell-authorized TPE331 major maintenance facility.
Greenwich AeroGroup has selected Avi IT’s eMan for all of its MRO locations. eMan is a centralized technical publications system with instant access to technical publications such as OEM applications, flight operations content, company maintenance documentation and others.