A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.
Air Services, a division of Constant Aviation providing off-wing aircraft support headquartered at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, has completed the requirements of the Cessna Citation NDI certification program and has been named an authorized independent NDI facility. The designation allows the company to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citations.
Duncan Aviation Lincoln’s nondestructive testing (NDT) team has added weekend shift coverage to help meet shorter turn-time demands while enhancing customer service. “We needed to add a weekend shift to serve our internal and external customers better and meet the shorter turn times they were requesting,” said Marty Lincoln, Duncan Aviation’s accessories manager. The addition calls for both new hires and the repositioning of existing team members.
Sterling Partners, a private-equity firm, has purchased Tulsa, Okla.-based pilot and maintenance technician training school Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology. Sterling Partners also owns Desert NDT, a non-destructive testing services provider to the oil and gas industry. In addition to pilots and aircraft technicians, Spartan trains NDT technicians. Spartan grants bachelor’s degrees and has graduated about 90,000 students since it was founded in 1928.
The Italian aviation safety agency, ANSV, issued four recommendations on August 2 to the EASA and Transport Canada about the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127 turboprop engine that powers the ATR 72 regional airliner. The recommendations came after a series of engine failures that all occurred during the initial climb.
Jet Aviation recently added three customized service vehicles, bringing the total number available in the U.S. to five. The other two are located at Teterboro and Boston/Bedford. “Our mobile maintenance service vehicles provide the same quality of service that our customers get when they are in our service centers; it’s simply packaged ‘to go,” said Chuck Krugh, senior vice president of Jet Aviation St. Louis.
Oceanside, Calif.-based repair station AeroHoff Inspection Services is “a mobile advanced NDT provider and the only third-party MAUS [mobile automated scanner] operator in the country,” James Hofer, AeroHoff Inspection Services’ president, told AIN. MAUS is a scanning system for NDT inspection of large areas, such as an airframe, incorporating ultrasonic pulse echo, ultrasonic resonance and eddy current scanning ability.
There are “tens of thousands of aging military aircraft” flying with the world’s air forces and many of those aircraft are more than 25 years old, according to Rob McDonald, ASIS marketing director. “Many of these fleets are set to be still flying in 20 years or more, with some aircraft, such as the USAF KC-135 tankers, topping 80 years old before the last aircraft is withdrawn from service,” he said.
With military aircraft are working harder and longer, the task of managing their service life safely and cost efficiently is becoming ever more critical. This has prompted Ultra Electronics Controls to conceive the ASIS aircraft structural integrity system, providing an innovative approach to monitoring and maintaining them.
Midcoast Aviation has expanded its capability to assist aircraft operators at their home bases to supplement in-house maintenance staff. “We have been providing this select service to customers by request for years,” said Morris Smith, director of technical services. “Because operators have found the service so beneficial it just made sense to expand and let all our customers know mobile maintenance teams are available to come to them.
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