A 30-year-old MDMD 500D has been significantly upgraded by Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Az. The company customized the helicopter with an ‘E’ nose, air -conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package. The companyPhoenix Heliparts (Booth No. 1006) used the occasion of Heli-Expo (Booth No. 1006) to return the updated aircraftrotorcraft to its owner Wayne McCall. .
Parts Manufacturer Approval
Able Aerospace, a Phoenix-based specialist in overhaul and repair of rotorcraft parts and components, explained how PHI achieved significant savings using Able Aerospace parts and services. PHI saved a total of $1.3 million in 2010, $110,000 by purchasing 95 Able Aerospace-manufactured parts plus another $800,000 through repair of components, rather than buying new OEM items, according to Bob DesRosiers, PHI head of procurement.
Naasco Northeast (Booth No. 4551), provider of repair and overhaul services for starter-generators and other engine components, marks 25 years of attendance at Heli-Expo this year with a completely redesigned booth. The updated display forms the backdrop for Naasco’s presentation of its newest capabilities in starter-generator repair and overhaul and parts made under FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) regulations.
Timken Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions’ $400 million in annual revenues represents a relatively small portion of parent Timken Company’s $4 billion total, but the Mesa, Ariz.-based aftermarket specialist is aiming higher as it moves into the new decade.
Airwolf Aerospace has developed a new tension-torsion (TT) strap for Bell 206 JetRanger and 206L LongRanger helicopters and military variants, including the OH-58 Kiowa. The straps, manufactured under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations are on display here at the Airwolf booth (No. 3561).
The TT straps anchor each rotor blade to the mast while accommodating the multi-directional forces inherent in rotorcraft flight.
Chinese air carriers and regulators made positive comments about FAA-approved PMA parts at the Independent and Alternative Materials Conference held in China from November 11 to 12. The conference was sponsored jointly by Heico and Chromalloy and attracted about 80 participants from Chinese airlines, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa).
“Proposed Advisory Circular: Commercial Parts,” along with a change to FAR Part 21 regarding commercial parts, might prove a case of a pound of prevention providing an ounce of cure.
The U.S. Air Force has selected Belac to provide turbine blades for the high-pressure turbine (HPT) first stage in F108 (CFM56-3) engines that power KC-135 tankers. The FAA-approved blades are manufactured by Oldsmar, Fla.-based Belac under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations. “This is the first agreement of its kind for Belac and the U.S.
The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa) is holding its annual conference from October 27 to 29 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas.
Changes to the FAR Part 21 manufacturing rule published last October 16 are slated to go into effect on April 16 next year, including a modification to the standards for manufacturing. Currently, only parts specifically manufactured for installation in type-certified aircraft are regulated by the FAA, but the changes would expand the parts covered.