The FAA has awarded Rapco Fleet Support multiple parts manufacturer approvals (PMAs) for its replacement torque tubes used on Hawker 600s through 850s, Citation S550s and 560s, and Fairchild Metroliners. With the approval, operators may now use the new FAA-approved Rapco parts in place of the original equipment without restriction.
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Gulfstream Aerospace recently received an expansion of its Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to include final-phase manufacturing and service-center work at its headquarters in Savannah as well as its facilities in Appleton, Wis.; Brunswick, Ga.; Dallas; and Long Beach, Calif.
The FAA issued Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Aero-Instruments yesterday for a replacement pitot probe that can be installed on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318s through A340s in the field. The new 0851HL-AI pitot probe can replace any or all of the three Thales or Goodrich probes installed on Airbus jetliners, according to Aero-Instruments vice president and general manager Ryan Mifsud.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently reached an agreement with the FAA that extends an existing aviation treaty-level document to cover the manufacture of approved parts. The changes center on a bilateral aviation safety agreement that Australia and the U.S. signed in 2005.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued Preliminary Regulatory Impact Assessment for replacement parts. It reviews existing EASA Part 21 regulations pertaining to replacement parts and compares them with current FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) regulations.
Chromalloy CF6 gas turbine blades have reached the 10,000 flight-hour mark for the first time with an unidentified major airline. The blades are produced by BELAC, Chromalloy’s joint venture with various commercial carriers who are attempting to avoid the high cost of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) blades by using alternative parts manufacturer approval (PMA) blades.
Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines has been acquired by Avatas Aerospace. The FAA-certified repair station, which specializes in the PT6 turboprop, conducts hot-section recertification, power section repair, gas generator repair, fuel nozzle overhaul and exchange, and bleed valve overhaul and exchange.
Prime is an authorized distributor of FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval parts for PT6 hot sections.
Operators and maintenance providers have long been concerned about OEMs limiting the ability of non-factory-authorized entities to repair components or mechanics using FAA-approved parts made under Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) regulations.
The newly formed Timken Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions business unit is at Heli-Expo this week (Booth No. 3718) to discuss its expanded capabilities brought about by Timken’s acquisition last October of the Arizona turbine engine parts manufacturing firm Extex.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted Part 145 approval to Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, based in Eagan, Minn. The approval allows Aerospace Welding to export overhauled and repaired parts such as exhaust systems and engine mounts to customers located in any country that is a member of EASA.