Extant Components Group, a U.S.-based specialist in legacy electronics manufacturing and obsolescence management, recently signed a significant new contract with an unnamed major aerospace OEM. The November 2013 agreement has prompted a wave of investment in new equipment at the Melbourne, Florida factory of its Symetrics subsidiary, which is providing continuing manufacturing repair, obsolescence management and technical support for a series of vehicle health management systems (VHMS) used in fighters, trainer and light attack aircraft.
Hartzell Engine Technologies of Montgomery, Ala., and Lamar Technologies of Marysville, Wash., have exchanged portions of their respective product lines. Hartzell sold Lamar its electronics business unit, consisting of voltage regulators, overvoltage sensors, master control unit and battery analyzer products; Lamar sold its starter and alternator product lines in return.
Flexjet, the fractional jet share provider owned by Bombardier, announced that it has earned the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s highest safety rating. The company, which claims to be the first fractional provider to win this distinction, already held a Platinum rating (the highest available) from Argus and has received the FAA’s Diamond Award of Excellence for maintenance training for 11 consecutive years.
Iacobucci HF Electronics has introduced its first WastePak trash compactor, a device developed specifically to resolve the problem of waste disposal during long business jet flights. WastePak comes in two sizes–15 by 18 by 25 inches and 12 by 18 by 25 inches. Its two tons of compacting force draw little power, according to the company.
Along with other industries, the aviation industry will face mounting costs if it fails
to deal with the problem of obsolescent components. According to newly published research, the cost of providing replacement components for long-lifespan equipment could be more than $500,000 per item if a major component redesign is required.