Georgetown, Texas-based Challenger Spares and Support will be rebranding its parts and service division as Red Aviation. The purpose of the change is to emphasize the company’s growth beyond the Challenger series, in which it has specialized from its founding in 2001.
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ViaSat (Stand 838) has said its Yonder Internet service is the fastest available for in-flight communications, with an almost global coverage. Those regions still missing are to be added by 2014, according to the U.S. company.
Comlux Aviation Services of Indianapolis has been named a Bombardier-authorized service facility for the Global. Comlux has been a designated service facility for the Learjet 40, Learjet 45, Learjet 60, Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Challenger 300 and Challenger 850 since May 2009. The MRO also held an AOG line maintenance facility designation for Globals. “We have an exceptional relationship with Bombardier and it is only natural that the progression of our business adds the Global ASF designation,” said Tony Bailey, Comlux Aviation Services CEO.
Orders for Bombardier’s Challenger 850 are keeping Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours (Stand 1935) busy installing interiors in these purpose-built executive/VIP descendants of the Canadair CRJ200 regional jet.
TrueNorth Avionics last month said its Simphone¯ OpenCabin has been selected as the cabin communications system for its first European Union head-of-state executive jet. The system is being installed aboard a Bombardier Challenger under an EASA certification. This sale marked the first order from TrueNorth dealer Ruag Aerospace Services, which is performing the installation at its facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Bombardier BD-100-1A10, Wheeling, Ill., Feb. 24, 2010–The Challenger 300 was substantially damaged when it was struck by a de-icing vehicle while preparing for departure for a Part 91 flight from Chicago Executive Airport. Marginal VMC existed at the time of the accident. Neither pilot on board was injured.
Maintenance, completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours delivered its first Challenger 850 green completion in December and the program is ramping up, according to director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie.
Six more Challenger 850s are in the completion pipeline at the company’s Peterborough, Ontario facility and at JetCorp, its U.S.-based company in St. Louis.
The cost of maintaining older Bombardier Challengers and Globals can be reduced by as much as 50 percent under Challenger Spares & Support’s cost-containment program, according to Steve Davis, president of the Georgetown, Texas-based company. CSS provides airframe and engine component repairs for the Bombardier Challenger, Global 5000 and Global Express.
Total Aircraft Services has announced the completion of icing tests for its CL-300 enhanced-vision system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. The company is now looking for a launch customer to complete the supplemental type certificate process for the system and is offering an unspecified but “substantial” discount off the projected $150,000 installed price.
Operators of the Global Express can now turn to Midcoast Aviation for their 8C landing gear inspections, the first non-OEM entity certified to perform the service. Skip Madson, senior vice president of operations at Midcoast, said that the 8C procedure can be completed as part of the 120-month interval for inspections, a process that takes about six weeks.