The FAA has issued an Unapproved Parts Notification for MacLean Sky aircraft bolts used in certain Dynafocal mounting assembly low-profile kits that were manufactured without the benefit of an FAA production approval. According to the FAA, from 2009 to 2012 MacLean Sky, formerly Sky-Manufacturing of Commerce, Calif., was manufacturing parts for an FAA production approval holder (PAH) and selling the excess parts to Fasteners Dimensions of Ozone Park, N.Y.
Custom Aircraft Cabinets (CAC) will officially open its new 146,000-sq-ft facility in Little Rock, Ark. tomorrow. The expansion represents a $6 million investment and triples the size of the existing complex at Little Rock Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field. CAC is one of the country’s largest suppliers of high-end custom cabinetry and upholstery goods for business jets. Among those expected to attend the opening ceremonies is U.S. Representative Tim Griffin (R-Ark), a member of the Congressional Aviation Caucus.
AAR Composites has a new line of Fiberglas-skinned flat panels for business jet cabinetry that it says feature twice the skin peel strength without adding weight.
According to the company, the new flat panels for interior cabinets and credenzas use a phenolic resin formulation that has shown a 10-percent increase in bending properties.
Also, the surface finish is ready for paint, which reduces labor for the cabinet maker, said Tim Dumbauld, v-p and general manager at the Illinois company’s Clearwater, Fla. composites fabrication facility.
Odyssey Aerospace Components (Booth No. 1585) continues to solidify its place in the executive aircraft cabinetry business. And to ensure that reputation remains throughout the entire process, the Denton, Texas-based company supports its completion center clients by sending the same artisans and craftsmen who build the cabinets to the center to manage the installation. “This ensures the cabinetry receives the greatest care and handling throughout the completion process,” said Stephen Zurel, installation site manager for parent company Greenpoint Technologies.
Custom Aircraft Cabinets, a business aircraft cabinetry and upholstery supplier, is expanding into a new manufacturing plant in Sherwood, Ark., about 12 miles from its existing facility. The move represents a $5.9 million investment and is expected to double the number of jobs to more than 290 workers. It will also allow CAC to “successfully approach other segments of the aircraft interiors market.” The firm expects the move to be complete by December, with no effect on production or deliveries.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Goodrich offers an extensive palette of wood and wood veneers along with laser-cutting technology to reduce the amount of waste and ensure precision work. In addition to veneers, the palette includes wood stock appropriate for matching trim as square edge stock or in boule form.
The company’s craftsmen also provide detailed multi-species wood marquetry designs to create custom designs, such as corporate logos.
In the world of executive cabin outfitting, there are a number of independent cabinetry shop suppliers turning out high-quality, and in some cases spectacular, woodwork. Odyssey Aerospace of Denton, Texas, recently provided bulkhead panels, cabinetry and trim for an executive MD-87 interior designed by Strack & Associates and refurbished by Jet Works Air Center in Denton.
In a joint effort, Ruag Aviation’s completion and refurbishment specialists and List components and furniture have outfitted the first Global 5000 to include true stone flooring in the entry and galley areas, as well as in the crew and passenger lavatory.
Eclipse EA500, Rockford, Ill., July 17, 2008–The North American Jet Charter Eclipse was on an IFR flight when the pilots reduced power to enter a cloud deck. As the Eclipse entered the clouds, the crew said the airplane buffeted “slightly” and they heard a “loud bang and short rumble” from the left rear of the airplane.
DeCrane Aircraft has announced the formation of a new subsidiary called DeCrane Cabin Interiors to specialize in business jet interior refurbishment, including specialized cabinetry. The new company, which will be run by Trey Bryson as v-p and general manager, is based at Tucson, Ariz., and has other facilities at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Montreal.
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