Maintenance and Modifications

News and issues about aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), covering all segments of the aviation industry; and modifications for aircraft and engines. Subjects include product support of aircraft, engines and avionics, MRO company mergers, acquisitions, announcements and personnel, Airworthiness Directives, Supplemental Type Certificate approvals and other topics.

October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Bombardier will be doubling its fleet of customer response team (CRT) trucks, with a planned total of 14 trucks in operation by year-end. One of those mobile units will be attached to a new line maintenance station located in France at Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur, to provide AOG/line service to customers in the French Riviera. The Bombardier service center in Amsterdam will support the services there.

October 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dassault Falcon Jet launched a new aircraft on ground (AOG) response program this week at NBAA 2014 yesterday. The customer-support program will use two company-owned Falcon 900s as rapid-response aircraft–one based at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport and the other at Paris Le Bourget.

October 22, 2014 - 4:30pm

For prospective jet buyers who like the performance capabilities of Cessna’s speedy Citation X but don’t want to spend $23.5 million for a new one and are worried about deliving into the used market, Textron Aviation has devised an alternative, the Citation X Elite program. The Elite is a former X that was in service with fractional-share operation NetJets, and while these jets have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours by the time they leave NetJets service, they were maintained by Cessna service centers and are good candidates for a thorough refurbishment and avionics upgrade.

October 22, 2014 - 3:50pm

Aircraft maintenance provider BBA Aviation (Booth 228) came to NBAA 2014 with the announcement that subsidiary companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation will open new facilities in Dallas and Abu Dhabi to support designated overhaul facility (DOF) approval for Pratt & Whitney Canada.

H+S Aviation is scheduled to open its Abu Dhabi center this December to support the PW200, PW210, PT6C-67 and PT6T engines, while a new facility opening in the first quarter of 2015 at DFW International Airport will offer MRO capabilities for the PW200 and PW210.

October 22, 2014 - 12:55pm

Rockwell Collins has selected Jet Aviation St. Louis (Booths 1200 and 4600) to develop the STC for installation of its future air navigation system (FANS) solution for the Bombardier Challenger 604. FANS-equipped aircraft will have access to preferred fuel-efficient routes in oceanic and remote airspace on a worldwide basis.

Earlier this year Rockwell Collins (Booth 3099) announced that it is upgrading current FMSs and control display units for the FANS 1/A upgrade, while Jet Aviation St Louis will prepare the STC for FAA approval and then offer it as an aftermarket solution.

October 22, 2014 - 12:50pm

Dassault has completed the first C-check on a Falcon 7X, thus gathering useful experience for future overhauls on the type. The C-check is the largest maintenance event on the Falcon 7X and is due every eight years or 4,000 cycles, whichever occurs first.

October 22, 2014 - 9:55am

The services division of Comlux is offering Bombardier Global 8C inspections and the first is in progress. A Bombardier-authorized service facility since 2009, Comlux performed the first fuselage crown skin replacement on a Bombardier Global XRS in 2012, following a lightning strike.

The MRO also announced the addition of the Learjet 70/75 to its OpsSpec. “As an authorized service center for Learjet, we are pleased to have this join our list of approved aircraft,” said Jim Soleo, CEO of Comlux America.

October 22, 2014 - 9:40am

Honeywell TPE331 engines can now be covered with a lifetime workmanship warranty on contracted maintenance services performed at a StandardAero facility. The program offers a warranty on maintenance performed by StandardAero, protecting against defects in workmanship as long as the engines are serviced by StandardAero. The program is offered at no additional cost and is transferrable to future owners/operators.

October 22, 2014 - 9:40am

Textron Aviation is expanding its ProAdvantage customer support with the introduction of ProManagement, a program designed to help first-time owners navigate aircraft operations. ProAdvantage, which provides life-cycle maintenance and parts support for airframes and avionics, engines and, when applicable, auxiliary power units, is designed to reduce costs and maximize the value of the aircraft.

October 22, 2014 - 9:35am

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a representative for the interests of repair stations. When the association was formed in October 1984 its mission was to devote itself to representing civil aviation maintenance.

At this year’s Strategic Leadership Conference participants investigated public relations and international market development, and providing executive-level industry leaders a forum to explore the future of global aviation maintenance.