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.

August 24, 2007 - 11:02am

If your King Air 200 is coming up on its second or–worse–third PT6A-41 engine overhaul, you might find the numbers daunting. Fortunately, Blackhawk Modifications of Waco, Texas, offers an alternative in the form of an STC that is far more operator friendly.

August 24, 2007 - 10:31am

FBO company turns its attention to maintenance Houston-based Encore FBO has focused a good deal of time and attention on the maintenance element of its business. “We want to provide total support for our business aviation customers,” CEO Dan Bucaro told AIN. The company currently offers maintenance at its Frederick, Md., and Sioux Falls, S.D. facilities, and it has plans to expand.

August 24, 2007 - 9:23am


August 24, 2007 - 9:18am

Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Jet Aviation in Dusseldorf, Germany an authorized service center for Hawker 800 series.

August 24, 2007 - 7:37am

Embraer recently broke ground at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., for its second new executive jet service center in the U.S. The ceremony came three weeks after a similar groundbreaking ceremony was held at Williams Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz. The new facility, scheduled for completion in the middle of next year, is dedicated to full-service care for Embraer’s Phenom 100, Phenom 300 and Legacy 600.

August 24, 2007 - 7:29am

Yingling Aviation, a Cessna-affiliated general aviation services provider located at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport, has announced that it will add 9,000 sq ft of hangar and office space to its facility.

August 24, 2007 - 7:16am

The Phoenix Aviation Group has acquired Jet Aviation Services (JAS). Phoenix president and CEO Paul Alonzo said, “JAS is a small but strongly profitable company located at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. It holds an unlimited airframe license, which is extremely difficult to get in the best of times.”

August 24, 2007 - 7:04am

In a lawsuit initiated in March last year, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) challenged the FAA mandate that anti-drug and alcohol testing programs apply to aviation maintenance contractors “at any tier.”

August 24, 2007 - 6:59am

GDS Aero of Salem, Wis., has FAA-approved Falcon 2000/EX/EASy APU firewalls in stock for STC installation. According to the company, the firewalls offer substantially more resistance to stress cracking than the original equipment with no significant increase in weight. The company emphasizes that the firewalls are fully repairable for the life of the aircraft and its two-piece design significantly reduces labor time.

August 24, 2007 - 6:54am

MXI Technologies has added an automated line-planning feature to its Maintenix aviation maintenance management software. The new feature is intended to help eliminate repetitive tasks and improve labor productivity by allowing planners to focus on critical issues and decisions.