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.

March 12, 2014 - 11:25am

Barfield recently expanded its repair capabilities to include ground support test equipment (GSTE). According to the company, the extension will be dedicated to its TT1000A and TT1200 turbine temperature test set before being expanded to other test equipment by year-end. “Barfield’s goal of providing more and more dedicated and local services to its customers…will strengthen our leadership role in the GSTE market,” said CEO Frederic Denise. The company’s 22,000-sq-ft Phoenix facility has specialized in component repair since it opened in 2000.

March 12, 2014 - 11:20am

West Star Aviation has appointed Joan Pompa as interior/paint project manager at its East Alton, Ill. location. Pompa joined West Star last year as interior/paint sales manager at its Grand Junction, Colo. facility. In addition to her experience at West Star, Pompa has 13 years of sales experience in interior, paint and refurbishment projects. In her new role she will work directly with the sales team and manage the overall project from pre-arrival planning and material selection to post-departure follow-up.

March 12, 2014 - 11:15am

Darren Fronk has joined Constant Aviation as operational manager at its Cleveland facility. Fronk, most recently regional sales manager for Stevens Aviation, has 20 years of aviation experience. He is a licensed A&P mechanic with experience as a maintenance duty manager, lead technician, warranty analyst and maintenance controller. The MRO recently added a 20,000-sq-ft hangar dedicated to small and midsize aircraft.

March 12, 2014 - 11:10am

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based KaiserAir announced Rick Brainard has joined the organization as director of maintenance marketing and business development. Brainard’s recent experience includes aviation consulting with Aerick Global, roles in business development, v-p sales and general manager with West Star Aviation, various roles with McKinney Aerospace, and sales leadership roles with GE Aircraft Engines, AlliedSignal and BFGoodrich.

March 12, 2014 - 11:05am

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Challenger 300s. The AD was prompted by multiple reports of erratic electrical status indications on the pushbutton annunciators and the engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS). Some of those reported incidents involved a momentary loss of electrical power and loss of flight displays.

March 12, 2014 - 10:05am

Duncan Aviation is moving its Duncan Intelligence Live tech support function to the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Nashville, which begins today. Duncan Intelligence Livewill feature Duncan Aviation avionics tech reps Curt Campbell, Dan Magnus, Scott McKenzie and Larry Troyer working one-on-one with avionics dealers, aircraft owners and operators (at Booth No. 604) during open exhibition hall hours. In addition, Troyer and Campbell will each present basic troubleshooting seminars on autopilot maintenance and Magnus will give a presentation on radar troubleshooting.

March 5, 2014 - 12:42pm
Learjet 45

On Monday, Bombardier Aerospace inaugurated its first dedicated Customer Response Team (CRT) aircraft, a Learjet 45 that will be used to provide a rapid response for aircraft on ground (AOG)/unscheduled maintenance events in the continental U.S.

March 5, 2014 - 12:35pm

Duncan Aviation is moving its Duncan Intelligence Live tech support function to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) 57th Annual International Convention and Trade Show held March 12 to 15 in Nashville. Duncan Intelligence Live will feature Duncan Aviation’s avionics tech reps Curt Campbell, Dan Magnus, Scott McKenzie and Larry Troyer working one-on-one with aircraft owners and operators (Booth #604) during the hours the exhibition hall is open.

March 5, 2014 - 12:30pm

Winner Aviation has expanded its maintenance operation into a hangar it acquired in 2011. The 14,000-sq-ft building provides Winner an additional 12,000 sq ft of hangar space and 2,000 sq ft of office space. The new maintenance hangar will enable Winner to accommodate light to midsize business jets as well as other turbine aircraft for maintenance repairs and inspections.

March 5, 2014 - 12:27pm

GE Aviation and Bristow Group signed the first engine service agreement for the CT7-2E1 turboshaft that powers the new AgustaWestland AW189 twin. The agreement expands the longstanding GE-Bristow partnership by adding the AW189s’ engines to Bristow’s global fleet of powerplants maintained under a maintenance cost per hour (MCPH) service agreement.

 
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