Lincoln, Neb.-based MRO facility Duncan Aviation announced its newly added ability to overhaul and repair landing gear assemblies on Embraer 135 and 145 and Legacy 600 and 650 models. The company recently completed its first ERJ-145 landing gear overhaul, a task that company accessories team leader Tony Curtis said provided “no surprises” over other business aircraft landing gear systems overhauled by Duncan during the past 30 years.
Embraer ERJ 145 family
Aviatechnik’s landing gear overhaul and repair services are just one of the product lines that the Mississauga, Ontario company provides. The company also offers repair and overhaul and lease and exchange of landing gear for commercial, regional and business aircraft as well as MRO for hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic and electrical components for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, all capabilities that the company is highlighting at its NBAA booth (1372).
American Airlines plans to transfer all 47 of Envoy Air’s Bombardier CRJ700s to fellow wholly owned regional subsidiary PSA starting in the middle of next year, Envoy CEO Pedro Fábregas reported in a September 4 letter to employees posted on the Dallas Morning News website. Although the major airline hasn’t yet determined the exact dates and the rates at which it will transfer the 70-seat jets, it anticipates it will complete the exercise by the end of 2016.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways plans to consolidate its Chautauqua Airlines operation into its Shuttle America subsidiary in an effort to cut costs through a reduction of its air operator certificates to two from three. Company CEO Bryan Bedford sent a letter to employees in late July announcing the company’s intention to migrate Chautauqua’s 41 fifty-seat Embraer ERJ-145s to Shuttle America by year-end.
The Embraer Executive Jets service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, is now an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 in the South American country. The agreement allows Embraer to perform Rolls-Royce’s warranty or CorporateCare program services, which covers the cost of replacement parts, labor and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. AE3007s power the ERJ-135 and -145 regional jets and Legacy 600/650 business jets.
China’s commercial aviation manufacturing sector is challenged to match Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Embraer in building large passenger jets. But it faces brighter prospects in building general aviation and business aircraft, according to a Rand study released last month.
The People’s Republic of China government has done much to make China more “executive aviation friendly,” according to Embraer Executive Jets. But obstacles remain to business aviation growth, said the Brazilian manufacturer.
A challenge facing aircraft manufacturers is compliance with the FAA’s new Part 25 Subpart H Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS) regulations, which apply a systems approach to wiring.
Middle Eastern charter and scheduled service operator Rotana Jet plans to more than double its fleet by 2016. At the Air Expo show at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, where Rotana Jet is based, the company said that over the next two years it will add at least seven aircraft to the five it currently operates. However, most of the expansion for now is focused on the scheduled part of its operation.
Air Services of Cleveland, Ohio, has concluded a general terms agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace for support of the landing gear on the Embraer E170/175/190/195 series and the nose landing gear on the ERJ-145. “This agreement allows us to acquire and maintain updated technical documentation on the E-Jets… The agreement with Liebherr will leverage our current landing-gear and engineering services into larger airframes.
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