“Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” a study commissioned by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) and conducted by AeroStrategy, has yielded insight about the breadth of the aviation maintenance (MRO) industry and its impact on the U.S. economy.
A number of business jets–more than 3,000 by some estimates–are sitting idle on the ramp as their owners wait for the economy to improve. According to Rich Schuller, founder of Schuller Aerospace Services International of Scottsdale, Ariz., there could be trouble brewing for those owners.
Wichita’s new National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT), still under construction, is offering nondestructive testing (NDT) courses this fall. Through a cooperative effort between Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Wichita Area Technical College (WATC), NCAT will offer a series of 11 NDT courses at WATC’s Comotara Center campus.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is conducting a survey of regulated aviation businesses affected by the lack of FAA standardization on regulatory interpretations. “We have launched the survey in response to the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) review of inconsistencies in how field inspectors interpret and apply requirements on regulated entities,” Jacqueline Rosser, director of regulatory affairs, told AIN.
The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs, that requires direct-observation drug testing for return-to-duty, safety-sensitive transportation industry employees who have already failed or refused to take a urine drug test. The rule takes effect August 31.
Jet Aviation has restructured its maintenance, repair and overhaul sales organization for Europe, the Middle East and Asia into six regions and appointed Markus Inäbnit as vice president for MRO sales. Inäbnit is based in Basel and leads a team of six previous Jet Aviation sales managers who have been assigned new responsibilities in their roles as regional sales directors.
BBA Aviation engine repair and overhaul company Dallas Airmotive and fractional ownership provider Avantair have signed a five-year engine maintenance agreement. Dallas Airmotive will provide repair, hot-section inspection, overhaul and field service on the PT6A-66 turboprop engines that power Avantair’s fleet of 50 Piaggio Avantis. The engines will be serviced at Dallas Airmotive’s Charlotte, N.C.
CAE has been selected by Bombardier to provide engineering services and a flight simulator for the C Series narrowbody aircraft. The Canadian company will supply a so-called augmented engineering environment, which includes test support equipment under the hardware-in-the-loop concept. The idea is to have the tested system “believe” it is in a real aircraft.
Bell Boeing has just received a new contract to add to its existing support contract for the V-22 Ospreys operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations Command. The initial Phase I $581 million, five-year integrated logistics support contract was awarded this January.
Eurocopter and Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) signed a 10-year agreement on research and technology cooperation, ranging from manufacturing technologies to flight tests for environmental investigations.