Failure of the FAA to publish an advisory circular may prompt the National Air Transportation Association to request an extension of the October 6 implementation date for new repair station rules. The AC is intended to provide guidance for complying with the revised rules, particularly how contract maintenance is to be handled. “Our members need time to digest this,” the association claimed.
Doncasters is investing close to $350,000 to develop the plasma spray facility at Doncasters Airmotive and Doncasters Aerospace Components in Shrewsbury, UK. Plasma spray technology is used to apply various metallic and ceramic coatings onto components by feeding the metallic or ceramic powder into a plasma flame with intense heat that melts the powder and sprays it onto the component.
GA Telesis (GAT) has acquired the assets of Curtiss Wright Accessories Services, including its 56,000-sq-ft facility in Miami. It will be rebranded as GA Telesis Component Repair Group Southeast. GAT supports servo controls, hydraulics, pneumatics, fuel systems, hydromechanical, electronics and power generation for Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer and McDonnell Douglas aircraft.
The NTSB has issued a Safety Recommendation calling for the development of nondestructive testing techniques for Robinson main rotor blades after approximately 596 hours time-in-service to check for bond defects in areas between the skin and spar at the tip of the blade and between the skin and tip cap on all R22s and R44s.
Attendees at Falcon Jet’s annual NBAA Convention breakfast yesterday probably noticed, some with disdain, that one of the people at the head table stood out from the rest of the room by his attire: an open short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans–quite a contrast to those in the rest of the room wearing jackets and ties.
Bombardier is developing an enhanced vision system with partners Thales Avioincs of France and CMC Electronics for its Global Express business jet, the Canadian airframer announced at an NBAA press conference yesterday. Flight testing of the system is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, with customer availability expected in the first quarter of 2005. Texas Instrument’s flight department is the launch customer.
When it comes to getting your aircraft worked on, Millville Jet Center on Millville Municipal Airport in New Jersey has quite an appeal. The nontower IFR airport is open 24 hours a day and has no landing fee, ramp fee, noise restrictions or state sales tax on parts or labor for any aircraft with a max takeoff weight of more than 6,000 pounds.
ProFlight Proficiency Flight Training of Carlsbad, Calif., will soon be adding a Citation CJ3 simulation device to its training platform. The Fidelity Flight Simulation device includes a Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite with a three-screen display, APP-85 AFCS, FMS-3000 flight management system and electronic charting capabilities, in addition to a six-axis motion base and a cross-cockpit visual display.
After a 26-year relationship with FlightSafety International, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA) announced at last month’s NBAA Convention that it will shift MU-2 training to SimCom Training Centers in Orlando, Fla., initially using existing former FSI simulators.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation today signed a letter of intent with Ogden, Utah-based Kemp Development to open a new Midcoast Aviation maintenance facility and Jet Aviation FBO at Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The Swiss company plans to assume the existing FBO operations of Kemp Jet Services, following the close of the deal.