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Saturday, November 1, 2008


Comlux Purchases Indianapolis Jet Center

Swiss completions provider Comlux Aviation Group has acquired Indianapolis Jet Center. Comlux plans to rename the facility at Indianapolis Intl Airport (IND) Comlux Completion USA. Parallel with the purchase, Comlux has created a new division, Comlux America, which will expand its presence in North America. Comlux provides VIP cabin completions for corporate and private Airbus and Bombardier jet owners, and has a partnership with the Airbus Corporate Jet Center for interior completions. IndyJet specializes in refurbishments and maintenance for business jets.

Honeywell Launches Ovation Select

Phoenix-based avionics manufacturer Honeywell Aerospace has introduced Ovation Select, a redesigned cabin management system. Entertainment and connectivity options are available through the system, including surround sound audio, high definition video and digital communications. Honeywell Business and General Aviation President Rob Wilson says that a reworked user interface makes passenger in-flight connectivity "seamless and easy — whether you’re connected via your Blackberry or laptop, using your iPod or watching a Blu-ray movie."

P&WC Secures Fleet Management Deal

JetSuite has chosen Pratt & Whitney Canada to supply a fleet management program for the PW617F engines on its fleet of Embraer Phenom 100s. Under an 11-year contract, Pratt & Whitney will cover engine maintenance for 50 aircraft on order, as well as 50 options. JetSuite will begin operating a total of 11 aircraft from Los Angeles and Las Vegas next year before expanding to other sites around North America.

Williams Engine Takes Flight in D-Jet

Diamond Aircraft has carried out the initial flight of its D-Jet with a new Williams Intl FJ33-5A engine. Conducted on Oct. 5 using serial number 003, the 1.4-hour flight took off from Diamond’s facility in London, Ontario. Chief Test Pilot Daniel Riberio and Flight Test Engineer Gerard Struthers were at the controls. An earlier version of the D-Jet featured the FJ33-15. S/n 003 first flew in April 2008 and was altered to include the new engine and fairings, as well as other modifications including aerodynamic adjustments and installation of winglets.

Jet Works Seeks AHRS Certificate

Denton, Texas-based Jet Works Air Center has announced its intentions to pursue a supplemental type certification (STC) for installation of Rockwell Collins AHS-3000 altitude heading reference system (AHRS) on the Bombardier Learjet 31. Jet Works will supply the wire harness and adapter box as part of the package, with STC approval expected in winter 2008.

Repair Center Relocates in Phoenix

Dallas Airmotive is planning to move its regional turbine center (RTC) at Scottsdale Airport (SDL) to a larger site near Deer Valley Airport (DVT) in Phoenix, Ariz. The BBA Aviation ERO subsidiary intends to open a 7,500-square-foot facility at DVT in Dec. 2008. The expansion will more than double the amount of space for Rolls-Royce Model 250 and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A and JT15D engine service. Hot section inspections, engine MRO and remote engine assistance will be available at the Phoenix RTC.

DAO Obtains TPE331 ASC Designation

Business aircraft services provider DAO Aviation has received Honeywell’s authorization to supply MRO for the TPE331-1 though -14 line of turboprop engines. Based at Roskilde Airport near Copenhagen, DAO serves GA aircraft in Europe. Honeywell says that it has delivered more than 12,700 TPE331s since the engine was originally certified in 1965.

Learjet 85 Added to Smart Parts Program

Bombardier’s Smart Parts program will be available for the Learjet 85 when the all-composite aircraft enters service in Jan. 2013. Currently used by more than 900 Challenger, Global and Learjet operators, Smart Parts provides a cost per-flight-hour plan covering airframe components, including avionics. The manufacturer’s service programs — Smart Parts, Smart Parts Plus, Smart Parts Engine Coverage and Smart Maintenance Plus — are available for 15 Bombardier aircraft models.

AAC Cabinet Shop Grows in Dallas

Associated Air Center has expanded its cabinet shop at Love Field (DAL) in Dallas, Texas. The addition comprises 10,000 square feet of space for fabrication and prep-and-cover work, doubling the amount of space at the existing 10,000-square-foot facility. AAC reworked its cabinet operations, allowing for the kitting of cabinetry subcomponents. In early October, the company reported modifying five aircraft and conducting maintenance on three.

Jet Aviation to Complete Two VIP A350s

Swiss aircraft service provider Jet Aviation has signed letters of intent to outfit two Airbus A350-900 XWB Prestiges with VIP interiors. Set for delivery to Jet Aviation’s Basel facility in 2014 and 2015, the A350s will then undergo an 18-month completions project before redelivery to private customers.

Phenom Joins Embraer Executive Care

Embraer’s fixed-cost maintenance program is now available for Phenom 100 and 300 operators in North America, South America and Europe. Previously offered in the Legacy 600, Embraer Executive Care (EEC) covers aircraft on a fixed fee per flight hour, focused on its operational profile. Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, parts, aircraft on ground (AOG) situations and Embraer’s mobile recovery services (MRS) team are all included with EEC.

Hangar Complete in Murrieta

RW Martin Inc. has opened a 20,000-square-foot hangar at French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, Calif. The expansion will support the company’s modifications on special mission aircraft and DHC-6 Twin Otters and feature a 241⁄2-foot hangar door, 100 feet wide, capable of housing midsize business jets and turboprops. The hangar will also include 2,000 square feet of office space. Combined with Total Aircraft Services, RW Martin has more than 60 employees at F70. Ikhana Group acquired RW Martin and TAS in 2007. RW Martin President John Zublin says the hangar will be used for modifications on special mission aircraft.

GE Aviation Establishes GA Division

Following four years of "technology investments," GE Aviation has created a new division — Business & General Aviation — that will focus on the aviation sector. The engine maker estimates that the new division will initially have around $500 million in yearly revenues with a target of $2 billion over the next decade. The division will include Smiths Aerospace, which GE acquired in 2007, Walter Engines, purchased this year, and the company’s engine core program, known as eCore.

SAC Brings in Business with New Hangar

Savannah Air Center has doubled its capacity at Savannah Intl Airport since inaugurating a 101,500-sqaure-foot facility earlier this year. The hangar performs completions for up to 12 large-cabin aircraft at a time, such as the Bombardier Global Express and the Gulfstream V.

Rolls Royce to Support XOJet’s Citiation Xs

XOJet has enrolled its Cessna Citation X fleet into the Rolls-Royce CorporateCare program. All of the AE 3007C1 engines in the company’s 48 aircraft will be covered under a 10-year maintenance contract. CorporateCare currently involves 80 percent of the worldwide AE 3007 fleet.

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