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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Intelligence: Briefs

Cessna 421B Added to K-State Mx Training Fleet

Kansas State University’s College of Technology and Aviation in Salina has received a twin-engine Cessna 421B as a gift from Kenneth and Tamara Knight. The school has integrated the aircraft into its aviation maintenance program as part of a degree for A&P mechanics.



K-State at Salina has a fleet of 50 training aircraft, supporting degree programs in aircraft repair and modifications, airframe and engine work, as well as avionics, safety, pilot education and engineering technology. The donation allows students "to work directly on an aircraft, which takes learning to a higher level," says Andrew Smith, assistant professor for aviation. He adds that working on the 421B is "a true hands-on experience with a flying airplane, one that takes and needs constant care and maintenance."

Bombardier Expands Network

In addition to making improvements at two existing locations, Bombardier Aerospace has bolstered its worldwide service network by adding a line maintenance facility (LMF) at Jetflite in Finland. Situated in a 30,000-square-foot facility at Helsinki Vantaa Airport (HEL), Jetflite will offer line maintenance for the Learjet series and Challenger 300, 604, 605 and 850 aircraft, as well as an AOG service for customers in Scandinavia. Bombardier has also extended its full ASF designation to Metrojet, which has a 53,400-square-foot complex in Hong Kong, China. The upgraded status allows Metrojet to expand its services to include airframe, engine and avionics maintenance, as well as work related to airworthiness directives and service bulletins. Seperately, Bombardier has granted Challenger 300 authorization to Global Aviation, which was appointed an LMF in August 2008. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based company also works on the Learjet and Global lines, and the Challenger 601, 604 and 605.

Helicopter Safety Hearings

A group of organizations that represent air medical helicopters submitted a joint position paper to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during a series of hearings Feb. 3 – 6 on EMS helicopter safety. In the paper, the group — comprised of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) — lays out various recommendations. At the top of the list is a proposal that would require all night medical flight operations to use NVGs or other enhanced vision systems, or to stick closely to instrument flight rules. The group is also seeking expedited funds for hospital helipads, improvements in off-airport weather reporting, and other recommendations that would improve low-altitude conditions. According to the NTSB, maintenance has never been a factor in any accident involving an air medical helicopter.

Indamer is Embraer MRO

Embraer has designated Indamer of Mumbai, India as an authorized executive jet service center. The European Aviation Holding Co. (EAHC) subsidiary becomes the first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider for Embraer business jets in India, offering services on the Phenom line and the Legacy 600. Indamer’s facilities feature 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) of hangar and support space. The center will handle routine checks, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, warranty support and heavy maintenance beginning in the first half of 2009. A rescue team will also be available.

AirCare Purchases Majestic

Olympia, Wash.-based AirCare Solutions Group has integrated Majestic Aerotech, an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station located in the same city, into its portfolio of companies. For more than 25 years, Majestic has supplied emergency medical products and parts for corporate and commercial aircraft operators, including manufacturing, repairs, inspections, reconditioning and sales of items such as emergency and first aid kits, survival kits and Falcon coalescers.

With the purchase of the repair station, AirCare is incorporating another set of services under its umbrella, which includes AirCare Intl (EMS training and products), AirCare Crews (staffing solutions), Access Assistance (travel and medical assistance), ASG Interactive (computer-based training), ETMA (safety and first air training), FACTS training and Quality Resources, a consulting and technical writing firm.

Batavia, Ohio-based Sporty’s will choose the winner of a new Cessna Skyhawk during its Fly-In, scheduled for May 16 at Clermont County Airport (I69). The aircraft, given under the Sporty’s Sweepstakes program, will come equipped with synthetic vision technology from Garmin. The fifth annual event will feature a static display, multiple exhibitors including Cessna, Garmin and Honeywell, seminars, tours and representatives from aircraft and avionics manufacturers.

Software Supports Royal Navy

Miro Technologies’ GOLDesp software has begun supporting the British Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk1 helicopter as part of a contract with Lockheed Martin U.K. Under the integrated Merlin operational support (IMOS) program, GOLDesp is supplying an automated maintenance management system at the Merlin avionics workshops at the Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall, England. The software is also managing all Merlin mission system inventory and fourth line repair orders.

AWI Receives EASA Approval

Aerospace Welding Minneapolis Inc. (AWI) has secured EASA Part 145 approval for its aircraft exhaust parts and engine mounts. The certificate, issued under the bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) and associated maintenance implementation procedures (MIPs), allows AWI to export repaired and overhauled parts to EASA member countries. A staff member has also received designated manufacturing inspection representative (DMIR) approval from FAA, allowing Aerospace Welding to issue export certificates of airworthiness for any Aero-Power parts that hold FAA-PMA approval.

EASA Approves Aspen PFDs

Aspen Avionics of Albuquerque, N.M. has received EASA certification for its Evolution flight display. The European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) approval for the EFD1000 series allows Aspen to install the units in European-registered aircraft. The ETSOs also enable EASA-certified design organizations to seek aircraft-specific certifications to install the Evolution display. Aspen says it continues to pursue broader approved model list STCs for aircraft registered in Europe.

Kelly Certified for CF6-50

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Kelly Aviation Center has obtained EASA certification for the CF6-50 engine. The approval allows the San Antonio, Texas-based company to expand its MRO services to commercial engines registered in Europe. Kelly currently provides CF6-50 work on the KC-10 and E-4B fleet under an agreement with GE. The service center also works on engines that power various military and commercial aircraft.

ERAU Dragster Gathers Speed

A jet dragster built with the help of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) aviation maintenance and aerospace engineering students is gearing up for a 2009 racing season that already features 24 major venues in the U.S. Designed and constructed in 2004, the racer set a top speed of more than 300 mph with driver Elaine Larsen during last year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. For a list of upcoming appearances, visit jetdragster.erau.edu.

IMPCO Repairs Castings

A new onsite service for sealing and repairing large castings and other parts is available from IMPCO of Providence, R.I. The program, which has aviation applications, offers inspection, sealing and leak testing for large parts when size or locations makes it impractical to move to an IMPCO service center. During the sealing process, IMPCO uses a variety of materials, including its macro porosity sealing resin, which is applied to known leaking areas. Several impregnant materials are available, depending on the application.

Device Records Trends

Fluke Corp. of Everett, Wash. has published a series of application notes for its Fluke 289 digital multimeter (DMM). The notes will help technicians and electronics personnel to conduct advanced electrical tests with Fluke DMMs. For example, the 289 DMM can record events that occur in a test circuit over a given period of time, allowing the user to examine results, identify problem areas and establish trends.

Da Vinci Machines on Display

San Diego’s Air and Space Museum has opened a new exhibit, the da Vinci Experience, which features various conceptual designs behind several of the technologies that he developed. While the museum notes that Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his artistic genius, not as much attention is paid to his inventions. The exhibit is broken into three categories: transportation, mechanical and military. More than two dozen functional models are on display through Jan. 3, 2010, set up next to the relevant da Vinci drawing.


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