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Tuesday, November 1, 2005


Bearing Inspection Acquired
The Timken Company has purchased Bearing Inspection, a company that specializes in reconditioning expensive turbine engine bearings. Bearing Inspection, based in Los Alamitos, California, will operate under the Timken Aerospace Services division, headed by former Bearing Inspection president Drew Baker. All Timken bearing service operations will be consolidated under Bearing Inspection.

Newly EmpowerMX'ed
EmpowerMX is the new name of the former Sinex Aviation Technologies, a maintenance software solutions and consulting services provider. Greg Sandbulte is EmpowerMX's CEO. He explained that the new name will help create a unique identity for the company's aviation maintenance software suite and allows for the possibility of providing software for other modes of transportation.

It's Now Landmark Aviation
Following the combining last year of Garrett Aviation Services, Piedmont Hawthorne, and Associated Air Center, the Carlyle Group has adopted a new moniker for the three companies, Landmark Aviation. The company's headquarters is in Tempe, Arizona, at the former Garrett Aviation offices. Landmark Aviation's services will be provided by three divisions: maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) is the former Garrett Aviation's focus; charter, aircraft management, and fixed base operator (FBO) services will be handled by the former Piedmont Hawthorne companies; and Associated Air Center will continue to provide transport-size airplane completion and maintenance services. Landmark Aviation also is closing its Long Island, New York, facility, which specialized in Gulfstream maintenance and was part of the Garrett Aviation chain.

JAL Adopts e-Toolbox
Japan Airlines is the launch customer for the Boeing Commercial Aviation Services Maintenance Performance Toolbox, using the Structures Tool for online access to structural repair data. Users of the Structures Tool can access structural repair records and previous repair activities plus manage repair records, parts, and task cards, according to Boeing. Japan Airlines also is development partner with Boeing for the Maintenance Performance Toolbox.

RFID is Here
Boeing plans to use radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags on 787 maintenance-significant parts to manage part maintenance and repair histories and configuration control. RFID tags will help Boeing and operators track parts throughout their lives and improve efficiency during in-service maintenance by enhancing communications between customers and suppliers, according to Boeing. The 787 RFID tags will include information on unique part identification and maintenance and inspection data. RFID tags will be used on 787 line-replaceable units, life-limited parts, and onboard emergency equipment and will be installed by suppliers during manufacture. General Electric-Aviation also is adopting RFID tags and is now shipping RFID-enabled engine parts to its Erlanger, Kentucky, distribution center.

Aviation Labs Reopens
The Kenner, Louisiana, facility operated by Aviation Laboratories for aviation fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, filter, and small particle laboratory analysis suffered minimal damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and is fully operational. Customers can resume mailing samples to the company at: Aviation Laboratories, 910 Maria Street, Kenner, Louisiana 70062.

Jet Aviation Acquired
Following anti-trust approval, Permira Funds completed its purchase of Switzerland-based Jet Aviation Group, a business aviation maintenance and service company with bases worldwide. Both companies declined to reveal the amount paid by Permira.

Also, the former Crossair hangar in Basel, Switzerland, is now part of Jet Aviation's facilities at that airport. This adds 30 percent more hangar space to Jet Aviation Basel, the company's primary VIP airplane completions facility.

A320 D-Checks to Sichuan
Air France Industries won a contract to provide three Airbus A320 D-checks to Sichuan Airlines of China. The D-checks will be done at AFI's Toulouse, France facility.

RVSM Offered for F20
Genesis 3's installation kits for a Falcon 20 RVSM solution are now available, starting at $114,900. The kits include Rosemount probes and Innovative Solutions & Support equipment, and no skin-mapping is required for installation. Genesis 3 is also offering on-site installation support as part of the kit price.

TIMCO wins C-130 Contract
Maintenance provider TIMCO Aviation Services is expanding its military MRO work with a new contract for U.S. Coast Guard C-130 heavy maintenance. Work will be completed at TIMCO's Lake City, Florida, facility.

GoJet Signs with Goodrich
Startup airline GoJet signed up for maintenance services for its Bombardier CRJ700 fleet with Goodrich. The agreement covers Goodrich equipment on the CRJs, including fuel, lighting, utility, and sensor systems.

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