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Friday, December 1, 2006

SR Technics Reorganizes

Maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider SR Technics has reorganized, effective November 1st. The Zurich, Switzerland-based group now consists of four divisions — aircraft services, component services, engine services and business development, sales and marketing. These divisions are cross-national. In other words, regardless of their location, all the entities in the same line of business report to one executive vice president.
Alex Kugler heads the aircraft services division, while Mike Humphreys is responsible for component services. Gerry Timoney is the executive vice president for the engine services division and Declan O’Shea has the same job title for business development, sales and marketing. With CFO Richard Steiblin and CEO Hans Lerch, they form the executive board.
Lerch said he aims to further strengthen international collaboration within the group. He also wants to accelerate the groupwide adoption of standardized business and support processes.
The SR Technics Group’s former country organizations — SR Technics Switzerland, SR Technics UK and SR Technics Ireland — will be considered of secondary importance. However, they will remain useful for some local tasks such as relationship with local stakeholders, the group said. Due to the size of the SR Technics Group’s Swiss operations, country manager Georg Radon will report directly to Lerch. Country managers John Troman (UK) and Noël Murray (Ireland) will report to the CFO.
SR Technics employs 5,000 people and last year had operating revenues of $1.13 billion. — By Thierry Dubois

Cessnas Get Hartzell Prop Conversion

Hartzell Propeller Inc. announced recently that it has received an STC for a new 3-bladed propeller on 1966-1969 model Cessna 210s and 1966-1974 model T210’s. The new propeller is an increased diameter version of the Hartzell scimitar propeller that’s been installed on more than 500 1970-1984 model Cessna 210’s.
The new 80-inch diameter, three-bladed scimitar propeller will provide operators with improved take-off and climb performance, as well as the same or better cruise performance compared to the original equipment propeller. The new propeller will also provide the reduced maintenance costs that come with Hartzell’s longer 2,400 hour/6-year TBO and exclusive Plus Three warranty, which delivers a full three years or 1,000 hours of coverage.
The new Cessna 210 and T210 Top Prop Performance Conversion kit comes complete with the 3-bladed scimitar propeller, spinner and STC paperwork at a list price of $8,695.

Business Aviation Analyst Alan Conklin Dies at 86

Alan H. Conklin, founder of Conklin & de Decker, a United States Air Force veteran and business aviation leader for more than 60 years, has died near his home in Orleans, Massachusetts. Al Conklin enjoyed a long aviation career and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha Conklin, and his daughter Chris.
Conklin’s extensive career started as an instructor pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corp in the early 1940’s and extended through 1984 when he retired from Falcon and his wife formed a new company, Al Conklin Associates.
In 1989 Bill de Decker joined Al Conklin and formed Conklin & de Decker. Together they authored a book in 1998 entitled Aircraft Acquisition Planning also a two-day seminar offered by the firm every year.
While growing and managing Conklin & de Decker, Conklin served on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Operations Committee until 2003. Conklin also authored a book of his memoirs entitled, My God is My Instructor Pilot, which covers his 61 years of flying aircraft in both the military and civil sectors as well as his extensive business aviation career.

Vantage Engine Gets EASA Type Certificate

Superior Air Parts, a division of Thielert AG, has received a type certificate (TC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Vantage Engine.
Both current versions of the Vantage Engine, the O-360 and the fuel-injected IO-360, are included in the EASA TC. This is the second international approval earned by the engine program. The Vantage received its Canadian TC in June of this year.
“This will certainly help us in our efforts to penetrate the aircraft OEM market domestically and internationally,” said Mike Caban, director of sales and marketing for Superior. “We are continuing our efforts to gain approvals in every country where Vantage powered aircraft will be sold and operated.”

Bluebook Recognizes Resale Value of ProAdvantage

Cessna Aircraft Company’s ProAdvantage programs are designed to help customers manage the cost of operating their business jets. Now Aircraft Bluebook Price Digest, a primary source for used aircraft pricing, recently listed the ProAdvantage programs as a value-enhancing feature.
Also noted is a new service offered by Cessna, a valuation and coverage assistance program for a prospective buyer or seller of Citation aircraft. Aircraft Bluebook states this program helps gain a better understanding of the past maintenance practices and programs, contributing to the aircraft’s value.
The ProAdvantage program includes: ProParts for airframe and avionics parts; AuxAdvantage for auxiliary power unit (APU) coverage; PowerAdvantage for engine parts and rental engines; and PowerAdvantage+ for all engine parts, engine rentals, and Pratt & Whitney Canada shop labor.

Spirit AeroSystems Enters Agreement with Aviall

Spirit AeroSystems Inc., has entered into an agreement with Aviall Services Inc., of Dallas, Texas, for international parts distribution. The contract covers all markets outside the United States and Canada. Under the terms of the agreement, Aviall, will be responsible for sales, marketing, forecasting, and planning in support of Spirit and its customers inside Aviall’s coverage area. Spirit AeroSystems Inc., headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, supplies commercial airplane assemblies and components to The Boeing Company, Airbus, and Raytheon. Spirit designs and builds assemblies and components for commercial aircraft, including the 737 fuselage.


Link It Offers Software

Link It Software Corp. announced recently that its web-based maintenance tracking software, EZ Maintenance Web now offers six account types designed to provide access to online maintenance software to companies of any size or requirement. EZ Maintenance enables users to track and schedule preventative maintenance and control inventory from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

Thales Onboard Gulfstream

Thales announced that the first flight of Gulfstream’s test aircraft, equipped with Thales’ new fly by wire flight control technology occurred recently. Thales is partnering with Gulfstream on their advanced flight controls (AFC) research program to explore the potential application of electrical, or fly by wire, flight control technology in its proof-of-concept research program. www.thalesgroup.com

CRS Gives Away Harley

CRS Jet Spares gave away a 2006 Harley Davidson Bike at this year’s NBAA. Three finalists were selected from the entries. This year’s winner was Amy Smith of Averitt Air in Nashville, Tennessee.

Baines Simmons’ New Ops

Baines Simmons Americas has launched operations with the opening of their Atlanta, Georgia, office. Baines Simmons provides human factors and safety management consultancy services.

Westar Works with Army

The U. S. Army Aviation Missile Command has awarded Westar Aerospace and Defense Group a task order to provide airworthiness and qualification engineering support to the Apache Helicopter Division of the Aviation Engineering Directorate. The award is valued at slightly more than $2 million, and includes five option years. www.westar.com

AircraftLogs Adds Options

AircraftLogs has added new subscription options allowing customers to customize their subscriptions to utilize the digital aircraft management system either with or without fully-digital maintenance logs. www.aircraftlogs.com
STG Snags SR Technics
STG Aerospace announced SR Technics is the customer of the 4000th SafTGlo aircraft kit. The order is part of a larger order to retrofit Aerlingus’ Airbus A330 fleet with the kits. www.stgaerospace.com

Smiths Gets C-130 Contract

Smiths Aerospace was awarded a contract from The Boeing Company to supply regulated transformer rectifier units (R/TRU) for the C-130 avionics modernization program aircraft. The contract is valued at $3 million (with options) for engineering units with potential sales of $34 million over the life of the program. The units will be manufactured in New York, with deliveries beginning in 2008 and continuing beyond 2016.

GE Heli Engine Facility

GE – Aviation opened its new presidential helicopter engine facility in Lynn, Massachusetts. The dedicated area in Lynn will house the assembly and shipment operations of engines for the next generation Marine One helicopter that will be used by the President of the United States. www.ge.com/aviation

Standard Aero Wins

Standard Aero was selected as the winner of the 2006 Great Ideas Competition award at the SAE Department of Defense (DoD) Maintenance Symposium & Exhibition. The competition recognizes promising new technologies, processes, or business practices in the DoD maintenance environment. Standard Aero won for an idea called “Engine Workscope Optimization” and detailed reliability-based tolls available to improve fleet performance. www.standardaero.com

P&WC R&D Ranked 1

Pratt & Whitney Canada is ranked the number one R&D investor in Canada’s aerospace sector in a new list of the top 100 corporate R&D spenders, according to RE$EARCH Inforsource, Inc. P&WC invested $472 million in research and development in 2005. www.pwc.ca

PPG Wins Delta Contract

The Total Service Solutions unit of PPG Aerospace has been awarded a three-year contract by Delta Air Lines to provide chemical management services at Delta’s Atlanta maintenance base and line stations. http://corporate.ppg.com/PPG/Aerospace/default.htm

Satyam Wins Qantas Deal

Satyam Computer Services, Ltd., announced that it has signed a seven-year contract with Qantas covering application development and maintenance services. www.satyam.com.

Fargo and Way-Point Merge

Fargo Jet Center, Inc. and sister company Way-Point Avionics, Inc. have merged repair station certificates in an effort to streamline company operations. Way-Point Avionics is now part of Fargo Jet Center’s FAA certified repair station. Way-Point Avionics will continue as the trade name representing the department of Fargo Jet Center, Inc.

Lufthansa Gets Air Europa

The Spanish airline Air Europa and Lufthansa Technik signed a technical support contract for landing gear overhaul and exchange. Over the next six years at least 28 shipsets of the Boeing 737 Next-Generation (NG) fleet will be sent to Hamburg for MRO services. Lufthansa Technik provides the spare shipset but the exchange performance on the Boeing 737-800 will be handled by Air Europa and its subsidiary Globalia Mantenimiento Aeronautico at its newly built hangar in Palma deMallorca. www.lufthansa-technik.com

Bill Peacher is Nordam COO

The NORDAM Group has named Bill Peacher, chief operating officer (COO) for NORDAM’s Repair Group. Peacher will maintain his role as chief financial officer (CFO) while assuming COO responsibilities for NORDAM’s worldwide repair divisions in the U.S., England, and Singapore, as well as its aftermarket sales and corporate marketing functions. www.nordam.com

Mesaba, Mechanics Deal

Mesaba Airlines reached a tentative agreement early Tuesday with its mechanics union, the last of three labor groups to settle with the regional carrier. The pact was agreed to after negotiations over six days. The Eagan, Minnesota-based regional carrier, which flies for Northwest Airlines and is in bankruptcy protection, reached tentative agreements with unions representing its pilots and flight attendants last weekend. http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/15896953.htm

Bedek Receives STC

Israel Aircraft Industries’ Bedek Aviation Group received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the conversion of a Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft into freighter configuration (Pax to SF) on October 27th, 2006.
In addition to the FAA’s STC approval, the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) issued a Technical Visa for STC, and Israel Civil Aviation Authority (CAAI) granted its STC the same day. www.iasi.co.il


South East Asian Airlines has selected TRAX to implement its maintenance and engineering software. www.trax.aero
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