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MRO & AVIATION INDUSTRY NEWS
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today welcomed a new study of S&P 500 companies, showing that by a host of measures, the use of business aviation is the sign of a well-managed enterprise among America’s most highly valued and well-respected companies.
Certified Aviation Services, LLC (CAS) will be exhibiting at MRO Europe for the first time. CAS was highly impressed with last year’s show, after attending as a visitor.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) announced today that it has signed an agreement with New Zealand’s national airline to deliver an engine service and support program.
The 2017 Fly Kansas Air Tour lifts off from Wellington on Thursday for a three-day, 10-city celebration of Kansas aviation.
One Aviation is extending the benefits of anti-skid brakes to more owners and operators of the Eclipse 500 very light jet. The Advent Aerospace eABS anti-skid brake system is now available as a standalone upgrade for Eclipse 500s that have been updated to the IFMS 2.08 version of the Innovative Solutions & Support avionics suite. Cost of the installed eABS is $79,950, and the upgrade includes a half day of training at the installation service center (not including fuel cost).
Honeywell is growing its ability to unleash the power of the Connected Aircraft by increasing real-time, 24/7 technical support for GoDirect Cabin Connectivity customers at the GoDirect Service Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Doc’s Friends, Inc. has announced a major gift from Boeing that will ensure the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center becomes a reality at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport. Executives from Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems joined Doc’s Friends, Inc. board members and volunteers to make the announcement, and officially break ground on the 32,000 sq. ft. facility.
Global aviation services leader AAR (NYSE: AIR) and Air Canada (TSX: AC) today announced they have signed a 5-year agreement to provide airframe maintenance for the airline’s fleet of 34 Boeing 767 at AAR’s Miami MRO facility. The contract will commence later this year and ramp up over three months.
Delta is saying goodbye to the Boeing 747 later this year, but this farewell is Delta’s second for the iconic aircraft having already disposed of the type once before in 1977.
AAR Corp. is a pretty big player in the aftermarket game. It’s the largest third-party airframe provider in the Americas, Aviation Week’s latest survey shows. The company generates about $1.8 billion in annual sales—more than 80 percent from its aftermarket work, including both civil and defense. The company has the diversity and heft to beat back OEM pushes.
INTERNATIONAL AVIATION INDUSTRY NEWS
“The full selection of one-stop shop solutions available at RUAG allowed us to cater to our Gulfstream G550 customer’s individual needs,” states Victor Soria Sainz, Manager, Sky-Tech Maintenance Service SL. “Over the years, on previous aircraft projects, RUAG has consistently proven to be a reliable partner for heavy maintenance events and on-schedule aircraft availability. So we are very pleased they include the Gulfstream G550 in their service portfolio,” he confirms.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker struck a defiant tone in his commentary at Boeing’s delivery center in Seattle on Monday ahead of a ceremony to celebrate delivery of his airline’s first Boeing 747-8F freighter, calling the blockade of Qatar by its Persian Gulf neighbors an “illegal act” that has served to boost the carrier’s cargo business.
Boeing’s latest demand forecast for Southeast Asia has provided further justification for several ambitious aftermarket projects in the region.
EDUCATION & TECHNICAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NEWS
AIM Altitude’s active apprenticeship scheme builds further this month with the induction of six new apprentices. With a long history of nurturing its own talent, AIM Altitude will be giving the students hands-on experience and skills. At the end of their apprenticeship and accompanying college course, the young men and women will be fully-skilled, and NVQ3-qualified, engineers.
U.S. FEDERAL REGISTER
Review all current regulatory documents published to the U.S. Federal Register today (all agencies).
THE WHITE HOUSE
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 10006 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (Public Law 115-31) (the “Act”).
A key priority of my Administration is to better equip America’s young people with the relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them to secure high‑paying, stable jobs throughout their careers. With the growing role of technology in driving the American economy, many jobs increasingly require skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — including, in particular, Computer Science. These skills open the door to jobs, strengthening the backbone of American ingenuity, driving solutions to complex problems across industries, and improving lives around the world. As part of my Administration’s commitment to supporting American workers and increasing economic growth and prosperity, it is critical that we educate and train our future workforce to compete and excel in lucrative and important STEM fields.
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA)
FAA Final rules
|AD: Technify Motors GmbH Reciprocating Engines|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0241||Effective date 10/31/2017|
|The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Technify Motors GmbH TAE 125-02 reciprocating engines. This AD requires replacement of the clutch with a dual mass flywheel. This AD was prompted by a loss of engine power in flight caused by oil leaking from the gearbox radial shaft sealing ring that contaminated the clutch. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.|
|AD: Siemens S.A.S. Smoke Detectors|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0099||Effective date 10/31/2017|
|The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Siemens S.A.S. smoke detectors installed on various transport category airplanes. This AD requires inspection and replacement of the affected smoke detectors. This AD was prompted by a report that the affected smoke detectors failed an acceptance test. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.|
|AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0140||Effective date 10/31/2017|
|The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) model Tay 620-15 turbofan engines. This AD requires reducing the maximum approved life limit. This AD was prompted by RRD recalculating the life limit for certain high-pressure compressor (HPC) stage 12 rotor disks. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.|
|AD: Company Aircraft/Engine Model Airplanes/Helicopters/Engines/Etc.|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0287||Effective date 12/07/2017|
|This action modifies Class E airspace extending up to 700 feet above the surface at Wayne Municipal/Stan Morris Field (formally the Wayne Municipal Airport), Wayne, NE, to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures for instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Wayne non-directional radio beacon (NDB) serving the airport, and cancellation of the NDB approach. This action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. The new airport name was not included in the NPRM and is being corrected. The geographic coordinates of the airport also are updated to be in concert with the FAA’s aeronautical database.|
|AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0767||Effective date 10/11/2017|
|The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Trent XWB-75, Trent XWB-79, Trent XWB-79B, and Trent XWB-84, turbofan engines. This AD requires replacement of the low-pressure compressor (LPC) case support inboard pins. This AD was prompted by LPC case support inboard pins that may have reduced integrity due to incorrect heat treatment. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.|
|Final Rule: Establishment of Restricted Area R-2306F; Yuma Proving Ground, AZ|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2016-7055||Effective date 12/07/2017|
|This action establishes restricted area R-2306F in the vicinity of Laguna Army Airfield (LGF) at Yuma Proving Ground, AZ. The restricted area allows Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) to maximize the existing fixed infrastructure to support current and future hazardous test programs while minimizing the risk to public and non-participating aircraft. These programs involve ground and airborne testing of non-eye-safe lasers, high energy radars and the development of unproven weapon systems and this ensures the safer testing and evaluation of these programs without impacting non-participating aircraft and general public.|
FAA Proposed Rules
|NPRM AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes|
|Published 09/26/2017||Docket #: FAA-2017-0900||Comments due 11/13/2017|
|The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of wire damage on a fuel boost pump power cable, and a separate report of a fuel tank explosion on a similarly equipped airplane. This proposed AD would require the installation of new shielded wire bundles and convoluted liners within fuel tank conduits, and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate certain airworthiness limitations (AWLs). We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.|
FAA Guidance Documents and Notices
Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIB)
|SAIB: NAVIGATION – Traffic Advisory System – Misleading Intruder Aircraft Vertical Trend|
|Issued 09/25/2017||SAIB #: NE-17-26|
|This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners and operators of aircraft equipped with an Avidyne TAS600A, TAS600, and 9900BX Traffic Advisory System (TAS) of an airworthiness concern regarding the display of intruder aircraft vertical trend indications. At this time, this airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthines|
|Notice: Notice of Intent To Rule on Change in Use of Aeronautical Property at Harnett Regional Jetport, Harnett County, NC|
|Published 09/26/2017||Document #: 2017-20574||Comments due 10/26/2017|
|The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting public comment on a request by the County of Harnett of North Carolina, owner of the Harnett Regional Jetport, to change a portion of airport property from aeronautical to non-aeronautical use at the Harnett Regional Jetport. The request consists of approximately 2.49 acres to Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc. for use as a permanent utility easement for the installation of a gas line.|
|Notice: Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; BNSF Railway Company|
|Published 09/26/2017||Document #: 2017-20498||Comments due 10/16/2017|
|The petitioner, a Class I freight railroad, is seeking an exemption pursuant to Section 2210 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, to commercia lly operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) over BNSF owned or controlled land in support of activities described in Section 2210, paragraph (b). The inspection of railroad infrastructure and operations involving repair, construction, maintenance, or protection of covered facilities will occur during both day and night.|
*A complete list of pre-published federal rules is available at the Office of the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
AD: Airbus Airplanes
AD: Airbus Airplanes
Proposed AD: Airbus Airplanes
CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OF AUSTRALIA
EUROPEAN AVIATION SAFETY AGENCY
Emergency AD: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS SA 330 / AS 332 / EC 225 EC 225 LP
Proposed AD: HOFFMANN PROPELLER GmbH & Co. KG
Safety Information Bulletin: Sandia SAE5-35 or Garmin GAE 43 – Cabin Altitude Encoder – Installation Evaluation
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