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Clay Lacy Aviation recently held an opening ceremony for its new business aircraft maintenance facility at Connecticut's Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC). The 65,000-sq-ft facility can complete light line maintenance for engine and airframe, avionics troubleshooting and repairs, and minor interior updates and reconditioning. Clay Lacy Aviation expects to receive FAA Part 145 certification later this year.
Coopesa's new hangar complex has been delayed several times, but the Costa Rican MRO’s CEO is confident that construction of the first new hangar will resume in May. If this actually happens, the hangar should be finished in June 2019.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding the Federal Aviation Administration increase inspections of aircraft maintenance after his office reviewed agency records and found that enforcement and fines specifically for maintenance issues have dropped over the last several years.
Schumer's office asserts that formal enforcement actions for airline maintenance issues decreased after 2014 and dropped dramatically in 2017. The data was compiled from the agency's quarterly reports on civil enforcement penalties, according to a statement from his office.
OEMs have continued adding to their existing MRO networks as new aircraft and engine types enter the market. A key announcement at MRO Americas was the addition of Delta TechOps to Pratt & Whitney’s aftermarket network for the GTF engine.
Gulfstream Aerospace's service center at Beijing Capital International Airport is expanding its operating hours, beginning in the second quarter. It will add a second shift from 3:30 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday to better support Gulfstream operators in the region. To support the extra shift, Gulfstream Beijing will also hire approximately 10 maintenance technicians and inspectors.
Piper announced at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany this week that it will offer a diesel version of its PA-44 called the Seminole DX. It is the second Piper trainer to receive jet-A-burning diesel power after the Archer DX model emerged in 2014.
The twin diesel Seminole DX will be powered by a new engine from Continental Motors, the 170 hp CD-170, a variant of Continental's CD-100 series diesel engines.
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed deals with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, who are both owned by the Halvorson family, for support-by-hour (SBH) contracts. These contracts permit a seven-year MRO agreement that supports 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon, with an additional three engines added over the next two months, and six engines for Rainier, with one additional engine this spring. Ultimately, each contract covers engines powering the operators’ Airbus H125 and H130 fleets.
"Because of our international partners," responds Gérald Hotte, customer service director at Avianor, when asked why his MRO has the confidence in the aftermarket to expand facilities and grow its staff. "We are getting an increasing amount of work from international operators."
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