FAA awards Airwolf AMOC to Robinson Rotor Blade AD
Airwolf Aerospace was recently granted an Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) by the Federal Aviation Administration for Airworthiness Directive 2007-26-12. The AD was issued for delamination of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters’ main rotor blades. Installation of Airwolf’s Rotor Blade Protective Tape system is found by the FAA to provide a permanent and acceptable level of safety.
The AMOC permits all R22 and R44 operators to use Airwolf’s Rotor Blade Protective Tape which eliminates the need for preflight inspections and entries into the aircraft’s permanent maintenance record, which would otherwise be mandatory under the requirements of the AD. The AMOC also legally eliminates the restriction on the installation of “blade tapes (anti-erosion tapes),” which was recently added by Robinson to its maintenance manuals.
Airwolf’s solution STC-SR02491CH is a one-time application, using a unique adhesive polymer tape to prevent permanently the leading-edge skin debonding, which occurs when the bond line is exposed due to excessive erosion of the blade’s painted finish.
Turbomeca selects BorescopesRUs
After extended tests and evaluation Turbomeca’s facility in Mirabel, Canada, chose the BorescopesRUs Videoscope model for its current visual inspection requirements with options for additional units. The 4mm videoscope toolcart/tabletop model met the requirements of ease of use in multiple applications, recording capability, size of display, and resolution of image. The compact design of the video processing and display and its ability to accept and use existing rigid and fiberscope kits complements the capabilities for recording inspections and transmittal of data.
SW receives SAE certification
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings now has a complete coating system, including pretreatment, corrosion protective primer and topcoat, certified with SAE International’s Aerospace Material Specification 3095 (AMS 3095) for Airline Exterior Systems. The certification now actually approves two of Sherwin-Williams’ complete painting systems: Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings CMO483928 with traditional High Solids Chromated Epoxy Primer; and CMO481968 High Solids Chrome Free Epoxy Primer/Surfacer (for an environmentally preferred option). Both systems are finished with Jet Glo Express Polyurethane topcoat for global aftermarket use as complete painting systems for commercial airline fleets. Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is now one of the first major aviation industry paint and coatings suppliers to have a chrome-free system achieve AMS certification.
Landmark adds toll-free number for mobile network
Landmark Aviation/Standard Aero has implemented a national toll-free number for its Mobile Service Team (MST) network, a national network of MRO field-service engineers who offer on-site consultation, line and on-wing troubleshooting and repair services for business aircraft operators. The number is 1-877-GO-MST-99 (1-877-466-7899).
Landmark Aviation/Standard Aero MST teams are based in Phoenix, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Van Nuys, and Islip (Long Island), NY.
Precision receives EASA approval
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), exclusive provider of “ISMRO” (Inventory Supported Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul), announces its Vancouver-based MRO facility Precision Accessories & Instruments Canada (PAI-C) has received EASA approval. PAI-C was acquired in April 2007 by PAG to extend ISMRO services to its existing customers in the expanding Canadian market operating both rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft. PAI-C has expanded its MRO function and inventory levels by 15 percent since acquisition by PAG 10 months ago.
PAI-C provides a full range of repair and overhaul services to helicopter operators, and also supports regional, corporate, and charter turboprop operators.
AAR expands composites business
AAR Corp. is expanding its composites manufacturing operations with the lease of a 90,000-square-foot facility located at the McClellan Business Park, formerly McClellan Air Force Base, in Sacramento, CA. AAR will occupy the portion of the McClellan facility formerly used by the U.S. Air Force for manufacturing composite replacement aircraft parts. The expansion provides more than four times the company’s current composites manufacturing capability through additional equipment and added capacity at the facility.
Kelly Aerospace Inc. announces receiving FAA-PMA approval for the manufacturing of the new Lycoming engine X-Drive starters.
The Lake Charles repair station previously handled European aircraft under a short-term approval granted through AAR's EASA-certified maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Miami.