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STC for Lord shimmy damper
LORD Corp.’s proprietary shimmy damper recently achieved Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) #SA00609DE for all models of the Hawker Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron. The nose wheel shimmy damper replaces the original equipment shimmy damper on the Bonanza and Baron aircraft. Utilizing LORD Corp.’s patented Surface-Effect technology, the damper — sporting the same form, fit, and function as the original Beech Aircraft damper — provides consistent damping without maintenance or the use of hydraulic fluid. Since the damper contains no fluid, it cannot leak and will last eight to 10 years without service.

The shimmy damper minimizes downtime and reduces maintenance costs leading to cost savings and lower vibration levels.

EASA approval on DART float systems
DART Helicopter Services’ subsidiary Apical Industries Inc. has received EASA approval of its Pop-Out/Emergency Float Systems for Robinson R44, R44 II model helicopters. Transport Canada and FAA approvals were previously received.

The systems provide a lightweight and easy-to-install solution for R44 Raven operators who routinely or even occasionally fly over water, and want the added security of having pop-out floats installed. The Apical system is also suitable for installation on R44 Clipper helicopters. The kits are composed of two fwd. floats and two aft. floats, engineered to be mounted on float or standard skidtubes, and a single composite wrapped inflation reservoir.

Each float is constructed of lightweight urethane-coated nylon fabric and includes inlet check valves and combination manual topping/pressure relief valves.

New people at Duncan Aviation
Duncan Aviation announces several additions to its staff. Alan Monk has been appointed to the Battle Creek Airframe Service Sales Team. Monk’s primary responsibility will be airframe service sales for the Hawker product line, with a secondary focus on Gulfstream service sales. Cary Loubert has been named Bombardier Tech Rep at Duncan’s Battle Creek, MI, facility. In this capacity, Loubert will provide customer technical service support as well as troubleshooting in support of the Learjet and Challenger airframes. Brad Homeyer has accepted the position of Airframe Service Sales Rep.

Homeyer will assist Bombardier operators in planning for maintenance events and provide quotes for these workscopes. His primary emphasis will be on the Challenger aircraft.

Duncan Aviation services include major and minor airframe inspections and maintenance, engine services, major retrofits for cabin and cockpit systems in addition to full paint and interior services and aircraft sales and acquisitions.

Seeking GA Award winners names
Each year, the General Aviation awards program has recognized aviation professionals for their contributions. Ironically, there is no single place where all the names are displayed, and where all national recipients are publicly recognized. Currently, the Experimental Aircraft Association is considering erecting such a display. However, the GA Awards Committee is missing the names of several past national-level recipients. If you have any information that may assist in identifying the National CFIs of the Year for 1968-1971 and 1973-1975, as well as the National AMTs of the Year for 1974 through 1976, contact GA Awards Committee chairperson JoAnn Hill in Colorado at (303) 485-8136 or

CD Aviation Services receives Diamond
CD Aviation Services of Missouri, Inc. (CDAS) has been awarded the FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence in recognition of participation in and dedication to continuing aviation maintenance training. One hundred percent of eligible CDAS employees participated in the AMT Awards Program in 2007 and each were presented with individual awards including five Phase IV Ruby awards for Don Carr, Darren Thoreson, Ed Martinez, Bill Dorgan, and Mark Ballinger, and one Phase I Bronze award for Rick Gibbs.

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