GA MROs Announce New Facilities And Qualifications
Business jet and general aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) companies in recent weeks have announced new certifications, contracts and capabilities, including the following companies.
Safety Management System Certification
Constant Aviation said it is just the fourth MRO out of 4,500 such businesses—and the first independent business jet MRO—to obtain FAA “active conformance” certification for a voluntary safety management system (SMS).
While it announced the certification on April 12, Constant Aviation said it has been using SMS processes for the past year and has seen a 55% year-over-year reduction in incident severity and workplace injuries and direct cost savings of $250,000.
“Implementation of SMS across our entire network has revolutionized how we approach safety,” said Kent Stauffer, Constant Aviation v-p for quality, safety and training. “Involvement in risk mitigation on this level allows us to anticipate where we will see hazards, furthering our ability to prevent those hazards from becoming safety incidents. That reduces incidents and incident severity, prevents injuries and reduces costs.”
The FAA’s Part 5 SMS Program, established in 2015, provides aviation organizations with systematic procedures, practices and policies to manage safety risk. Constant Aviation has progressed through the program’s three levels: Active Applicant, Active Participant and Active Conformant.
Based in Cleveland, Constant Aviation specializes in aircraft and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interiors and paint. It offers mobile response services through its Aircraft on Ground (AOG) division, and engineering, accessory and composite services through its Nextant Aerospace division.
Distributor Facility Expansion
Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) announced on April 14 that construction has started on a 13,000-sq-ft. expansion at its Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA) facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The expansion, scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter 2021, will enlarge QAA’s facilities as an FAA Part 145 repair station for component repair and overhaul, as well as for warehousing and logistics. The project includes a significant investment in new testing and inspection equipment.
As an aftermarket stocking distributor, QAA provides the full line of HET brands including Sky-Tec starters, Plane-Power alternators, Janitrol Aero heaters, AeroForce turbochargers and Fuelcraft fuel pumps.
Tailwind Technologies, the parent company of Hartzell Propeller and HET, acquired QAA in late 2019.
“This expansion will literally double our footprint and facilitate our ability to meet the increasing demand for Hartzell Engine Technologies products as the factory-direct distributor for Sky-Tec, Plane-Power, Aeroforce, Fuelcraft, and Janitrol brands,” said QAA President Brett Benton. “Furthermore, this investment is a vote of confidence in our people and general aviation as an industry here in Tulsa.”
Dassault Authorized Service Center
Western Aircraft, of Boise, Idaho, has renewed its contract with Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. as an authorized service center.
Western Aircraft received its first designation as a heavy jet service center in 2001 and maintains capabilities ranging from maintenance services to avionics retrofits of Collins Pro Line 21 and Honeywell Primus Elite integrated flight decks and Gogo Avance L5 inflight connectivity system installations. The company also offers Aviation Clean Air Ionization Purification System installations on most Falcon Jet models, along with full interior retrofits and modifications, including wood, seats and other soft goods.
In 2018, Western Aircraft announced that it had completed its 100th Falcon C-Inspection, which is the largest maintenance event on a Falcon aircraft. Since that time, the company has completed an additional 18 C-Inspections.
Western Aircraft is an FBO, FAA-certified aircraft repair station and factory-authorized maintenance/modification facility for Cessna Aircraft, Dassault Falcon, Embraer Executive Jets, Beechcraft, Gogo Business Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace, Collins Aerospace, Universal Avionics, Pilatus, Piper and other manufacturers and suppliers. It also recently added Gulfstream to its maintenance capabilities.