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MSP Gets Repair Station Certification

MSP Jet Center, LLC, a division of ASI Jet Center, has received its FAA Part 145 Repair Station Certification (FAA 145 CRS#5MJR559B). “Receiving our Part 145 Repair Station Certification

from the FAA was an extremely proud moment for me and the entire MSP Jet Center team,” explained ASI/ MSP Jet Center President, Tim Ashenfelter. “From the day we opened our doors we have strived to exceed the FAA’s standards for processes, procedures, quality assurance and program oversight. Receiving our Part 145 Certificate is proof that we’ve been successful in meeting our goals.”

B-2 Newly Painted and Tested

“We are now the only certificated Part 145 aircraft

maintenance repair station located at Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport that specializes in the maintenance needs of business jet operators,” Dan Henchal, MSP’s Director of Technical Services added. “We can effectively meet the needs of not only Part 91 operators, but those of Part 135 on-demand charter operators as well. This is a huge benefit for not only aircraft based here at MSP, but for operators who frequent MSP and surrounding airports.” Located at Signature Flight Support, MSP Jet Center’s team of factory trained technicians specializes

in the inspection, maintenance, repair and upgrades for popular mid- to large-cabin business jets including Bombardier Challenger/Global series, Bombardier Learjets, Cessna Citation, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream, Hawker series, IAI Westwind/Astra, and Sabreliner. The company also plans to offer a complete array

of support, inspections and maintenance services for popular turbofan and turbojet engines including the Honeywell TPE331, TFE731, Pratt and Whitney PW305/306 and Rolls Royce engines, as well as Honeywell and Hamilton Standard APU’s.

Engine Shop To Re-open

Standard Aero will have its engine shop in Springfield, Illinois, reopened by the third quarter of 2010. Initially, it will be capable of providing major periodic inspections for Honeywell TFE731 engines; however, Standard Aero officials say they will periodically assess “a possibility of adding other engine types and services based on customer needs,” according to a company release. Mike Menard, vice president and general manager of Standard

Aero’s Springfield facility, says the decision to reopen the repair center “demonstrates a changed leadership mindset and long-term commitment to the company’s presence in the region.” Scott Taylor, Standard Aero’s senior vice president, business aviation, says the decision was “based on the feedback we have received from our customers.”

A freshly painted and overhauled B-2 stealth bomber, called the “Spirit of Pennsylvania,” recently returned to service to Whiteman Air Force Base (home of the 509th Bomb Wing and the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 fleet) after modification and repair. Work on the bomber took place at the Air Force’s Palmdale, California facility, where prime-contractor Northrop Grumman provides B-2 support. The Spirit of Pennsylvania is the latest B-2 to receive programmed

depot maintenance (PDM), according to Dave Mazur, Northrop Grumman Aerospace System’s vice president of long-range strike and B-2 program manager. The company carries out PDM on every B-2 every seven years. The process takes 13 months and includes complete restoration of the bomber’s composite airframe, plus inspections, service and flight testing of all major mechanical and electrical systems on the aircraft. To date, every B-2 has completed at least one PDM cycle. Twenty B-2s

have been fielded; 19 are operational and one serves as a flight test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

Hawker 4000 Support in Singapore

Hawker Pacific Singapore recently became the first service center in Southeast Asia to be factory authorized to support the Hawker 4000 business jet. As a result, it now is accredited to support all Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The Singapore maintenance center has “been a strategic

partner for more than 30 years,” according Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft’s vice president, global customer support. The center has regulatory approvals from 15 countries, including China and India

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Airlines Obtain Toolbox

Two African airlines, Kenya Airways and TAAG Linhas Aereas de Angola, have signed up for the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox, a suite of six software products designed to facilitate maintenance processes. The airlines will use the Toolbox on multiple Boeing aircraft models. Nairobi-based Kenya Airways will utilize three Toolbox

modules – Library, Authoring and Systems – on its 737NGs and 777s, and the Library module on its 767s. TAAG, based in Luanda, Angola, will use the same three modules plus the Structures module on its 737NG and 777-200ERs. Toolbox is a secured, hosted service that can be accessed via

an Internet browser through The modules have the following capabilities: •

The Library module allows airlines to store and access consolidated manufacturer and customer maintenance data.

The Structures module provides the structural repair history for each aircraft.

The Authoring module allows the airline to customize manufacturer maintenance information to its own systems.

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