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we continue to explore opportunities to expand our components portfolio for customers.” Delta TechOps has provided its Complete Fleet services


for Hawaiian since 2009 across its Airbus A330 fleet. This announcement furthers that relationship to include component maintenance such as avionics and cabin maintenance for Hawaiian’s Boeing 767 fleet. “Selecting Delta TechOps for this additional components


support was a natural fit for our network and fleet given Delta’s extensive institutional knowledge of the 767 and its U.S. West Coast infrastructure,” says Lorrin Sardinha, vice president – Maintenance and Engineering at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to a mutually successful MRO partnership with Delta TechOps.”


CONTINENTAL DELIVERS OVER 4,000 CENTURION DIESEL ENGINES


As the world market leader for diesel aircraft engines, Continental Motors Group (CMG)j announces it has achieved further milestones. A total of more than 4,000 new Centurion diesel engines were delivered since start of series production in 2002. As a result, the production figures of Centurion engines are higher than that of all other manufacturers of diesel aircraft engines in the history of aviation combined. The company has also reported excellent figures regarding the reliability and safety of its engines. Over the last 52 weeks the Centurion 2.0 only had 0.61 inflight shut downs per 100,000 flight hours. The amount of cumulative flight time logged has risen by half a million hours to 4 million hours, a figure that shows just how intensively these engines have been operated by Centurion’s customers.


“The fuel-efficient, reliable, and environmentally


friendly Centurion diesel engines became a success story in a challenging market environment. Since the start of production, more than 4,000 new engines of the models Centurion 1.7, Centurion 2.0 (both with 99 kW power), and Centurion 2.0s (with 114 kW power) have been manufactured and delivered. A fleet of well over 2,600 aircraft has been equipped with them,” says Ken Suda, managing director and president of Technify Motors GmbH. Technify Motors is the German operating unit of Continental Motors Group specialized in diesel propulsion systems like the Centurion. High-frequency flyers in particular, such as flying schools, benefit from the Centurion engines, which can run on diesel as well as jet fuel, which is the standard aviation fuel. Pilots operating aircraft in regions of the world where no leaded aviation gasoline is available also appreciate the fuel- efficient diesel engines. Accordingly, the annual utilization of each Centurion engine is over 250 hours and is thus nearly three times higher than the overall average in General Aviation. As a result, the users of Centurion engines will have reported over 4 million cumulated flying hours over the course of maintenance by the end of March 2014.


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The Centurion-series engines stand out thanks to their unique level of fuel efficiency and their above-average reliability. According to the FAA, engines used in general aviation experience an average of ten engine failures or “in- flight shutdowns” (IFSDs) every 100,000 flight hours. The shutdown rate of Centurion engines is around 50 percent lower and has been reduced even further since model change from Centurion 1.7 to Centurion 2.0. Taking the period since its introduction onto the market in 2003 into consideration, the shutdown rate for all Centurion engine models is 4.83 every 100,000 flight hours. In fact, measured over the last 52 weeks, the shutdown rate of the most recent engine model, the Centurion 2.0, has been just 0.61 IFSDs per 100,000 flight hours, thus being the most reliable piston engine for use in general aviation. Naturally, the Centurion 2.0 possesses various advantages over the 1.7 thanks to all of the experience gained from the field with its predecessor, which was integrated in the development of the 2.0. For more information, visit www.continentalmotors.aero.


WEST STAR AVIATION OPENS NEW MAINTENANCE FACILITY IN EAST ALTON, IL (ALN)


West Star Aviation is nearing completion of its brand new 47,000 square foot maintenance facility at its East Alton, IL (ALN) location. In addition to the new maintenance facility, the multimillion dollar expansion includes a 14,000 square foot wood shop and 6,000 square foot accessory repair shop, bringing the East Alton facilities from 250,000 to 317,300 square feet with approximately 300 employees. The new facilities are scheduled to be complete by May


2014, and West Star will host an open house to celebrate the milestone. With the additional hangar and shop space, West Star also has 36 new employment opportunities at their ALN facility. The openings are in several areas including Gulfstream, Falcon and Avionics Technicians. To learn more about all of West Star’s employment opportunities, visit www. weststaraviation.com/careers/. The original plans for expansion at ALN came in


response to the high demand of West Star Aviation customers, which had their current facility operating at maximum capacity. “We are excited to see the construction come to an end and eager to start utilizing the new space,” says Rodger Renaud, Chief Operating Officer, West Star Aviation. “The additional facilities will allow us to continue expanding over the next 3 to 5 years, bringing additional service offerings to our customers and more jobs to East Alton.” In order to further strengthen its service offerings, West


Star Aviation also recently broke ground on a state-of-the- art paint facility as well as an additional maintenance facility and shop at its Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location. An additional 10,000 square feet of maintenance facilities are also planned at its Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location. For more information, visit www.weststaraviation.com, or call 800-922-2421.


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