West Star Aviation has been appointed a holder of an organization designation authorization (ODA) by the FAA. The ODA allows West Star to manage its own certification projects and determine compliance with the FAA procedures and guidelines. The authorization will simplify certifications of STCs and PMAs for West Star. "The ODA is a huge added value for our customers," said Samuel Haycraft, executive vice president/founding partner of West Star Aviation. "The ability to manage and determine our compliance will make us even more efficient and better able to meet our customers' needs," he said.
Waco, Texas-based CenTex Aerospace has completed installation of its saddle tank system on a King Air 350, for medevac provider Guardian Flight. Guardian Flight is the largest air medevac provider in Alaska, with seven bases statewide. The system "will allow Guardian Flight the operational flexibility required to operate to any remote locations throughout Alaska nonstop [and to provide] a higher level of medical care," said Rick Wysowski, director of operations for the medevac provider.
The FAA recently approved the system for installation on the C90 and the larger 200- and 300-series King Airs. Originally approved for the A90-1 (U-21 King Air), the saddle tanks provide an additional 180 gallons of fuel for 90-series King Airs and 190 gallons for the larger King Airs. An optional "saddle tanks plus" configuration features a combination of fuel (120 gallons) and an integral storage bin that provides eight cu ft of lockable storage.
Dassault Falcon Service has announced plans to build a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport in southwestern France. The 77,500-sq-ft facility will be built on a parcel of land adjacent to the Dassault Aviation manufacturing plant and will serve Falcon 7X, 8X and 5X operators. It will complement DFS's existing MRO installations at Le Bourget Airport near Paris.
The new facility, capable of accommodating six aircraft, is expected to start operations in mid-2016, in time to handle initial C Checks for the Falcon 7X, and will eventually employ up to 70 specialists and technicians. More than 230 Falcon 7Xs are in operation and the oldest aircraft in the fleet will begin requiring heavy maintenance by 2016.
The decision to locate the new maintenance facility at Bordeaux-Mérignac was motivated by the large pool of skilled aviation workers and subcontractors in the area and the expertise offered by the nearby Dassault Aviation assembly plant, such as paint shops.
Greenwich AeroGroup's Summit Aviation has added the Bell 429 to its factory authorization. Summit has been an authorized Bell Helicopter service center for 25 years, providing maintenance, repair, inspection and modifications to various customer bases.
"Adding the 429 to our list of capabilities further enhances the services we have to offer Bell helicopter operators," said general manager Ralph Kunz. In addition to the Bell 429, Summit Aviation is a designated Gold customer service facility for the Bell 204, 205, 206, 407 and 412.
Located in Middletown, Del., the company offers aircraft and engine maintenance and modification services on Bell, Eurocopter, Sikorsky, Boeing and MD helicopters as well as on Pilatus and Cessna airplanes, Beechcraft King Airs and Beechjets and other light jets. The company also provides maintenance and support for Pratt & Whitney Canada and Turbomeca engines.