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Eastman Chemical Company acquired all of the BP Turbo Oil products earlier this year on June 1, 2014. The company says effective immediately, all turbo oil products will now have a new Eastman Turbo Oil name, as seen below:

Previous Product Name New Eastman Product Name
BP Turbo Oil 2197 Eastman Turbo Oil 2197
BP Turbo Oil 2380 Eastman Turbo Oil 2380
BP Turbo Oil 2389 Eastman Turbo Oil 2389
BP Turbo Oil 25 Eastman Turbo Oil 25
BP Turbo Oil 274 Eastman Turbo Oil 274
BP HALO 157 Eastman HALO 157

The only change being made is to the brand name of the products. The manufacturing facility, as well as the product formulations, approvals, sales and technical support teams will all remain unchanged, according to Eastman. In addition, the product package color will remain the same in order to eliminate any customer confusion. The first shipments of the products with the new Eastman Turbo Oils name began in November 2014.

“We want to reassure all of our current and any potential customers that these are indeed the same products they have known and trusted for years,” said Rodger Harris, Eastman Aviation Solutions Global Sales director. “Introducing the new Eastman Turbo Oils product names is the last phase of integrating our hydraulic fluids and aviation solvents, Skydrol and SkyKleen, with our new turbo oils, bringing all of the products under one brand, Eastman Aviation Solutions,” continued Harris.

In addition to the launch of the new product names, Eastman Aviation Solutions will also be unveiling additional customer support programs, such as the Eastman Aviation Solutions Lubricant Academy, and the Eastman Aviation Solutions Value Calculator.

“The training academy and value calculator are just two examples of unique support programs that our customers will soon be able to take advantage of and pass along to their customers,” concluded Harris. “We pride ourselves in providing superior customer service and unique service offerings, and we will continue to develop programs that will further the success of our customers and make switching to the Eastman brand as easy and seamless as possible.”

iPad Male business handsRockwell Collins has unveiled a new program that will equip pilots, flight line maintenance and service repair technicians with intuitive and realistic on-the-go training on mobile devices.

The first mobile courses were demonstrated at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Dec. 1-4 in Orlando.

“This new offering demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with the right content in the right format, when and where they need it,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “People use mobile devices for nearly everything they do—and now that includes interactive training. Our new mobile training and publication offerings allow our customers to access, manage, and interact with information as they need it.”

In addition, the company is introducing new capabilities that it says will enable customers to view its technical publications and training products electronically from any mobile device. Options enable customers to download specific training tasks and specific publication references, focusing resources to save time and money.

Magnetic251Magnetic MRO announced the launch of its Engine On-Wing Maintenance unit as part of the strategy to offer Total Technical Care MRO services.

Comprehensive Engine On-Wing Services will cover a wide range of engine line maintenance, as well as extensive LRU/QEC component support programs. The services are aimed to support customers in reducing unplanned engine removals due to foreign object damages, bird strikes, or other unscheduled events, thus improving efficiency and predictability of engine operations.

“Magnetic MRO is pleased to add additional service capability and now offer full scope of Engine Management solutions,” said Ramil Sharov, Engine Line Maintenance manager. “Our engine on-wing maintenance solutions offer shorter turn-around time, minimized impact on aircraft operations and reduced expenses on engine shipping and lease. Magnetic MRO ́s comprehensive LRU/QEC programs include up to Power by the Hour support for engine components, providing predictability and peace of mind to our customers on potential and future expenses, as well as reducing the risks of engine-related AOG situations.”

Engine line maintenance team is available to offer AOG rapid response support on customer’s site, at Magnetic MRO hangars in Tallinn, or by remote means.

AMM covered tasks are performed within the scope of EASA Part145 Certificate, capability includes all commonly used engine types such as CFM56-3; CFM56-5A; CFM56-5B; CFM56-7B and IAE V2500.

Detailed scope of On-Wing services includes Inspection and analysis of engine condition after FOD ingestion, bird strike, in-flight shutdown, over temperature or wind milling; work scoping of maintenance actions; on-site video borescope inspection and damage analysis; on-site engine replacement; on-wing engine preservation on CFM56-3, CFM56-5A,-5B and CFM56-7B; QEC strip and buildup; engine LRUs replacement; on-wing repairs such as fan blade replacement and fan frame abradable shroud local reconditioning on CFM56-7 series, etc.

With this launch of engine on-wing and LRU/QEC services, Magnetic MRO says it has completed its strategic expansion of engine related offerings, which also cover engine fleet management; engine overhauls; engine trading, leasing, and consulting.

DART Cargo Hook251With a lift capacity of 1,015-lb, the easy to install DART Hook opens up the utility market to R66 operators. Designed to mount directly to the belly of the aircraft, the hook utilizes an electrical release system as well as a manual backup to jettison the load, ideal for aerial operations. Now approved by Transport Canada. FAA and EASA to follow shortly.

Floats for r66_turbine251Robinson Helicopter Company’s float option for its five-place R66 was FAA approved on November 15, 2014. Designated the R66 Turbine Marine, the R66 pop-out float option is similar to the R44 Clipper pop-out float option (in fact, the same float tubes are used) and like the Clipper, the R66 Turbine Marine offers an additional level of safety for over-water operations, according to Robinson.

The float option adds approximately 65 pounds to the helicopter’s empty weight. When not in use, the float tubes stow in low-profile protective covers along the landing gear skids minimizing drag and allowing easy cabin entry and exit.
Primarily used in emergencies, the floats activate by a lever on the pilot’s collective and inflate within two to three seconds allowing the pilot to make an immediate water landing if necessary. Pressurized helium from a tank mounted beneath the right rear seat provides the rapid inflation.

The R66 Turbine Marine is also approved for water takeoffs at reduced operating weights allowing for water operations training or limited amphibious use if desired. Base price for the R66 Turbine Marine is $875,000.

Baron 55251Micro AeroDynamics reached a couple of milestones this fall, completing 25 years in the business and shipping their 19,000th STC approved Micro Vortex Generator (VG) kits. This number does not include replacement parts for aircraft previously equipped with the modification. When spares and replacement kits are included in the count the company says it has handled more than two million vortex generators. Flight testing at their headquarters in Anacortes has produced 75 STCs allowing Micro VG retrofits on a total of 750 aircraft models. They are in use all over the world.

Vortex generators have been used on jet aircraft for decades and the technology later adapted to general aviation aircraft by Charles White. The tiny aluminum pieces with a vertical fin about a quarter inch high are arrayed across the upper leading edge of the wing and sometimes along both sides of the vertical tail and beneath the trailing edge of the horizontal stabilizer. In flight, the generators cause the airflow to develop tiny tornados that keep the boundary layer attached to the wing, rudder or elevator at higher angles of attack, reducing stall speed in the process. This allows aileron control even when the wing is stalled.

The effect of vortex generators on cruise speed is negligible. They enhance controllability at slow speeds, lower Vmc on twin engine aircraft and do not affect certification for flight into known icing.

“We’ll be adding to the list of STCs in the future, as conditions warrant,” said Anni Brogan, president of MicroAerodynamics. “Meanwhile, we’ll continue to enhance the safety margins of the fleet one aircraft at a time.”

Vector AerospaceVector Aerospace Corporation announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has received FAA and EASA certification for development and installation of the Helicopter Terrain Awareness System (HTAWS) for AS332 C, L and L1 aircraft.

The company says the addition of HTAWS capabilities further compliments the growing list of Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) applicable to the AS332 C, L & L1 aircraft. Other modifications for this series recently developed by Vector Aerospace include: NVG, solid state CVFDR, Dual Garmin combined NAV/Com/ GPS system, HEELS, and Saltwater Cabin protection.

“Vector Aerospace’s latest STC developments for Super Puma aircraft are specifically designed to improve flight safety and meet operational requirements in demanding environments around the world,” said Elvis Moniz, VP of operations at HS-NA. “We continue to expand our Super Puma portfolio of services and modifications to provide viable solutions to meet operator’s immediate contractual requirements.”

Vector will include the HTAWS upgrade, along with its other modifications and upgrades in its own fleet of AS332L Super Pumas available for lease through Vector Aerospace Leasing Solutions.

“The AS332 Super Puma is the ideal solution for humanitarian, UN and peacekeeping missions. The addition of the HTAWS modification will further enhance the functionality and performance of our aircraft, which are already highly configured to meet the latest contractual specifications” said Balkiz Sarihan, VP, business development and strategy at Vector Aerospace. “The Vector Super Puma program combines our leasing, PbH, MRO, modification and field support services into a seamless package ready for immediate mission deployment.”

Euravia’s chief executive, Dennis Mendoros, has launched the new production layout and processes, which are now in place to meet Euravia’s growth plans for 2020. The modernized production line incorporates best practices and ergonomics to ensure enhanced productivity and easier flow of parts through Euravia’s 58 different engine types and series production lines.

According to the company, due increased customer demand, Euravia is stepping up production output by more than 50 percent in 2015 by introducing additional MRO facilities, new lines and enhanced capability for PT6A, PT6T and PT6C engines.

“For over a quarter of a century, Euravia has enjoyed a phenomenal growth, which was driven by capacity and capability developments,” Mendoros said. “Over the last few years, all new developments are customer driven due to Euravia’s immaculate reputation for quality, product reliability and effective aftersales support.”

He added: “Euravia’s commitment in working in partnership with our Customers has resulted in quantifiable benefits and added value that no other company can deliver. Euravia is the Specialist MRO PT6 Company and we offer a total support service, ranging from design, manufacturing, MRO, MRT, engine sales/exchange/rental to training and certification. This commitment is greatly appreciated by our Customers and Business Associates; and is the recipe of Euravia’s sustainable success.”

Deepack-SharmaAJW Aviation has partnered with Storm Aviation to further extend their total aircraft support solution that is transforming operational efficiency and cost-savings for smaller fleets and start-up airlines.

Storm Aviation is EASA Part-145 and Part-147, approved. It operates line stations across Europe, Asia and the Commonwealth states and will also provide B1 and B2 engineers and line maintenance staff direct to customers. Storm’s expertise covers a broad range of commercial aircraft types from the Airbus A320 to A380, Boeing B737 to B777, and regional jets.

“It is the Group’s intention to provide airline customers of all sizes with a portfolio of aircraft support services that enable them to maintain competitive operational efficiency,” explains Deepak Sharma, CTO – AJW Group, “Already we have established strategic partnerships with professional service providers such as CAMO4jets and Jet Aviation; and with OEMs like Thales and Honeywell. Our customers know they can come to AJW for a bespoke total solution that is designed to support their business exactly how they want it.

“Encompassing Storm Aviation within the AJW ‘family’ ensures that their long-established credentials and line maintenance expertise, gained across a diverse customer base of leading global airlines such as Emirates and Singapore Airlines, will complement our component support and repair programs. Together we can deliver the fully managed and totally outsourced, cross-fleet, MRO business model that forward-looking airlines are seeking to maximize their profitability and dependability.”

Jet Aviation St. Louis has been chosen by Rockwell Collins to develop the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation of its Future Airspace Navigation System (FANS) for the Bombardier Challenger 604.

Rockwell Collins announced in August that it is upgrading current flight management systems (FMS) and control display units (CDU) with a new communications management unit. Jet Aviation is developing the STC which must be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration before installations can begin for the FANS 1/A aftermarket solution. Once the STC is approved, the FANS 1/A upgrade package, which includes the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) and Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC), will reduce pilot workload and significantly enhance the clarity and accuracy of pilot communications with Air Navigation Service Providers in oceanic and remote airspace worldwide. It will give those aircraft access to preferred wind-efficient transatlantic routes to save both time and fuel.

“The company is pleased to team with Rockwell Collins to prepare the STC and begin installations,” Blake Hogge, senior manager, Avionics Sales at Jet Aviation St. Louis, said. “Jet Aviation St. Louis can install the first FANS 1/A upgrade with minimal downtime and cost, as enabled by design of the system by Rockwell Collins.”

FANS systems have been under development by the aviation industry for years, primarily as a way to provide direct data-link communication between pilots and air traffic controllers.