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Quiet Technology Aerospace Delivers 200th Corrosion Proof Carbon Fiber Engine Inlet Replacement Barrel

Quiet Technology Aerospace (QTA) has delivered its 200thInlet Cowl upgrade incorporating a Carbon Fiber Replacement Inner Barrel to Albertsons Companies, a Gulfstream G280 operator out of Boise, Idaho. A growing and expensive fleet wide problem, these aircraft are plagued with the issue of inlet cowl inner barrel corrosion on the Honeywell HTF7250G engine inlets. QTA is also announcing milestone progress on the 8th airframe candidate to the company’s four-year-old STC program. The Gulfstream G450 is now in the final stages of assembling a first article for FAA Conformity to finalize the STC. This particular Inlet offers substantial weight savings of 40 pounds. Like all QTA composite inner barrels, the barrel will eliminate corrosion permanently on the G450 aircraft. QTA will have exchange inlets available as early as September this year with the STC forecast to be awarded by the end August. QTA’s very successful engineering and manufacturing program combats an expensive and…

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European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

European MROs Struggle Against the Pandemic

Europe’s maintenance, repair and overhaul businesses have entered uncharted territory in 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic severely hobbles the aviation industry with plummeting aircraft capacity and shrinking fleets, experts agree Europe’s MROs will be among the hardest hit globally. The next few years will likely be challenging at best, forcing…
SHORTAGES OR FURLOUGHS? HOW WILL PANDEMIC IMPACT LONG-TERM WORKFORCE

SHORTAGES OR FURLOUGHS? HOW WILL PANDEMIC IMPACT LONG-TERM WORKFORCE

Those who think the pandemic-induced drop in both activity and revenues for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry have ended the industry’s workforce shortage are dead wrong and, in fact, some experts predict it will be further exacerbated by emerging technologies. “We were in a labor shortage pre-COVID-19 and…
BIZAV MODS: NOW'S THE TIME

BIZAV MODS: NOW’S THE TIME

When there is a market downturn, business jet aircraft owners look to breathe new life into their asset. Or, instead of buying new, they might consider a used aircraft and then take it in to personalize it. Air medical operators — so important in the current health crisis — are…
BAD THINGS COME IN 3S THE FEDEX MD-10 ACCIDENT IN FT. LAUDERDALE

BAD THINGS COME IN 3S THE FEDEX MD-10 ACCIDENT IN FT. LAUDERDALE

If my 30-year career in accident investigation has taught me anything, it’s that accidents typically happen at night, on weekends or during a time that is most inconvenient to the investigator. However, I had never personally experienced the axiom of “Bad Things Come in Threes” in my profession…that is until…
Lubrication Considerations for Grounded Aircraft

Lubrication Considerations for Grounded Aircraft

The aviation industry is facing a challenging time as travel restrictions persist and airplanes are grounded in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to fleet data estimates, approximately 9,000 aircraft are now in short-term parked status and more than 3,000 aircraft have been put in long-term storage…

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Glimmers of Hope/Purveyors of Doom by JOY FINNEGAN

United Airlines announced it is adding 25,000 flights back into their schedule in August. JetBlue and American Airlines announced a strategic partnership that they say “will create seamless connectivity for travelers in the Northeast” and more choice. They also hope the relationship will accelerate each airline’s recovery as the travel industry adapts to the new…