Duncan Aviation Delivers Challenger 604 with Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion

Duncan Aviation recently celebrated the delivery of a Challenger 604 that’s newly equipped with the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion. The avionics installation team at the company’s full-service facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, installed this scalable, fully connected, integrated avionics system with advanced situational awareness and intuitive decision-making tools. Featuring touch-control primary flight displays, heads-up vision systems, and weather-threat detection systems, this advanced system lets pilots fly with greater precision.  

Another Challenger 604 that’s opted to upgrade to this integrated avionics system will input into Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek facility at the end of May 31.  

“Since 2016, we’ve installed dozens of the Collins Pro Line Fusion in Citation CJ3s. We’re now able to offer this powerful suite to our Challenger 604 customers,” says Justin Vena, Senior Avionics Sales Rep for Duncan Aviation. “This gives customers with CL-600-2B16 variants the option to visit any of Duncan Aviation’s three main facilities or our Satellites for this installation.” 

Incora Opens New Corporate Headquarters in Fort Worth

Incora held a ribbon-cutting ceremony the opening of its new global headquarters at 2601 Meacham Boulevard in Fort Worth. Fort Worth was previously home to two company offices, which have consolidated into the new, expanded location. Incora’s largest warehouse, by volume, is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and some of the company’s largest customers and suppliers are nearby. In addition to these resources and assets, the central U.S. location makes the city of Fort Worth ideal for the new headquarters, offering more product and service availability to global customers, suppliers, and colleagues.

“Our new headquarters is more than a building; it is the commitment that Incora is making to customers, suppliers, employees and community,” said Incora chief executive officer David Coleal. “We are celebrating this important milestone because the new headquarters is a symbol that we are one company and one Incora, bringing together our unique capabilities for our customers and suppliers across the globe.”  

Mayor Betsy Price attended the headquarters opening celebration and stated, “We’re delighted to welcome Incora’s expanded presence to Fort Worth and we look forward to the company’s community involvement.”

Brandom Gengelbach, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce also attended the event. He noted, “Fort Worth is a dynamic city by nature, fueled by a vibrant business community. Incora’s expansion is a direct testament to that and positions the company for continued success and future growth here.”

Consolidating Fort Worth-area offices and assets is part of a global plan to combine two legacy companies, Wesco Aircraft and Pattonair, into one Incora. The integration creates efficiencies, encourages collaboration, and leverages growth in all regions. Incora’s executive leadership team will be centered in Fort Worth, bringing them together and reinforcing Incora’s collaborative approach.

Lithium-ion Battery Power for the Pilatus PC-24

 True Blue Power, the leader in certified, lithium-ion aircraft batteries, today announced the company’s power products will deliver essential power to the Pilatus PC-24, the world’s first Super Versatile Jet (SVJ). Intelligent TB40 fifth-generation (Gen5) lithium-ion main ship batteries, TA202 Series USB chargers and the TI2000 DC-to-AC inverter are certified on the aircraft. 

“We are very pleased to now be able to offer the True Blue Power lithium-ion battery option to our PC-24 customers. The weight savings and operating performance add even more versatility to the Super Versatile Jet,” said Tom Aniello, Vice President of Marketing for Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd.  

The Pilatus PC-24 is one of the most versatile business jets on the market. The SVJ delivers unmatched mobility, performance and comfort, while offering superior speed, range, cargo capacity and “off-road” capabilities. 

“We’re proud to provide PC-24 owners and operators with the superior power, performance and reliability of the True Blue Power product line, which is lighter, more efficient and requires less maintenance than competing products,” said Erik Ritzman, Vice President of OEM Sales and Support.  

More Range, Speed, Payload and Power

Two ultra-lightweight Gen5 lithium-ion main ship batteries provide the Pilatus PC-24 with engine start and emergency power. Weighing just 36.6 pounds (16.6 kg) each, the TB40 (40 amp-hour) batteries reduce aircraft empty weight by more than 84 pounds (38.1 kg). This weight savings directly transfers into increased payload capacity, which PC-24 operators can use for additional passengers, baggage, cargo or range. TB40 batteries are on-condition, maintenance free, eliminating the need for expensive scheduled battery maintenance.   

True Blue Power Gen5 batteries communicate real-time state-of-health (SOH) and state-of-charge (SOC) data to the PC-24’s advanced cockpit. Gen5 batteries are Technical Standard Order (TSO) certified and provide increased reliability, longer useful life and superior hot and cold weather performance.  

High-Tech Cockpit, Cabin and Galley Power

The Pilatus PC-24 features a high-tech cockpit and premium cabin that allows for easy reconfiguration, including a spacious forward galley. The True Blue Power TI2000 DC-to-AC inverter provides 2,000 watts of reliable wall-outlet power to PC-24 galley accessories. The inverter is TSO-certified, smaller, lighter and more efficient than competing units. 

True Blue Power TA202 USB chargers may also be installed throughout the aircraft. The compact USB chargers complement the aircraft’s high-end interior and deliver 3 amps of USB power per port. Recently certified for the PC-24’s 10-seat commuter interior, and coming in 2022 for the executive interior, the easy-to-install chargers protect against short circuit, power surges and temperature overload.

Flying Colours Completes Ten-Year Inspection on a Bombardier Global XRS

Flying Colours Corp. has completed a 120-month heavy maintenance inspection for a Bombardier Global XRS aircraft. In addition to the airframe inspection and maintenance strip down, the aircraft underwent additional upgrades including the equipping of Ka-band connectivity and ADS-B Out installation. The Honeywell JetWave Ka-band system necessitated hardware installation of a tail-mounted antenna, cabin router, modem and associated wiring to support global high-speed connectivity. Full external paint work completed the aircraft enhancements before redelivery to the owner. A further three Bombardier Global aircraft are scheduled for ten-year heavy checks over the next six months at Flying Colours Corp.’ North America facilities.

A full pre-purchase inspection accompanied the maintenance work, which was conducted on behalf of a UK-based customer. The positioning into North America for the complex project highlights a growing trend Flying Colours Corp. is noticing as European owners and operators recognize the distinct benefits of having maintenance, interior, avionics, and paint work projects completed in parallel in-house at a single location at competitive rates. 

“Our extensive experience, reputation for quality output and established high-tech facilities where we can complete all work under one roof makes our offering extremely attractive for those needing multifaceted work scopes fulfilled on time and within tight budgets. The larger the package the greater the justification for bringing aircraft to our North American facilities,” says Eric Gillespie, executive VP, Flying Colours Corp. The expert team’s ability to provide MRO support in conjunction with pre-purchase inspections, transaction and pre-registration administrative support ensures customers maximize budgets and minimize downtime.

Interest is coming from predominantly northern European-based operators. Confirmed European projects for the next quarter include a major 240-month maintenance inspection, cabin management system upgrade and full exterior paintwork for a Bombardier Global Express, as well as a 48-month inspection on a Challenger 605. “We’re gaining significant traction in Europe and we anticipate that as our profile continues to rise in the EMEA region and the pandemic recedes, we will support and satisfy the needs of an increasing range of owners,” adds Andrew Pearce, Flying Colours EMEA sales manager. 

Pilatus Approves Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings exterior systems are now qualified by international airplane manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. With a wide variety of topcoat products and systems now approved to the Pilatus PMS0600-52-01 standard, Pilatus gains multiple options for how it can process exterior colors and design schemes on its aircraft.

Sherwin-Williams products that are now qualified for all Pilatus aircraft include:
• Chrome Hazard Free Quick Dry Epoxy Primer CM0483712
• Chrome Hazard Free Epoxy Primer/Surfacer CM0481968
• Jet Glo Express 840-Series Colors
• SKYscapes Next Generation Basecoat Solid Colors
• SKYscapes Next Generation Basecoat Mica Colors
• Acry Glo Conventional CM0571-Series Solid Colors
• Acry Glo Conventional CM0571-Series Metallic Colors
• SKYscapes Clearcoat CM0850180

“Working closely with Pilatus to meet its stringent processing and control standards, we are excited to provide exterior coating systems that will be an integral part of their high performing aircraft,” says Pete Willman, Sherwin-Williams global senior director for Aerospace Coatings. “Today’s aviation coatings specifiers and painters rely on Sherwin-Williams to provide quality coating systems and technical support throughout the global aviation marketplace.”

Sherwin-Williams makes exterior and interior coatings that deliver custom solutions for commercial, general aviation and military aircraft, including a full range of specialized livery color options for an outstanding, durable finish. Its products and systems undergo extensive testing to demonstrate they will deliver a lasting protective coating for any aircraft in a commercial fleet or private owner and have earned numerous AMS 3095 certification and aircraft OEM approvals.


West Star Aviation Offers Support for New SB Related to Global Express Flap Drainage Issues

West Star Aviation is supporting recent Service Bulletins regarding Bombardier Global Express Flap drainage and corrosion issues. The Service Bulletins are relevant to inspection and potential repairs on the Inboard (I/B), Middle and Outboard (O/B) flap areas due to possible drainage and corrosion issues.  

West Star has completed 25 I/B Global flap repairs and 3 sets of Mid and O/Bs flaps to date. These Service Bulletins are not mandatory at this time but are recommended that they be addressed at the next scheduled maintenance event. When scheduled in conjunction with the 120 or 240-month inspections, these service bulletins do not increase downtime. However, if scheduled during the 60-month or 180-month inspection, downtime may be increased slightly if full access is required due to corrosion inside the flaps. If the flap Service Bulletins are addressed independently of any other scheduled maintenance event, operators should expect downtimes up to six weeks.

“In addressing these Service Bulletin concerns on the Global flaps, we inspect for any damage that may have been caused due to poor drainage.  If damage is found, the area is thoroughly cleaned, repaired and corrosion preventive is added to the area to reduce the possibility of recurrence,” stated Brian Bauwens, director of Bombardier Product Development (ALN). “Finally, additional drain holes are added to the area per manufacturer recommendations to complete the repair,” Bauwens continued.

Rusada Launches New Maintenance App for ENVISION

Aviation software provider, Rusada, has released a new mobile application for its Airworthiness, MRO, and Flight Operations solution ENVISION.

ENVISION Tasks enables Technicians and Engineers to efficiently conduct maintenance using a tablet device. The app streamlines the execution process by delivering all the functionality users need in one place. Assigned tasks can be viewed, actioned and signed-off from within the app, and during the

process parts and tools can be requested and any findings reported.

The new app also allows users to work offline, in both planned and unplanned scenarios. When offline working is planned, users can download a work package in advance and then perform maintenance tasks without an internet connection. When unplanned, in-progress tasks can still be executed, time booked, spares requested and many other functions, which will then sync back to the main database once a connection is restored.

The app is available on Windows 10, iOS, and Android tablets.

Jamco America Highlights Machine Shop Capabilities for Aerospace Industry

Jamco America, an aircraft interior products supplier and turnkey integrator in the aerospace industry, is highlighting its extensive machining capabilities that enable the company to meet rapid turnaround times and extensive customization needs. In addition to internal product development and fabrication projects for its aerospace customers, the Jamco America machine shop is available for contract projects from the aerospace industry.

In nearly 30 years of operation, the Jamco machine shop has expanded its capabilities from basic machining to extensive, cutting edge equipment. The shop’s capabilities include: sheet metal bending, profiling, and forming; countersinking, dimpling, riveting, and other preparations for sub-assembly; large 4-axis Horizontal milling and machining; smaller 3- and 4-axis Vertical machining; and lathe turning for round components. The large 4-axis machine centers hold 240 tools each, and are accompanied by an automated 36 pallet cell, for highly flexible, efficient milling 24/7, ensuring rapid turnaround time.

One of the shop’s most unique capabilities is delivered by its freeform CNC tube bender, installed in summer 2020. This machine forms a round tube into a unique tubing frame, and is used to produce Jamco’s industry-leading Venture business class seats with embedded aluminum edge trim. The shop also houses a digital cutter/router for composite materials, open cell core, textiles, and more. Used traditionally in the sign-making industry, Jamco has adapted this technology for aircraft seating and other innovative projects.

Thanks to its extensive machining capabilities, Jamco America says it is able to deliver products in “unrivaled rapid lead times.” This rapid turnaround enables fast-paced product development, a necessity in aerospace and other highly demanding industries. The shop’s capabilities enable Jamco to offer ultimate customizability, helping customers to differentiate their products from competitors, they say.

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About Jamco America
Jamco America, a subsidiary of Jamco Corporation in Japan, was established in 1982 as a commercial aircraft interior products and services provider. Located in Everett, WA, Jamco is considered one of the most experienced interior products suppliers and turnkey aircraft interiors integrators in the industry. Jamco has developed premium class seating for commercial aircraft, providing forward facing business class seating such as the Venture™ reverse herring-bone business class seat that is currently in service on 787 aircraft. For more information, visit jamco-america.com.

Wings of Hope Raffle Opens Tomorrow April 1 at 6:00AM Central

Wings of Hope’s annual airplane raffle will open tomorrow, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 6:00AM Central time. Tickets will sell out quickly, as they do every year. This year, the airplane being raffled off is a 1979 Piper Warrior II.

Here are the details of the grand prize aircraft according to the organization: “This four-place plane features a newly overhauled 160-HP engine, fresh annual inspection, and IFR Garmin avionics upgrade including audio panel/intercom, GPS/NAV/COM, 2nd NAV/COM, and ADS-B In-Out transponder with weather/traffic displays. With 10 extra horsepower and improved landing gear fairings, Warrior IIs have a higher cruise speed than original Warriors. Well-maintained with tons of upgrades — newer paint, interior, windows, glareshield, new propeller, custom cabin cover, added STCs for higher gross weight and Knots 2U wing tips with recognition lights. Perfect for a student, a licensed pilot or a family.”

Other prizes include:

Second Prize: Private Pilots License or Advanced Training Scholarship

Valued at: $5,000

Third Prize: Bose A20 Aviation Headset

Valued at: $1,095

Fourth Prize: 11-inch 512 GB iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular

PLUS a one-year subscription to ForeFlight Pro-Plus

Combined Value at: $1,449

To enter go to: www.wingsofhope.ngo/raffle

 

 

London Ontario’s ACT to Use Augmented Reality to Deliver Composites Training

The COVID-19 global pandemic has forced many businesses to find new ways of delivering their goods and services. For London’s Advanced Composites Training (ACT), that meant developing new digital technology to provide the top-quality instruction that has made the company a global leader in composites training since 1996.

ACT’s recently-launched augmented reality training uses the Microsoft HoloLens2 and software developed by New Brunswick’s Kognitiv Spark to offer live courses to students anywhere in the world.

ACT founder, Wilson Boynton, believes his company is the first to use augmented reality to deliver intensive composites technology training for the aerospace, aviation, automotive, marine and renewable energy industries.

“This is a huge benefit to our clients who are considered essential workers worldwide, but who may not be able to come to London due to travel and quarantine restrictions,” says Boynton. “It also allows us to increase our class sizes, since physical distancing is not a factor.”

Composites are fiber-based materials – like carbon fiber – used in the construction of things like airplanes, ships, cars, and wind turbine blades. As the only privately-owned Canadian composites training institute exceeding both Transport Canada and American Federal Aviation Administration standards, ACT works with both civilian and military technicians from more than 39 countries.

ACT offers 17 courses covering all aspects of composites manufacturing and structural repair technologies. Technicians typically travel to London for intense on-site training, which combines a mix of theory and hands-on instruction.

Demand for composites training has remained strong since the beginning of the pandemic, says Boynton, prompting the decision to explore virtual training options. “Augmented reality allows us to project holograms that the instructor sees through the HoloLens,” he says. Students tune in from their laptop or other digital device. “They see exactly what the instructor sees. It’s like having someone looking through your eyes while you are doing the work,” he explains.

Reaction to ACT’s augmented reality training has been positive. “Clients are very satisfied,” says Boynton. “Students get the experience of being here, without having to travel.”

The launch of augmented reality training is the latest in a number of exciting milestones for ACT.

This February, Boynton enjoyed the thrill of watching NASA’s Perseverance rover land on Mars. Less than two years ago, he was invited to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to provide training in the composite materials used in its construction. “Composites made the whole thing possible,” he notes.

This April, ACT celebrates 25 years in business. The company plans to celebrate with a 25th Anniversary Virtual Open House on May 11. “People can take a virtual tour of our facility through the use of the HoloLens and learn more about our training options,” Boynton says.

While augmented reality training will continue to allow technicians from around the world to strengthen their composites knowledge without the inconvenience of travel – long after the global pandemic is over – Boynton believes it will never completely replace the in-class experience.

“Technicians are tactile learners,” he says. “Augmented reality training is an effective way to deliver the vast majority of the knowledge people need to be comfortable working with composites, but it will never completely replace hands-on learning.”