West Star Adds Decker as the New Citation Project Manager at ALN

West Star announced Brian Decker as the new Citation Project Manager at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Decker has more than 30 years of aviation experience, 15 of those at Jet Aviation along with Windwalker, Solarius, Cessna and Dallas Airmotive. He received his A&P license from Lewis University.

“Brian will be a great addition to the team with his long history in aviation, maintenance background and passion to learn even more,” said Scott Koehler, senior manager of project management (ALN).

“I was a long-time customer of West Star’s and I’m excited to provide the same great customer services that I received, while continuing to build rewarding business relationships,” said Decker.

AEM Limited Achieves JOSCAR Accreditation

AEM Limited, a business unit of AMETEK MRO, has successfully renewed its JOSCAR accreditation. JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defense, and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information. Using JOSCAR can determine if a supplier is fit for business.

“We are thrilled that AEM has once again satisfied the requirements to become fully compliant on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register,” said Andy Wheeler, Divisional Vice President and Managing Director of AEM. “The accreditation is a testament to our commitment in the aerospace, defense, and security industries.”

AEM has been Europe’s leading independent overhaul and repair facility for over 60 years. The company has built a solid reputation in the aerospace industry, providing a broad range of services to international and regional airlines, helicopter operators, airframe manufacturers and military organizations. Conducting business from three sites in the United Kingdom, AEM is proud to receive the accreditation, which shows the company has gone through the process required to demonstrate its commitment and credentials to the industry.

Call for 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar Entries Announced by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is now accepting submissions for its annual calendar to showcase the 12 best-finished aircraft of the year. Placement in the calendar is one of the industry’s most sought-after recognitions as it annually displays only the best aircraft paint schemes and exterior finishes gracing the sky.

The company is looking to again feature the finest looking aircraft in its 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar – whether it is a newly finished (or refinished) business or regional jet, commercial airliner, cargo aircraft, or a uniquely painted single/twin engine, kit plane, sport plane or helicopter – the calendar recognizes the outstanding work of designers, MROs and aircraft painters across the United States that rely on Sherwin-Williams aerospace products in their repaint and OEM facilities.

“The annual calendar program celebrates the scheme designs and paint craftsmen of the aviation industry and their incredible works of art – classic, custom or military – for all types of aircraft,” says Julie Voisin, Sherwin-Williams global product manager for Aerospace Coatings. “Each year our calendar program gains popularity as we provide a platform to highlight 12 outstanding examples of true design and aircraft paint production excellence.”

Entries must include professional photography of the aircraft showing multiple angles and any custom details as judging is based on finish quality, technical difficulty, design originality and artistic merit. Any aircraft submitted to the calendar must be exclusively finished in Sherwin-Williams brand topcoats. Submissions will be accepted through September 3, 2021 and winners will be notified in early November.

Download the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Calendar entry form here. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings, visit Sherwin-Williams online or call 1-888-888-5593.

Pratt & Whitney Opens New Facility Dedicated to Ceramic Matrix Composites

Pratt & Whitney has opened a ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) engineering & development facility in Carlsbad, California. The new 60,000 square-foot facility is an integrated engineering, development and low-rate production facility solely dedicated to CMCs for aerospace applications.

“Pratt & Whitney has been leading the industry with the world’s quietest, greenest, most efficient and highest performance engines in the world. We’ve achieved this by pioneering new materials, aerodynamics and engine architectures,” said Frank Preli, vice president of Propulsion & Materials Technology at Pratt & Whitney. “Some of our best and brightest minds are innovating within this facility and they will ensure that we continue to operate on the cutting edge of aviation technology for decades to come.”

Ceramic matrix composites are a class of material made of ceramic fibers embedded within a ceramic matrix. CMC materials are lightweight and can be used to manufacture engine parts that are one-third the weight of traditional metallic parts. The temperature capability of CMC parts is several hundred degrees higher than state-of-the-art superalloy parts. This translates into a significant improvement in fuel efficiency as well as weight savings, with the added benefit of reduced emissions and carbon footprint.

“Our revolutionary Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines already deliver up to 20 percent better fuel efficiency, 50 percent lower regulated emissions and a 75 percent reduction in noise footprint for our customers. CMC parts will allow us to do even more, by building upon the industry-leading benefits in efficiency and sustainability that the GTF engine already delivers.” said Preli.

“We are excited to bring our legacy of innovation and more than 60 new jobs to southern California,” Preli added.

Zetec Webinar Shows How to Increase Effectiveness of Bolt-Hole Eddy Current Inspections

Zetec Inc. has published its latest on-demand webinar detailing a more effective approach to one of the most common and critical nondestructive testing applications in aerospace MRO (maintenance, repair and operations): inspections of bolt holes in multi-layer materials.

The 40-minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate how using high-resolution C-scans and dedicated analysis displays for rotating-probe and eddy current array data can increase both eddy current inspection productivity and probability of detection.

“Rotating eddy current probes and traditional impedance and sweep displays lack the resolution to identify the individual layer where a defect resides. This can make it challenging to determine whether repairs are necessary,” said Nicholas Cardillo, Eddy Current Sales Engineering director for Zetec. “This webinar will show how to use readily available eddy current technology to better recognize signals of interest, understand flaw morphology and identify layers where bolt-hole flaws are located without the use of encoders or secondary manual measurement methods.”

The webinar features:

• An introduction to eddy current inspections of bolt holes and the specific inspection challenges related to probability of detection (POD) in multi-layer materials.
• The principles and application of examination techniques, including those outlined in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directive 2020-24-05 for the wing spar inspections of certain Piper Aircraft and the canopy sill longeron failures on F-15 fighter jets.
• A detailed look at examination results including how C-scan displays, advanced filters and data-review mode can increase user performance, POD and confidence in the eddy current inspection of bolt holes.

Zetec says their on-demand webinar is intended for inspection service providers, NDT technicians and aerospace MRO professionals. It is now available for viewing.

Nextant Aerospace Strengthens Presence at Orlando Sanford Airport

Nextant Aerospace is opening a new office at Orlando Sanford International Airport (ICAO: KSFB) on the Constant Aviation campus. The action comes in response to increased demand for specialized aircraft engineering, design, drafting and analysis for all aspects of aircraft modifications and upgrades in the southeastern U.S.

“Nextant Aerospace is a global leader in aircraft and component remanufacturing and servicing, and has been a key provider of unmatched engineering service solutions to the private aviation industry,” said Mark O’Donnell, Nextant Aerospace’s executive vice-president. “The opening of a dedicated Nextant office at Orlando Sanford will allow us to serve more customers in a part of the country with an abundant number of aircraft that will benefit from our offerings.”

In addition, Nextant is in the process of hiring professionals based on a robust pipeline of aircraft owner projects requiring:

§  In-house aerospace engineering, design, drafting and analysis for all aspects of aircraft modifications and upgrades, applying Nextant’s 13 years of experience as the first remanufacturer of business jets.

§  Structural repair and component upgrades, including such critical elements as Beechjet and Hawker 400-type aircraft horizontal stabilizers, Challenger 300/350 engine inlets, Beechjet and Hawker 400 step reinforcement and Challenger 300 thrust reverser doors.

§  Inspection services in the eddy current, ultrasonic, magnetic particle and liquid penetrant non-destructive testing (NDT) methods.

§  Landing gear repair and overhaul; Nextant has completed more than 380 aircraft landing gear replacements and overhaul procedures on a wide variety of aircraft.

The presence of additional Nextant Aerospace staff on the ground at Orlando Sanford will have further benefits, including much faster turnaround time for aircraft in need of avionics system engineering, structural engineering, design and drafting, aircraft and part certification, product support and services. The move to the Constant Aviation campus in Sanford benefits both Nextant and Constant Aviation.

“The natural synergies that exist between Nextant’s aircraft engineering, remanufacturing and tailored STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) aircraft modification expertise, paired with Constant Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities, have proven a powerful marketplace differentiator,” added Constant Aviation CEO David Davies. “Having the capabilities of Nextant and Constant Aviation, functioning as a seamless platform, allows us to perform more jobs completely in-house, without costly and inefficient outsourcing resulting in enhanced quality and far quicker turnaround for aircraft owners.”

Constant Aviation, along with the Nextant division, is in the process of growing its existing team of 115 at Orlando Sanford by 50 employees this year.

In the four years since acquiring its Orlando facility, Constant Aviation has added nearly 35,000 square feet of hangar space and invested more than $10 million in physical improvements. An expansion of the paint shop added to Orlando Sanford’s capabilities as a full-service MRO facility with the ability to large-cabin aircraft such as the Gulfstream 650, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Global. In 2020, Constant Aviation underscored its commitment to Orlando by extending the leases for its paint and interior modification facilities through 2028. The lease for its primary maintenance facility extends through 2030.

Constant Aviation, along with its Nextant Aerospace division, also operates facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (ICAO: KCLE) and a nationwide network of mobile technicians deploying from 24 strategically located base stations and providing dedicated maintenance, avionics and structure services. Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation are both members of the Directional Aviation family of private aviation companies.

Axnes Names Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics U.S. Repair Station for PNG Wireless Intercom Products

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced it has been named an Authorized Repair Station for Axnes PNG wireless intercom products in the United States. Mid-Continent expects to provide service and support capabilities for Axnes customers by October 2021. This will include warranty and non-warranty repair and exchange services, technical support, installation and configuration assistance, product training, troubleshooting, diagnostics and AOG services for the complete Axnes PNG product line. 

“Axnes is excited and proud to establish a new support partnership with Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics,” said Markus Schmitz, Managing Director of Axnes Inc. in North America. “Our new relationship with Mid-Continent, an iconic industry leader and experts in avionics service and support, will immensely benefit our existing, and rapidly growing, customer family.”

Installed in more than 1,800 aircraft worldwide, Axnes wireless intercom solutions are widely known for their exceptional performance in extreme conditions. They are highly-durable and designed for aircraft, ground vehicles and maritime platforms in both the civilian and military markets. 

“Our state-of-the-art Van Nuys, California facility is the center of our Axnes PNG product service and support,” said Matthew Harrah, Senior Vice President of Technology and Products for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. “Our team operates one of the largest overhaul and exchange programs in the world and is proud to serve Axnes and their customers across the U.S. Our support capabilities for Axnes will be fully on-line and operational this fall.” 

SOLJETS Appoints Director of Marketing

Seasoned industry marketer, Amber Langhart, is the new director of Marketing at SOLJETS – a boutique jet brokerage firm. As the company continues to grow, a designated marketing position was the next step for business expansion.

“Amber drives market awareness, creativity and professionalism in all aspects of her job,” said Greg Oswald, SOLJETS Co-Founder and Partner. “We are grateful that she chose the SOLJETS group and we are excited to have her on the team.”

Prior to joining SOLJETS, Langhart worked as marketing manager of Advertising & Promotions for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd for 10 years where she led the corporate planning and development of media campaigns and branding promotions. Her experience working for the OEM provided a solid foundation for her future success within the air transport industry.

As the director of Marketing at SOLJETS, Amber will be developing and implementing the company’s marketing strategy, public relations efforts, events, and global messaging that will translate their business objectives into driving transactions. She is based in the Boulder, Colo. office.

“I am thrilled to join the amazing team at SOLJETS. Being part of such an established leader in the brokerage and acquisition side of aviation sales is an honor,” said Amber. “This opportunity will allow me to utilize my creative abilities and build upon the impressive business model already set forth.”
All future media and marketing inquiries can be sent to Amber Langhart at amber@soljets.com.

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace SKYscapes Next Generation Exterior Coatings System Qualified by Textron Aviation

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings announced its SKYscapes Next Generation exterior coatings basecoat/clearcoat system has been qualified by Textron Aviation for its Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker aircraft.

Including both solid and effect colors, this new qualification expands the relationship between Textron Aviation and Sherwin-Williams. Textron Aviation previously qualified, and continues to utilize, the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Acry Glo and Jet Glo Express systems for use in both Original Equipment Manufacturer OEM and repaint settings.

“We are honored to expand our relationship with a distinguished manufacturer like Textron Aviation and its iconic aircraft brands,” says Molly K. Moses, Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings North America sales manager. “This additional qualification provides Textron Aviation’s customers with multiple options: they can continue to utilize a traditional, single stage system like Jet Glo Express or Acry Glo; or if they want to utilize a basecoat-clearcoat finish, Textron Aviation now offers SKYscapes Next Generation. Depending upon the complexity of the scheme and the customer’s preferences, this gives Textron Aviation an array of optimized solutions.”

Sherwin-Williams makes exterior coatings that deliver custom solutions for commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft, including a full range of specialized livery color options for an outstanding, durable finish. Its products and systems undergo stringent testing to demonstrate they deliver a lasting protective coating for any aircraft and have earned numerous AMS 3095 certification approvals.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace is an industry leader in innovation and technology solutions with its certified products, top-rated service, and knowledgeable team of field technicians. For more information, visit Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings.

AAR Signs with Druck for Global AOG Support

AAR has signed an agreement with Druck, a Baker Hughes business, to offer global aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support for a range of engine pressure sensors. This service will be performed through AAR´s customer support team and worldwide warehouses network.

Complementing existing solutions provided to AAR’s client base, this multi-year agreement will prevent parts supply delays and provide customers with immediate access to pressure measurement technology. Druck sensors will be used to support applications such as: hydraulics; environmental control systems; fuel monitoring; auxiliary power unit operations; engine measurement; air data measurement; and cabin pressure.

“We are excited to add Druck´s pressure sensors to our portfolio to enhance our existing AOG solutions for customers,” said Darren Spiegel, AAR Vice President and General Manager OEM Solutions. “The AAR AOG team already supports a global customer base with parts supply and the addition of Druck’s industry leading pressure sensors will complement our existing sensor and LEAP product offering.”

“Druck has supplied more than 500,000 sensors to the aerospace sector providing unrivalled levels of accuracy and reliability across pressure measurement applications,” said Gordon Docherty, Druck Vice President. “Working in partnership with AAR provides our customers with seamless access to our pressure sensor technology, helping optimize operations.”