West Star Aviation Commits To 3-5 Year Facility Expansion At Multiple Locations

West Star announced plans for major facility expansion at their East Alton, IL (ALN), Grand Junction, CO (GJT) and Chattanooga, TN (CHA) locations in order to keep pace with customer demand.

Plans for the East Alton, IL (ALN) facility include a new 40,000 sq. ft. general use hangar and an additional 48,000 sq. ft. dedicated paint shop and hangar that when combined with existing paint facilities, will significantly increase paint capacity at the location. These additions will bring the ALN operational footprint to over 400,000 sq. ft. of office, hangar and shop space, with over 200,000 sq. ft, of ramp space.

Additionally, the Grand Junction, Colorado facility is planning a new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar with an additional 35,000 sq. ft. of shop and office. The shop space will include a larger interior shop, a complete composite shop and tool room. The new facility will be focused on the expansion of large aircraft capability and are slated to be complete in 2023. The expansion would increase the GJT location’s operational footprint from 304,000 sq. ft. of office, shop and hangar space to approximately 379,000 sq. ft.

West Star’s Chattanooga facility has a new hangar planned that will consist of 40,000 sq. ft. of active hangar space and an additional 17,000 sq. ft. of shop and support space. The expansion plans at CHA also includes the lease of an existing 20,000 sq. ft. hangar on the field that will be leased from the airport. The planned expansion at the CHA location will increase the operational footprint from 179,828 sq. ft. to approximately 266,000 sq. ft. effectively.

“West Star has been one of the fastest growing business MROs for past 20 years. This expansion plan is our most aggressive investment in our future to date,” said Jim Rankin West Star Aviation CEO. “We are committed to implementing sustainable growth that benefits both our customers and our employees. I’m very proud of West Star’s 1,500 employees who have continued to provide our unique, industry-leading experience to our customers even during these recent dynamic times. These expansion projects will ensure West Star Aviation will be well positioned to meet customer needs for the next five years and beyond.”  

Pratt & Whitney Canada Receives Transport Canada Type Certification for the PW812D Engine which Powers Dassault’s Falcon 6X

Pratt & Whitney Canada has announced that Transport Canada Civil Aviation has type certified the PW812D turbofan engine that will power the Dassault Falcon 6X business jet.

“We are pleased with the announcement by Transport Canada that the PW812D engine has reached this key certification milestone,” said Maria Della Posta, president of Pratt & Whitney Canada. “We successfully achieved the engine design and program schedule milestones by working closely with Dassault since the launch of this great program.”

“We congratulate Pratt & Whitney Canada on receiving its type certification for the PW812D engine,” said Eric Trappier, chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation. “It’s a major step forward in fuel efficiency, maintainability and performance, helping make the 6X an outstanding new Falcon. With this milestone and the aircraft’s test program progressing smoothly, we are on track for a successful and timely entry into service of the Falcon 6X.”

Eric Trappier and Maria Della Posta

The PW812D engine has shown exceptional performance during testing with more than 4,900 hours of engine testing, including 1,150+ hours of flight testing and 20,000 hours on the engine core. With the total PW800 family, more than 130,000 hours of testing and field experience have been conducted, including close to 40,000+ hours of flight testing. The PW800 engine shares a common core with the Pratt & Whitney GTF engine which has flown 11+ million hours since its launch in 2016. The PW800, which is a clean sheet design, is the most modern, efficient and environmentally responsible engine in its class. Using the most sustainable and high-performance technologies, the engine offers double-digit improvements in fuel burn, emissions and noise as compared to the current generation of engines. The PW800 engine also incorporates the latest generation of technologies, from advanced design features to innovative maintenance functionality.

Pratt & Whitney says the engine has been thoughtfully designed for all the key stakeholders involved: the passenger, pilot and maintenance crews. The engine provides an unmatched experience with an exceptionally quiet and comfortable cabin, making it the quietest engine in its class. The engine also sets the industry standard for maintenance, requiring 40% less scheduled maintenance and 20% fewer inspections than other engines in its class.

From the start of the development program Pratt & Whitney says their service team has been at work building in functionality to ensure best-in-class availability and maximum peace of mind to owners, operators, pilots and passengers alike. All of this is backed by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s ESP program, one of the most comprehensive coverage packages in the industry. Customers can benefit from an exclusive personalized premium service for all their maintenance and support needs, any time of the day, anywhere in the world. The ESP PW800 offers comprehensive coverage for scheduled & unscheduled events for all its customers.

Ontario Aerospace Council Selects Red Dot Digital to Develop Aero+B2BeeMatch Platform

The Ontario Aerospace Council announced today it has selected the B2BeeMatch platform to facilitate networking, intelligence-sharing, benchmarking, and other business development activities for the organization’s members. Under the terms of the agreement, Red Dot Digital is creating a custom platform for the global aerospace industry, called Aero+B2BeeMatch, within its B2BeeMatch ecosystem. The move is expected to accelerate the digital transformation seen across multiple sectors, including aerospace, which has been disproportionately impacted by pandemic-related factors such as record declines in commercial aviation. Aero+B2BeeMatch is scheduled to launch December 2, 2021 and will be complementary for year one to current OAC members.

Canadian aerospace is a global industry leader. Canada is the only country that ranked in the top five across civil flight simulators, civil engines, and civil aircraft sub-segments in 2020, yet global competition continues to become ever fiercer. Moreover, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often lack the connections to make the most of their advanced manufacturing and other world-class capabilities. Aero+B2BeeMatch will leverage artificial intelligence to match businesses with each other and promote networking across other industrial clusters, thus diversifying revenue streams and facilitating the cross-border offset requirements common to the aerospace and defence industry. SMEs benefiting from increased revenues and exports are expected to be more inclined to reinvest in R&D, leading to intellectual property generation, training and upskilling, job creation, and the adoption of new technologies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in fundamental changes to how companies communicate and collaborate, especially at a distance. Adoption of digital technology is particularly critical for SMEs looking to grow and diversify through new business and new markets,” said Natasha Gagnon, senior manager at the OAC. “The Aero+B2BeeMatch platform will be a high-tech, low-cost, 24/7 business development tool to help our companies connect with new clients, collaborate with new partners, and cross-pollinate with other sectors across Canada and beyond.”

Canada is home to approximately 580 aerospace companies, and more than 70% of these are SMEs with fewer than 100 employees. In 2020, despite being faced with the pandemic-related shutdown of the travel industry, the Canadian aerospace industry contributed $22.3 billion to the GDP and exported over 75% of its products to 186 countries across six continents. With investments of $934M in research and development in 2020, aerospace boasts a five-times-higher R&D intensity than the Canadian manufacturing average. Significantly more aerospace firms cooperated on innovation activities with academia and government than the manufacturing average.

“We are excited to add the OAC to B2BeeMatch’s roster of international partners, and to welcome the Canadian aerospace sector as well as the international aerospace sector onto the B2BeeMatch platform,” said Karima-Catherine Goundiam, founder and CEO of Red Dot Digital and B2BeeMatch. “Aerospace is one of the world’s largest and most important industries, and we look forward to opening up opportunities for small and medium aerospace businesses to do business development and networking both within and outside their sector, in over 40 countries and in two languages.”

The OAC intends to concentrate its Aero+B2BeeMatch year-one efforts on onboarding a core group of SME members, with industry champions such as Aviya Aerospace Systems, Brotech Precision CNC, Composite Automation and Coordinate Industries helping to test and promote the platform. It is anticipated that all four Canadian aerospace clusters will join, representing the nation’s industry from coast to coast to coast. Years two through five will see expansion to thousands of users in aerospace and other industries located in the rest of North and South America, as well as Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East.

Aero+B2BeeMatch is funded in part by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led non-profit organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

Four Corners Aviation Forms Senior Leadership Team

Four Corners Aviation President and COO Cameron Gowans has announced initial appointments to the company’s senior leadership team. The team will provide leadership to the new organization dedicated to enabling customers to have all the benefits of their own scalable aviation department.

“We are proud of this newly formed team of skilled industry professionals, which will take the Corporate Jet as a Service (CJaaS), a fully integrated lift solution offered through ‘Freedom by Four Corners Aviation,’ to clients across the country,” said Gowans. “This powerful group is charged with ensuring that we execute well and deliver the best product to our clientele.” Freedom by Four Corners Aviation is a way for clients to enjoy the multiple benefits of private jet travel, without worrying about ownership, financing, operations, insurance, crew management, maintenance, or any of the additional aggravations associated with private jet travel.
Diana Schneider
Phil Leone
Ray Bennett
Mike Jefcoat
This approach to business jet access protects and preserves shareholder and client capital.

Here are the new people and positions:

Client Services: Diana Schneider, vice president, Client Services, joined the organization now known as Four Corners Aviation in 2019. She began her career in aviation as an accountant / controller in 2007, and acquired her unique understanding of the industry through the changing needs of operators with which she was affiliated. This allowed her to learn many different aspects of aviation.   Schneider possesses extensive financial, managerial and organizational experience in a variety of other industries as well. She gained valuable knowledge as part of a start-up and consulted for organizations that were in the process of restructuring. She holds a bachelor’s, as well as a post-graduate certificate, from Montclair State University.  

Sales: Ray Bennett Vice President, Sales, brings 30 years of aviation sales experience to Four Corners Aviation. He has been in sales and sales management roles for avionics, fractional aircraft, aircraft manufacturers, aircraft parts distribution, and aircraft management organizations.   Bennett grew up in an aviation-based family in Omaha, Neb., and is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. He is a multi-engine commercial pilot and certified drone pilot.  

Operations: Mike Jefcoat, vice president, Operations, has been in aviation for over 25 years. He began his professional career as a pilot for Delta Connection, flying both domestic and international routes. During his 18 years as an airline pilot, Jefcoat amassed more than 11,000 flight hours, the majority as a captain on Bombardier’s series of regional jets.   In addition to his time in the cockpit, he served as a consultant with ATP Flight School to assist and implement an industry leading jet transition course for aspiring professional pilots. He also spent several years as a volunteer in aviation security with the Air Line Pilots Association at local and national levels. In 2017, Jefcoat made the transition to business aviation as the chief pilot for FlightWorks, Inc., where he rose to director of operations.   He also served as an FAA approved check airman on the Hawker 800 and Challenger 300 series of aircraft. In his time with FlightWorks, he was awarded a business aviation leadership scholarship through Georgia State University and the Georgia Business Aviation Association. He graduated cum laude from Utah Valley University, with a bachelor’s in aviation science.  

Safety and Security: Phil Leone, vice president, Safety and Security, brings 27 years of aviation experience to Four Corners Aviation. He served 26 years in the New York Air National Guard as an aircraft commander, instructor and evaluator in the C-5A Galaxy, as well as an aircraft commander in the C-17 Globemaster, flying missions in theaters throughout the world.   Leone is an Air Force trained safety professional having served as the chief of safety for the 105th Airlift Wing in Newburgh, N.Y., with over a billion dollars of aircraft and 1,200 personnel. He is type rated in the Boeing 757, 767 and serves as a 777 first officer for a major 121 carrier. He is a general aviation enthusiast who has logged hundreds of hours flying cross country with his family in a Mooney 231 and an Aerostar 600A.

Cementex Announces Belt Pouch Combinations

Cementex announces the availability of Cementex Belt Pouch Tool Combinations, featuring all tools designed for safe use in Arc Flash environments. With 13 different combinations to choose from, the company says there is an ideal Cementex Belt Pouch Combo for any technician.

All tools in the Cementex Belt Pouch Combos feature innovative Cementex double insulation technology. The double insulated tools feature a yellow warning layer underneath the outer orange layer; if the outside insulation is damaged, posing a safety risk, the yellow layer begins to show, and technicians can know that they must replace the tools.

The 13 different configurations of belt pouch and tool kits feature a wide range of tools, including Linesman’s universal crimping, needle nose, and diagonal cutting pliers, various sizes of Phillips, Robertson, and Cabinet screwdrivers, nut drivers, and various task-specialized tools. In addition, customized configurations are also available.

Cementex double insulated tools are tested to 10,000 VAC and rated for 1,000 VAC when working on or around live parts. The pliers comply with ASTM F1505 and IEC 60900 standards, and help meet the requirements of OSHA 1910.331-335, MFPA 70E, and CSA-Z462.

Greene Tweed Highlights Arlon 4020 Labyrinth Seal

Greene Tweed, a leading global manufacturer of high-performance elastomers, thermoplastics, composites, and engineered components, highlights the Arlon 4020 Labyrinth Seal. This seal uses proprietary thermoplastic technology, has a controlled thermal expansion over a wide range of temperature, and has a uniquely engineered tooth profile that make it a cost-effective and long-lasting seal choice.

Customer test results show up to a 1.5% gain in efficiency compared to traditional seals, correlating with field tests and predictions from FEA analysis.

Non-contacting labyrinth seals reduce leakage in centrifugal applications. This is accomplished by restricting flow through a series of chambers formed between the rotating element while the teeth control the passage of the media.

Greene Tweed’s labyrinth seals deliver superior performance due to the innovative combination of custom-engineered tooth designs and high-performance PEEK thermoplastic materials. The materials reduce friction and eliminate galling which extends the seal’s life and lowers maintenance costs. This optimized thermal expansion allows for retrofit and like-for-like replacement of conventional metallic designs.

The erosion and corrosion resistance make the Arlon 4020 ideal for severe sealing applications including those with high acid, Mercury content, or high-velocity media. Other ideal applications include oil and gas production and transportation, air separation units, chemical industry, fertilizer plants, carbon capture and storage, and industrial applications.

The Arlon 4020 has dramatically increased efficiency and reliability for longer run times due to the tooth profile. The seal uses a cyclic flex-and-return motion that withstands contact during critical speeds and tighter clearances. The tight running clearances increase efficiency and reduce flow rates to enhance the seal performance. This in turn decreases the compressor footprint and leads to cost savings and environmental benefits.

Trimec Aviation Builds on Gulfstream Maintenance Expertise

Trimec Aviation, a certified FAA Part 145 Repair Station (#18TR248C), continues to build on its Gulfstream maintenance expertise with a recent GIV STC model add-on installation of the Becker Avionics Audio Management Unit 6500.

Trimec worked with Becker Avionics to complete the first AMU 6500 STC for the G200 last summer and now the GIV aircraft model has been added with this latest system installation. The standalone audio management unit (AMU) uses a display to enable new functionality with enhanced performance.

“We truly enjoy working with the Becker Avionics team and are always excited to add more Gulfstream capabilities to our facility,” John Holland, Trimec Aviation, general manager said. “Our continued success is attributed to our experienced and talented avionics technicians, and we look forward to more rewarding projects with Becker Avionics.” 

“Trimec is a trusted partner of Becker Avionics and we look forward to working with the team on future aircraft modification projects,” added Rob Truglia, Becker Avionics Business Development manager. The AMU6500 is based on a completely new system architecture, which allows maximum scalability of the Inter-Communication System (ICS) for a wide variety of aviation platforms. The individually programmable soft keys and functions can be tailored to the mission and aircraft configuration. By combining the display and system architecture, the AMU increases the possibilities of intercom and multicast functions. New functionalities like 3D improve the flight awareness significantly. Modern connectivity, like Bluetooth, are integrated as well.

ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East Opens Line Maintenance Premises At Dubai’s Second Airport

ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East has established a new line maintenance premises at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) which is part of Dubai South – a new residential, commercial and logistics center southwest of the city center.

“More and more business jet activity is shifting to DWC, partly driven by the airport authority and fixed-base operator (FBO) incentives such as reduced airport landing and parking fees,” Nick Weber, Regional VP Middle East at ExecuJet MRO Services, says.

ExecuJet MRO Services’ new premises at DWC is able to support aircraft types from various manufacturers, including: Dassault, Bombardier, Embraer and Hawker.

“We chose to establish the first line maintenance facility at Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) back in June 2013 to enable continued support of our existing customers,” says Weber. The new line maintenance unit (LMU) location is adjacent to the corporate ramp and various VIP private FBOs, well positioned to provide instant support on a 24/7 basis.

ExecuJet also provides line maintenance at Dubai International Airport (DXB) where its heavy maintenance base is located. Meanwhile, construction is well-progressed on a new heavy maintenance base at DWC that ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East plans to open in Q2 2022.

The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company is continuing to expand its MRO capability and certifications to meet operator demand.

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), for example, recently certified ExecuJet MRO Services Middle East to carry out line and heavy maintenance on various types of Indian-registered Dassault Falcon business jets, namely the Falcon 7X and Falcon 8X as well as several variants of Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900.

Acorn Welding Granted FAA STC for New Generation Exhaust for DHC-6 Twin Otter Aircraft

Acorn Welding has been granted STC approval from the FAA on new, next generation exhaust stacks for the DHC-6 Series Twin Otter Aircraft. This FAA STC allows Acorn Welding to extend the approval granted by Transport Canada STC# SA20-28 to those jurisdictions which rely on FAA STC approval. The FAA STC# is SA04587NY.

Equipping the DHC-6 Series Twin Otter with a modern Next Generation Exhaust stack allows the aircraft to better utilize of jet thrust generated by the PT6A-34 Engine. The PT6A-34 engine generates the 82lb while the -27 generates 90lb of jet thrust. This jet thrust more than offsets any additional drag created by the exhaust while directing hot exhaust and combustion bi-products away from the leading edge of the wing. This re-direction of the exhaust is expected to keep the aircraft cleaner during operations. A major benefit to operators will be a reduction in maintenance resulting from less sooting and corrosion of the exhaust gasses to the wing.

The new Next Generation exhaust installation is lighter than the existing DHC-6-400 series exhaust in service today. It is also constructed without the use of turning veins to redirect the exhaust rearwards. The complete Inconel 625 construction will solve the engine flange corrosion problem that exists for those operators operating in highly corrosive salt-water environment. With over 1050 classic DHC-6 exhaust stacks delivered since 2006, and countless repairs, Acorn Welding is looking to the future by modernizing the DHC-6 Fleet.

The Next Generation DHC-6 exhaust is the latest addition to Acorn Welding’s portfolio of turboprop exhaust products. In addition to the DHC-6, Acorn Welding Manufactures aftermarket exhaust for the Beechcraft King Air 200, 250, 300, and 350 series of aircraft as well as the 1900 and 1900D airliner. Other turboprop products include process repairs for Beechcraft Anti-Ice intake lips, engine trusses and Cessna 208 Caravan exhaust secondary exhaust assemblies. As of November 1, 2021, Acorn Welding has 799 Field Replaceable Parts approved via TCCA PDA and STC(Excluding the Seaplanes West Product line). Acorn Welding turboprop product is also equipped as original equipment on several in production and up and coming aircraft.

West Star Aviation Inks Dealership Agreement with CCX Technologies

West Star and CCX Technologies have inked a dealership agreement. This new agreement grows CCX’s U.S.-based onboard cyber security solutions dealer network; West Star Aviation will be selling, installing and maintaining the portfolio of onboard products that provide actionable security capabilities and flight data. 

“It is gratifying to see the aviation industry recognizing the critical need for onboard cyber security solutions and actionable data,” said Chris Bartlett, president of CCX Technologies. “Having West Star join our growing team of authorized cyber security dealers gives customers greater access to our products and services. We are eager to work with their team to develop and deliver tailored onboard cyber security solutions.” 

What sets CCX Technologies onboard offerings apart from other solutions is that since they are installed on the aircraft, operators gain the ability to monitor their inflight networks with data sourced directly from the aircraft. The AP-250 empowers operators to improve their cyber security posture through actionable data showing what’s actually happening on their aircraft. CCX Technologies also offers enhanced solutions through proprietary and customized features or integrations.

“All this recent attention on security breaches has encouraged operators to want onboard cyber security,” said Aaron Berg, Avionics Technical Sales Manager (GJT). “It’s a rising concern and an emerging trend we see escalating. At West Star Aviation, we work hard to lead the market. Adding the CCX Technologies cyber security product portfolio allows us to deliver the best technological innovations to our clients. As we’ve learned, the AP-250 and dataPHY products are the type of innovation aviation needs—particularly with more and more aircraft becoming connected. We’re looking forward to helping our clients with CCX Technologies’ Cybersecurity and actionable data solutions.” 

The AP-250 is designed with the latest technology and features two dual-band Wi-Fi radios with encryption and a ½ km range, plus a 1 TB Solid-state drive with all data encrypted at rest. Equipped with Advanced LTE and a custom antenna, the AP-250 enables higher throughput, lower power consumption, and better coverage so more users can connect. The dataPHY is a compact device that receives onboard avionics databus data such as ARINC 429 for advanced monitoring for anomalies and other flight-critical data events.