With the acquisition of Kassel Airport, Germany-based ZF Luftfahrttechnik, Airbus Helicopters expands its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) network, while also improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs in ZF Luftfahrttechnik’s product portfolio, which include being a service partner for most of the German armed forces’ helicopter fleet, supplying Airbus H135 main gearboxs, and having a share in the H145 program.
Airbus’ partnership with ZF Luftfahrttechnik goes back many years to the initial collaboration on the Aérospatiale Alouette II and MBB Bo 105 helicopters. This acquisition remains subject to regulatory approvals but is expected to be completed in 2021.
Raisbeck Engineering announced completion of precertification flight tests of EPIC Caravan, the company’s new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) program designed to reduce drag on Cessna 208 Caravan turboprops. The system includes a composite-made forward cargo pod fairing and dual metal aft body strakes.
It weights 38 lbs, which also decreases fuel burn. In addition, the forward cargo pod fairing eliminates the need for a cargo pod de-ice boot, further reducing maintenance costs. After testing the system during 131 flight hours and verifying compliance, the next step is to present test results to FAA. The company expects to receive STC approval in August 2021.
Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the company’s Dallas TX facility, increasing growth and large-cabin capacity for customers.
As part of this expansion, Gulfstream Director of Completions Melissa Grant, based in Savannah GA, has been named vice president and general manager of the Dallas facility, and will be relocating to facilitate the seamless transition of expertise and experience.
In addition to the Dallas expansion, Gulfstream large-cabin completions are conducted in Savannah and Appleton WI. In February, Gulfstream announced the expansion and renovation of the Appleton facility’s completions operations.