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SUPERIOR Air Parts Resumes Engine Shipments

Superior Air Parts has resumed shipping its Experimental XP series of engines. Sales stopped when the company declared bankruptcy years ago. Superior Air Parts is now a subsidiary of Superior Aviation Beijing following its purchase by a Chinese company.

The parts are the same formerly used in the company’s FAAapproved 180-horsepower Vantage engine- except for improvements unique to Superior. For example- the XP can include- if the customer desires- roller lifter bearings and a cold air induction sump. There is consideration at Superior for getting FAA approval for the two modifications so they can be included in the Vantage engine. If desired- the homebuilder can have an XP engine with all FAA-approved parts- leaving out the roller lifter bearings and the cold air induction sump.

Tim Archer- president and CEO of Superior Air Parts- said he hopes the Vantage engine can return to the market by the end of the summer. “The resumption of engine shipments may not seem like news- but it’s a very big step for our efforts to get our business back to where it was four years ago-” Archer- said. “From a business perspective- the big picture is that we now have all of the various components and piece parts in stock to not only assemble a complete engine- but also to be able to support the needs of homebuilders and engine shops.

More information visit - www.superiorairparts.com

International - New GA Aftermarket Company

Engine Components International- a worldwide distributor of general aviation aftermarket parts- services- and engine kits (formerly operating as Engine Components- Inc.) has confirmed its new business structure and corporate name.

The Engine Components International name more accurately reflects the transformation of the business in recent years. Since 2007- ECi has been developing a new global strategic business structure to allow a more customer-focused approach- offering proprietary PMA and experimental products under the TITAN® brand- as well as providing certified repair services.

Under the new business structure- Engine Components International will continue to steadily advance its core capabilities in management- operations and marketing to become the leading aftermarket provider of parts and services to the general aviation industry worldwide.

“Our focus is customer-driven. Our priorities are safety- reliability- and cost-effective parts and services' affirms Tim Morland- General Manager of Engine Components International; 'It's a new day; it's a new company.

More information visit - www.eci.aero

328 Support Services Selects Rockwell Collins For New SkyBird

328 Support Services has selected Rockwell Collins as the provider of the In Flight Entertainment (IFE) system that will be installed on the next two 328DBJTM VVIP interiors. The two 12-seat executive jets- which are being converted for Nigerian-based SkyBird Air will have the system installed at 328 SSG’s headquarters at Oberpfaffenhofen Airport- Munich. Delivery is planned for late summer.

The newly developed Rockwell Collins cabin management product called “Venue” offers a number of benefits for the 328DBJTM VVIP cabin. The IFE product features the latest generation of high definition screens- intuitive interfaces for users- and provides a home cinema experience in the air. The unit offers an IP-based- network-enabled system which enables passengers to stay connected in flight with connectivity provided by Aircell. Passengers will also be able to connect portable media devices such as their iPod® or iPhone®. Importantly Venue is also lighter than its competitors- has a shorter hardware delivery time- and can be tailored to specific customer requirements. The units are competitively priced which fits with 328’s strategy of providing “affordable luxury” in the air.

More information visit - www.328support.de .”

JETS Expands with New UK HQ Paint Facility.

Jet Engineering Technical Support (JETS)- the Challenger- Hawker and Dornier aircraft maintenance centre based in Bournemouth- UK- is expanding its facility with the opening of a new dedicated paint bay. The introduction of the new paint area will enable JETS to offer a one-stop-shop capability to customers- who will be able to schedule aircraft painting work as part of the routine maintenance input.

The paint facility is the result of a significant investment by JETS in a newly-acquired hangar located at the company’s Bournemouth base where it relocated to from Southampton in August 2010. The building increases JETS’s hangar space by 50% from 2-250m2 to 3-370 m2 and underwent considerable refurbishment including the installation of new hangar doors- and heating and extraction equipment to make it fit for purpose. The size of the hangar means JETS can now accommodate larger aircraft such as the Falcon and Gulfstream fleet types.

Major new Dornier 328 contract
JETS paint activity is led by Paintshop Supervisor Tony Purvis - who has over 30 years’ experience in aircraft painting. He will supervise a team of 5 specialists on a major new contract for seven Dornier 328 aircraft to be completed in the next 12 months for a North American customer. Purvis comments- “the new paint facility enables us to take on larger projects and ensures we can provide a full service range to our expanding client base. The 328 contract is an example of how the larger hangar- and improved offering can attract major deals.

JETS is also the UK’s only MRO type-approved for the Dornier 328. More recently JETS completed a major maintenance and refurbishment input on a Bombardier Challenger which also included overhauled landing gear and avionics upgrade- and the JETS trim shop supplied new seats and carpets.

More information visit - www.jeteng.aero .”

Mid-Continent Instruments - West Honoured by FAA.

Mid-Continent Instrument’s well-known instrument shop in Van Nuys- California- USA has earned FAA Full Class 1- 2- 3 Radio and Class 3 Accessory repair certification from the FAA. Full Class 1- 2- 3 Radio and Class 3 Accessory certification enables Mid-Continent Instruments west coast facility to add additional avionics and accessory types to its current service offerings without applying for each approval from the local FAA Flight Standards District Office.

More information visit - visit www.mcico.com

AIRCRAFT SPRUCE Adds Cozy Builder Support Team.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. has owned the design rights to Nat Puffer's Cozy's Mark IV homebuilt aircraft since 2004- and sells plans and kits to builders worldwide. Technical builder support has been generously provided by Cozy builders groups since 2004.

Aircraft Spruce has recently contracted with Marc Zeitlin- and experienced builder- to provide technical builder support to Cozy builders who can contact Marc by email at - marc_zeitlin@alum.mit.edu or by phone (978) 502-5251. In addition- Aircraft Spruce has contracted with Burrall Sanders of Free Flight Composites to have a Cozy aircraft on display and to answer builder questions at AirVenture- Sun N Fun- and other selected fly-ins. Burrall can be contacted by email at Free Flight Composites at: craftsman@freeflightcomposites.com or by phone at (719) 660-8650. To view Aircraft Spruce’s complete product line visit - www.aircraftspruce.com.

AVIDYNE TAS600 Certified.

TAS600-Series Traffic Advisory System.

AML STC covers more than 700 aircraft and provides installation facilities with a wide-reaching basis for installation & approval- removing the cost and time burden associated with getting individual field approvals for each and every installation.

Avidyne Corporation- a leading provider of integrated flight deck and safety systems for general aviation aircraft- today announced that they have received an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the installation of the of ADS-B-upgradeable TAS600 Series of Traffic Advisory Systems in more than 700 aircraft makes and models. “As with many avionics installations- dealers installing our TAS600 systems have referenced a single-aircraft STC- a process which typically requires a field approval for each installation-” said Patrick Herguth- Chief Operating Officer. “Dealers can now reference this AML STC and significantly reduce the paperwork cost and time associated with each TAS600 installation.

More information visit - www.avidyne.com

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