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ST3400 Config Module Update Instructions

Posted Monday, August 25, 2014 Posted in Q&A

G’Day, Charlie here:

Here is a procedure to update the ST3400 TAWS configuration when installing a loaner or repaired unit.

If you are replacing a unit that has a serial number less than 2000 with a unit that has a serial above 2000, you will start at step 14.

If you are replacing a unit with serial numbers in the same range, follow steps 1-14:

 

Erickson Lifts Oracle Boat Sails into Retirement

Posted Friday, August 22, 2014 Posted in Industry News

Erickson Lifts Oracle Boat Sails into Retirement

Erickson lifts Oracle boat sails into retirement days prior to its rendezvous with destiny, on a “clear-blue-22” day, the Erickson Aircrane made its 350-mile journey from Central Point, Oregon, and lumbered into the San Francisco Bay area, flying past such national icons as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Its destination: San Carlos Airport in the heart of Silicon Valley. Its mission: to preserve — and make — history. 

It all began last year when Erickson was asked to perform a high-profile lift job for technology titan Oracle. For more than 35 years, the Silicon Valley-based company has been a leader in database software. Over the decades that leadership has expanded to the entire stack, from servers and storage, to database and middleware, then on through applications and into the cloud.

Civil Aviation MRO: Fast changing market and requirements demand a new approach to MRO

Posted Monday, August 11, 2014 Posted in Industry News

By Kevin Deal, Vice President for Aerospace & Defense, IFS North America

From the advent of new manufacturing materials to new entertainment systems, the civil aviation support industry is changing dramatically, and these changes have a knock-on effect on the companies that specialize in maintenance of aviation assets, component repair shops, as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Here, Kevin Deal, Vice President for Aerospace & Defense IFS North America explains how all parties involved in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) can adapt and remain competitive in a landscape of rapidly advancing technologies.

Given the numbers of aircraft in service today and how critical passenger safety is, MRO has now evolved to become a major market within aviation. Visiongain predicts that the value of the commercial aircraft MRO market in 2014 will reach a huge $53.4bn. It expects this trend will continue but the market will face many new challenges, including from some OEMs such as Boeing looking to increase their market share. Traditional third party MRO providers will need to adapt to this changing market in order to remain competitive.

Maintainability vs. Availability of Parts

Posted Friday, August 08, 2014 Posted in Company News, Industry News

Cockpit Considerations--Making the Case for Avionics Upgrades

Produced by Aviation Week, written by Paul Seidenman

Today, the decision to bring a cockpit into the 21st century is more than just a matter of considering front-end acquisition and installation costs for the new equipment. Also factored into the mix is maintainability, which is becoming increasingly dependent on the availability of parts.

THE COST OF REPLACING OLDER EQUIPMENT IS ESCALATING

Posted Friday, August 08, 2014 Posted in Company News, Industry News

Cockpit Considerations--Making the Case for Avionics Upgrades

Produced by Aviation Week, written by Paul Seidenman for Sandel Avionics

“The question is, do you want to keep repairing at anywhere between $17,000 to $35,000 per unit for replacement CRTs—which add no value to the aircraft—or do you want an upgrade to a new technology system, where you’re not going to have reliability and repair cost issues.” - Mark Wilken, director of
avionics sales for Elliott Aviation

As a result of dwindling supplies, the cost of replacement screens is escalating, and as Wilken notes, an older EFIS suite can account for between three and seven CRTs on the instrument panel.