Announcing SEA-Aviation-Parts.com: New Website Address, Expanded Parts Website!

Southeast Aerospace has updated its “Component Sales” link to better represent its recently expanded product and inventory offerings.

Our increased inventory and product lines reflect SEA’s move towards providing a broader range of aviation components, including our most recent growth to supply and support a variety of Sikorsky and Eurocopter rotorcraft.

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As always, you can use the search function on www.sea-aviation-parts.com for product information, including real-time stock & delivery details. For more information on SEA’s component services, and for specific item requests that may not be listed, please contact Southeast Aerospace at sales@seaerospace.com.

SEA T-44 Government Contract Successfully Completed

t44_largeJanuary 2015 brings the completion of a successful two year SEA contract with the US Navy. Southeast Aerospace was able to assist with resolutions for parts obsolescence while still meeting the customer’s schedule. The Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) in Jacksonville, Florida supports the Hawker Beechcraft T-44 trainer model aircraft in use by the U.S. Navy for naval multi-engine flight training.

The T-44 aircraft are currently undergoing an Avionics System Upgrade (ASU) requiring “A” and “P” modification kits. Southeast Aerospace was contracted to provide these kits. The final contract value exercised exceeded $16,466,000. The work was performed in Jacksonville, and all inventories, including GFE, have been delivered to the government.

Southeast Aerospace (SEA) was an ideal fit for this Navy contract due to our parts, technical, and logistics resources. As an emerging government contractor with a diverse offering of products and services, SEA is fortunate to be located in the Space Coast area where a healthy environment exists for aerospace companies. “SEA was honored to support the Navy T-44 program and contribute to the training of our next generation of naval aviators” says Rob Reed, Director of Aircraft Modification Programs. Visit the US Department of Defense’s website for a detailed description.

SEA Announced as Blue Sky Reseller

Southeast Aerospace (SEA), located in Melbourne Florida, has been selected as an authorized Blue Sky Network reseller.

bluesky-logoBlue Sky Network is a main supplier of satellite ACH1000 tracking and communication solutions for the aviation, land mobile and marine industries. Their solutions leverage the power of the Iridium satellite network to deliver reliable GPS tracking, voice, two-way messaging, and asset monitoring for improved fleet management. With more than 10 years in satellite tracking and communication, the Blue Sky Network solutions range from fully installed to hand-held devices.

Blue Sky Aviation Products:

SkyRouter 
A cloud-based web portal designed and operated by Blue Sky Network that provides tracking and managing of globally dispersed assets from the any internet-connected device without having to invest in additional hardware or software. Includes: Polygonal & Radial Geo-Fencing, Flight Plan & Mapping Tools, Direct Email & Messaging, and much more.

ACH1000      
ach1000Cockpit Control Panel with Audio/Voice/Messaging for D1000A or D1000C. Integrated Audio & Messaging – ACH1000 control head is easily panel installed and integrates with the on-board intercom system. Allows pilot or co-pilot to easily dial or receive calls directly through the headset, or receive and short code messages from the display.

D1000A    
d1000aFAA-Certified Iridium SATCOM tracking & voice communication – The D1000A enables optimized fleet utilization through extensive reporting capabilities and backend analysis tools. Same as the D1000C with the addition of a ½ ATI control head, quick position mayday alert button, and messaging.

D1000C    
d1000cLike the D1000A, the D1000C offers FAA-certified Iridium global satellite tracking from a fixed installed device. The D1000C offers the same overall tracking functionality, including the ability to add the optional ACH1000 control head for cockpit audio/voice and in-dash messaging functionality.

HawkEye Link      
hawkeyeBluetooth connection to Iridium network via D1000 series, see Iridium messages on smartphones & tablets, 2 way communication, including email, and integrates into iPad or Android Electronic Flight Bag.

HawkEye PT       
hawkeyeptPortable SATCOM Tracking – rugged handheld tracker with global coverage through the Iridium satellite network, the tracker delivers worldwide tracking, communications, and safety for assets and personnel. Data is transmitted to the SkyRouter web portable for online monitoring and management. Includes: 2-way messaging, high-res color LCD screen & on-screen keyboard.

HawkEye PT Plus    
hawkeyeptplusDual-Mode & Touchscreen – provides dual-mode (GSM & Iridium Satellite) global tracking of any asset directly from the SkyRouter web portal as well as cost-effective data services. Includes: 2-way messaging, quick response button, and free-form messaging. Touchscreen provides easier and faster control vs the standard HawkEye PT.

For More Information, Contact SEA:
Email: sales@seaerospace.com | Telephone: 321-255-9877 | Website: www.seaerospace.com

“But I Didn’t Use It…” – A Reliability and Warranty Factor for Aircraft Parts

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From time to time, companies will be faced with warranty claims outside of the warranty period from people who try to justify the claim by stating “but I didn’t use it”. Is this a valid claim?

For whatever reason, many people in the aviation industry do not relate some real world factors and principles when it comes to addressing aircraft and aircraft parts. While most every-day consumer related industries do not have the rules and regulations that exist in the aviation world, some factors are universal no matter what you are selling or what market sector you cater to.

Question: Would you leave a car in a garage for let’s say 1 or 2 years, hop into it, and expect it to run like new? Most likely it wouldn’t even start due to the battery let alone run properly after not moving for that long.

It would probably be safe to argue that nothing with moving parts should sit motionless for too long without affecting its eventual operation. Things with moving parts are designed to…well…MOVE.

Aircraft parts with moving parts such as electromechanical gyros, starters, generators, pumps, etc are designed to perform a function with assemblies of moving parts in most cases. Those moving parts are housed, treated, and conditioned in certain ways to ensure proper operation. Even electronic components using electrolytic capacitors have a limited life span. If left unused, the capacitors can deteriorate without connecting them to a voltage source.

Thus, manufacturers have specific standards and procedures for maintaining functionality of the item such as lubricating parts, cleaning, alignments and other adjustments. Storing parts for long periods of time without some attention to them every now and then can create problems down the road.

Remember that car in the garage?
What happens when you don’t start it or drive it for a long time? A few things come to mind such as dead battery, fuel turning bad, flat spots in the tires, and possibly even a seized engine with no oil running through it?

Are aircraft parts any different?
Well, obviously aircraft parts are not cars but they are machines of a certain type. No, you cannot let certain parts remain unused for too long.

Most, if not all manufacturers, have not only recommended maintenance procedures but recommendations for storage of a part as well.

If you choose not to follow these guidelines, then your odds of eventually turning on a part that does not work increase greatly.

EASA Proposes New Rules for Flight Recorders, Beacons

Written by Bill Carey: AINonlne

easaThe European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed amending requirements for underwater locating devices (ULDs) and cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) to substantially extend their transmission and recording times. In an announcement today, the agency cited the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as justifying the changes, which it first floated last December.

The new rules, which must be adopted by the European Commission, would require a threefold increase, from 30 to 90 days, in the transmission time of ULDs attached to the flight data recorders of commercial transport aircraft after January 2018. The recording time of CVRs would be increased tenfold, from two to 20 hours, for large aircraft issued an individual certificate of airworthiness after January 2020.

EASA also proposes that large aircraft flying overwater routes be equipped with new 8.8 kHz ULDs by January 2019. The low-frequency devices, recommended by a “flight data recovery” working group of France’s BEA accident investigation bureau following the loss of Air France Flight 447 in June 2009, have longer underwater range than the 37.5 kHz ULDs currently required. Alternatively, an aircraft may be equipped with a means to determine the location of an accident within 6 nm accuracy, EASA said.

The changes to existing requirements were outlined in a notice of proposed amendment the agency published on December 20, before the multinational search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. EASA, based in Cologne, Germany, said it received 75 comments by the end of the consultation period on March 20.

“The tragic flight of Malaysia Airlines MH370 demonstrates that safety can never be taken for granted,” said EASA executive director Patrick Ky. “The proposed changes are expected to increase safety by facilitating the recovery of information by safety investigation authorities.”

SOURCE: Carey, Bill. “EASA Proposes New Rules for Flight Recorders, Beacons.” Aviation International News. AINonline.com. May 6, 2014.