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Considering a “Top” Overhaul?…Read this!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Featured Articles, Maintenance, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Considering a “Top” Overhaul?…Read this!

Greetings from the Hangar! I have had numerous discussions with owners and pilots over the years in regards to the “top overhaul” of a piston engine. I ran across an article (below), that I believe says it best, while going through my latest copy of ABS (American Bonanza Society).  Yes, I am an ABS member, and if you are a Beechcraft piston owner, you should be too!   I also recommend it to any maintenance personnel that want to be as knowledgeable as possible on these aircraft. The maintenance manual and tech data provided by...

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CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Services/Facility | 0 comments

CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut

Smyrna Air Center Demonstrates CAD Precision Avionics Panel Cut! by Blake Tumbleson This week I was privileged to witness a panel cut by Smyrna Air Center’s Avionics Department.  While that may not sound very exciting to you, I was amazed! Rather than having to send the panel out for an outside vendor to cut and then hope that it will be done correctly, Smyrna Air Center completes the entire process in-house, ensuring the quality of the project.  The avionics panel design, computer layout, panel cut, installation of the new avionics, and...

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Special Recognition

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance | 0 comments

Special Recognition

We have an excellent team here at Smyrna Air Center, and we like to recognize quality work and service.  The following is an email from a new customer that we received on May 9, 2013: Dear Neal,  My name is Blake B., and I am a new customer of Smyrna Air Center. I have a BE-55 that has been worked on for several jobs over the last quarter and I feel compelled to give some positive feedback from my experiences.   I have found the entire SAC team to be efficient, thorough and accommodating in their customer service.  Dave, Rob and...

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TAM- Power90 Install Center

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Featured Articles, Maintenance, Press Releases | 0 comments

TAM- Power90 Install Center

Press Release: SMYRNA AIR CENTER ANNOUNCES TAM AVIACAO EXECUTIVA E TAXI AEREO S/A (Brazil) AS AUTHORIZED INSTALL CENTER FOR THE POWER90 CONVERSION –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE—  Just days after announcing Brazilian approval of their STC to install the GE H80 engine on King Air C90 and E90 Models, Smyrna Air Center, Inc. announced today that they have just added TAM AVIACAO EXECUTIVA E TAXI AEREO S/A in Brazil as an authorized install center for the Power90 conversion. TAM is located in Sao Paulo. Dan Sigl, Director of Power90 Business...

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Dave’s Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Maintenance | 0 comments

Dave’s Maintenance Tips

 Pneumatic System Good operational habits of your aircraft can help you to save money and avoid out base breakdowns. Some examples of good operational habits with regards your pressure/vacuum/pneumatic system: I would recommend alternating the engines that you start first, when operating a twin-making sure to watch instrument air pressure indication with each start for any irregularities.  Additionally, operate your de-ice boot system several times before each flight, regardless of the time of year, while monitoring your gauge...

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“Power90″ In The News!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Power90 | 0 comments

“Power90″ In The News!

On Thursday January 30, 2013 over 40,000 aviation professionals received an email from AIN (Aviation International News) announcing Smyrna Air Center’s delivery of the worlds first GE H80-powered King Air.  Please read the brief article by clicking HERE. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in upgrading your King Air or purchasing a “turn-key” H80-powered King Air, please give me a call.  The benefits of owning Smyrna Air Center’s “Power90″ King Air are very compelling.  What are they?  Call...

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Power90 Program Milestone!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Parts, Power90, Press Releases | 0 comments

Power90 Program Milestone!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THE WORLD’S FIRST GE H80-POWERED KING AIR DELIVERED –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE—December 20, 2012.  Smyrna Air Center, Inc. has delivered the world’s first King Air C90 powered by General Electric’s new H80 800 SHP engines.  A formal ribbon cutting and delivery presentation was held at Smyrna Air Center at Smyrna Airport (MQY) in Smyrna Tennessee on Thursday December 20th, 2012.  In attendance was Greg Ryan, Sales Director at GE Aviation. The aircraft, a 1974 King Air C90, LJ-627, N4447W was fitted with two brand...

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The Latest From GE!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Aircraft Sales, Avionics, Featured Articles, Maintenance, News & Updates, Power90 | 1 comment

The Latest From GE!

Check out GE’s latest newsletter!  There is a great deal of new information in it related to the H80 engine including the recent delivery of the WORLD’S FIRST GE H80-POWERED KING AIR! HERE is the link to the newsletter.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!    

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Custom Avionics Panels

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Avionics, Maintenance, Parts | 0 comments

Custom Avionics Panels

            Years ago, the radio shop at the Repair Station I was working at could not find anyone willing to cut a hole in the panel. When they got to me (I didn’t know any better), I said “Sure, I’ll cut a hole.” From that day forward I was doing everything from drilling a small hole for a switch, to fabricating complete instrument panels…all by hand, using a hack saw, a drill and some files. Now it’s so much easier, and the results are clean, crisp, and factory in appearance. Today, you can...

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Pesky Nose Wheel Inspections?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Maintenance, Parts | 0 comments

Pesky Nose Wheel Inspections?

        Would you like to install a new nose wheel on your King Air C90 to eliminate the required recurring nose wheel inspections? No problem, all you need is: The Cleveland Kit (Part Number Specific to your Aircraft) The Supplemental Type Certificate (& copies) The Permission Letter to Install the STC (& copies) The Installation Instructions & Drawings (Included with Kit) The Weight & Arm of the Nose Wheel Removed The Weight of the New Nose Wheel Your Current Equipment List The Current Weight &...

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Cargo Maintenance Services

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Cargo, Line Service Blog, Maintenance | 0 comments

Cargo Maintenance Services

        So, you are a cargo pilot or cargo dispatcher.  Maintenance and service checks are a part of your life, and when away from home they can be challenging to deal with.  Wouldn’t it help if your destination could provide maintenance and service checks right where you are parked? Smyrna Air Center has Line Maintenance and Service Checks available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We regularly service: DC-9 727 737 Convair Falcon 20’s Metroliners All other cargo aircraft large and small Our veteran staff has...

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Wing Tip Light Installation

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Maintenance | 1 comment

Wing Tip Light Installation

  Installation of Aveo Engineering Wing Tip Lights.     On this aircraft, the original factory supplied light is a combination Nav. Light, Position Light (Tail Nav.) and Strobe Light. The strobe system consists of a separate Flash Tube (Bulb) and Power Supply which is mounted inside the wing tip on this aircraft. All three light bulbs can go bad, as well as the strobe power supply, and any of those four items can be quite costly to replace even if you install them yourself. The Aveo Engineering light assembly is significantly...

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Lessons From Rob #1

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance | 0 comments

My Brakes Don’t Work! I was working in a medium size General Aviation shop and we got a lot of twin Cessna’s.  A 421C owner comes in and says his brakes don’t work. I checked everything, linings, discs, bleeding…the brakes worked fine. I signed off the work order…”Could Not Duplicate.” The next day the same guy comes in just a bit angry..”I thought you guys told me there was no problem with my brakes! Don’t give it back to me again until it’s FIXED!” The shop foreman gave the...

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“Budget” Annual Inspections!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Part 43 Appendix D and Annual Inspections Part 43 Appendix D vs. Manufacturer’s Inspection Outline FAR 43.15 contains rules about what an Annual Inspection must include. It states, for example, that an annual must include everything in Part 43 Appendix D. The problem is, Appendix D applies to ALL aircraft, so the list might be a bit loose. It will say things such as: • Open all necessary inspection plates, access doors, fairing, and cowling”….well, who decides if a panel is “necessary” and should be opened? •...

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Finding The Right Shop

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Maintenance | 0 comments

Found The Right Aircraft Maintenance Shop? No matter where you go, the work performed is only as good as the people who complete the task.  When you make the decision on where to have your maintenance done, consider this: Who will be working on the aircraft? How much experience do they have? Will I be paying to train them? Will the quality of work be worth what I pay? When you want the most for your money, find a place that cares about what they do.  Find people who really enjoy aviation.  When you find the mechanic who enjoys what...

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Precision and Paperwork

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Featured Articles, Maintenance | 0 comments

Precision and Paperwork

Aircraft Paperwork Nobody likes it. It is one of the most neglected areas of aviation maintenance and especially in General Aviation. Do you have all your 337 forms available for modifications completed to your aircraft? Were they properly filed? Do you maintain the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness associated with those modifications? Is your 406 MHz E.L.T. registered to you? Are there any outstanding Airworthiness Directives against your aircraft? The questions go on and on, and can be frustrating!  These are also some of several...

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French Installer Aeromecanic

Posted by on Jun 24, 2012 in Maintenance, Press Releases | 0 comments

French Installer Aeromecanic

SMYRNA AIR CENTER SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH FRENCH INSTALLER AEROMECANIC –SMYRNA, TENNESSEE—June 6, 2012.  Smyrna Air Center, Inc. and Aeromecanic have signed an agreement for Aeromecanic to become a Designated Engine Installer for the GE M601E-11A and H80 engines.  Smyrna Air Center holds the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), promoted as “Power90”, for the installation of the GE engines on Beechcraft King Air 90-Series aircraft. “Power90” is an FAA-Approved STC conversion for Beechcraft King Air models 90, A90, B90, C90, and...

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