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Winston-Salem-based North State Aviation has named Gary L. Smith its CEO, according to a company announcement.
Smith, who received his MBA from the UNC-Greensboro Bryan School of Business, most recently served as vice president and general manager of the Wabtech Elastomers Group, where he had oversight of sales, operations and finance functions of the company.
Al Bodford, chairman of the board and majority shareholder for North State Aviation, said the company is pleased that Smith has decided to join the team at North State Aviation. “Gary brings a wealth of expertise that will complement our group and enhance our continued efforts to build and expand our company,” Bodford said.
Smith said he is very excited to be a part of the North State Aviation team. “North State has achieved many accomplishments in its first six years,” Smith said. “I look forward to partnering with the management team to take the business to the next level. Aviation is a huge part of the history of this great state and the opportunities are excellent for North State.”
Smith takes the helm of North State Aviation at a time of growth for the company. North State started in 2011 at Smith Reynolds Airport with a handful of employees and has since grown its work force to more than 400 employees. It now operates a second facility at the Global TransPark in Kinston.
The company specializes in maintenance of aircraft including Boeing and Airbus planes. To date, the company has completed maintenance checks on more than 600 airplanes.
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I’ve received several questions recently about oil filters. Specifically, if you own an aircraft that came from the factory without an oil filter, should you install an aftermarket filter?
The questions were usually divided into two parts. First, will the installation of an oil filter pay for itself? And will an oil filter increase the life or increase the chance of reaching TBO on an aircraft engine?
The question of cost is relatively simple. If you fly 150 hours a year, you will save the cost of roughly three oil changes a year.
However, you do need to increase the cost estimate for each oil change by the cost of an oil filter element. The more you fly each year, the more you will save.
The benefit for the engine question is a little more cloudy.
Common sense tells us that an oil filter that removes particles from the oil has got to be a good thing. And that is basically true.
However, there is one concern here, and that is low usage aircraft.
The idea that you change the oil every 50 hours on an oil filter equipped aircraft and 25 hours on an aircraft without an oil filter is very ingrained in the aviation community. So if you fly only 75 hours or less a year, you will be changing the oil about three times a year.
If you think that if you install an oil filter on this aircraft, you can go to 50 hours between oil changes, that may cause a problem.
Changing the oil once every year or so will probably cause problems in the long run. If the low usage aircraft sits for extended periods of time, especially in a humid climate, rust will form on many surfaces like the cam and lifters.
Then when the engine is started, this rust rouge will be absorbed by the oil and act as a lapping compound for high load wear parts in the engine. A filter will reduce the amount of this rouge, but will not remove all of it.
The bottom line here is that if you fly less than, say, 50 to 75 hours a year, changing the oil every 25 hours or a minimum of three times a year will probably give you a better chance of reaching full TBO than installing an oil filter and changing every 50 hours.
People need to remember that changing the oil at least every four months is probably the number one secret to getting to full TBO. On high usage aircraft, the 50 hours with a filter then comes into play.
So is an oil filter worth the cost? It does offer advantages for higher usage aircraft.
Another reason for an oil filter is it is probably one of the best diagnostic tools for your engine.
Whenever you change the oil, you need to cut the filter apart and look for metal in the pleats of the paper. If you do this at each oil change, you should be able to note any significant increase in metal production from your engine. This is an excellent predictor of problems before they become major problems.
As always, the basics are the most important. You need to change the oil every four months.
And if you fly more than 75 to 100 hours a year, then an oil filter may be something to consider.
FlightSafety International announces that Bryan King has been promoted to Manager of the HondaJet Learning Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. He assumes this responsibility from Eric Dixon who has left the company to pursue other opportunities.
“We look forward to Bryan’s contributions as Manager of the HondaJet Learning Center,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “His experience as a member of the HondaJet Center’s management team, and in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, made him the ideal choice for this important position. We thank Eric for his service to FlightSafety and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Bryan joined FlightSafety in 1999 at the Wichita East Learning Center and became a member of the HondaJet Learning Center leadership team in 2015. Bryan has contributed to all aspects of the HondaJet training program including the installation and qualification of the Level D simulator and other advanced training devices.
Prior to joining FlightSafety, Bryan worked in avionics engineering at Raytheon’s Aircraft Trainer Systems division and in electronic design engineering at Applied Automation.
He served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years in a wide variety of leadership, technical, and aircraft operation roles. His responsibilities included flight lead, systems operator and specialist, instructor and evaluator.
Bryan holds a private pilot license and earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from the University of Maryland.
As the exclusive factory-authorized training provider for the HondaJet, FlightSafety provides initial and recurrent training for pilots and maintenance technicians who operate and support the aircraft. The courses are delivered by FlightSafety’s experienced instructors using the highest quality courseware, full motion flight simulator and other advanced training devices.
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than 1.3 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.