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February 2015

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AAR has been granted AS9100 certification of its quality management system for manufacturing at the company’s aircraft MRO facility near Indianapolis International Airport. The certification covers the manufacture of airframe composites and metal aircraft parts; applications for finish coatings; and assembly of cargo containers. AAR sought the certification to meet the requirements of a customer – power management company Eaton – to manufacture and assemble fuel and hydraulic hoses in the back shop of the MRO. AAR is the exclusive supplier of Eaton’s fluid-distribution, oil debris-monitoring technology, engine seals, and other products for commercial airlines.

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AFI KLM E&M has signed a new cabin modification contract with Aviation Capital Group for an Airbus A330. The Paris cabin design team will be in charge of both the reconfiguration and the certification procedures. Aviation Capital Group has regularly commissioned cabin modification and refurbishment work from AFI KLM E&M.

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AIR FRANCE KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes signed an exclusive, long-term strategic partnership agreement to strengthen the commercial cooperation between the two groups. The agreement also covered the development of cooperation between the two groups in the field of MRO. Under the terms of the partnership, the first non-exclusive MRO agreement was signed in September 2014 with GOL, from which one of its Boeing 737NGs was sent to KLM UK Engineering for a lease return check prior to its withdrawal from the fleet.

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Air Livery has painted the first aircraft in the new livery of Dutch carrier Transavia at its Norwich, UK, facility.

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Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services (AMES) has completed its first Split-Scimitar Winglet installation for Sunwing Airlines on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Sunwing Airlines inducted the aircraft into AMES’ Wilmington, DE facility in mid-December for the Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) modification and other maintenance bridging inspections. The work was finished on time and the aircraft redelivered prior to year-end.

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Airbus and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) have entered into a long term strategic agreement to provide maintenance and engineering training in mainland China and Southeast Asia. Through this collaboration, HAECO will deploy the ‘Training by Airbus’ standards, dynamic tools and teaching techniques to provide aircraft OEM-backed maintenance training capabilities to its personnel, and to third-party personnel in the region. The partnership will leverage the Airbus Competence Training (ACT) for maintenance personnel, bringing virtual Airbus aircraft into a ‘digital’ classroom within HAECO’s own facilities. The ‘Training by Airbus’ services for HAECO will also include: integration of HAECO’s instructors within the part 147 Airbus Maintenance Training Organisation Exposition (MTOE); Airbus standard certifying (type-rating) and specialised training capabilities for Airbus’ range of aircraft; and access to Airbus courseware, instruction media, virtual tools and real aircraft practice in HAECO’s facilities.

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Ascent Aviation Services has opened a new 3,900m² hangar at its facility adjacent to Tucson International Airport, AZ. The new hangar doubles Ascent’s heavy maintenance capacity with 9,300m² of hangar space designed to accommodate four narrowbody aircraft. The new hangar is fully operational and the company will begin servicing aircraft immediately.

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CTT Systems has received orders for its Zonal Drying System for a 12-month evaluation trial by Germanwings, part of the Lufthansa Group, in two Airbus A319 aircraft. The primary objective of the trial is to quantify the weight savings. In a typical A319, the Zonal Drying excess weight reduction will be between 15 and 200kg, cutting fuel burn and emissions and lowering the airline’s operational costs significantly. In addition, the airline also benefits from other savings, such as reduced failure rate of electrical components and replacement of insulation blankets.

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DolphiTech has signed of a global distribution agreement with Barfield for its mobile 3D ultrasound cameras. In May 2014, the DolphiCam ultrasound camera system was accepted for non-destructive testing on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. DolphiTech is also working with Airbus on the certification of the technology for the new Airbus A350 XWB. The DolphiCam camera system is able to inspect Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic up to 16mm thick, with very high resolution 2D and 3D images.

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Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation (EGAT) has celebrated its 50th CF6-80C2 engine overhaul, which was for Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA). EGAT is a joint venture between EVA Air and General Electric and the engine was offloaded to EGAT under a long-term contract between NCA and GE Aviation.

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