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October 2016

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AerFin and SR Technics will be providing services to Philippine Airlines for its Airbus A340-300 fleet under their jointly managed and marketed solution called Beyond Fleet Services, a product suite which extends the life of maturing fleet and reduces current operating costs for engines, airframe and component maintenance.

 

SR Technics will handle the maintenance and repair services for CFM56-5C engines as well as component related services while AerFin will make available finance and leasing schemes and a steady supply of components in cooperation with SR Technics. The customised package will be summed up in one contract with a single point of contact thus ensuring an integrated and seamless end-of-life solution.

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Air Canada has broken ground on a new C$90 million aircraft hangar project at Toronto Pearson Airport. Once completed in April 2018, Hangar 5 will cover more than 11,800m² under a 24m high ceiling formed by the largest uninterrupted commercial hangar span in Canada. At capacity, it will be able to accommodate up to three widebody and two narrowbody aircraft. Other features of the new hangar include:

 

  • environmentally friendly features such as LED lighting on the interior and exterior of the building, ‘light harvesting’ using sidewall panels that let in exterior light, radiant heating, and a new high-efficiency hangar door design.
  • the hangar door consists of six leaves, each approximately 23m high and wide, that open at the rate of 18m per minute. The door will feature an iris, which is an aperture that allows part of the aircraft fuselage to protrude outside the hangar with the remainder of the aircraft inside the hangar when the door is closed. The iris optimises the use of space by allowing placement of a third widebody aircraft in the facility and increases the building’s overall energy efficiency.
  • there will be approximately 150 work locations within the hangar office space area. On the floor, there will be five separate aircraft positions where technicians and storekeepers will work. The hangar also has multiple training classrooms able to accommodate 200 people and a cafeteria for 100 people.
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Air Livery has announced the reopening of one of its hangars at Norwich in the UK following an unfortunate fire incident earlier this year. While the hangar was out of action, new heating system, lighting and a tail dock system were installed.

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Airbus has announced that JetBlue has become the launch customer for the first module of its Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer, following a successful prototyping and demonstration of value. This application, focusing on Long Term Planning, is part of the Airbus Smarter Fleet solutions. The Long Term Planning module will help decrease maintenance costs through the optimisation of scheduled maintenance events at fleet, aircraft and single task level. Thanks to optimisation algorithms, JetBlue planners will be able to instantly compute the best schedules for a fleet of more than 200 aircraft over a five-year horizon, while targeting strategic business objectives.

 

Airbus will progressively expand Scheduled Maintenance Optimizer to additional modules for scheduled maintenance processes, leveraging increasing Airbus Smarter Fleet platform capabilities.

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Aircraft Propeller Service has opened an MRO facility in Malaysia for the repair of UTC Aerospace Systems 568F propeller blades used on ATR 42/72 aircraft. It is located within the security zone on the second floor of Hangar Six at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, a facility that is wholly-owned by Malaysia Airlines, its strategic partner. The shop recently received Malaysia DCA approval to perform repairs on behalf of its customers in Malaysia. APS already has contracts lined up with major Asian ATR operators. Its Brazil-based APS Brazil facility in Atibaia has recently successfully completed its first 568F blade major inspection for a leading ATR operator in Brazil. It gained ANAC certification earlier this year and is the only MRO in the Americas licensed to support these propellers with full capability for the major inspection and overhaul using proprietary compression wrap technology.

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Aviall has signed an agreement withGE Aviation to acquire up to 36 CF6-80A engines powering the Boeing 767 and Airbus A310. The ownership transfer builds on an exclusive distributor agreement launched in 2005, under which Aviall is responsible for forecasting, ordering and delivering all genuine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) replacement parts unique to CF6-80A engines.

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CFM International and its partners have celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Aero Engine Maintenance and Training Center (AEMTC). This was established in 1994 as a cooperative venture between CFM, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Civil Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CASC), Civil Aviation Flying University of China (CAFUC), GE Aviation, and Safran Aircraft Engines. The facility officially opened in 1996 and, to date, has trained more than 13,000 mechanics for customers in Greater China, as well as other countries across Asia.

 

CFM was one of the earliest Western engine manufacturers to support China’s airlines when the first CFM56-3-powered Boeing 737 aircraft was delivered to China Yunnan and China Southwest in 1985. Today, more than 20% of CFM’s commercial fleet in operation is in China, with Chinese airlines having a total of more than 4,800 CFM56 and LEAP engines in service or on order to power Airbus A320, Boeing 737, and COMAC C919 aircraft families.

 

AEMTC supports the operation of CFM56 and GE CF6 engines in China. The school is located within the CAFUC campus in Guanghan, Sichuan Province and trains 700 to 800 students each year.

 

GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines have continued to invest in AEMTC over the years to both equip the centre and to expand its capabilities. In addition to helping design the school to US standards, the companies have equipped the school with CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B and CF6-80C2 training engines, tooling, instructional manuals, and teaching aides.

 

The school curriculum features comprehensive, hands-on courses in basic engine introduction, line maintenance, fan balancing, borescoping, and other skills. The training provided at AEMTC – a 4,500m² facility with six engine shop bays and five classrooms – is equivalent to the training at the CFM centres in the United States, France, and India. All four centres are staffed with experienced instructors who facilitate exercises in the classroom and hands-on procedures in the engine shop. Each centre also provides computer-based training, both self-paced and instructor-led. AEMTC is staffed by two co-leaders and three full-time instructors.

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Diehl Aerospace, a joint venture between Diehl Aerosystems and Thales is establishing a fully owned subsidiary in Singapore, Diehl Aerospace Pte Ltd, to support growing demand in the aerospace industry in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The new company in Singapore will also be the base for a revamped Customer Support Center (CSC) for all Diehl Aerosystems requirements in the APAC region. It will be located in an existing Thales facility, with Thales providing services. Prior to this, Diehl Aerosystems had its existing customer support facility for the region subcontracted to Satair Group. While this has always been a smooth running partnership, Diehl has chosen to secure a front-end presence in its own right by creating the new entity. The CSC will be up and running by the end of the year.

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Embraer has inaugurated a new 4,650m² manufacturing facility for its premium seating solutions subsidiary, Embraer Aero Seating Technologies (EAST), in the City of Titusville, FL. The operation will soon start production of seats dedicated to the company’s business and commercial aviation products, including the seats for the first class cabin of its next generation commercial aircraft family, the E-Jets E2.

 

Embraer’s partners on this project include Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

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FL Technics has announced that its Jakarta-based subsidiary, PT. Avia Technics Dirgantara (FL Technics Indonesia), has been certified by Indonesia’s DGCA as a Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organization. In the upcoming several weeks, the company’s MRO base in Jakarta is to pass audits by Indonesian and Thai airlines. The newly received approval allows FL Technics Indonesia to start Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 NG/Classic maintenance works at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The 9,000m² hangar accommodates up to three narrowbody aircraft at a time.

Operations will start with line maintenance services for airlines operating to/from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Over the following several weeks the company expects to welcome audits from Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air, Kalstar Aviation, Airfast Indonesia and K-Mile Air.

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