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December 2016

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328 Support Services (328) has been endorsed by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) to undertake modifications and repairs on any Canadian registered Dornier 328 aircraft, from avionic installations to complete aircraft conversions. The approval also enables 328 to distribute new, used or repaired Dornier 328 spare parts to Canada. With the new approval in place, spare parts and appliances will be delivered to Canadian customers under an EASA Form 1 triple release, which means that they will be certified under EASA, FAA and TCCA regulations.

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A CFM56-5C engine has passed the 100,000 flight hour threshold. The engine (ESN 740146) began its career on 16 November 1993 on position 3 (inside right) on Lufthansa A340-200 D-AIBF (MSN 006), an aircraft that was sold in 2004. Today the engine flies in position 1 (outer left) on the A340-300 D-AIGS. The engine has been fully overhauled four times at Lufthansa Technik over the course of its career.

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ABC International has supplied decorative crests to Air Iceland for its two Bombardier Q200 and threeQ400 aircraft. The crest is made up of a varnished laser-cut aluminium logo of the winged horse, Pegasus, supported by an anodised lightweight aluminium panel.

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AerFin Ltd (UK) has purchased an Airbus A319-131 (MSN 2308) from aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital for part out. The 2004 vintage narrowbody is AerFin’s 11th aircraft acquisition of 2016 and second A320 Family aircraft purchase of the year.

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Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES), a joint venture of Safran Nacelles and AFI KLM E&M, has received FAA Part 145 approval for nacelles MRO and installed a new autoclave to accommodate a growing volume of nacelle work while creating such capabilities for composite repairs on aerostructure parts such as radomes, winglets and flight control surfaces.

 

The AMES core business portfolio includes services for Safran produced nacelles and thrust reversers on Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and Trent 500 engines that equip Airbus A330s and A340s, as well as the A320 Family’s CFM56 powerplant. The capabilities also apply to Safran Nacelles’ latest products, such as the nacelle system for the Airbus A320neo Family and the future nacelle system on the A330neo. AMES also is uniquely positioned to accommodate the very large nacelles and thrust reversers for the General Electric GE90, Engine Alliance GP7200 and Rolls-Royce Trent 900.

 

In addition to AMES’ in-shop repair and overhaul resources at Dubai, the joint venture has successfully developed on-wing support activities that involve the deployment of its teams into the field.

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Airfoil Service Sdn Bhd (ASSB), a 50/50 joint venture between MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik, has reached the quarter of a century milestone. Created in November 1991, the company was initially a joint venture between MTU Maintenance (part of MTU Aero Engines) and Malaysian Airlines. In 2003, MTU Aero Engines and Lufthansa Technik teamed up and each took on a 50% stake in the company. Over the last 13 years of MTU and Lufthansa Technik collaboration, around 350 new local jobs have been created. Furthermore, ASSB has invested $22 million in technology, machinery and improving the working environment for employees. ASSB specialises in HPC and LPT airfoil repairs on engines such as the CF6-80C, CFM56 and V2500. The company’s over 450 employees repair approximately 450,000 parts per year. ASSB has more than 80 customers worldwide and revenue has grown more than nine-fold since 2003.

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Ameco has signed a LoI with China Air Cargo Corporation for cooperation on maintenance services, including aircraft overhaul, freighter conversion, engine overhaul and component overhaul.

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Avtrade has purchased an ex-Fastjet, 2006-built Airbus A319 (MSN 2891) for part-out, including CFM56-5B engines. The removed components will be fully certified by EASA, FAA and CAAC approved facilities.

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CFM International plans to begin offering LEAP-1C line maintenance training at the Aero Engine Maintenance and Training Center (AEMTC) in Guanghan City from 2018. The LEAP-1C training engine, which was used as part of the engine certification test programme, will be delivered to the facility in 2017.

 

In addition to the LEAP-1C, AEMTC also 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 facility and to expand its capabilities. In addition to helping design the school to US standards, the companies have equipped it with CFM56-3, CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B and CF6-80C2 training engines, tooling, instructional manuals, and teaching aides.

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CTT Systems has received orders for its Zonal Drying humidity control systems from AZUR Aviation for retrofit on five Boeing 757-200s and three 767-300s, with deliveries between December 2016 and August 2017, and from an unidentified customer for seven Boeing 737-800s to be line fitted, with deliveries between March 2017 and July 2017.

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