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AeroMod International is moving its national headquarters from the Detroit, MI, area to Orlando Melbourne International Airport, FL. The company is taking advantage of the airport’s 7,700m² MRO facility. The airport approved the 10-year lease with four five-year options to begin 1 April. Total space leased is 11,055m², bringing an annual revenue of $646,739 to the airport. The company is an FAA-certified Part 145 Repair Station, specialising in components for the Boeing 717, 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777, as well as the Airbus A320 Family, A330 and A340 aircraft. It is best known for installing Gogo inflight internet and entertainment systems for Delta, Air Canada, Virgin Atlantic and other major airlines.


Air BP, together with Norwegian airport operator Avinor and sustainable biofuel specialist SkyNRG, have announced the results of a successful collaboration for the commercial supply of jet biofuel at Oslo Airport Gardermoen. All airlines can now have jet biofuel delivered from the airport’s main fuel farm, via the existing hydrant mechanism. Lufthansa Group, SAS and KLM have confirmed they will be purchasing the biofuel. Air BP anticipates this will lay the foundations for the increased worldwide adoption  of jet biofuel supply and has agreed the provision of a minimum of 1.25 million litres. Avinor will also support Air BP in its assessment of market demand.


Working with experts from SkyNRG, Air BP sourced the initial batch of drop-in Biojet from Neste’s Porvoo refinery in Finland. The Biojet is produced from camelina oil within the framework of the ITAKA demonstration project, which is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme.


Air France Industries will upgrade four Airbus A330 aircraft for one of its customers with the Rockwell Collins PAVES Passenger Services System (PSS). The standalone reading light and cabin crew call system, with USB charging port, can operate as an independent system or alongside a variety of passenger entertainment solutions, including wireless, connectivity or overhead IFE such as PAVES Broadcast. In addition it: requires much less power to operate than legacy systems; has improved reliability, resulting in a noticeable reduction in recurring maintenance costs; and can save weight. Deliveries of PAVES PSS to Air France Industries have already started.


Aircraft Propeller Service (APS) has opened a new facility in Atibaia, Brazil. The new APS facility is fully-staffed with all tooling and machinery already in place. The facility’s full repair capability for the UTC 568F blade (used on ATR 42/72) is online for ANAC certification by the end of April 2016. It is located approximately 90km from São Paulo’s international airport and less than 60km from Viracopos, a major hub for the region’s largest ATR operator, Azul. APS is also planning to open a new facility at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia later this year.


Boeing has announced that Aeromexico has signed an agreement to implement Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox Records to support maintenance operations for its Next-Generation 737, 767, 777, 787 and non-Boeing fleets. Aeromexico is the sixth airline to sign up for the new module since its launch in October 2015.


Boeing’s Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers real-time access to information technicians so that they are able to quickly resolve aircraft maintenance issues. The Toolbox Records module provides an industry-standard platform to manage scanned and digitally produced maintenance and flight records. This record-keeping tool helps airlines improve maintenance workflow as well as further enhancing the automation of processes and in-turn, overall efficiency. 


More than 160 commercial operator customers currently use Boeing’s Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite. Boeing also offers access to records management capabilities for non-Toolbox customers through subsidiary AerData’s STREAM digital aircraft records application.


Boeing has announced that its European maintenance and engineering facility in Frimley, UK, is fully operational. Boeing Commercial Aviation Services Europe Ltd (BCASEL) is strategically located in the UK to support airline customers in Britain, Europe and beyond. Boeing employs more than 100 people on the site. Customers contract with BCASEL to receive services from Boeing’s GoldCare, such as managing an airline’s maintenance programme and material solutions, including spare parts planning, ordering and supplier management.


Chameleon Products has launched two new cabin products: Famoskin and Famocoat. Famoskin is a very soft manufactured material that feels like lambskin leather and comes in 13 colours. The material has been tested, passing vertical burn, smoke and toxic gas emission to ABD0031 and D6-51377. It has also been tested to 120,000 cycles for abrasion resistance.


Famocoat is a material coating supplied on a roll that can be applied to monuments and other items. It has passed all burn tests, including heat release. The company says the two new materials, if used in conjunction with its existing Famotex foam replacement product, could produce aircraft seats where the soft furnishings all comply with the overall burns requirements applied across the aircraft.


Comlux has signed a cooperation agreement with Texel Air to provide Middle East customers with dedicated MRO, line maintenance, and cabin upgrades and refurbishments on their VIP aircraft. While Texel Air will provide hangar, maintenance and certification services through its 3,200m² facility at Bahrain International airport, Comlux will take care of system upgrades and cabin modification services by hiring local craftsmen and engineers, managed and assisted by Comlux America experts on-site. The new service centre will provide maintenance and refurbishment works on ACJ and BBJ. Texel Air, which already has Bahraini Part 145 approval, is expected to get its EASA Part 145 by the third quarter of 2016.


Diehl Aerosystems has signed an MoU for establishing a partnership with Regent Aerospace. The partnership means the companies can join forces for the aircraft cabin retrofit and refurbishment markets, in order to offer operators, leasing companies and MRO partners an even greater range of products and services from one single source. In particular, the agreement will enhance the sales opportunities for Diehl Aerosystems in the market segments for LED interiors lighting, floor-to-floor (F2F) lining and monuments, for example in lavatories and galleys. In addition, the joint efforts of the two will include services for refurbishment and repairs for F2F lining parts and monuments. Beyond the cooperation with Regent, Diehl is still evaluating potential additional partnerships with other companies to expand its market potential in complementary market segments.


Eirtech Aviation has been granted Part 145 Approval by the Irish Aviation Authority for the reprogramming and battery replacement of ARTEX Emergency Locator Transmitters.

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