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July 2016

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AerFin has purchased an Airbus A340-300 (MSN 263) from German Operating Aircraft Leasing (GOAL). The aircraft, previously on lease with SWISS International Air Lines, will be disassembled.

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AeroVision International of Muskegon, MI, has signed an agreement with a major US-based operator to provide asset optimisation services for an undisclosed quantity of Embraer ERJ 135 aircraft being removed from active revenue passenger service. AeroVision will manage the ERJ assets on behalf of the carrier, either to disassemble for spare parts or to return to service. Several of the aircraft have already been inducted into the spare parts process, with desirable parts being routed to repair facilities and ultimately offered for sale to the ERJ MRO and operator marketplace. AeroVision is providing on-site personnel to supervise the aircraft disassembly process and the subsequent packaging and shipment to its Muskegon parts warehouse, ensuring the carrier’s assets are secure and that the process is completed quickly. The disassembly of these aircraft will bring AeroVision’s total disassembled Embraer ERJ family aircraft count to 31, making it the largest non-OEM source of ERJ serviceable material in the world.

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Airbus has introduced a new Aircraft Structural Repair manual, which was evolved from the former Structural Repair Manual. The new manual is delivered to operators in two steps: the first, at service entry, is for allowable damage definition and temporary repair solutions. The next comes two years later, when data related to internal structure allowable damage, repairs and permanent repair is added. Several criteria have to be considered – such as the location, material used, skin thickness, density of damage, proximity to fasteners and more. While this can lead to a long and complicated flowchart, airlines are keen to simplify and optimise the processes.

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Ameco Beijing has started maintenance on Air China’s first Boeing 787-9. Ameco has CAAC approval for 787 line maintenance, scheduled check, modification, engine and APU change, as well as EASA and FAA line maintenance approval. Air China plans to introduce a total of seven 787-9s this year. Ameco has been providing maintenance services on the 787 since 2014, with five customers; four of which are international airlines.

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Avmax and True Blue Power have announced the receipt of a Transport Canada Civil Aviation Part 23 Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of the True Blue Power TB44 (46 amp hour) lithium-ion aircraft battery on Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter. The two companies have applied for FAA approval of the same Part 23 STC. The TB44 lithium-ion battery on the Twin Otter reduces empty weight and increases useful load by 13-18kg when compared to NiCad and lead-acid batteries; they significantly reduce maintenance costs with a two-year maintenance interval; and deliver superior high temperature and cold weather performance (-40°C to +70°C).

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that its Authorized Service Facility (ASF), SAMCO Aircraft Maintenance in Maastricht, has received its C Series aircraft Part 145 base maintenance approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of The Netherlands. This approval recognizes SAMCO as the first Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance Organization in the world, outside of Bombardier’s own manufacturing facilities. SAMCO will provide maintenance services on C Series aircraft based in Europe and the surrounding regions. SAMCO also provides aircraft maintenance services on Q Series aircraft as part of Bombardier’s global network of strategically located ASFs.

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Chromalloy has completed a major investment and further expansion of its component manufacturing support and repair capabilities in Tilburg, Netherlands, with the opening of an A-12 aluminium diffusion coating line. The A-12 protective coating inhibits corrosion and oxidation, effectively extending the life of the components and lowering operators’ maintenance costs. It is applied at low temperatures by a pack cementation process to preserve the base alloy properties of components. The new line is semi-automated and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals) compliant, meeting all European environmental compliance standards for manufacturing operations. Chromalloy has also added complementary capabilities in Tilburg to provide detail machining after coating applications on all sizes of turbine components. These include laser drilling and Electrical Discharge Machining.

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C&L Aviation has completed the repaint of a Bombardier Dash 8 in the historic colours of Piedmont Airlines to mark the retirement of Steven Farrow, Chief Executive Officer, after 31 years with the airline. The project was carried out with complete confidentiality, with only a handful of people aware that it would be a retro livery and presented to Farrow. Everything from paint masks to paint was ordered in total confidentiality. Even the flight crew that took the finished aircraft from Bangor to Maryland was sworn to secrecy.

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Eirtech Aviation has launched a dedicated Composites Division, which offers clients a range of new composite services including repair, training and manufacture of composite components. The new offering will complement Eirtech Aviation’s existing services, which include: Engineering - Part 21J Design Organisation; Production – Part 21G Production Organisation; Materials – Sourcing and Supply of Materials; CAMO – Part M Continuing Airworthiness Management and Technical Services – where the company’s technical consultants support aircraft redeliveries and record reviews.

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Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy graduated 35 maintenance technicians in June.

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