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AAR has expanded its ATR parts offerings by purchasing the entire inventory, plus tooling, of Honolulu-based Island Air, which recently phased out its ATR operations.  The inventory will be integrated into AAR’s existing ATR supply chain and strategically positioned at the company’s distribution hubs in the United States, Singapore and Hannover, Germany.


This is the first ATR inventory package AAR has purchased since entering the ATR market earlier this year when it bought ATR inventory from ASL Aviation subsidiary ACLAS Global, as part of a PBH agreement with ASL. AAR has a dedicated ATR product line team based in the UK to serve ATR customer parts requirements globally.


AAR has today launched an updated online PAARTS STORE 2.0, open to existing and new aftermarket customers including operators, MROs, and brokers. PAARTS STORE 2.0 provides 24/7 visibility of the more than 1 million commercial aviation parts in AAR’s inventory, one of the largest and broadest in the aftermarket industry. In addition to the OEM factory-new parts previously listed, visitors will now have real-time access to AAR’s extensive stock of overhauled, serviceable, and repairable airframe and engine parts for almost every commercial aircraft platform. Full documentation, including trace and certification, is available to registered customers, as is the ability to instantly purchase or negotiate RFQs online.


Once an order is placed, users can track shipping (including same-day option) and view order history. Customers can access the PAARTS STORE via AAR’s website, or directly at


Since AAR started promoting its online parts store 1.0 last spring, the company has attracted new customers, and daily searches, conversions, orders and revenues have progressively increased.


AFI KLM E&M has extended its capability list to include maintenance for the LEAP engine equipping the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft families, with an MRO service offering covering both On Wing/On Site support and shop visits.


AJW Technique has added a new fully automated test stand for pilot and crew oxygen masks. Designed to adapt to various current and new generation mask types across all commercial and business aircraft, the stand simulates flight critical emergency oxygen flows so that common failure modes, such as leaks and regulator malfunctions, can be rectified.


Aviation Partners Boeing has announced that Russia’s Pobeda Airlines will be the largest operator in the Russian Federation of its latest Split Scimitar Winglet technology, which will be fitted to Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.


Avtrade has broken ground to mark the start of construction of the second warehouse at its headquarters at Sayers Common in West Sussex, marking the start of Phase 3 of the development of Avtrade HQ, which accommodates the majority of Avtrade’s 250+ UK-based staff, as well as being home to the 35,000m² warehouse and logistics hub.


Chevron Technical Services has received approval from the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Authority (TCCA). The first TCCA release, a BAE Systems 146/RJ rudder has undergone extensive repairs, including skin replacement and all main attachment fittings within the company’s EASA/FAA TCCA-approved workshop facility in Manchester.


CTT Systems has announced two Zonal Drying orders for a total of eight Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The systems will be line fitted by Boeing from December 2017 to December 2018.


Delta TechOps recently won the ‘Better Way’ award from Airlines for America for its innovation in aircraft structure testing. This year is the ninth time a Delta team has received the honour. The winning entry, the Composite Inspector Training Course, recognises Delta’s contribution to an FAA-sponsored industry effort to improve inspection training for advanced composites used in modern commercial transport category aircraft, such as the Airbus A350 and Bombardier C Series fleets.


The course is a comprehensive composite laminate training package that began development in late 2014 and was sent to more than 20 airlines in 2017. The training package includes six lectures, as well as drawings and hands-on training aids. The lectures offer best practices, special cases and lessons learned from in-service aircraft.


The Composite Inspector Training Course curriculum will be made available to the industry for voluntary adoption and airline-specific customisation.


Embraer has announced the establishment of a new training centre at OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. The Embraer Training Centre will open in 1H18 and will be the first facility of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training all under one roof, for qualified pilots, maintenance technicians, and cabin crew.


The Embraer Training Centre will be equipped with an E-Jets Full Flight Simulator, four Flight Management System Simulators, a door trainer, and an over wing trainer to deliver pilot training and ground school, engineering courses, and E-Jet familiarisation training for cabin crew. When fully operational, the centre will be able to train around 2,000 aerospace professionals a year.


Flight crew and engineering technicians from Embraer operators such as Airlink, the centre’s anchor and launch customer, and others from across the region and beyond, will be trained at the new facility.


The Embraer Training Center in Johannesburg joins existing Embraer facilities in São José dos Campos, Brazil; Nashville, TN; and at OGMA near Lisbon, Portugal. Embraer also works with other training providers across the globe.

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