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Airbus has signed an MoU with China Airlines (CAL) to support the development of the airline’s maintenance, engineering and technical training capabilities in Taiwan. Under the MoU, Airbus and CAL will evaluate technical and business solutions to develop the carrier’s services for all Airbus aircraft types currently operated by the airline, which include the A320 Family, A330/A340, and A350 XWB.


The companies will also jointly evaluate and promote CAL’s retrofit activities, cabin and airframe modifications, and the feasibility of approving the airline’s maintenance training centre and developing its maintenance training capabilities in Taiwan ranging from ab initio  programmes to courses for mechanics. In addition, they will evaluate the benefits of Satair Group and other Airbus affiliates becoming key parts providers for CAL.


(photo: Airbus)


Aventure Aviation has recently purchased over 13,000 expendables and rotables of Bombardier CRJ and Embraer ERJ spare parts from ExpressJet Airlines. This purchase comes as a result of a successful four-year consignment programme supporting ExpressJet Airlines with materials management, warehousing and AOG support. The spares inventory will be stored in Peachtree City, GA, located within 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Avionica has been selected by Cathay Pacific Airways to be the integrator and supplier for their e-Enabled, airborne global connectivity program. Starting in early 2017, it’s second generation e-Enabled system will be deployed across the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleets, including the Airbus A320 & A330 and Boeing 747 & 777. In selecting Avionica, Cathay Pacific obtains extensive expertise in STC development and installation support for its e-Enablement solution. Avionica’s e-Enablement hardware package provides Cathay Pacific with a single, common set of hardware across Boeing and Airbus fleets


Avionica’s solution available to Cathay Pacific includes: 


  • satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system, the only 4-channel, FANS-1/A and ATC Voice Safety Service approved Iridium system. The multitude of Iridium channels enables Cathay Pacific to maximise e-Enabled aircraft connectivity without restricting critical Voice and FANS-1/A safety services


  • aviONS Onboard Network Server, an open-platform network solution supporting airline and third party e-Enablement systems. aviONS enhances airborne connectivity with global 4G Cellular and wifi connectivity. Cathay Pacific will tap aviONS’ wifi connectivity for crew wireless applications, including efficient inflight reporting of cabin discrepancies


  • avCM 4G cellular device


  • avSYNC QAR download.


To manage connectivity, Avionica’s avSYNC global data transfer network is available to provide automated data transfer between aircraft and their operation centre. As Cathay Pacific’s e-Enabled aircraft focus is efficiency, avSYNC’s ability to automate data synchronisation of onboard applications would become a key component of its strategy.


CrossConsense has announced that SWISS International Air Lines has finalised the go live of the CROSSMOS electronic tech log on its entire fleet. The last aircraft was an A321 of the short-range fleet, which followed the long-range fleet and the Bombardier C Series. A total of 94 aircraft are now equipped with two tablets with the CROSSMOS software as well as a router to ensure connectivity. The system can log both flight and cabin crew problems and interface with AMOS MRO software from Swiss AviationSoftware. The next airline to be equipped with CROSSMOS is Air Dolomiti.


CTT Systems has been selected by Boeing to provide the humidification systems for flight deck, crew rests and cabin zone A/B for the Boeing 777X aircraft. CTT will be a Tier 1 supplier to Boeing and the CTT products will be offered as supplier furnished equipment in the 777X catalogue.


Eirtech Aviation has been awarded 2-REG.39.24 Approval by Guernsey DCA. The Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation Validation Certificate permits Eirtech to undertake continuing airworthiness management of 2-REG aircraft.


Esterline Avionics Systems has signed a dealer agreement with Sabena technics to distribute the Esterline CMA-6800 LCD Display to ATR 42/72 operators, principally located in Europe. The CMA-6800 is based on an Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display and is a form, fit and function replacement for Honeywell ED-800 Cathode Ray Tube displays. Operators can replace the ED-800s on each aircraft all at once or one at a time, resulting in a simple and flexible replacement solution with minimal disruption to aircraft operations. The display offers operational relief to the Minimum Equipment List, is lighter, and substantially more reliable than the ED-800s being replaced. The CMA-6800 has been approved for installation in more than 10 aircraft types, including the ATR 42 and 72, and by multiple certification agencies, including Transport Canada, the FAA, and EASA.


Etihad Airways Engineering, Strata and Siemens have signed a partnership agreement to develop 3D-printed aircraft interior parts for Etihad in a pilot project. The design team of Etihad Airways Engineering will work to certify the parts, Strata will manufacture the parts in its factory and Siemens will leverage its expertise in digitalisation and 3D printing to consult on the selection of materials, testing, and the preparation of processes. If the pilot project is successful, Siemens and Strata expect to investigate the development of a strategic three-year joint roadmap for the further industrialisation of additive manufacturing in the UAE, the wider Middle East and North Africa. The roadmap will include training and the development of UAE citizens with the required skills for further deployment of 3D printing technology.


Etihad sees huge potential for 3D printing technology in aviation over conventional manufacturing methods, enabling faster on-demand production of complex and discontinued parts, and making design improvements by airlines very feasible. Jeff Wilkinson, Etihad Airways Engineering CEO, says: “The biggest challenge for the use of flying 3D-printed parts in aviation is certification and we are ready to tackle it and make it a reality. Etihad Airways Engineering will be using its expertise and major design certification approval [Design Organisation Approval – Part 21 J] to design and certify the first 3D-printed parts for aircraft cabins in the UAE. We will be partnering with the certification authority and with Strata to make certified 3D printing for aviation in the UAE a reality.”

Strata will explore 3D printing technology for a range of applications to aid its manufacturing processes in aerostructures in areas such as tooling, fixtures and consumables using metallic and non-metallic materials. 


The Siemens portfolio in 3D printing includes computer-aided design software, control, automation and drive systems for additive manufacturing machinery, and the comprehensive digital modelling of all processes. 


FL Technics Indonesia has signed an MoU with GMF AeroAsia for cooperation in aircraft maintenance, spare parts supply and other areas. Under the agreement, the companies will share best practices in MRO process management, customs clearance and new market development, as well as support each other with spare part supply, component repair, engineering and other services. In addition, FL Technics Indonesia and GMF AeroAsia will support each other during peak seasons in order to ensure smooth and timely service for their customers. The new MoU comes after continuous cooperation between the companies in parts supply and engine maintenance.


Fokker has announced that a total of 26 Fokker 50s and 16 Fokker 100s were placed with eight existing and six new operators in 2016, compared with 50 transactions in 2015. At the start of 2017, approximately 400 Fokker aircraft were operational worldwide. 


In Australia, Network Aviation, a Qantas subsidiary, purchased three more Fokker 100s increasing its Fokker 100 fleet size to 17. The Fokker 100s are increasingly used for regular public transport in addition to operating on more traditional Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) routes in support of natural resources’ industries. Air Niugini is taking delivery of various Fokker 70s, all of which will have wifi installed by Fokker Services Asia. Australasia has been rapidly expanding its Fokker jet fleet.


In Europe, the Slovak Government purchased two F100EJs from MJET of Austria, replacing various Soviet-era jets, while an undisclosed lessor purchased one Fokker 100. Both are new customers. There has also been a strong demand for wet leases from various traditional Fokker 100 operators. In Belgium, VLM, under new ownership, has acquired seven Fokker 50s.


A total of 15 Fokker 50s went to various operators in East Africa, including seven with startup airline Aero-Pioneer in Tanzania. In Latin America, Air Panama is growing its Fokker 50 fleet from five to eight through the acquisition of three Fokker 50s from US lessor Jetstream while Insel Air added one Fokker 50 to its fleet. In North America, JMW purchased six Fokker 100s from Ocean Air.


Fokker does not sell nor lease Fokker aircraft. It facilitates placements by sellers and lessors through its FLYFokker programme and remarketing services, in addition to providing comprehensive support to Fokker aircraft operators throughout the world.


GECAS Asset Management Services has entered an agreement with airberlin to acquire the airline’s entire inventory of Boeing 737NG material, including both rotables and expendables. Most components will be available for immediate shipment from AMS warehouse locations in the US, UK and Singapore.

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