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September 2017

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AerFin has dismantled two Boeing 737-800s (MSN 29039 and 29041) acquired earlier this year from The Investec Global Aircraft Fund. The aircraft were dismantled in Tarbes by Tarmac Aerosave. The spares will now be used to support fixed cost-per-hour strategic support programmes.

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Airinmar has signed a three-year agreement with Ameriflight to fortify its supply chain infrastructure and maximise performance, including systems support, and repair cycle management and sourcing.

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Atitech has received EASA Part 145 certification for the Airbus A330 from ENAC.

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Aventure Aviation has acquired a Boeing 757-200 (MSN 25073) for teardown in Tucson, Arizona. This specific aircraft was selected for its condition, age, and its low times and cycles over several other 757s that were shortlisted for purchase. All harvested parts will be inspected on-site, and shipped from Tucson to Aventure’s main facilities in Peachtree City, Georgia, located near Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Once refurbished, the harvested parts will soon be available to end users on exchange as well as an outright basis. Aventure is also considering the acquisition of several other Airbus and Boeing aircraft, focusing towards more end-of-life aircraft for dismantling purposes.

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Certified Aviation Services (CAS) has signed a service agreement with Boeing Global Fleet Care, formerly known as GoldCare. CAS will provide MRO services in the US for Boeing’s aftermarket support system. Under the agreement, CAS will provide scheduled maintenance operations in support of the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner.

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CTT Systems has received an order from Novair in Sweden for the retrofit of Zonal Drying systems in two of its newly delivered Airbus A321neos. The airline previously operated A321ceo aircraft equipped with the system.

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easyJet has extended its successful Amy Johnson initiative by setting itself the target of filling half the places in its 2017 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship intake with women. Like the pilot profession, the aviation engineering sector is dominated by men, and only 9% of the total UK engineering workforce is female. Just 5% of those working in easyJet’s engineering department are female and the airline intends to increase this figure as it recruits into the department.

 

The airline employs 230 engineers who maintain the fleet of over 270 Airbus aircraft. It is looking to fill 14 apprenticeship places in 2017 and wants seven of those to be women. The apprenticeship programme is in partnership with Resource Group and its Aviation Maintenance Training Division, with the successful candidates due to commence the two year training course in November 2017.

 

The apprenticeship scheme consists of a combination of classroom and practical training. The first 10 months of the apprenticeship scheme will provide accredited training both in the classroom and practical training at LRTT at the Cotswold Airport. This is followed by sixteen months of on the job training, which will take place in both Luton and Gatwick. 

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Eirtech Aviation Services has successfully developed a cover solution for the cargo loading system (CLS) on A320 Family aircraft. This is currently being supplied to a number of customers. The solution is easily installed and available with short lead times. Aircraft leasing companies and airlines often require a solution to cover the CLS on board the aircraft in order to avoid damaging cargo
and passengers’ baggage.

 

Cover panels are installed over the existing CLS to provide a flat cargo floor on which cargo and passenger baggage can be safely and easily stored. The installation of this solution is straightforward, taking approximately 16 man-hours to install and is completely reversible. It is the lightest equivalent solution on the market with EASA and FAA approval and certification.

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FL Technics has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Flitetec, an aircraft interior plastics manufacturer under which it represents the UK-based company in 21 countries across Central, Eastern Europe and the CIS. As the sole representative of Flitetec in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuanian, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, FL Technics will provide operators and MROs with quality non-structural vacuum-formed plastic mouldings and assemblies for passenger and crew seats, covers, work stations, interiors screens, panels, and more.

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Honeywell has announced a new series of self-diagnosing sensors designed to improve the performance of aircraft systems and reduce maintenance costs associated with false readings. Integral Health Monitoring (IHM) series proximity sensors can detect when a sensor has been damaged or otherwise impacted. The patented proximity sensors can be designed into a range of aircraft systems such as thrust reverser actuation systems, flight controls, aircraft doors, cargo loading systems, evacuation slide locks and landing gear.

 

The proximity sensors are configurable, non-contact devices designed to sense the presence or absence of a target in harsh-duty aircraft applications such as determining when a thrust reverser is not fully closed. The sensors can detect most internal failures and display a fault output to a pilot or maintenance worker in order to help reduce aircraft downtime and maintenance costs.

 

For example, proximity sensors in aircraft landing gear systems provide a pilot with a fault alert on landing approach to warn if the landing gear is not completely deployed. With Honeywell’s health-monitoring feature, the IHM proximity sensors can indicate if the error message was caused by the sensor itself rather than an issue with the landing gear.

 

Honeywell also introduced Linear Variable Differential Transformers (LVDT), which are used in engine mechanisms, pilot controls and nose-wheel steering applications, and provide next-generation aircraft with continuous position monitoring, and are designed for use in harsh environments. The LVDT sensors are already being incorporated into Honeywell-manufactured aircraft systems and can support other component and system manufacturers.

 

For both new sensors, Honeywell offers design engineering support and a standard design platform in which the engineering work is performed upfront to provide an off-the-shelf solution to speed up customer design cycle times.

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