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AAR’s new partnership with Western Michigan University is expected to enhance instruction for students studying to become aircraft maintenance technicians, providing real-life work experience and an opportunity to be hired upon graduation.

The newly launched AAR Eagle Career Pathway Program at WMU will expand the University's aircraft maintenance, repair and operating supply instruction, and include job shadowing and mentoring opportunities, as well as the sharing of proprietary software information with students interested in careers as aircraft maintenance technicians. Under this first-of-its-kind programme for aviation maintenance, students will receive academic support, be monitored throughout their academic careers, and have an opportunity to interview with AAR after graduation.



AerSale has announced that EASA has approved the company’s AerTrak ADS-B Out system on Boeing 737NG series aircraft (10065422). Earlier this year, the FAA approved AerTrak for Boeing 737NG series aircraft (ST04009NY) and Boeing 757-200 series aircraft (ST04011NY) to comply with the FAA’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Operations rule. The Boeing 757-200 series aircraft STC is now pending EASA and National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) validation.



AFI KLM E&M and GMF Aero Asia have signed a strategic partnership agreement to collaborate to strengthen their position in the aircraft maintenance industry. This collaboration is designed to develop and improve quality systems and GMF capabilities, and to strengthen the footprint of AFI KLM E&M in Asia. In 2017, AFI KLM E&M and GMF signed a Strategic Partnership Letter of Intent. The scope of cooperation between the two parties covers the improvement of GMF's upgraded quality system, capability development in the airframe, engine and aircraft component sectors.



AFI KLM E&M has obtained EASA approval for the overhaul of LEAP-1B type engines.



Air Seychelles has signed an MoU with the Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC) to provide internship opportunities in aircraft maintenance to students from the academy. The training programmes and internships to be conducted by the Air Seychelles Technical Operations department under this agreement will enable the young technicians studying in the related field to gain both theory and specific on-the-job training for a period of two years in the Seychelles, upon completion of the aircraft maintenance technician programme with CINEC. As part of the deal, following the successful completion of the internship programme in the Seychelles, the students will then be eligible to obtain a basic license from the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) to work with airlines or aircraft repair organisations. The first batch of students from CINEC joined Air Seychelles in November 2017.



AKKA has developed an STC for Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to integrate GEE’s Airconnect system on 113 Airbus A320 Family aircraft are operated by Air France. Orange Business Services has taken the role of Data Service Provider. The first installation was approved by EASA in October. AKKA is responsible for the design and certification package along with the development and manufacturing of the structural, mechanical and electrical interfaces which enable system installation. The design is compatible with Extended Services Goal requirement, it was built in accordance with ARINC 791 standards to allow standardised installation, ease of maintenance inspections and to optimise the cost of operations. Network services are based on Global Eagle's latest generation of aircraft hardware, with Jupiter HT modem infrastructure capable of 500 Mbps for each aircraft and a new three-axis Ku-band antenna that delivers superior efficiency. Orange Business Services provides an enriched connectivity through its high-performance network (ground and satellite), its expertise in project management, cyber security and local support.



Boeing has announced an expansion of Integrated Material Solution (IMS) by combining multiple services from Boeing's parts solutions portfolio into one fully managed material solution. Integrated Material Solution provides demand planning for consumables, expendables and customer furnished equipment with management of rotable parts. IMS leverages Boeing's scale with 24/7 parts support and more than 12 million parts in inventory at more than 75 parts depots worldwide. Along with the enhanced IMS capability, Boeing announced a number of agreements to provide supply chain solutions, including:


El Al Israel Airlines signed a two-year agreement for component management, test, repair and overhaul with Boeing subsidiary Aviall.

Lufthansa Group will add two 777-200F landing gear overhaul and exchanges to its existing contract. The service eliminates the need for operators to contract, schedule and manage the overhaul process.



CTT Systems has announced a Cair VIP Inflight Humidification (IFH) order from Comlux Completion to be fitted one Airbus ACJ320neo. This award is CTT Systems’ 92nd IFH order for Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ VIP aircraft.



Esterline Avionics Systems has announced that Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services has received FAA STC approval (ST04319CH) of their ADS-B Out solution featuring Esterline’s CMA-5024 on Boeing 757, 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft. This STC pairs Esterline CMC Electronics’s CMA-5024 GPS/SBAS Landing System Sensor Unit (GLSSU) receiver with the new ACSS transponders to meet the latest DO-260B ADS-B out standards mandated worldwide for 2020. This STC solution includes many cost-saving features while minimising aircraft downtime and upgrade expense, thereby reducing overall out-of-service time per aircraft.

In addition to achieving compliance to the ADS-B Out directive, the CMA-5024 is an SBAS receiver that fulfils the FAA’s 2025 Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) requirements. It also offers aircraft the option to take advantage of SBAS navigation throughout all phases of flight, and provides a future growth LPV approach capability path. An LPV approach is the highest precision GPS instrument approach available (with minima as low as 200ft) which does not require specialised crew training. It provides airlines with a safe approach into airports that are not equipped with ILS. Additional growth to GBAS GLS precision approach capability may be obtained by upgrading to Esterline’s new CMA-6024 GPS/SBAS/GBAS Receiver System.

The CMA-5024 meets the requirements for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil certified Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). North America’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), both examples of SBAS, augment GPS to provide an extremely accurate navigation solution that will support all flight operations from en route through Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) CAT-l equivalent approach. The CMA-5024 is compliant with and completely support WAAS/EGNOS/SBAS, from departure, en route navigation, and all WAAS/EGNOS/SBAS LPV Precision Approaches, and complies with published Communication Navigation Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) navigational mandates.



Esterline Avionics Systems has announced that Honeywell Aerospace has chosen its CMA-6800 CRT to LCD conversion solution for its ED-800 Replacement Program. Based on an Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD), the CMA-6800 is a Form, Fit and Functional (FFF) replacement for Honeywell ED-800 Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) displays. It can replace the existing CRT without any kit or modification, as it has the same physical dimensions, uses the same aircraft interfaces, and is mounted to the existing instrument panel rack in the same way as the ED-800. Approved for installation on more than ten aircraft types and by multiple certification agencies, including Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the CMA-6800 has been deployed on approximately 70 aircraft.


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