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AerSale has received an FAA STC (ST03599NY) for installation of its system on Boeing 767 aircraft, in compliance with the Fuel Tank Flammability Reduction (FTFR) rule. This new STC is in addition to AerSale’s STCs for the Boeing 737 Classic series (ST03589NY) and the Boeing 737 NG series (ST02980NY), approved by the FAA in 2016.

Tested and developed to exact tolerances to fill the cavity of the Boeing 767, 737 NG and 737 Classic series centre fuel tanks, AerSafe limits the amount of available oxygen that can ignite fuel vapours and prevents sparks from igniting an explosion. AerSafe comes as a complete prefabricated kit that can be installed in six days at any hangar around the world. After initial installation, the system requires no maintenance or expensive spare parts. A limited number of AerSafe kits are currently available for immediate installation. For larger orders, the lead time for ordering AerSafe is currently 60 days versus the one-year lead time for the nitrogen inerting system.



AFI KLM E&M and Sabena technics have announced the opening of Singapore Component Solutions (SCS) seven months after finalising their partnership agreement. Initially focusing on ATR aircraft, Singapore Component Solutions has added the A320 Family to its repair offering, covering avionics, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic components, as well structural parts,
and cabin and safety equipment.


The STC, expected to be available in 2019, will allow airlines to retrofit A320 Family aircraft with the new Kannad ELT-DT, a global, autonomous tracking beacon that provides air traffic managers with precise aircraft location information in distress flight situations. The GADSS-compliant system will provide detailed aircraft position information as soon as a distress situation is detected during flight, ensuring no aircraft is ever ‘lost’.

The HELIOS-led STC project will address the process of retrofitting in-service aircraft, enabling operators to upgrade their ELT system on their current fleet. Under this part of the programme, AFI KLM E&M is responsible for system integration of ELT-DT technology, developed by Orolia, HELIOS project lead.



Air Niugini Engineering has seen the return of ten Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) – Patrick Misina, Melvin Paru, Breanne Ume-Taule, Simon Silas, Temuera Samuel, Dennis Kasup, Bernard Kari, Branden Boeha, Jeremy Camillus and Miriam Tai – following four years of training at the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute in Christchurch, New Zealand. The training was fully funded by Air Niugini under its Engineering Cadet Program. Following the cadet program, it normally takes 12 to 14 months before the AMEs can get
their PNG License.

CEO Simon Foo announced that the Board and management of Air Niugini will be investing in hangar facilities at the Jacksons airport that will eventually allow heavy maintenance of aircraft to be carried out in Papua New Guinea, resulting in cost savings and further up-skilling of the Papua New Guinean work force. In 2017, the first Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft heavy check was done in Port Moresby and Air Niugini expects another to be completed mid this year.



Airinmar has signed a three-year agreement with Azul of Brazil to enhance its supply chain management and performance.



Avocet Aviation Services is set to begin maintenance operations at its second maintenance facility located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, FL. The FAA granted Avocet Aviation operational approval for the 7,925m² facility on 22 December 2017, after concluding its lease agreement with the airport earlier that month. The new facility, which will accommodate multiple narrowbody aircraft both within and outside the hangar, will complement Avocet’s existing MRO facility located at Orlando-Sanford International Airport.

The Lakeland Linder Airport facility will provide full maintenance services, including heavy maintenance, A checks, line maintenance, drop-ins, and engine services, mirroring those services provided at is Orlando-Sanford facility. In addition to handling over-flow work from Avocet’s Orlando-Sanford facility, Lakeland Linder will also provide paint and aircraft refinishing services. The new Lakeland facility will increase Avocet’s overall capacity and ability to fulfil slots, while also recruiting highly-skilled talent from a strong base of experienced personnel in the region.



C&L Aviation Group has received a $2.6 million grant from the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) to expand the company’s component shop infrastructure and create additional jobs over the next three years, including the purchase of necessary equipment to support the increased engineering and production efforts. The award is contingent upon a 100% match which will fund the entire $5.7 million project. The approved grant is part of the Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0 (MTAF2.0) programme, which is financed by a $45 million bond approved by Maine voters in June 2017 and is managed by MTI on behalf of the State of Maine.



CTT Systems has been selected by an unnamed airline to provide its humidifiers for flight deck, crew rest areas and the Business Class cabin of 20 Airbus A350-900s, with six humidifiers per shipset. The equipment will be line-fitted by Airbus, with first delivery scheduled for mid-2019.
It has also received a Boeing BBJ MAX 8 launch order for a Cair VIP Inflight Humidification system (with three humidifiers) from Jet Aviation. This is CTT Systems’ 86th VIP order for Airbus ACJs/Boeing BBJs.



ENGINEERING Holding has reported a milestone year that 2017 was in many ways. Subsidiaries S7 ENGINEERING and Sibir Technic exceeded 2 million manhours and maintenance facilities at Domodedovo, Mineralnye Vody and Tolmachevo airports completed cumulatively 67 C checks and 26 D checks and 22 aircraft were painted at Mineralnye Vody. Maintenance services were added for the Airbus A320neo and Embraer E170.
ENGINEERING Holding’s 2018 plans include launch of dedicated engine maintenance, aircraft seat and cabin equipment service facilities at Mineralnye Vody base, further increasing its presence on the Sukhoi SSJ100 maintenance market; advancing its projects with leasing companies; and completing ISO9110 certification.



Ethiopian Airlines has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Guinea Airlines for management, maintenance and training. Operations are expected to start by the end of June.

Ethiopian Group CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, said, “As part of our Vision 2025 and with a view to enable African airlines to regain market share for travel, to, from and within the continent, we are establishing strategic partnerships with many African countries. This partnership is in line with the recently launched African Single Air Transport Market at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa.

This is a trilateral partnership with Guinea, ASKY Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines with a view to fill the air connectivity vacuum in the domestic Guinea market and between the Mano River countries. The time has come for Africans to join hands as one and reclaim our rightful place in the global aviation industry.”



Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) has graduated 14 aircraft technicians from Cote D’Ivoire, Nigeria and Tanzania who successfully completed classroom and on-the-job training on Boeing 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft for a period ranging between one to six months.


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