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April 2018

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8tree says its dentCHECK tool was used by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik (ZLT) to measure severe hailstorm damage on one of its Zeppelin-NT airships. Klaus Strasser, Technical Support Manager at ZLT, said the technology provided a quick and precise analysis of the damage, nearly 10 times faster than traditional methods. The portability and accuracy of the dentCHECK tool made it very effective and satisfying to use, and the instant answers and analytics allowed a quick assessment of each dent and then define corrective action. This was very helpful when creating repair instructions.

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AerFin has taken delivery of the fourth and fifth Embraer E170 E-Jets (MSN 123 and 108) from Saudi Arabian Airlines, plus ten spare CF34-8E engines, and a significant volume of E170 and E190 components. This follows AerFin’s acquisition in 2017 of the airline’s E170 fleet, as the operator phased-out operations of the aircraft.

 

Both aircraft are expected to be available for a sale or lease with a number of leading regional airline operators already expressing strong interest. The delivery will further strengthen AerFin’s growing range of E-Jet Beyond Support service solutions, which range from flight-hour component pool programmes through to the sale or lease of whole aircraft, engines and major assets

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Britten-Norman has completed the first in a series of avionics upgrades to a fleet of five BN2B-26 Islanders owned and operated by the Falkland Island Government Aviation Services (FIGAS). The avionics are being upgraded to the Garmin G600 glass cockpit standard including the GTN650/750 GPS/NAV/COMM, GTX335R remote transponder and electronic engine instruments. One aircraft will also be equipped with the Garmin GWX70 weather radar. The contract also includes fitting an entirely new bespoke instrument panel to suit each airframe, and a separate contract to upgrade the aircraft from 50-amp to 70-amp generators. Two engineers from Britten-Norman are on the islands supervising the mechanical work being carried out by the FIGAS maintenance engineers and completing the systems’ installation. All of the Islanders will undergo an aircraft strip out, re-fit, testing and certification.

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CFM International and Lufthansa Technik completed a CFM Branded Service Agreement (CBSA) in February to support CFM LEAP-1A engines. Under the terms of the CBSA, Lufthansa Technik becomes part of the MRO network for LEAP-1A engines and can offer MRO services for LEAP-1A engines to customers worldwide as an independent MRO provider.


The CBSA includes extended licenses, other commercial agreements and strong technical cooperation. The focus will be on optimising the operating costs of the LEAP-1A engine and developing new MRO services. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik will also provide a range of MRO services tailored specifically to customers’ requirements and to the needs corresponding to the life-cycle of the engine. This will range from engine overhaul and parts repair to on-wing support and engineering.

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CFM International has expanded the capability of the CFM Training Center in Hyderabad to include both the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B engines as the fleet in India continues to grow.

 

The LEAP-1A entered service in India last February with Air India, which now operates a fleet of 15 A320neos. Vistara followed in May 2017 and operates five LEAP-1A-powered A320neos. Jet Airways will be the first Indian airline to introduce the LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX later this year. There are currently a total of more than 600 CFM engines in service in India and Southern Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka, which power Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.


The Center, which welcomed its first students in March 2010, represents an investment of more than $15 million by CFM, including initial start-up costs. It has the capacity to train 500 engineers annually and, to date, has provided line maintenance training for more than 1,300 students from airlines throughout the region. It mirrors Training Centers in China, France and the USA.

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CTT Systems has received orders from AMAC for Cair VIP Inflight Humidification order for one Boeing BBJ 747-8 and one Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft. Both VIP aircraft will feature increased humidity in the entire VIP aircraft cabin, which requires eight and two humidifiers respectively. These two awards are CTT’s 87th and 88th for Airbus ACJs/Boeing BBJs. CTT will deliver to AMAC in 3Q and 4Q18.

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Eirtech Aviation Services says its Cargo Bay Surveillance System (CBSS) has been selected for installation on a fleet of Cargo Aircraft for a European based operator. Up to eight HD colour night vision cameras can be connected at one time and wirelessly stream to the Electronic Flight Bag, while also recording up to six months of video footage on a recording device on the aircraft. The company has also completed its 150th Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) since it obtained the EASA STCs for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft in 2013.

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Flybe has announced an own new aerospace apprenticeship scheme that, starting in September, will allow successful graduates to enter the workforce as fully qualified, aircraft fitter/technicians after just four years. Exeter College, Flybe’s long-standing training partner, has been chosen as the preferred knowledge provider to deliver and assess the theoretical elements of the new apprenticeship programme. The 15 successful applicants will join Flybe in six months’ time, receiving on-the-job practical training at its Training Academy engineering workshops and MRO facilities at Exeter Airport.


Flybe’s new apprenticeship scheme strengthens the long standing relationship it has forged with Exeter College since 2007 when it partnered with the airline as the lead academic partner prior to the Academy officially opening in 2009. The previous year, the first 33 students had enrolled and embarked on a four year Engineering Diploma course. To date, more than 200 students have successfully completed the course and moved directly into full time employment across the aviation engineering world as fully licensed aircraft engineers.

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HAECO Xiamen recently celebrated its 3,000th aircraft input since commencing operation in March 1996. The milestone, in February, was marked by the redelivery of a Boeing 777-300ER to Cathay Pacific.


Honeywell is partnering with International Airlines Group (IAG) to introduce innovative technology to reduce carbon emissions. Honeywell’s GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software provides data on fuel consumption and aircraft performance to enhance efficiency and reduce CO2 output. This software is currently being implemented across IAG airlines´ fleet to further optimise fuel use by analysing flight data and monitoring efficiency initiatives. This is one of the Group's initiatives to reduce its carbon emissions which enabled it to improve fuel and carbon efficiency by 2.6% in 2017. This figure exceeds IATA´s annual efficiency target of 1.5% average improvement.


Willie Walsh, IAG’s Chief Executive, said: “We have a strong track record in identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce our carbon emissions. This technology will allow our airlines to further optimise their fuel consumption by analysing aircraft performance and sharing best practice across the Group.”

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International Aerospace Coatings has successfully achieved AS9100D/ISO 9001:2015 registration for its Shannon, Dublin, Ostrava and Rome paint facilities.

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