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July 2018

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Aircraft Propeller Service recently earned the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Gold Award of Excellence stemming from APS’ participation in the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards Program. To receive the AMT Gold Award of Excellence an employer must have a minimum of 50% of its eligible employees receive individual William O’Brien Awards acknowledging that they receive or promote and foster initial and recurrent training. There are 4,885 Part 145 Repair Stations in the FAA database, up from 4,876 last year. Of these Repair Stations, only 854 are in the AMT programme and only 191 earned an award.

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 Aircraft Recycling International has formally commenced operation of its China Aircraft Recycling Remanufacturing Base in Heilongjiang. The facility is located on the south side of China’s Harbin Taiping International Airport. It has a gross floor area of 300,000m². With the construction of Phase I completed, the Base has had an effective handling capacity of 20 aircraft per year. It has China’s largest bonded warehouse for aircraft parts. Its hangar can hold three narrowbody aircraft simultaneously or one widebody aircraft and one narrowbody aircraft together.

 


Currently, ARI’s aircraft recycling base has been granted the Maintenance Certificate in compliance with CCAR-145-R3 required by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Base has been certified by the Civil Aviation Maintenance Association of China as a qualified Civil Aircraft Parts Distributor and obtained the Approval Certificate of Foreign-Funded Enterprises of the People's Republic of China issued by the PRC Ministry of Commerce.

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Atlantic Aviation Group has announced that their Technical Service and CAMO division has recently been granted Part M Subpart G and I approval for A318/A319/A320/A321 (CFM-56 and V2500) by the Irish Aviation Authority.

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Aventure Aviation has acquired for teardown a complete Boeing 757-200 (MSN 25436), equipped with heavy-weight landing gear with green time. The dismantling will take place in Goodyear, AZ. The former VIM Airlines aircraft was selected over other shortlisted 757s for its condition, age, and low times and cycles. An additional GTCP331-200ER APU and other spares were also included in the acquisition.

 

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Boeing and Safran have agreed to jointly design, build and service Auxiliary Power Units (APUs). Both companies will have a 50% stake in the partnership, which will be based in the United States. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions including regulatory and antitrust clearance. The deal is expected to close in 2H18.

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Coopesa has signed an agreement with an undisclosed customer to install inflight internet on four Airbus A319 aircraft. The installations are scheduled to be completed in June.

 

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 Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey (LTAA) celebrated its 30-year partnership with Pratt & Whitney Canada in late May. The first PW100 engine was serviced by LTAA in 1988 for DLT (now Lufthansa CityLine). Since then, this engine family has become a backbone in the service portfolio of the company, which is one of the world's largest PW100 Designated Overhaul Facilities.

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Lufthansa Technik has put a new a tail dock in operation at its Munich base. The company invested over €2 million in the new infrastructure. The dock is used for maintenance work on Airbus A330, A340 and A350 aircraft. The dock makes the vertical and horizontal stabilizer and the APU easier to access. It also allows different work packages to be carried out simultaneously. The dock is 28.5m wide, 21 m deep and 20.7m high. The weight is 125 tonnes.

 

With over 800 employees, Lufthansa Technik services short and long haul aircraft for more than 40 customers at its second largest maintenance base in Germany, including more than 100 aircraft of the Lufthansa Group.

 

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QantasLink is upgrading the interiors of its fleet of Bombardier three Q200 (36 seats), Q300 (50 seats) and Q400 (74 seats) aircraft. The programme started in June and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Each upgrade takes around 10 days to complete, with up to 13 engineers and project support staff working on each aircraft.

 

The cabin upgrade includes new ergonomic seat cushioning; new sustainably sourced leather seat upholstery; new leather arm rest covers; a refreshed colour palette of charcoals and red earth stitching; new seat back tablet holders for BYO devices, aligned with Boeing 737s and B717s; a new look customer-friendly literature pocket; new carpet and seat row decals in line the 787 fleet; and new photoluminescent emergency floor lighting replacing old electrically powered lighting, reducing overall weight of the aircraft and ongoing maintenance.

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