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February 2019

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AJW Group has purchased a Boeing 777-200LR airframe for teardown, installed with GE90 110/115 engines. The aircraft was delivered on 12 January. All components will be recertified by AJW Technique, Montreal.

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AJW Technique has achieved Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) approval under the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between Transport Canada (TCCA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). AJW Technique becomes the first independent components MRO in the world to gain this approval under the Bilateral Agreement.

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FACC has received an EASA STC for its Passenger Luggage Space Upgrade to be installed in Airbus A320 Family aircraft. This not only enhances the ambience of the cabin, but also increases stowage space by 67% while reducing weight. The modified overhead stowage compartments can now fit up to five hand luggage cases instead of just three. The newly designed cabin doors also offer airlines a wide range of customisation and branding options. Moreover, the retrofit can be installed in the aircraft in just a few hours. The launch customer for the FACC upgrade is Austrian Airlines.

 

EASA has also confirmed that FACC, as a design organisation, has successfully established the requisite expertise and processes in accordance with legal requirements in order to develop and approve major changes and repairs to aircraft. The STC is part of the required EASA certificate of airworthiness and, for the first time, entitles FACC to carry out substantial modifications to an aircraft by means of the component developed by its design organisation.

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FADEC Alliance, a joint venture between GE Aviation and FADEC International, has signed a 25-year agreement with Lufthansa Technik to provide Full Authority Digital Engine Controls (FADEC) availability services for LEAP engines globally. Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance will use the engine controls for support agreements, loans and exchanges across their global airline customer bases to bring a full selection of asset management services to the commercial transport industry.

 

The agreement covers asset management, logistics and MRO support. Lufthansa Technik will manage a global pool of line replaceable units (LRUs) in order to provide availability to both Lufthansa Technik and FADEC Alliance airline customers. Lufthansa Technik will establish a certified repair station in Hamburg for the LEAP FADEC. FADEC Alliance will provide technical support from the FADEC Alliance MRO network located in Massy, France and Fort Wayne, IN.

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GA Telesis has announced the consignment of four Cathay Pacific Boeing 777 aircraft for disassembly. The first disassembly, currently underway in the US, will be followed by additional disassembles in succession at both US and UK-based disassembly facilities. Once routed through the GA Telesis Ecosystem, the used serviceable material will be available to GA Telesis’ client base directly and through the Boeing Parts Page Marketplace. In addition, this new inventory will back-fill and supplement USM inventory needs for various sales, lease, and iGEAR services programmes.

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HAECO Xiamen has signed a training cooperation framework agreement with the Shanghai Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center (SAACC), which is part of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Under the agreement, HAECO Xiamen will work closely with SAACC to develop a series of tailored classroom and practical training modules, and will become a key training base to continuously develop the SAACC’s team of airworthiness surveyors. Even before the agreement was signed, HAECO Xiamen had already delivered five modules of basic skills training to SAACC personnel.

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Lufthansa Technik has developed the first robot in the world for fully automated tests of cockpit controls. The test procedure is called RoCCET, which stands for Robot Controlled Cockpit Electronics Testing. In the future, RoCCET will be used to check the functionality of LED lights and switches on the basis of concrete, standardised measurement data. The robot-based procedure is currently in the integration phase.

 

The robot has integrated sensors to measure the forces that occur when switches are activated. In addition, it is equipped with several industrial cameras with which it captures all display instruments and any outer damage. With another camera, it measures the brightness of all displays from various angles. The robot is thus able to check all switches and LEDs just as well as a human, and perform defined functional tests.

 

The fully automated procedure reduces the testing effort by one to two hours per component, and provides concrete measurement data in accordance with uniform standards, for example, physical threshold values for the brightness of LEDs.

The robot-based test procedure will initially be used for cockpit controls on Airbus A320 and A350, as well as Boeing 787 aircraft. In the future, its use may also be extended to other cockpit and cabin controls on all aircraft types at various locations.

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MAC Aero Interiors has enterds the Chinese aircraft cabin interiors market by establishing a joint venture with Benniao Aviation at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The newly launched MAC Sichuan will be providing cabin total technical care support to Chinese aircraft owners and operators including design, engineering, refurbishment, maintenance and modification of aircraft cabins, as well as manufacturing and installations of cabin components. The company’s capabilities will cover first, business and economy class cabins, as well as VIP cabins for narrowbody Airbus A320 Family, Boeing 737 and widebody Airbus A380 aircraft types.

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Magnetic MRO, in cooperation with Netherlands organisation, XTRAPartners, has completed a teardown project for an Airbus A320 aircraft which will be used for anti-terrorism training by German Bundeswehr special forces. Magnetic MRO obtained the aircraft after an emergency landing in Tallinn at the start of 2018. The airframe found its way to the German for training of its special forces.

 

The teardown project took place over a course of a few weeks in Tallinn Airport where the aircraft had its stabilisers and both wings removed. Transport of the wings, stabilisers and fuselage saw German special transporter Hermann-Paule providing five big trucks, which had been used before to move parts of an Ariane space rocket and other oversize loads. Because of the nature of the fuselage, 3D modelling of the route were provided to make certain the 50m truck would fit roads and underneath bridges in Estonia and Germany. The move also includes marine transport from Paldiski, Estonia to Lübeck, Germany.

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Pratt & Whitney's Singapore engine centre, Eagle Services Asia (ESA) has inducted its first PW1100G-JM engine for overhaul. Eagle Services Asia is a joint venture between SIA Engineering Company and Pratt & Whitney. The facility was modernised and repurposed to handle multiple, simultaneous engine overhaul lines for Pratt & Whitney and Engine Alliance engine models – the PW4000 family, PW1100G-JM, and GP7200 engines, respectively. ESA also reconfigured its engine test capability to accommodate the new GTF engine model. Engine Alliance is a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.

 

In 2019, ESA will gradually introduce a new ground-based flow system, which will enable visual line of sight on the GTF engine overhaul line. In the new system, engine modules will move from one station to another, improving the visibility of operations through the line from disassembly to assembly and test, in contrast to the old engine repair work bay. Already proven in the automotive industry, the system improves productivity while maximising the use of existing space. At full capacity, the flow lines can accommodate up to six GTF engines at a time.

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