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AAR and BASF have signed an agreement to serve the aircraft ozone and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) converter market ,providing improved aircraft cabin air quality and healthier conditions for passengers and crew. BASF selected AAR as a distributor of BASF Deoxo aircraft cabin ozone/VOC converters and converter MRO services.
The air at high altitude contains significant levels of ozone. If left unchecked, atmospheric ozone enters the aircraft through air conditioning ducts. Ozone exposure is known to cause adverse health effects, including headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing, and irritation of the eyes, nose or throat. BASF offers technology to reduce both harmful ozone and VOC in aircraft cabin air. This technology improves air quality by removing ozone, as well as reducing certain hydrocarbon compounds responsible for unpleasant odours such as jet fuel smell. Sources of these odours include lubricant leaks and on-ground maintenance activities.

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Air New Zealand has teamed up with components and systems provider Moog, Microsoft and ST Engineering on a world-first experiment which has the potential to transform aerospace supply chains by leveraging 3D printing and Moog's blockchain enabled VeriPart process to create a point of use, time of need digital supply chain.
The proof of concept has seen Air New Zealand order a digital aircraft part file from Singapore-based ST Engineering. The digital file was immediately sent to an approved printer, operated by Moog in Los Angeles, downloaded and 3D printed before being installed within hours on an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300 aircraft ahead of its scheduled departure. The entire transaction, from purchase to installation, was logged in Moog’s VeriPart digital supply chain system, which is powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud technology.


The file was for a bumper part, which sits behind the airline’s Business Premier monitors and prevents the screen from damaging the seat when it is pushed in.
 

Air New Zealand Chief Ground Operations Officer Carrie Hurihanganui says being able to 3D print and certify aircraft parts in this way could present significant benefits to commercial airlines.


VeriPart is used for assuring data, process, and performance integrity of 3D printed parts for aerospace applications. The VeriPart blockchain platform allows an engineering partner to release its intellectual property in a controlled way. The airline is then only able to 3D print the number of parts it requires on demand. The newly printed part is securely authenticated and traceable via VeriPart, providing the added value of configuration control for the life of the aircraft.


This four-company experiment has made it possible to prove the concept as technically viable and prove its potential value to the aircraft maintenance industry. The end result of the collaboration opens the door to a future of distributed networks starting with a digital design file and ending with a physical part. This will decrease lead times and result in less down time for airlines.

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B&H Worldwide has signed a multi-year deal to provide aircraft and engine components supplier AOG-247 with warehouse and inventory management services at both London Heathrow and Frankfurt. Under the terms of the contact, B&H will provide full inventory management at both locations including complete consignment handling and access to the B&H FirstTrac online portal. B&H will initially be responsible for managing the UK headquartered company’s commercial engine inventory (introducing CFM56-7 Life Limited Parts) which AOG-247 will base from B&H's Frankfurt warehouse.

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Boeing and GAMECO have signed a services agreement to work together to provide MRO support in the Asia-Pacific region. Through this agreement, Boeing will provide training and access to maintenance data and technical support, while GAMECO commits to maintaining Boeing’s rigorous quality standards for MRO services. With ongoing training provided by Boeing, GAMECO is expected to meet or exceed the requirements to be a Boeing supplier of enhanced composites and components repair capabilities, landing gear overhaul and other MRO services.

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Boeing and HAECO Group have signed a consumables and expendables services agreement naming Boeing as an integrated supply chain solution provider for global MRO support. The agreement, managed by Boeing Distribution Services Inc, (BDSI), accelerates availability of Boeing’s parts and products to customers and takes advantage of stock availability and process efficiencies realised through Boeing’s acquisition of KLX Aerospace Solutions, now known as BDSI. Boeing will support HAECO with its portfolio of Boeing proprietary parts, vendor parts and distributed products that are readily available from multiple centres of excellence around the globe.

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Boeing is expanding its total lifecycle support offerings by managing the entire end-to-end process of its Used Serviceable Material (USM) business. USM provides customers with a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to brand-new parts, offering high-quality recertified parts harvested from retired aircraft. In addition to expanding used serviceable material offerings, Boeing announced agreements to provide customers with supply chain solutions:


– Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has signed a three-year multi-commodity spare parts package supporting their maintenance, repair, and overhaul capabilities.


– Boeing subsidiary Aviall and Eaton Aerospace have signed a multi-year agreement in which Aviall will manage an exchange pool of rotables for Eaton’s airline customers, and provide around-the-clock support to these customers through Aviall’s 24/7/365 aircraft on ground team.


– Aviall and Valcor Engineering announced a multi-year exclusive distribution agreement in which Aviall will stock and sell Valcor products. The products include an air separation module which extracts nitrogen from ambient air and an enhanced version of this flight-critical component for airlines.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that Widerøe’s Flyveselskap of Norway has signed an agreement to apply the Extended Service Program (ESP) to another four Dash 8-100 aircraft operated by the Norwegian airline. Widerøe launched the Dash 8-100 Extended Service Program in 2009 and some 16 of 22 Dash 8-100 aircraft have benefitted from the Program since that time.


The ESP increases the service life of Dash 8-100 aircraft from 80,000 to 120,000 flight cycles, providing customers with an extension of approximately 10-12 years for the operation of the aircraft. The ESP is the result of several structural and engineering analyses that utilised fatigue and test data accumulated on Dash 8-100 aircraft. The ESP is initiated through a Service Bulletin that makes reference to a new Maintenance Program Supplement. Widerøe will incorporate the Service Bulletin and Maintenance Program Supplement and arrange for the replacement of some structural and systems components as identified by the Service Bulletin.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has donated a CRJ200 aircraft to the newly opened Centennial College Downsview Campus Centre for Aerospace and Aviation, to be used in the education and training of the future generation of aerospace professionals. The donation will further reinforce the collaboration of Centennial College and the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium (DAIR) aimed at servicing the Greater Toronto Area. The DAIR Hub projects to strengthen the Toronto, Ontario, and Canada aerospace sector by increasing collaborative research and development, accelerating technology adoption, helping small and medium sized enterprises scale up, and addressing the projected skills shortage in the industry through training and retraining.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft will relocate its Q Series aircraft regional support team from Lanseria International Airport to Airways Park, close to O R Tambo International Airport. This move will co-locate the regional support team for the Q Series aircraft with Bombardier’s longstanding customer, South African Express Airways. The CRJ Series Aircraft Program will maintain support to the region from its current location in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The regional support teams serve fleets of approximately 170 Dash 8/Q Series turboprops and about 70 CRJ Series regional jets in Africa and the Middle East. The relocation of the team supporting the fleet of Q Series aircraft will facilitate faster response times by team members when they need to travel to support customers and operators throughout the region.

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GAMECO has opened a nearly 6,000m² Parts Manufacturing Center (PMC) specialising in developing and manufacturing aircraft parts. At present, PMC has obtained the manufacture qualification of more than 10,000 components, including cabin parts, cargo parts, airframe structure parts and modification parts, which cover CNC machining parts, sheet metal parts, injection molded parts, composite parts, leather fabric, placards, electronic parts and cables, besides more. Compared with purchasing parts from OEMs, the use of PMC’s self-produced parts makes the maintenance more efficient and cost-effective, reducing maintenance costs for GAMECO’s customers including China Southern Airlines.

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