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July 2019

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Acumen Aviation has completed the EASA CAMO transition project of three Boeing 737 aircraft from the United States to Europe.

 

AFI KLM E&M andAZUR Aviation have entered into an agreement for the (Part 21) cabin modification design of a 777-300ER for the Moscow-based airline. This is the third partnership between the two groups in this particular field, with AFI KLM E&M having already undertaken the modification of three of AZUR's Boeing 777-300ERs (see MRO Management, June 2019).

 

Airbus and AFI KLM E&M have agreed a technical and commercial partnership to co-develop and manage a virtual engine run-up A320 maintenance PC-based training solution. Applicable to all A320 engine types, it will use high definition immersive 3D simulation and will be based on real operational scenarios and in-service aircraft maintenance procedures. The solution will offer a flexible alternative solution to training sessions performed on simulators, facilitating course scheduling and localisation, be it in training centres, in outstations or at the customer's base. The software allows the monitoring of three PC stations: one for the instructor to control the progress of the training performed by the trainees plus one for each trainee (captain and officer) all equipped with 3D goggles.

AFI KLM E&M and Airbus will start using it in their own maintenance training centres before end of 2019, followed by partners' networks.

 

Airbus Services in collaboration with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) has recently completed the first of 14 A380 full-cabin retrofits for Singapore Airlines (SIA). This extensive retrofit programme, which was announced in November 2017, sees the cabin products selected for SIA’s five recently delivered A380 aircraft installed on the airline’s in-service aircraft.

Under the ongoing programme, Airbus Services is responsible for Service Bulletins (SB) and delivery of aircraft cabin parts. Airbus teams also contribute with A380 design knowledge and engineering expertise on-site to integrate SIA’s customised cabin fittings into the A380’s interior.

            The airline’s new A380 cabin offers more personal space in all classes. The refitted aircraft accommodates a total of 471 passengers, with six private Suites and 78 Business Class seats on the upper deck and 44 Premium Economy Class and 343 Economy Class seats on the main deck.

            The remaining 13 cabin retrofits will be performed by SIAEC and Heavy Maintenance Singapore Services (HMS Services), a joint venture between SIAEC and Airbus. SIAEC holds a 65% equity stake in HMS Services and Airbus holds the remaining 35%.

 

AJW Technique has passed a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Process Inspection (PI) with zero findings and zero observations. In addition to a detailed review of the large number of work orders, the TCCA also audited the Oxygen Mask facility at AJW Technique and concluded that the facility, the work and records were of a high quality.

 

Aventure Aviation has acquired for teardown an ex-Nepal Airlines Boeing 757-200 (MSN 23850). In addition, it has been awarded the rights to manage the sale and parting out of two Rolls Royce RB211 engines (ESN 30656 and 30624). The dismantling of the airframe will commence next week in Kathmandu, while the engines will be relocated to Atlanta within the next month. Included in the package is a GTCP331-200ER APU, as well as heavy weight landing gear

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Barfield, a subsidiary AFI KLM E&M, recently signed an agreement to have Arabcal provide repair and calibration services for a wide range of GSTE products to accommodate its growing customer base in the Middle East. Barfield produces Air Data, Turbine Temperature and Fuel Quantity testers. Those testers are sold around the world and require regular calibration, meaning Middle East customers had to send their equipment all the way to the USA at least once a year for calibration or repair service, which was not cost effective.

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Collins Aerospace Systems has designed a new 568F propeller cost of ownership program for ATR 42 and ATR 72 operators to reduce average fleet operating costs by up to 20%, including lifecycle technology upgrades as well as expanded field support.

Based on more than 30 million flight hours of 568F propeller service experience, field data collection including direct feedback from operators, intensive research and technology investments, Collins Aerospace crafted the solution for ATR operators to address the competitive environment of regional turboprops today. Under the program, Collins Aerospace will incrementally introduce advanced technologies and materials for the propeller in the areas of deicing, protective layers and treatment, pitch change systems and chromium-free solutions. These enhancements will increase the system’s durability on wing and optimise its maintenance cost.

In addition, Collins Aerospace will increase its propeller maintenance customer field support for ATR 42/72 aircraft equipped with the 568F through data analytics, advanced diagnostic and additional training capacity. The new customer care team will develop specific tools to collect data, monitor the progress of the cost of ownership program in real time, foster best line maintenance practices and make it easier to integrate the voice of the customer in product design.

 

Collins Aerospace has announced an agreement with Ethiopian Airlines that will enable the airline to service components such as heat exchangers, air management systems and fuel metering units for its fleet of 60 Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Additionally, Collins Aerospace’s Aerostructures business signed new long-term FlightSense Nacelle agreements on 787 and A320 aircraft platforms, amounting to over $900 million including options with multiple IATA II customers spanning a 25 year period. Two Asia-Pacific airlines, including Japan Airlines, have both signed FlightSense agreements with Collins Aerospace. Japan Airlines signed a multi-fleet FlightSense Onsite Support agreement allowing Collins Aerospace to manage its MRO supply chain, providing the airline with onsite inventory, competitive rates for OEM-quality parts and improved shop efficiency. Additionally, an undisclosed airline in the region has signed a FlightSense Predictable agreement in its effort to improve reliability and reduce downtime with advanced exchanges during critical repairs to its 777 fleet.

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Honeywell has announced Honeywell Forge for Airlines, an advanced analytics-based platform for airlines that helps increase profit while improving efficiency and the overall passenger experience.

Honeywell Forge for Airlines collects, cleans and analyses streams of disparate data from a wide variety of airplane, airport, government and Honeywell sources, and offers actionable insights and alerts that can help improve an airline's understanding of its fleet, profitability and passenger experience. Honeywell Forge for Airlines is a single, integrated software solution combining a broad range of individual aircraft and overall airline data into one easy-to-use and individually customizable dashboard.

Honeywell Forge for Airlines includes solutions for flight operations, flight efficiency and connected maintenance in a single user interface. By providing alerts and identifying savings opportunities, the solution can help airlines maximize their profits while improving workflows between pilots, ground maintenance and operations to increase productivity. In addition, the suite of solutions can be scaled, allowing airlines of all sizes to tailor it to address their specific operational pain points, such as flight delays due to unexpected aircraft maintenance.

            Applications included in Honeywell Forge for Airlines have already been implemented globally across a diverse range of airlines and aircraft, providing an immediate impact. Fuel savings of up to $140,000 per aircraft, per year, as well as maintenance savings of up to $40,000 per aircraft, per year may be realized with the use of Honeywell Forge for Airlines.

As the next evolution of what was formally known as Honeywell's GoDirect Connected Maintenance and GoDirect Flight Efficiency solutions, Honeywell Forge for Airlines will focus on state-of-the-art enhanced offerings and a better user experience. Software enhancements will help enable airlines to decrease fuel and operational costs while improving the passenger experience with more productive routes that result in fewer delays. Honeywell Forge for Airlines offers the following advantages:

•It can provide the most productive flight plan based on a variety of real-time conditions.

•It can forecast and provide insights and actions to help improve fuel-efficient flight, lowering costs.

•It can provide predictive maintenance alerts to help avoid aircraft downtime and delays and cancelled flights.

•It can assist in reducing block time (departure to arrival flying times), in a manner that reduces turbulence and flying in poor weather, thus benefitting passengers.

•Integrated as a platform, the architecture is designed to allow airlines ongoing customization, from the interface to APIs, airline-specific algorithms, access governance and more.

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Magnetic MROand Finnair have signed a contract for the complete external repaint work, full interior refurbishment and maintenance on all 12 of the airline’s ATR 72 fleet operated by its partner company Norra. The first aircraft was delivered to the customer in May 2019 and the painting team has recently finished painting the third aircraft livery.

            The work scope for this project was to completely strip the aircraft fuselage with chemicals, manually abrade wings and stabilisers and paint it in the Finnair livery. On average, the team spent 10 days and 1,700 man hours on the external paint work of a single aircraft.

 

Meggitt and Lufthansa Technik have signed an agreement for the provision of comprehensive component MRO services for commercial aircraft in mainland China. Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS), a joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Beijing Kailan Aviation Technology, will build local MRO capabilities for Meggitt products including heat exchangers, valves, fire detectors and fire suppression.

 

Meggitthas signed an agreement with Ateliers Bigata, based in Eysines, France, for the maintenance of fire extinguishers. It has also has signed an agreement in principle with Air Support, based in Pujaudran, France, for the maintenance of high pressure engine control valves and related equipment. Both companies will work together with Meggitt to develop a comprehensive scorecard to support improvements in service levels and reduce turn-around times. They will also have full access to Meggitt’s support services; including OEM spares supply, technical publications and direct access to Meggitt’s OEM engineering teams.

 

MTU Maintenance Canada has taken possession of a brownfield site adding capacity to ITS Vancouver operations. The 21,830m² building is within 30 minutes of Vancouver airport and is located next to Boundary Bay airport, in the Vancouver suburb of Delta and was originally designed and operated as a maintenance facility for helicopters and helicopter engines. The facility will immediately provide much-needed additional expansion space of around 60%. Following minor modifications by year-end, it also enables MTU Maintenance Canada to consolidate all of its repair activates, currently spread across three locations at Vancouver airport, into one location.

As the Boundary Bay building was already constructed for aviation activities, MTU Maintenance Canada only needs to carry out minimal changes to the existing infrastructure. All modifications and upgrades will be performed from Summer 2019 onwards and partial operations in the new facility could begin as early as Spring 2020. The move is expected to be fully completed one year later, with all aspects of the business relocated, and under one roof by June 2021. This staggered approach will support the number one priority set by the project team: no operational impact through the transition. Testing activities will continue to be carried out in the existing test cell at Vancouver airport.

The company says around 80% of the workforce lives within a 25km radius of the new location, which is a more affordable suburb for the new and younger employees it is hoping to attract into the company and industry.

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NYCO has announced that General Electric recently approved Turbonycoil 600, a synthetic standard turbine oil, for use in General Electric GE90 engines. This follows a service evaluation on a few GE90 engines in collaboration with Air France. Air France’s fleet includes 70 Boeing 777 and already uses Turbonycoil 600 on all its Airbus A320 and A340 aircraft.

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Parker Aerospace and AFI KLM E&M have signed an agreement for long-term collaboration on Boeing 787 component MRO services. The agreement covers the vast majority of repairable and test-only components for the Parker-designed 787 hydraulic system. The agreement between AFI KLM E&M and Parker Aerospace will also encompass the joint development of repair procedures to increase component and system reliability and reduce related maintenance costs for airline customers worldwide. The collaboration focuses on repair development and work-scoping to help optimise on-wing time and reduce delays, cancellations, and overall cost.

 

Parker Aerospace has announced plans for its Singapore-based joint venture company, Aerospace Component Engineering Services (ACE Services), to become a global centre of excellence for the Boeing 747-400 and 747-800 flight controls. Working with the Parker Aerospace Control Systems Division and Customer Support Operations to expand its flight control support capabilities, ACE Services now supports MRO for the 747-400 and plans to fully assume MRO for the 747-800 in the third quarter of 2019.

 

PDQ Airspares has recently signed a Surplus to Revenue agreement with Evergreen

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Rolls-Royceis expanding its global service network with a new independent Authorised Maintenance Centre (AMC) in Abu Dhabi operated by Sanad Aerotech. Rolls-Royce Trent 700 customers will now benefit from increased capacity in the Middle East. The agreement with Sanad Aerotech will triple the number of Trent 700s it services annually at its facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

 

Rolls-Royce and Singapore Airlines have agreed a co-innovation agreement that builds on the existing relationship between the two firms to identify untapped opportunities to enhance flight efficiency, safety and aircraft availability through digital applications and services. It also launches a pioneering working partnership between the companies through which they will use a secure digital platform to collaborate on the creation of aviation-specific digital solutions.

Rolls-Royce and Singapore Airlines recognise the need for a globally-connected platform to encourage teamwork and to accelerate development of new digital applications and services. Now established and in operation, this platform can also facilitate collaboration with industry peers on the development of digital solutions for the industry.

The agreement is driven on behalf of Rolls-Royce by R2 Data Labs, an innovation catalyst inside the company that exists to deliver untapped value from data.

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S7 Technics has launched a second CFM56 repair shop at Mineralnye Vody Airport that combines several facilities: an aircraft bearings inspection section, a dedicated zone for powerplant unit repairs, and a separate station for part cleaning of engines. The shop is equipped with an overhead crane for the disassembly and assembly of engines and their components. The 850m² facility employs seven technicians and can simultaneously service up to four engines.

            The first shop at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport is able to handle two engines at a time, so S7 has tripled its CFM56 repair capabilities.

            Mineralnye Vody has already won its first contract, from freight carrier ATRAN. The CFM56 engine was delivered to Mineralnye Vody by road. The task is to replace the HP compressor cases and the LP compressor.

            The new engine repair shop will also be actively involved in S7 Technics’ re-delivery check projects. The number of re-delivery checks at Mineralnye Vody is on a steady rise and, as such projects often reveal the need for engine repair works, the new facility will help reduce the overall time required for re-delivery check.

 

S7 Technics has just announced that it was involved in the preparation of the first two aircraft for new Kazakh low cost carrier FlyArystan. The airline is a subsidiary of Air Astana, which has a long-term maintenance contract with S7 Technics. In addition to a higher density configuration with 188 seats, the aircraft were repainted into the new carrier’s livery using an Akzo Nobel base coat/clear coat system with mica. FlyArystan launched operations on 1 May 2019.

 

SR Technics has announced that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended an airworthiness certificate for component maintenance to SR Technics Malaysia. The certification, valid for three years, was granted in May 2019 and supplements existing airworthiness certifications for component maintenance of over 800 part numbers by authorities like FAA, EASA and CAAC. Under the new certification, SR Technics Malaysia can repair and certify components under Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority. This enhances the existing repair capabilities of the regional SR Technics facility, benefitting its customer base in Thailand as well as third party customers in neighbouring countries that require CAAT certification.

 

SR Technics has been selected as the exclusive authorised repair station for Diehl Aviation Gilching in Asia Pacific.

 

ST Engineeringhas developed an unmanned drone system, known as DroScan, which sees a drone take a planned route around the outside of an aircraft to inspect its surface and produce high definition images. These images are processed using software with smart algorithms to detect and classify defects, which aircraft engineers can review and confirm, or carry out further inspection for defects if required.

            Inspection trials have been carried out in collaboration with Air New Zealand at the ST Engineering facility next to Changi Airport in Singapore where Air New Zealand aircraft undergo heavy maintenance checks. Using a drone takes around one to two hours, compared to up to six hours for manual checks, depending on aircraft type. In future, there may be an opportunity to use the device in New Zealand, for example to conduct ad hoc inspections after lightning strikes."

Air New Zealand and ST Engineering are also collaborating to manufacture a growing number of 3D printed replacement interior parts and in data analytics to optimise maintenance activities.

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TARMAC Aerosave has signed an MoU with French CAMO company Regio Lease to offer a joint service to airlines and lessors for aircraft transitions.

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