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February 2015

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LHT adds A350 approval bookmark

Lufthansa Technik has received EASA Part 145 approval for the Airbus A350. The company’s Frankfurt and Munich facilities will be able to provide airlines with an extensive package of maintenance and repair services, including troubleshooting and the elimination of technical defects, software management, as well as both the planned and unplanned replacement of components, engines, and APUs, in addition to routine checks. Lufthansa Technik will also supply spare parts as needed to both hubs.

 

As part of its global network, Lufthansa Technik is currently setting up worldwide material supply for the A350 with component pool sites in Asia and Europe. Future operators of the A350 can already benefit from initial component maintenance capacities for this aircraft at Lufthansa Technik’s workshops in Hamburg, and these capacities will be expanded continuously with the growth of A350 fleets around the world.

 

In addition, Lufthansa Technik is preparing the storage and provision of Rolls-Royce Trent XWB spare engines and Honeywell HGT1700 APUs in and from Frankfurt to ensure rapid assistance for A350 operators in the event of planned or unplanned engine or APU replacements.

PacAvi picks conversion partners bookmark

PacAvi Group is partnering with HAITEC Aircraft Maintenance and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Company (GAMECO) for its Airbus A320 and A321 passenger-to-freighter conversions. The company’s pilot project started in autumn 2014 with delivery of the prototype Airbus A320 (msn 293) to HAITEC at Frankfurt-Hahn, Germany. This will be converted on an aggressive schedule in order to finalise regulatory approval by the FAA, EASA and other governmental authorities – with final FAA and EASA STC approval expected in 2016.

 

PacAvi Group CEO, Dr. Stephan Hollmann stated: “There are 50 to 60 narrowbody freighters of A320 and A321 size produced annually and we are well positioned to dominate this market in the coming years. We expect HAITEC to account for about a dozen commercial conversions a year.”

Industry demands FAA surrender bookmark

On 9 January, a coalition of aviation trade associations petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to restore the right to voluntarily surrender a repair station certificate. In addition to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), the group included the Aerospace Industries Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aviation Suppliers Association, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, the Modification and Replacement Parts Association, the National Air Carrier Association, the National Air Transportation Association and the Regional Airline Association.

 

In its new repair station rule, which became effective in November 2014, the FAA took the unprecedented step of subjecting surrendered certificates to ‘acceptance for cancellation’. The coalition called for the removal of this requirement, which is unique among aviation certificates, as it runs counter to the interest of aviation safety and increases regulatory administrative burden, without any agency explanation as to how the new discretion will be utilised.

 

Laura Vlieg, Regulatory Affairs Manager for ARSA, said: “It is critical for any aviation business to be able to voluntarily surrender its certificate. The FAA has set a dangerous precedent by treating maintenance providers differently from any other certificate holder. The aviation community quickly realised the implications and has asked the agency to put repair stations back on equal footing.”

 

The group points out that the FAA’s ability to investigate individuals is unaffected by the surrender of the entity’s certificate. Therefore, denying a repair station’s right to voluntarily surrender its certificate bears no rational connection to the aim of ensuring safety through the investigation and banishment of ‘bad actors’.

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