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March 2018

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AIRBUS LAUNCHES SKYWISE bookmark

Airbus has announced that AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use Skywise Predictive Maintenance, with each signing a premium subscription contract.


The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 Family fleets with FOMAX, codeveloped with Rockwell Collins, a new onboard data-capture/transmission module which provides greatly expanded volumes of recorded aircraft data – only about 400 aircraft parameters could previously be recorded on an A320, compared with roughly 24,000 from a FOMAX-equipped aircraft.


The sheer quantity of information that Skywise can unlock for each aircraft equipped with the new module will be used by airlines to gain deep insights, create bespoke recommendations and apply analytics applications for enhanced decision-making. In turn this will allow them to anticipate, with higher levels of accuracy, the needs for maintenance before an event happens, and thus maximise the operational reliability and utilisation of their assets.


In addition to the new premium predictive maintenance contracts outlined above, AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways will gain access to Skywise Core, providing them with a cloud-based platform offering unparalleled visibility into their fleet operations.


Airlines using Skywise Core can integrate their own operational, maintenance and aircraft data into the Skywise cloud, so they can store, access, manage, and analyse selected Airbus data together with their own data and global benchmarks without the need for additional infrastructure investments. This resulting value will give them new insights at aircraft, fleet, company, and global level while allowing them to enhance their operations through access to OEM expertise and global fleet context.


For airlines who have not yet selected the premium predictive services, Airbus offers Skywise Core under a ‘shared value’ arrangement: airlines that agree to share operating data from their Airbus fleet can access the platform at no cost. Airbus has recently signed several agreements with airlines around the world to join Skywise Core, including: Bangkok Airways, LATAM and WOW air. These latest subscribers bring the total number of airlines now connected to the Skywise Core platform to nine – including previously announced Peach Aviation, easyJet and Emirates.


Skywise provides all users with one single access point to their enriched data by bringing together to aviation data from multiple sources across the industry into one secure, cloud-based platform physically hosted in Europe. The more data that airlines or OEMs are sharing into the Skywise Core platform, the more accurate the predictions and models for anyone connected. All data is anonymised so knowledge and lessons learnt are shared and data confidentiality is ensured.

SIAEC LOOKS TO THE FUTURE bookmark

SIA Engineering Company Limited (SIAEC) has signed MoUs with Safran and CaseBank Technologies to collaborate in areas of research and development of software for predictive maintenance, to be used in the aviation industry.


SIAEC and Safran will explore collaborating in the deployment of advanced predictive software during aircraft operations, which will improve aircraft maintenance planning, and reduce unscheduled disruptions to aircraft revenue service. Through this collaboration, both parties will be able to develop innovative aircraft maintenance solutions for their customers worldwide. In this partnership, Safran will provide its expertise in developing and deploying software and services, while SIAEC will contribute its extensive engineering
and MRO experience.


With CaseBank, a division of Aircraft Technical Publishers, SIAEC will explore collaborating in the deployment of advanced diagnostic software during aircraft maintenance that will streamline the troubleshooting process and reduce aircraft maintenance downtime and component removal costs.


This collaboration combines CaseBank’s experience in developing and providing software and services, with SIAEC’s engineering and MRO expertise, to provide airline customers worldwide with enhanced aircraft maintenance solutions. CaseBank’s guided diagnostic software employs ‘hybrid reasoning’, the core technology that combines engineering knowledge with field experience to drive the company’s integrated solutions for servicing complex equipment, improving uptime and performance.


It has also signed a Joint Venture Agreement with Stratasys to establish an additive manufacturing service centre to provide 3D printed parts for use in commercial aviation. This follows the Memorandum of Understanding signed and announced on 5 April 2017. Under the agreement, SIAEC will have a 60% equity stake in the joint venture, with Stratasys holding the remaining 40%. This Singapore-based additive manufacturing joint venture will offer design, engineering, certification support and part production to customers worldwide including airlines, MRO providers and OEMs. This joint venture will leverage on additive manufacturing technology to produce plastic aircraft
cabin interior parts as well as tooling for MRO providers.


A collaboration with Moog will explore and develop capabilities for a smart digital supply chain that will power Industry 4.0 for the global aerospace sector. This will include the 3D printing of aircraft parts to leverage Moog’s VeriPart solution – a blockchain-enabled point-of-use, time-of-need digital supply chain solution – and ST Aerospace’s capabilities in 3D printing design, fabrication and certification. The collaboration aims to develop additive manufacturing technology with digital transaction capability to bring about greater efficiency and security in aftermarket services. The result will optimise supply chain improvements within military and commercial aerospace markets, while meeting trade compliance regulations.


Recently, Moog and ST Aerospace successfully conducted a trial to demonstrate the value of a total digital transaction. ST Aerospace purchased a digital design from Moog and printed the part at its facility in Singapore. As part of the transaction, the settlement was instantaneously completed via a smart contract using blockchain technology. The transaction was processed by VeriPart which was enabled by Microsoft’s Azure Blockchain.

EFW GETS A320/A321 P2F LAUNCH CUSTOMERS bookmark

Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), the joint venture between ST Aerospace and Airbus, has announced that it has secured a launch contract from Vallair Solutions for its A321 Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversion solution. EFW will convert 10 A321-200 passenger aircraft to a 14-pallet cargo configuration for Vallair. The first aircraft will be inducted in the last quarter of 2018, scheduled for redelivery by end of 2019. This was quickly followed by an LOI with Guangdong Aerocity for a potential order of 10 A320 conversions. The LOI has a validity period until the end of 2018.


The A321/A320 P2F conversion programmes, launched in 2015, are the result of a collaboration between ST Aerospace, Airbus and EFW. ST Aerospace is responsible for the engineering development phase, up to obtaining the STC approval by EASA and FAA. Airbus contributes to the programme with OEM data and certification support, while EFW leads the overall programme and marketing and sales.

AAR MOVES INTO INDIA bookmark

AR has announced a joint venture with Indamer Aviation for the development of a new airframe MRO facility in Nagpur, India. The facility, which has applied for FAA, EASA and DGCA certifications, is already under construction and scheduled to start operations late this year. It will initially be comprised of six narrowbody bays, including one bay for paint. Additional phases are planned for a total of 16 bays,
as well as component repair shops.


The project is fully aligned with the Indian Government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative, which was launched in 2014 with the primary goal of making India a global manufacturing hub, encouraging both multinational as well as domestic companies to manufacture their products within the country. To this end, the facility will employ Indian nationals, including some of the existing Indamer workforce. A training school under Indamer’s CAR 147 certification and the Government of India’s Skill Development Program will allow hundreds of students to gain skill sets and employment in Nagpur. The initial group of students will receive practical training at one of AAR’s MRO facilities in the US.

BUSY BOEING AT SINGAPORE bookmark

Boeing announced a series of contracts at the Singapore Air Show, including:

  • All Nippon Airways, for 36 landing gear exchanges for the 787
  • China Southern Airlines and Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Limited (GAMECO), to develop service capabilities for the Boeing Global Fleet Care portfolio, as well as enhanced component and composite repair capabilities
  • Malaysia Airlines, for 48 landing gear exchanges for the Next-Generation 737
  • Royal Brunei Airlines, for five 787-8 overhead flight crew rest retrofits, allowing it to fly the aircraft on long haul routes
  • SilkAir, to receive fleet material services for 54 of its 737 MAX and Next-Generation aircraft, including Component Services Program, Integrated Material Management and Customer Furnished Parts, providing the customer with a centralised supplier of parts
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines, to expand its use of Boeing’s Component Services Program to support the introduction of new 787 aircraft that will enter its fleet in August this year, in addition to expanding and extending current component service coverage of its existing 737 and 777 fleets
  • Honeywell Aerospace, to extend Aviall’s product support agreement as the exclusive distributor for Honeywell Aerospace through 2022, covering interior and exterior lighting equipment for all commercial aftermarket product sales. Products covered include indicators, annunciators and other components used on commercial aircraft
  • Lufthansa Group, for 25 landing gear exchange and overhauls across its 777-200F and 777-300ER fleets for AeroLogic, Lufthansa Cargo and Swiss International Airlines
  • Tianjin Air Capital, for AerData to provide its Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management (STREAM), a tool that transforms operations by replacing paper documents with digital ones, for a fleet of more than 50 aircraft.

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