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Emirates reject Delta’s apology regarding Anderson’s 9/11 comments

February 20, 2015 · 556 Views

The bitter dispute between US- and Gulf-based airlines has reached a new level after Emirates flatly rejected an open apology made concerning what was seen as incredibly tactless and insensitive remarks made by Delta’s Chief Executive, Richard Anderson. The unfortunate incident relates back to comments made by a group of American airlines that a number of the larger Gulf carriers had benefited from state subsidies amounting to a figure in excess of US$40bn. As a consequence the American airlines either wanted to renegotiate or scrap the current Open Skies agreement.
Offended by such claims, the Gulf carriers retaliated by questioning whether or not US airlines had received government subsidies totaling US$5bn in the wake of 9/11. Unfortunately Delta’s Anderson, responding to this claim on CNN, said: “It’s a great irony to have the United Arab Emirates from the Arabian Peninsula talk about that, given the fact that our industry was really shocked by the terrorism of 9/11, which came from terrorists from the Arabian Peninsula.” While the UAE and Qatar, two of the States’ allies who have offered either military or logistical support for international operations were particularly upset by these comments, Delta simply made it clear that Anderson had been responding to claims regarding post 9/11 subsidies. “He didn’t mean to suggest the Gulf carriers or their governments are linked to the 9/11 terrorists. We apologize if anyone was offended.”
Unfortunately the largest of the three main Gulf carriers did not see this as acceptable. “We believe that the statements made this week by Mr. Anderson were deliberately crafted and delivered for specific effect,” it confirmed in a statement. However US airlines continue to complain that they have lost significant numbers of bookings since 2008 as a result of Gulf competition and cited documents they indicate demonstrate aid which has allowed their competitors to offer cheap fares. In retaliation, Gulf officials say that most US carriers do not fly the same routes and are losing business only because they offer an inferior service.
This is not a dissimilar situation to the one between Gulf airlines and European carriers, including Lufthansa, and coincidentally has come at the same time as US airlines are trying to have US Exlm Bank closed down. They believe Gulf carriers are benefitting to a greater degree from the export credit agency. The tit-for-tat dialog continues with Western airlines showing concern for the safety of thousands of service industry jobs, a complaint to which Gulf carriers have responded by making it very clear they support at least as many jobs in the aerospace sector with their huge orders for aircraft.


Snecma and HAL to create joint venture and build a new production facility in India

February 20, 2015 · 655 Views

Snecma (Safran), a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, and Hindustan Aeronautics  (HAL), a leading aerospace manufacturer, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 28th, 2015 in Bangalore to explore establishing a joint venture in India for the production of aero-engine parts.  The proposed joint venture will initially focus on the manufacture of high-tech parts for the Dassault Rafale’s Snecma M88 engine, then subsequently contribute to other major aerospace projects of HAL & Snecma, in India and worldwide. Spanning over 30,000 m², the proposed joint venture’s new plant is expected to benefit from substantial investment by the two partners, providing it with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. This agreement marks a major step forward in the long-standing collaboration between Snecma and HAL. The proposed joint venture will further broaden the scope of the excellent relations established over the past 60 years between Safran affiliates and the Indian aerospace industry. For example, Snecma manufactures the M53 engines powering the Mirage 2000H “Vajra” fighters operated by the Indian Air Force.


Design flaws led to 787 battery fire

December 2, 2014 · 197 Views

On the 7th January 2013 a fire was reported on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner while parked at Boston’s airport in the USA. The fire was put down to a problem with one of the plane’s lithium-ion batteries. A week later an All Nippon Airways 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing after smoke was discovered inside the plane which was subsequently traced back to another lithium-ion battery. As a consequence of this incident, all 787 Dreamliners were grounded until April of that year until further acceptable testing and improvements were carried out to the battery system on board the plane. The battery itself was manufactured by GS Yuasa and comprised eight individual cells making up a combined weight of 63lbs.
Nearly two years later and the results of the investigation into the first incident have concluded that the lithium-ion battery installed in the plane should not have received certification by the FAA. The National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) were also critical of Boeing who they believed had erroneously ruled out the chances of thermal runaway in its assessment of the battery’s safety. Boeing’s battery tests to obtain original certification included crushing battery cells, driving nails through them and deliberately introducing short circuits to cause failure. Boeing found “nothing adverse happened” while these tests were carried out, and so deemed the battery’s box and internal protection to be of an acceptable standard. Boeing stated that it had followed the certification process set out by the FAA. It would seem that while the cause of the fire has been clearly identified, responsibility for its occurrence has not been accepted in full by anyone.


Rolls-Royce forced to axe 2,600 jobs after second profit warning this year

November 5, 2014 · 164 Views

Back in February this year, Rolls-Royce, the FTSE-100 engine maker, lost over £3bn of its value after shocking the market with its first profits warning in a decade. To announce a second one this October has created considerable concern and Rolls-Royce has decided that over the next 18 months they need to reduce costs by up to £80m a year by axing 2,600 jobs, the majority of which will be in the aerospace sector in Britain and the United States. The focus is on Rolls-Royce’s key Trent engines as they move from the development to the production phase, which consequently requires fewer engineers.
Back in February John Rishton, Rolls-Royce group’s Chief Executive, had admitted that the future was “bumpier than I had expected”, while blaming the current problems on deteriorating economic conditions and a tit-for-tat trade war between the EU and Russia over the Ukrainian crisis which had affected its nuclear and energy business as well as its power-systems unit. This week Rishton has had to admit that “We are taking determined management action and accelerating our progress on cost. The measures announced today will not be the last; however they will contribute towards Rolls-Royce becoming a stronger and more profitable company.”
Another consequence of the situation is the unexpected departure of Finance Director, Mark Morris, leaving the company after 27 year without any explanation. He will be replaced by David Smith, who is being promoted from Finance Director of the Rolls-Royce Aerospace division. This second profit warning saw share value fall 11% to 832p, wiping a further £2bn off the company’s value. However, news of the redundancies was well received by investors and the share price rallied by 2%, currently standing at 832p. This is clear confirmation of comments made by Espirito Santo’s analyst, Ed Stacey, who indicated that investors would be expecting a clear message from the new Finance Director and tight control on all finances.


Air France-KLM selects GEnx engines for Boeing 787 fleet

March 25, 2014 · 113 Views

Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 12 leased 787 aircraft. The total engine order is valued at more than $1.7bn. Air France-KLM and GE Aviation have also signed an agreement that will allow Air France-KLM to offer maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the GEnx-1B engine. Under this agreement, Air France-KLM will be licensed to perform maintenance and overhaul work on the GEnx-1B engine and GE will provide technical support and assistance on overhaul workscoping and component repair licenses, comprehensive material support and training.


ILFC closes $1.5bn senior secured term loan

March 7, 2014 · 80 Views

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has closed a new senior secured term loan of $1.5 billion. The loan will bear interest at LIBOR plus 275 basis points with a 0.75% LIBOR floor, is priced at 99.5% of par value, and will mature in 2021. The collateral used to support the transaction has an initial weighted average age of 9.1 years. It will be secured primarily by a first priority-perfected lien on the equity of certain of ILFC’s subsidiaries, which directly or indirectly own a pool of aircraft and related leases. ILFC plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, including purchasing aircraft and supporting the company’s liquidity cushion.


Airbus Commercial reports another year of financial improvement

February 26, 2014 · 80 Views

In 2013, Airbus achieved a new industry record of 1,619 gross commercial orders (FY 2012: 914 gross orders) with net orders of 1,503 aircraft (FY 2012: 833 net orders), excluding ATR. Gross orders comprised 1,253 A320 Family aircraft, 77 A330s, 239 A350 XWBs and 50 A380s. Fourth-quarter orders included Emirates Airline’s agreement for 50 A380s and Etihad Airways’ order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neos and one A330-200F. Airbus Military (now part of Airbus Defence and Space) received 17 net orders (FY 2012: 32 net orders). Airbus’ net order intake increased sharply to €202.3bn (FY 2012: €88.9bn). At the end of 2013, Airbus’ consolidated order book was valued at €647.4bn (year-end 2012: €525.5bn). The Airbus Commercial backlog was worth €627.1bn (year-end 2012: €505.3bn), comprising 5,559 Airbus aircraft (year-end 2012: 4,682 units) and representing over eight years of production. Airbus Military’s order book was worth €20.8bn (year-end 2012: €21.1bn). Airbus series aircraft deliveries increased to 626 aircraft (FY 2012: 588 aircraft, including three A330s without revenue recognition). Airbus Military delivered 31 aircraft (FY 2012: 29 aircraft). Airbus’ consolidated revenues increased seven percent to €42,012m (FY 2012: €39,273m), reflecting higher commercial and military aircraft deliveries. The Division’s consolidated EBIT rose to €1,710m (FY 2012: €1,252m). Airbus Commercial’s revenues rose to €39,889m (FY 2012: €37,624m). The Airbus Commercial reported EBIT was €1,595m (FY 2012: €1,147m) with the EBIT before one-off at €2,216m (FY 2012: €1,669m). Airbus Commercial’s EBIT before one-off benefitted from the improved operational performance, including favourable volume, some better pricing and an improvement in A380 losses. It also included higher A350 XWB programme support costs. Revenues at Airbus Military rose to €2,893m (FY 2012: €2,131m), driven by the A400M ramp-up and higher volumes from both light and medium transport planes and tankers. The EBIT at Airbus Military was €166m (FY 2012: €93m).


Boeing Commercial Airplanes reports full year revenue of $53bn

January 29, 2014 · 76 Views

Boeing Commercial Airplanes fourth-quarter revenue increased to $14.7bn and full-year revenue increased to a record $53bn on higher delivery volume. Fourth-quarter operating margin improved to 10.3% and full-year operating margin grew to 10.9% on the higher volume, favorable delivery mix and continued strong operating performance. During the quarter, the company launched the 777X with 259 orders and commitments. During the year, the 787 program completed first flight of the 787-9, successfully launched the 787-10 and began operating at a 10 per month production rate in final assembly. The 737 program delivered at a record production rate of 38 per month and has won nearly 1,800 firm orders for the 737 MAX since launch. In 2013, a record 648 commercial aircraft were delivered. In January 2014, the company reached an eight-year contract extension through 2024 with the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers District 751 (IAM). Commercial Airplanes booked 465 net orders during the quarter and 1,355 during the year. Backlog remains strong with 5,080 airplanes valued at a record $374 billion.


A350 XWB in Bolivia for high altitude testing

January 9, 2014 · 67 Views

The A350 XWB development aircraft, MSN3, is in Bolivia where it will perform a series of tests at the high altitude airfields of Cochabamba and La Paz. Cochabamba is around 8,300 feet above sea level, and La Paz is one of the world’s highest airports at 13,300 feet. Operations at such high altitude airfields are particularly demanding on aircraft engines, Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and systems. The aim of these trials is to demonstrate and validate the full functionality of engines, systems, materials as well as to assess the overall aircraft behaviour under these extreme conditions. A number of take-offs with all engines operating and with simulated engine failures are being performed at each of the airfields to collect data on engine operating characteristics and validate the aircraft take-off performance. The autopilot behaviour will also be evaluated during automatic landings and go-arounds. Since the A350 XWB’s first flight with MSN1 on June 14th 2013, over 800 flight test hours have been performed in close to 200 test flights by both MSN1 and MSN3. In total the A350 XWB flight test campaign will accumulate around 2,500 flight hours with the fleet of five aircraft. The rigorous flight testing will lead to the certification of the A350-900 by the European EASA and US FAA airworthiness authorities, prior to entry into service in Q4 2014.


Firefly welcomes first ATR 72-600

July 5, 2013 · 66 Views

Firefly, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary carrier has taken ownership of its first brand-new ATR 72-600. The aircraft is the first of 20 latest generation firm ATRs, plus 16 options, ordered by Malaysia Airlines in December 2012. Firefly currently operates 12 ATR 72-500s, and with the arrival of the new ATR 72-600s will almost triple its exclusively ATR 72 aircraft fleet, taking the total to over 30 aircraft.


GE’s Passport engine begins first full engine test

June 26, 2013 · 42 Views

Certification testing is underway on the first Passport development engine at GE Aviation’s Peebles Testing Operation in Ohio. The engine began ground testing on June 24th and ran for more than three hours, reaching more than 18,000 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust. Eight Passport engines and one core will be involved in the engine certification program. Flight testing on GE’s flying testbed is scheduled for 2014. Engine certification is expected in 2015. The Passport engine certification program follows three years of validation testing. GE Aviation has conducted validation tests on the fan blisk design, including two fan blade-out rig tests, ingestion tests and a fan aero rig test to demonstrate fan efficiency. Testing is complete on the third eCore demonstrator, and GE has accumulated more than 300 hours of testing on eCore demonstrators to date.


Rolls-Royce wins order from CIT to power 23 aircraft

May 22, 2013 · 55 Views

Rolls-Royce has won an order from US leasing company CIT Aerospace for Trent XWB engines, to power ten Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and Trent 700 engines to power 13 Airbus A330 aircraft. The Trent XWB engines will power ten CIT A350 aircraft that were announced in January 2013 which were in addition to five A350 XWB aircraft already on order. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the Airbus A350, is the fastest selling Trent engine ever, with more than 1,200 already sold. The engine variant that will power the A350-800 and -900 was awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification in February. The engine will power the first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB this year and the aircraft’s first in-service flight in 2014.


Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen expands service portfolio in Asia

May 22, 2014 · 123 Views

Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen (LTS) is expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) offer for the Asia-Pacific region even further. On May 21st, LTS has celebrated the opening of two new buildings. The new workshops, warehouse, offices and training rooms are housed on 16,000 m². The Chinese composite structures specialist, headquartered at Bao’An International Airport in Shenzhen in southern China, is strengthening its presence in the areas of component supply, logistic services and Airline Support Teams (AST) for engine services across China and Asia. With the addition of the new buildings, LTS is enlarging its overall workshop and warehouse capacity to nearly 27,000 m². The service portfolio for component supply and repair are extended significantly to include avionic, pneumatic, rescue & safety and hydraulic components. The new facility houses ATEC6 test equipment and a workshop of 2,400 m². In cooperation with Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) the company’s comprehensive supply chain management is also expanded. A new Logistic Service Center with a bonded warehouse will greatly simplify and speed up material supply, transport and customs procedures for airline and MRO customers. The new Airline Support Team (AST) services now allow Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen to offer airlines and leasing companies in the region efficient engine services – including inspections, documentation, warehousing and logistics services as well as flexible local service teams. A new large autoclave will be commissioned after the new buildings and workshops have become operational. This tool is required for the repair of large composite structures used for example in the Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.


New member appointed to Bauhaus Luftfahrt’s Advisory Board

May 22, 2014 · 103 Views

The Advisory Board of Bauhaus Luftfahrt has welcomed a new member. In a meeting held on May 22nd, at ILA Berlin Air Show, Dr Rainer Martens, Chief Operating Officer of MTU Aero Engines, for the first time represented his company in the steering committee of the Munich-based interdisciplinary research institution. In this position he succeeds Dr Erich Steinhardt, MTU’s recently retired Head of Technology and Advanced Products, who acted as representative for the engine manufacturer for more than eight years.


AvFab receives Canadian approval for installation of aft jump seat kit in King Air Series aircraft King Air Series Aircraft

May 22, 2014 · 88 Views

Aviation Fabricators (AvFab) received Canadian approval for the installation of their STC approved King Air Aft Jump Seat Kits on Beechcraft King Air models 90, 100, 200, 300 and 350. In addition, AvFab has received U.S., EASA, Brazilian, Mexican and Indonesian STC approval for the Aft Jump Seats.


ADAC Luftfahrt Technik and Airbus Helicopters sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145 T2 fleet

May 22, 2014 · 106 Views

Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik, the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The ten-year service agreement with a volume of some €25m covers a comprehensive range of services for the new aircraft. The package for 14 new EC145 T2 helicopters includes technical services adapted to ALT’s requirements and provided at fixed costs. In addition, maintenance is organized so as to ensure the highest levels of helicopter availability possible. With a fleet of more than 50 helicopters, ADAC Luftrettung is one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe. In Germany, the company operates the EC135, BK117 and EC145 models of the Airbus Helicopters range. The new EC145 T2 will gradually replace the BK117.


Revima adds APU fleet management organization

May 22, 2014 · 148 Views

REVIMA APU added a new fleet management team to their growing APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) maintenance repair organization. To address customer needs, Revima has hired Mimi Correa as Director of Fleet Management. The organization will offer valued services that provide a competitive APU operating cost, improved operational reliability and APU availability while reducing unplanned maintenance. Mimi Correa comes with a wealth of experience within the commercial aviation business. During her tenure at United Airlines, Mimi led organizations responsible for operational reliability, maintenance program and financial responsibility for over 500 Aircraft APUs and main engines. Mimi has held positions at both P&W and GE Aircraft Engines manufacturers. In Mimi’s most recent position at P&WAeroPower she led the A380 PW980 APU Fleet Management and Customer Service Engineering team.


Finnair completes sale and leaseback agreement for one Airbus 330 aircraft

May 22, 2014 · 99 Views

Finnair signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Novus Aviation Capital on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus 330 aircraft owned by Finnair. The transaction has now been finalized also for the second aircraft. The transaction concerning the other A330 included in the MoU was concluded already on March 31st, 2014. The value of the arrangement covering both aircraft is approximately €110m.


GECAS delivers leased Boeing 737-300SF to new customer Trigana Air

May 22, 2014 · 107 Views

GECAS announced delivery of a leased Boeing 737-300SF freighter aircraft to a new airline customer, PT Trigana Air Service. Indonesia’s Trigana Air will use the aircraft to expand its fleet. Trigana Air currently operates a fleet of nearly 20 passenger and freighter aircraft to more than 20 destinations in Indonesia.


EL AL reports first quarter 2014 results

May 22, 2014 · 94 Views

El Al’s revenues for the first quarter of 2014 aggregated $415.4m, compared to $431.0m during the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The loss for the first quarter aggregated $39.7m, compared to a loss of $32.5m during the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The company’s cash flows from operating activities for the quarter aggregated $75.8m compared to $80.5m during the equivalent quarter in the previous year. The company’s cash balances and deposits at the end of the first quarter of 2014, aggregated $132.5m compared to $93.4m at the end of the equivalent quarter in the previous year.


Warburg Pincus to acquire Wencor Group

May 22, 2014 · 207 Views

Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm, has entered into a definitive agreement whereby one of its affiliates will acquire Wencor Group, a leading designer, repair provider and distributor of aftermarket aerospace components, from Odyssey Investment Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Air Lease Corporation places one Airbus A320-200 with Air Serbia

May 22, 2014 · 136 Views

Air Lease Corporation delivered one used Airbus A320-200 to Air Serbia, a new customer for ALC. This aircraft was delivered to Air Serbia in March 2014. Air Serbia is the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia, based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. Known as Jat Airways until it was renamed in October 2013, Air Serbia operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to Europe and the Middle East.


Southwest Airlines names Craig Drew Vice President Flight Operations

May 22, 2014 · 144 Views

Southwest Airlines released that Captain Craig Drew has been named Vice President Flight Operations. In his new role, effective June 2nd, Drew will be responsible for the airline’s flight operations functions, which include 10 Pilot Bases nationwide, Crew Scheduling, and the Flight Training Center.


EVA Air takes delivery of 16th and 17th 777-300ER from Boeing

May 22, 2014 · 146 Views

EVA Air received its 16th and 17th 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. Taiwan-based EVA Air will be the first airline to operate 777-300ERs with Panasonic’s complete state-of-the-art eX3 in-flight entertainment system.


Bombardier signs engine service agreement with Rolls-Royce

May 22, 2014 · 150 Views

Bombardier Aerospace and Rolls-Royce announced a new engine service agreement, authorizing Bombardier Aircraft Service Centres in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Singapore to perform maintenance on BR710 engines installed on the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. Under the agreement, Bombardier Aircraft Service Centres will be certified to perform line maintenance on the Rolls-Royce engines and perform engine removals, which are then sent to Rolls-Royce for heavy maintenance. This agreement will enable Bombardier and Rolls-Royce to jointly provide seamless support to CorporateCare customers. Furthermore, Bombardier Aircraft Service Centres and Bombardier operators will be provided with direct access to Rolls-Royce technical service representatives, as well as Rolls-Royce’s myaeroengine.com portal for support and technical troubleshooting.


Astronics selected to provide primary electronic power system for Daher-Socata 2014 TBM 900

May 23, 2014 · 88 Views

Astronics Corporation has been selected to provide the primary power distribution system for the Daher-Socata TBM 900 aircraft. The Electronic Power System from Astronics combines alternator, generator, and primary power bus system control into a single unit, allowing semi-automatic start-up. The system also includes an integrated external power control function which allows connection of any power source to the main bus. The system design reduces the number of separate controllers, improving system reliability and reducing aircraft weight. Designed for easy installation and maintenance, the Astronics Electronic Power System is the perfect solution for today’s modern aircraft. DAHER-SOCATA’s TBM 900 is a single turboprop aircraft which combines cruising speed and trip times of a light jet with the economic direct operating costs, range and moderate environmental signature of a turboprop engine. The maximum range and useful load, as well as the ability to land at small airports, are key features that drive the aircrafts’ popularity.


Pratt & Whitney expands partnership with UPS

May 23, 2014 · 188 Views

Pratt & Whitney reported the expansion of its third-party logistics (3PL) relationship with UPS. As part of the agreement UPS will open a 600,000-ft² Northeast Logistics Center (NELC) in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to serve as a centralized distribution center for Pratt & Whitney parts, tooling and supplies. This logistics center will support Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing and global engine assembly and test sites. Set to open in June 2015, UPS will operate the NELC and provide parts receipt, storage, building of manufacturing and assembly kits, packing, inventory management and freight transportation. Pratt & Whitney will leverage UPS’s customs brokerage expertise, and monitoring and technology solutions for 24/7 visibility across the supply chain.


Boeing to acquire ETS Aviation

May 23, 2014 · 210 Views

Boeing signed an agreement to acquire ETS Aviation, a provider of fuel-efficiency management and analytics software. ETS Aviation solutions lead the market, providing more than 120 airlines and corporate flight departments the tools necessary to accurately monitor fuel consumption, identify fuel savings opportunities, and track and report carbon emissions. ETS Aviation’s fuel efficiency solutions support more than 600 commercial aircraft across nearly 900,000 flights annually. ETS Aviation’s fuel efficiency tools will become part of the integrated suite of aviation services marketed as the Boeing Edge. These include digital solutions that increase efficiency and profitability for aircraft operators by optimizing flight operations, maintenance, and crew planning and scheduling. ETS Aviation employees, who are based in Bristol, UK, will join the Jeppesen UK subsidiary of The Boeing Company upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second quarter. Completion is subject to customary conditions. Terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.


RUAG Aviation delivers GTN 650 upgrade

May 23, 2014 · 166 Views

RUAG Aviation is officially certified to upgrade the Garmin GNS 430 GPS system to the advanced GTN 650 touchscreen system on all EASA-registered Airbus Helicopters EC 120 platforms. This modern upgrade places a wealth of innovative new features and capabilities at the fingertips of pilots and operators of the EC 120. The GTN 650’s larger, fuller TFT LCD display and intuitive touchscreen interface provides a clear overview, thus improving safety, simplifying operation and reducing cockpit workload. RUAG Aviation can also perform the installation of the GTN 650 during a helicopter’s regular scheduled maintenance, ensuring that no additional downtime is required. No mechanical cockpit modifications are required to accommodate the GTN 650, which is the same physical size as the GNS 430 it replaces. An optional remote transponder further increases the available panel space.


AAR expands support of Boeing’s U.S. Army CH-47 Helicopter Recapitalization Program

May 23, 2014 · 179 Views

AAR has won a contract that expands its component repair support of Boeing’s Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47 Chinook helicopter. This is a significant increase over AAR’s portion of Boeing’s initial Multi Year I program. The work is being performed at AAR Aircraft Component Services in Garden City, N.Y., which already has received more than 300 units from Boeing’s facility in Ridley Park, Pa., near Philadelphia. The first repaired and overhauled units have already shipped back to Boeing. Boeing’s Recapitalization Program breathes new life into old U.S. Army CH-47 helicopters. As part of this program, the airframe is discarded and the components are harvested and sent out for repair and overhaul. The refurbished parts are put into a new airframe along with other modern upgrades.


SR Technics signs engine services contract with AV Cargo

May 23, 2014 · 228 Views

SR Technics and AV Cargo have signed an exclusive five-year agreement for the support of AV Cargo’s MD11 fleet, covering PW4000 engine maintenance and engine condition monitoring. The services for the PW4000 engine types entail the overhaul, repair and return of the engines to AV Cargo’s fleet. All maintenance activities will be completed out of SR Technics’ headquarters in Zurich. In addition to engine maintenance services, the agreement encompasses the continuous monitoring of the engines’ performance and the transmission of condition data back to SR Technics’ Powerplant Engineering team in Zurich. This will ensure efficient and reliable operation, and optimized maintenance efforts and costs.


Airbus Helicopters to provide long-term support for EC135 rotorcraft operated by German Federal Police

May 23, 2014 · 161 Views

Keeping the German Federal Police’s large fleet of EC135 rotorcraft mission-ready will be the responsibility of Airbus Helicopters based on a long-term maintenance, repair, and overhaul contract signed with the NATO Support Agency NSPA at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is NATO’s Integrated Logistics and Services Provider Agency, which executed the procurement process for the service contract on behalf of the German Federal Police. This service contract covers all 41 EC135 T2i rotorcraft in the German Federal Police Flying Squadron fleet, with the initial aircraft to arrive at Airbus Helicopters’ Kassel-Calden, Germany maintenance facility later this month. The agreement has an initial three-year timeframe, with an extension option to five years. Maintenance services covered by the agreement include phase inspections, engine inspections, replacement of operation time limit parts (OTL), component repair and overhaul, the application of service bulletins, the compliance with service letters, the incorporation of engineering orders, as well as helicopter painting.