Safran to build Indian plant to make parts for LEAP engine

Safran Aircraft Engines is to invest €36 million (US$41 million) in the creation of a 13,000 square meter plant, including 8,000 square meters of workshops, to make parts tor the LEAP turbofan engine from CMF International. CMF International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE. Construction is due to commence mid-June this year with completion in 2020. Initially the plant will have approximately 50 employees, which will rise to roughly 300 at full capacity, with parts production also commencing in 2020.  “We’re delighted to open a new chapter in our long history with the Indian aerospace Read more

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Challenger 300 Added to Bombardier’s European Mobile Response Team

©Bombardier adds a Challenger 300 aircraft to its MRT in Europe

Bombardier has announced the latest addition to its expanding service and support network – a dedicated Mobile Response Team (MRT) aircraft, based in Frankfurt, Germany. The Challenger 300 aircraft marked its entry-into-service by successfully completing its first mission, providing a European customer with efficient unscheduled maintenance support. The strategically located Challenger 300 aircraft will deftly supplement the shipping of parts from Bombardier’s main European parts distribution hub at Frankfurt International Airport. Its 3,065-NM (5,646-km) range and impressive Mach 0.83 top speed capability will enhance the MRT’s reach and response times to a fleet size of more than 700 aircraft in Read more

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Embraer Service Center in Sorocaba Performs First Complete Renovation of Legacy 600

Legacy 600 ©Embraer

The Embraer Executive Jets Service Center in Sorocaba, Brazil, has performed the first complete renovation of a Legacy 600 business jet. The used aircraft was purchased by a South American customer who chose to customize the whole aircraft with a new interior, systems upgrades and a new paint scheme. This Legacy 600, built in 2006, has received new seats, carpets, ceiling material, side panels as well as a new varnish hue for all the furniture. The galley received new flooring and the divan and curtains now have new fabrics. The service team also performed an overhaul of the landing gear Read more

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Alaska Airlines Elects John Ladner as Vice President Flight Operations

The Alaska Airlines board of directors has elected John Ladner as vice president of flight operations for Alaska Airlines and the Horizon Air board of directors has elected Brooke Vatheuer as senior vice president of operations and planning for Horizon Air. Beginning March 1, Ladner will formally lead Alaska’s flight operations division, which includes line flying operations; flight operations quality assurance; flight standards; pilot training; crew planning and scheduling; flight operations engineering; flight operations technical; and dispatch. In his role, he also ensures compliance with all relevant government regulations. Vatheuer begins her new role immediately. As the senior vice president Read more

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Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia Rebrands to Heston MRO

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Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia (AMSA), Brisbane headquartered independent MRO organisation, rebranded to Heston MRO. Following recent acquisition of AMSA from previous airline owners, a truly independent MRO organisation was created with its presence in all major Australian airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, etc. Rebranding to Heston MRO is the first step on the strategic direction to create a strong independent Total Care MRO player in Australasia, a regional alternative to global MRO brands. With warehouses in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Heston MRO is launching its local Components trading, exchange, repair management, and leasing business in H1 2019. This will Read more

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GE Aviation Signs New Digital Network Operations Agreements

GE Aviation has signed digital Network Operations agreements with AirAsia and additional undisclosed airlines. Implementation of Network Operations will take place this year for the airlines. “Network Operations delivers powerful software applications that collect and analyze data streams in real time across multiple systems,” said John Mansfield, chief digital officer for GE Aviation. “This helps airlines recover from disruptions faster and more efficiently than ever and enables them to recoup substantial costs in the process.” AirAsia has signed a five-year contract for Network Operations Insights to provide a single view of disruption impacts on AirAsia’s entire multi-hub network which carries Read more

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TAM Appoints Jari Järvelä as new Hangar Operations Manager

Jari Järvelä

Täby Air Maintenance, TAM, has appointed Jari Järvelä as the new Hangar Operations Manager. Järvelä has a long and varied technical career, most recently as workshop manager for a major construction equipment dealer. Previously he has also worked as a helicopter mechanic, providing a thorough understanding of the aviation environment. TAM is a major, independent aircraft support and maintenance company, based in Örebro, 200 km west of Stockholm, Sweden. Having been in operation since 1989, TAM has over the years accumulated a vast experience in general support, maintenance and overhaul of small to medium sized airliners and freighters, with a Read more

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3TOP acquires one Airbus A320-200

Aviation asset management  company 3TOP Aviation Services (3TOP), specialising in airframe, engine and general commercial aviation aftermarket inventory support solutions, has acquired an Airbus A320‐200 (ex‐Shaheen MSN 1497) to support its global customer base.  The associated V2527-A5 engines will augment 3TOP’s expanding trading and leasing  portfolio. The airframe will be disassembled in Tarmac, France and used to facilitate strategic support programs with 3TOP’s network of operator and OEM customers.    

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Flybondi Continues Expansion in South America

Flybondi further expands in South America ©Flybondi

Flybondi, the first ultra low cost airline in Argentina, continues its expansion in the Region. After starting its international operation in December 2018 for Paraguay and Uruguay, it has just started the administrative, contractual and regulatory process to start its operations in Brazil. On Friday, February 15, the company received the authorization of legal operation from the aeronautical authority of the country, ANAC (National Agency of Civil Aviation), which is the first step necessary to continue the process. Flybondi has more than 60 routes granted to fly to Brazil and is in the analysis stage of which will be the Read more

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U.S. Government Approves Release of Boeing EA-18G Growler to Finland

Boeing and the U.S. Navy have received U.S. Department of Defense approval to offer the EA-18G Growler to Finland. Previously only Australia had been authorized to purchase the airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft. Boeing and the Navy have offered the Growler and F/A-18 Super Hornet in a response to query issued by the Finnish Ministry of Defense as part of their HX fighter program procurement. “All strike fighter aircraft rely on Growler escort to increase survivability during high-threat missions,” said Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 and EA-18G programs. “The combination of the Super Hornet Block III and Growler would Read more

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