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Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Honeywell announces formation of UAS- and UAM-dedicated business unit

Utilizing the company’s existing technology, software, services and certification Expertise, Honeywell has decided to form a new business unit which will be dedicated to both the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industries.

“Urban Air Mobility and Unmanned Aerial Systems will play an increasing role in the future of aerospace, with potential applications in all-electric urban air taxi vehicles, hybrid-electric unmanned cargo drones, optionally piloted airplanes, delivery drones and everything in between,” said Mike Madsen, President and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell has already contributed many technological advancements to these markets and is well positioned to continue growing our portfolio to meet customer needs and help shape the future of autonomous aviation and urban transport.”

Currently, Honeywell is a leading provider of systems for urban air taxi and cargo vehicles as well as other types of aircraft, including integrated avionics, flight controls, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, actuation, and cabin environmental control systems. The company collaborates actively with other industry leaders such as Pipistrel, Vertical Aerospace, Volocopter and Jaunt Air Mobility. The UAS business unit will develop new products and services that will include aircraft systems such as avionics, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and thermal management, flight services such as unmanned air traffic management, and ground operations services such as predictive aircraft maintenance analytics.

The new organization will further expand Honeywell’s growing portfolio of UAM solutions, and is heavily focused on software development, driving rapid development and testing of new products including: a “fly-by-wire” autopilot system that automatically ensures aircraft stability even if the pilot is “hands off” for extended periods of time, detect-and-avoid algorithms that automatically fly an aircraft around oncoming traffic, and artificial intelligence (AI) software that tracks landing zones for precise vertical landings every time.

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Jetglow acquired by team of private investors

Jetglow, the aircraft interiors refurbishment and graphics production business, based in the North of England, has been acquired by a team of private investors.

The new owners (together with the original founders) have ambitious plans for growth in 2020 and beyond. This will enable Jetglow to continue to provide high quality outputs with quick turnaround at a cost-effective price.

Jetglow is located close to Leeds Bradford Airport and at its workshop currently offers cabin interior refurbishment for both commercial and general aviation with Part 145 and Part 21 Sub Part G approvals. Jetglow’s workshop team are ready to work at any location and can also support AOG requirements.

In addition, the graphics team work from a state of the art facility, producing interior and exterior decals, everything from seat row designations to full external aircraft livery.

BAA Training and HNCA open brand new Aviation Training Centre in China

The opening ceremony held on June 14, 2020, marked the beginning of the activity of BAA Training China – a modern six full flight simulators‘ (FFS) aviation training centre. Following the Joint Venture (JV) agreement between Avia Solutions Group PLC (ASG), a global multi-service aviation holding, and Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA), signed in July 2019, the companies have established the new BAA Training China training centre in Zhengzhou city, Henan province,  People‘s Republic of China.

The brand new training centre is designed to provide the capacity of 40,000 flight hours per year and train approximately 4,000 pilots. With almost five hectares of land chosen in Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone (ZAEZ), the HNCA company has managed to build a state-of-art training facility exceeding 10,000 m². The training facility is planned to be equipped with six Boeing and Airbus family FFSs, training devices, modern classrooms, and a luxury lounge zone.

The newly-constructed modern training centre will commence operations with Boeing 737-800 pilot training as the FFS of the type is currently being assembled. The future FFS placements per FFS type as well as their quantity at Zhengzhou training center will be closely related to market recovery speed, and specific client needs.

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Embraer appoints Arjan Meijer as President and CEO of Commercial Aviation business

Embraer has named Arjan Meijer as the new President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, succeeding John Slattery. Arjan will report directly to Embraer President and CEO Francisco Gomes Neto, and the move will be effective immediately.

Arjan has been Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation since January 2017. In his role as CCO at the company, he has been responsible for the global Marketing and Sales functions across six different regions, helping the company to achieve 35 airline deals. He joined the company in April 2016 as Vice President of Commercial Aviation for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.

Prior to joining Embraer, Arjan spent 15 years in various executive roles at the KLM Group. His last two roles were Vice President of Technical Services and Fleet Development at KLM’s regional subsidiary KLM Cityhopper and Managing Director at KLM UK Engineering in Norwich. Arjan earned
a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University in the United States.

Prague Airport to resume routes to 55 destinations

A total of 17 airlines have already announced their intention to resume direct flights from Václav Havel Airport Prague. Specifically, 55 destinations have been listed, ten of which are already in operation. This week, direct flights to seven other destinations will be resumed, namely to Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Košice, Keflavik, Manchester and Munich.

With regard to the selected key destinations, Prague Airport has already received confirmation of resumed operations to more than half of the places. Thanks to intensive negotiations between Prague Airport and airlines representatives, the list of destinations could expand further in the coming weeks.

Currently, Václav Havel Airport Prague has confirmed resumed operations from 17 airlines. The airport is in negotiations with other airlines on an ongoing basis. As a result, the list of available destinations could be further expanded in the coming weeks. There are also three completely new routes among the already resumed ones, namely to Varna and Tirana operated by Wizz Air and the route to London Heathrow operated by Czech Airlines.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation announces organizational changes

In order for Mitsubishi Aircraft to weather the current crisis, the company had to reorganize priorities and shift its focus from development to perseverance and determination. This new, harsh business environment necessitated the development of a new operating plan for this fiscal year that included resizing its organization so that Mitsubishi Aircraft may endure and emerge from this crisis.

The company’s priority will be on obtaining type certification for the SpaceJet M90. In order to maximize the efficiency of type certification flight tests in the future, this fiscal year, Mitsubishi
Aircraft will focus on re-organizing, improving the current design at the aircraft-level, and validating data earned by over 3,900 hours of flight test.

To achieve the above organizational changes and operational plan, Mitsubishi Aircraft President Takaoki Niwa will continue to manage the overall business of the company. As before, Keisuke Masutani, Director of the Board, will continue to assist with corporate management, and Hiroyuki Tatsuoka, Director of the Board, will support the overall development and technology.

With regard to aircraft design and type certification, Yasuhiko Kawaguchi, who has 35 years of design experience at MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft and played a central role in flight tests in the United States, will be the Executive Chief Engineer.

ST Engineering receives first authorisation from CAAS to perform aircraft inspection using drones

ST Engineering will be using its in-house developed drone solution, DroScan to carry out General Visual Inspection (GVI) during aircraft maintenance at its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Singapore after its aerospace sector received authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This is the first-ever authorisation granted by CAAS for the use of unmanned aerial systems to perform GVI on Singapore-registered aircraft. With this authorisation, ST Engineering can apply its DroScan solution on approved aircraft models such as the Airbus A320 family.

An end-to-end aircraft external general inspection solution, DroScan leverages automation and smart analytics capabilities to bring about higher efficiency and greater workplace safety during aircraft maintenance work. The Group had over the past one year demonstrated the solution’s capabilities and benefits through a number of successful trials with participating airline customers including Air New Zealand. By using drones to physically carry out visual inspections, DroScan eliminates the need to set up bulky ground equipment such as boom-lifts and work stands for inspectors to climb up and down during manual inspections. Inspectors can instead conduct indirect GVI using live video feed and post-flight images captured by the drones. Captured images can be fed through algorithms that detect and classify defects to assist the inspectors in the review process.

In addition to smart analytics capability, DroScan is incorporated with safety features that could allow for future operations within Singapore’s civil aerodromes. These features include precise localisation system to navigate in GPS-denied environment, power tethered system for extended flight duration and controlled safety template, multiple sensors for obstacles detection and geo-fencing to prevent the drone from straying out of flight template.

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Strata completes construction of joint venture facility with Solvay in Al Ain

Strata
Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing company
wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has completed works on the Strata Solvay Advanced Materials (SSAM) high-tech facility in Al Ain, a joint venture with Solvay, Belgium’s materials and chemicals company.

The completion of the SSAM facility heralds the beginning of Strata’s diversification journey, with the Al Ain manufacturer now the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)’s first supplier of aerospace-grade pre-impregnated carbon fibres and the fourth globally. The completion of the facility also
marks a new chapter in Abu Dhabi’s drive towards a sustainable homegrown manufacturing sector.

The 8,500 m² SSAM facility is currently being equipped with the latest technology and machinery prior to the testing and qualifying of processes designed to supply carbon fibre prepreg materials for primary structure applications in Boeing’s 777X programme.

Key positions have already been assigned to UAE nationals. Khalid Al Nuaimi, a Strata engineer, will head the Strata Solvay project and manage communications between the two companies, as well as execute the business plan, budget and purchasing of equipment for the facility. Ghubaisha Al Ameri, currently a Quality Engineer at Strata, will also transition to the new team.

David Joyce to retire from GE

David Joyce, vice chair of GE and president and CEO of GE Aviation, will retire from the Company after 40-years of service. John Slattery, Embraer’s president and CEO of Commercial Aviation, has been named president- and CEO-elect of GE Aviation, effective July 13.

Joyce spent his entire career at GE Aviation, including 12 years as its president and CEO. He strategically invested in the business to enable a complete renewal of its product portfolio, including 10 different engine families, resulting in groundbreaking improvements in fuel efficiency, emissions and noise. Under his leadership, Aviation became one of GE’s leading businesses, doubling its revenue from US$16.5 billion to US$33 billion, growing total backlog from US$26 billion to more than US$270 billion, and industrializing advanced technologies across both commercial and military applications. Joyce has been a driver of innovation GE-wide, advancing state-of-the-art technologies through GE Research and accelerating additive manufacturing applications across the Company.

In order to ensure a smooth and thorough handover, Slattery will fully assume the role of president and CEO of GE Aviation on September 1, 2020, at which point Joyce will transition to non-executive chair of GE Aviation through December 31, 2020. He also will continue as GE vice chair and advisor to GE Research through December 31, 2020, and subsequently will serve as strategic advisor to GE Aviation into 2021.
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