Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

WIZZ Air selects Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power additional 166 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

WIZZ Air Hungary (WIZZ Air) has selected Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines to power an order of 166 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The order consists of 90 aircraft from WIZZ Air’s 2016 selection, an additional 56 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A321XLR aircraft. This brings WIZZ Air’s combined total order to 276 GTF-powered A320neo Family aircraft.

Pratt & Whitney will also provide WIZZ Air with engine maintenance through a long-term EngineWise® Comprehensive service agreement.

WIZZ Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and an affiliate of Indigo Partners, will be one of the largest A320neo Family aircraft operators in Europe. WIZZ Air currently operates a fleet of 113 V2500®-powered A320ceo Family aircraft and seven GTF-powered A321neo aircraft, and has been exclusively powered by Pratt & Whitney engines since its founding in 2003.


IAI/ELTA Drone Guard successfully trialed at number of airports

ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, has announced the successful trialing of its anti-drone system at a number of airports in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

The demand for anti-drone solutions has increased dramatically since an incident in December 2018 when over 1,000 flights were canceled at Gatwick Airport in the U.K. after drone sightings halted all air traffic as a safety precaution over a three-day period, affecting over 140,000 passengers. Drone Guard is a drone detection, tracking, identification and disruption system which, according to the manufacturer, “features an integrated multi-layered sensor system that includes: 3D X-band radar that detects and tracks all types of drones; dedicated COMINT system that classifies the drone by its transmission (using the information to verify the target and reduce false detection rates); an EO/IR camera used to classify the detected object; and a Jammer that neutralizes and intercepts the object.”

The system has been specifically configured to operate in an airport environment and has been successfully and effectively demonstrated to a number of airport operators, proving its effectiveness as well as the capacity to operate the system without affecting an airport’s normal operating procedures. The Drone Guard has a major advantage as it is suitable to be used as a drone counter-measure at airports and populated areas through its ability to operate it in tandem with radio transmitting systems such as radars, communication systems, and others within an airport’s complex electromagnetic spectrum.

The Drone Guard radar operates in X-Band, which does not interfere with airport radars that typically operate in S-Band. In addition, according to ELTA, Drone Guard's advanced mitigation measures can neutralize a threat with minimal interference to the airport’s surroundings.

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AeroControlex names AAR exclusive global distributor for APU lube pump products

AAR has signed a multiyear agreement with AeroControlex, under which AAR will be exclusively stocking and selling auxiliary power unit (APU) lube pumps and all related piece-part components worldwide.

“This is a meaningful growth opportunity for our business serving as a value-added extension of an original equipment manufacturer,” said Darren Spiegel, AAR Vice President and General Manager of OEM Solutions - Commercial.

Astronics’ Enhanced Vision Systems receive Canadian approval for Bell 407 helicopters

Astronics Corporation has announced that an amended Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been approved by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) for its Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) on Bell 407 helicopters.

Astronics expects that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) validation will follow within six months. Astronics obtained the approval for its Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 EVS in cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada. The first installation of the certified Max-Viz 1400 equipment is on a Bell 407GXI, for a VIP client, by Wysong Enterprises, Inc.


K2 Airways opts for Rusada’s ENVISION

Pakistani start-up, K2 Airways, has signed an agreement for Rusada’s MRO and Flight Operations
software, ENVISION.

K2 Airways will begin scheduled passenger flights later this year from its base at Karachi’s Jinnah
International Airport. It will serve numerous destinations across Pakistan including Islamabad, Skardu and Chitral. The airline also plans to fly to international destinations in the near future.

Rusada will begin implementing six of ENVISION’s modules immediately so that the system is fully live in time for the airline’s maiden flight. Modules selected include Fleet Management, Line Maintenance, Flight Operations and Human Resources.

Eirtech Aviation Services forms technical operations department

Eirtech’s Technical Operations department combines its CAMO and Technical Services departments to provide a more comprehensive service for its global customers.

The comany therefore has appointed Seán Dooley as Head of Technical Operations within the Eirtech organisation. In this role he will oversee the operation of both the Technical Services and CAMO departments in order to ensure an overall seamless product offering for customers globally.

Declan Lenane will remain as CAMO Manager and will continue to be responsible for all Part M Technical matters, Ciaran Murphy will remain as Technical Services Manager.


Amadeus becomes new business partner of BARIG

Amadeus, a travel technology and service provider for airlines and the global travel industry, is a new business partner of BARIG (Board of Airline Representatives in Germany). Through this agreement, Amadeus enters BARIG’s forum for communication, joining more than 100 national and international member airlines.

"We welcome Amadeus as a new business partner," states BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe. "Technology is one of the vital components for sustainable success today, as the current development of modern innovations in distribution and the IATA standard NDC prove. We are pleased to strengthen the BARIG business partner segment ‘Technology & Innovation’ with Amadeus and, thus, to considerably enhance our expertise in this area."

Amadeus operates globally in over 190 markets and, in constant cooperation with the travel
industry, develops professional IT solutions for airlines among others. In 2018 alone, Amadeus processed more than 580 million bookings for over 1.8 billion airline customers.


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