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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Six new Piper Archers delivered to ATP Flight School – confirms order for 100 additional aircraft

ATP, the USA’s leading flight school, has taken delivery of six new Piper Archer TXs, taking its predominantly Archer-manufactured training aircraft to a fleet total of 412. In addition, the company has renewed an order for an additional 100 Piper aircraft.

While the airline industry currently battles against the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the long-range forecast is that recovery will be very positive. It is estimated that within the next 20 years, there will be 80,000 pilot retirements, excluding those who opt for early retirement.

“Anticipated airline pilot demand exceeds the current capabilities of the flight training industry,” said Michael Arnold, Director of Marketing, ATP Flight School. “ATP continues to invest in our graduates’ careers with the best flight training fleet in the industry.”

Currently operating from six locations, ATP is looking to expand that number to eleven by the end of 2020. “ATP continues to expand as one of the largest private training organizations in the United States.  ATP’s 400-plus aircraft fly 350,000 hours annually to provide over 8,800 FAA pilot certificates each year.

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NEC and SITA sign global aviation partnership agreement

NEC Corporation and SITA today announced a global partnership to develop market-leading solutions that enable a secure walk-through travel experience at airports, leveraging NEC’s I:Delight identity management platform together with SITA Smart Path and SITA Flex. 

The partnership comes as airports and airlines increasingly look to low-touch and automated passenger processing in order to comply with new hygiene requirements following the global COVID-19 pandemic, in line with recommendations from Airports Council International and IATA.

Through the partnership SITA and NEC will further unlock the potential of seamless next-generation passenger processing solutions, making mobile enabled and touchless airport processes a reality. This will allow passengers to use their digital identity on their mobile phone whenever they travel at each step in the journey. Passengers will use their biometric identity to check-in, make payments, drop their bag, as well as pass through security, immigration and boarding by simply scanning their face at each step. Key touchpoints will automatically recognize you as a passenger, making steps such as bag drop and boarding effortless.   

The two companies will collaborate to develop this ground-breaking solution by utilizing both companies’ global presence in the market and the combination of technology for Common Use Platforms and Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions.

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Farsound Aviation appoints new Quality Director

Farsound Aviation has appointed Graham Mitchell as the Company’s new Quality Director.

Mitchell is part of Farsound’s senior management team and he is responsible for quality assurance, inspection and also health and safety within the business.

Mitchell replaces Phil Northfield who was Farsound Aviation’s Technical Director for just short of 15 years. He leaves his role to start his planned retirement.

Finnair re-opens operations to Shanghai

Finnair has received permission from Chinese authorities to begin operating one weekly flight as of July 23, between Helsinki and Shanghai with its Airbus A350 aircraft. The flight schedule will be published in all Finnair sales channels.  

Finland has opened its borders for work-related travel from China but entry to Finland is still restricted for the time being pending an EU-level decision on reciprocity. 

Finnair currently offers connections to 24 European destinations from Helsinki. 

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Honeywell appoints Sabena technics and Singapore Component Solutions as Global Channel Partners

Honeywell has appointed Sabena technics and Singapore Component Solutions, a joint venture between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Sabena technics, as Global Channel Partners. The companies will repair and upgrade Honeywell’s Air Cycle Machine on Avion de Transport Regional (ATR) 42 and 72 — twin-engine turboprop, short-haul regional airliners, developed and produced in France and Italy — to its latest standard.

Sabena technics, a French company, is an independent provider of MRO and modification services to civil and military aircraft businesses. The company has more than a century of expertise in the MRO space serving more than 30 airlines and 220 aircraft globally. The appointment of Sabena technics and Singapore Component Solutions as official Global Channel Partners is an expansion of Honeywell’s existing partnership with Sabena technics, which had been primarily licensed for mechanical and avionics component repair.

Honeywell’s Air Cycle Machine is key to air flow in aircraft and improving cabin air temperature, resulting in a better customer experience. Any failures on the Air Cycle Machine can result in significant passenger discomfort due to a warmer cabin and lead to aircraft delays.

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Embraer delivers four commercial and 13 executive jets in 2Q20

Embraer has delivered a total of 17 jets in the second quarter of 2020, of which four were commercial aircraft and 13 were executive jets (nine light and four large). As of June 30, the firm order backlog totaled US$ 15.4 billion.

In the second quarter of 2020, Embraer delivered fewer commercial and executive jets than in previous years in the second quarter, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting the world.

In the commercial aviation segment, Embraer delivered the 1,600th E-Jet, which was received by Helvetic Airways. In addition to receiving the commemorative aircraft, the Swiss airline also announced an upgrade of its firm order with Embraer, converting four of its E190-E2s in backlog to E195-E2s, the largest aircraft in the EJets-E2 family. Helvetic's order is now for a total of eight E190-E2s, four E195-E2s, and with purchase rights for a further twelve EJets-E2.

Also, Congo Airways converted its firm order made in December 2019 for two E175 aircraft, with purchase rights for two more, into a firm order for two E190-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further two aircraft.

In the Executive Jets segment, Embraer announced the first delivery of its new, enhanced Phenom 300E to Texas law firm Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law, P.C.

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DC Aviation successfully completes 48-month check on Challenger 605

DC Aviation’s Maintenance team at Stuttgart Airport has successfully completed a 48-month check on a Challenger 605. The comprehensive maintenance work included a full cabin refurbishment using the latest materials and painting work. In addition, an extended upgrade of the Proline 21 avionics system was implemented.

This includes the installation of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). This air traffic control system for displaying aircraft movements in airspace has been mandatory in the U.S.A. and the UAE since 1 January 2020. This system enables the aircraft's route to be tracked, as it determines its exact flight position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it. The upgrade also includes the implementation of the TOSE (Take-Off Safety Enhancement) system.

DC Aviation offers line and base maintenance services for a wide range of aircraft types in a specially equipped 5,000 m² hangar at Stuttgart Airport (EDDS) and a 12,500 m² approved maintenance facility at Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW) in Dubai. DC Aviation maintains a large parts inventory and special tools for specific aircraft, a battery and wheel shop, testing equipment and a maintenance logistics centre.
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