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Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Gulfstream’s latest service center opens at Palm Beach International Airport

Gulfstream Aerospace (Gulfstream) has announced that its new company-owned service center in Palm Beach, Florida, is now open. The center is being shared with Jet Aviation, both of whom will have their own hangars but who will share office space. “Gulfstream has had a presence in Palm Beach for almost 20 years with the capability to accommodate all Gulfstream models,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support. “We are excited to open a state-of-the-art facility that will offer world-class service to a greater number of Gulfstream aircraft simultaneously. The Palm Beach service center is well-positioned to support customers in domestic and international markets, including South America.”

Of the 161,000 ft² facility, 104,000 ft² will be dedicated to Gulfstream operations, with Jetstream occupying the remaining 56,700 ft². Up to seven Gulfstream G650ERs or G650s can be accommodated within the dedicated Gulfstream space. According to Gulfstream, its Palm Beach facility offers a broad range of services, including major inspections; structural modifications and repairs; and major avionics installations and system upgrades. It is a certified U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and European Union Aviation Safety Agency repair station and has maintenance approvals from Argentina, Aruba, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the Isle of Man, Mexico, Peru, San Marino and Venezuela.

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American Airlines boosts clean commitment with sustained virus-killing coating

American Airlines is upgrading its clean commitment by adding the electrostatic spraying solution SurfaceWise®2 from Allied BioScience to its multitiered cleaning and safety program in the coming months. The SurfaceWise2 solution is the first-ever long-lasting product to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus that is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The American Airlines clean commitment is our promise that we’re taking bold measures and using the latest products and technology to help ensure our customers’ well-being when they travel with us,” said David Seymour, American’s Chief Operating Officer. “Thanks to rigorous evaluations conducted by the experienced professionals at the EPA, the American Airlines team and Allied BioScience, our multitiered program will become even stronger at safeguarding our customers and team members from virus such as coronavirus and the flu.”

In the coming months, American will begin using SurfaceWise2 for electrostatic spraying on surfaces inside its aircraft with plans to use the product throughout its entire fleet, including those in its American Eagle regional partners. Other elements of the airline’s multitiered clean commitment, include enhanced aircraft cleaning performed before every mainline flight and an even deeper overnight cleaning.

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Finnair closes sale and leaseback agreement for one of its A350 aircraft

Finnair has finalized a sale and leaseback arrangement for one of its A350 aircraft with Nomura Babcock & Brown (NBB) and BBAM Aircraft Management as an arranger and lease servicer. In the arrangement, Finnair sold the Airbus A350 aircraft delivered in February 2020 to NBB and leased the aircraft back for its own operation. The initial operating lease period is 12 years and the lease includes extension options.

The arrangement has no major impact on Finnair’s operating result for the third quarter of 2020. However, the immediate positive cash effect for Finnair is in excess of €100 million.

Finnair has ordered a total of 19 new A350-900 XWB aircraft from Airbus, of which 15 have now been delivered.

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STS Aviation Services grows team and expands Airbus tooling

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider STS Aviation Services will grow its C check services team and expands its Airbus tooling as work ramps up inside of its base maintenance facility in Melbourne, Florida.

“We are beginning to see more and more commercial aircraft come out of storage,” said Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group. “When that happens, a C Check is often required before an aircraft can return to service. Right now, our team in Melbourne is turning C Checks over very quickly, and that spells immediate revenue for our commercial clients who are all eager to get their aircraft back in the sky as soon as possible.”

Over the past four weeks, STS Aviation Services has added 15 new members to its aircraft maintenance team in Melbourne, and that team just accepted a C check A319, a project that is already putting its newly expanded Airbus tooling to good use.

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Lufthansa Group restricts exceptions from compulsory masks

The airlines of the Lufthansa Group are restricting the exceptions from the obligation to wear a mask on board its flights. From September 1, 2020, an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. Passengers can download the document from the airlines' websites. In addition, passengers who are unable to wear a mask during the flight must present a negative covid-19 test, which is not older than 48 hours at the scheduled begin of the journey. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them.

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group already introduced compulsory masks on board their flights at the beginning of May, making them one of the first airlines worldwide to do so. Exceptions to this rule were previously only possible with a medical certificate. The new rules on the compulsory wearing of masks now ensure even better protection for all passengers.

The airlines in the Lufthansa Group have introduced extensive hygiene measures on board and on the ground. They are also in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and national authorities to promote the ongoing development and harmonization of health standards in air transport during the corona pandemic.

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Bombardier delivers first Global 7500 equipped with dual Head-up Display

Bombardier has delivered the first Global 7500 aircraft equipped with a dual Head-Up Display (HUD). This first-in-class capability provides additional safety and redundancy to the advanced and pilot-friendly cockpit.

The sophisticated HUD on the Global 7500 aircraft is equipped with Enhanced and Synthetic vision systems for optimal situational awareness. The second HUD builds on these advantages, with benefits including increased contribution from the co-pilot during HUD-assisted operations, easier switching between pilot flying and pilot monitoring as well as valuable redundancy during low-visibility approaches.

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GKN Fokker Services obtains CAAC supplemental type certificate for ADS-B Out on Boeing Next-Generation 737

Multiple customers of GKN Fokker Services have already ordered the Boeing Next-Generation 737 ADS-B Out modification enabling them to comply with the global ADS-B out mandates while securing early adopter advantages. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have issued the STC for ADS-B Out modification on Boeing Next-Generation 737 in 2018 and 2019.

ADS-B Out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) is a common system on-board many aircraft that automatically broadcasts relevant data from the aircraft towards air traffic management organizations. ADS-B Out data includes the identity of the aircraft, the GPS location and direction of flight. A new, so-called Version 2 (DO260B), ADS-B Out system will become mandatory in 2020 in USA, Europe, UAE and various other countries.

The new ADS-B Out mandate involves an upgrade or replacement of the ATC Transponder and the GPS receiver. This will enable optimization of the airspace and minimize the use of ground radar stations. In the next decade, most of the airspace throughout the globe will be using ADS-B as the primary means of surveillance, replacing radar. This will include the oceanic environment (Satellite ADS-B). After obtaining EASA and FAA STCs for the Bombardier Q400 (ST04125NY) and the Airbus A320 Family (ST04157NY), GKN Fokker Services is expanding its ADS-B Out program to other aircraft types. These include the Boeing 737 Classic, 747, 757 and 767.
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