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Monday, September 28th, 2020

Light at end of tunnel for 737 MAX – may take to the skies again in November

There is optimism at Boeing that its beleaguered 737 MAX may obtain its certification of airworthiness by November and enter back into service by the end of the year. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is due to conduct an evaluation flight this week, with Chief Steve Dickson at the controls. Previously a commercial pilot, Dickson will undergo simulator training prior to the flight and will then report his findings to the FAA. Some time ago Dickson stated that he would personally fly the plane as part of the approval process and if satisfied "that I would put my own family on it without a second thought.”

Currently the FAA, plus regulators from the European Union, Canada and Brazil, have combined to form the Joint Operations Evaluation Board (JOEB) and will evaluate the necessary training for pilots to familiarize themselves with the changes made to the 737 MAX, in particular the MCAS system, which was identified as being a critical component of the fatal Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October 2018 and March 2019, respectively.

Thereafter, the JOEB findings will be released for public comment, while a directive outlining software upgrades and additional changes still has to be finalized before flights can be resumed. With the 737 MAX now scheduled to resume flying in November, there is every possibility it will be able to re-enter into service by the year’s end.

“For the first time in a year and a half, I can say there’s an end in sight to work on the MAX,” commented Patrick Ky, Executive Director, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The next version of the 737 will also have a third sensor system fitted, which will be retrofitted to exiting models at a later date.


Sanad signs 1.0 billion dirhams deal with Pratt & Whitney and International Aero Engines

Sanad, an industry leader in aerospace engineering and leasing solutions, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala), announced a new one billion dirhams deal with Pratt & Whitney and International Aero Engines (IAE). The new agreement will see Sanad Aerotech providing IAE with expanded MRO services for its V2500 engines, which powers the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.

The announcement of the new deal came during the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, where industry leaders convened to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the aerospace, defence and space industries. This agreement expands the cooperation between Sanad and IAE in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft engines.

Under the agreement IAE, the manufacturer of V2500 engines, will offload V2500 engines for MRO services to Sanad’s state-of-the-art facility in Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone. This step reaffirms the confidence of major global OEMs to collaborate with Abu Dhabi’s resilient aerospace sector especially during turbulent times.

First Airbus C295 aircraft arrives in Canada

The first Airbus C295 aircraft, purchased by the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Aircraft Replacement (FWSAR) project, has arrived at 19 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Comox, in British Columbia, Canada.

The aircraft, designated CC-295 for the Canadian customer, landed at its home base on September 17, and is the first of 16 aircraft contracted in December 2016. The contract also includes all In-Service Support elements, training and engineering services, the construction of a new training centre in Comox, British Columbia, and maintenance and support services.

Airbus has formally delivered three aircraft to date, the second of which is scheduled to arrive in Canad in the coming weeks. Deliveries will continue until 2022.


ALA appoints Marco Ferreira new General Manager for ALA France

ALA has appointed Marco Ferreira as new General Manager for ALA France. Based in Mont-de-Marsan, ALA France is a supply chain management company providing fasteners and aerospace parts within the aerospace and defence markets, and with service provider contracts with key OEMs based in France.

Ferreira has a successful long-standing work experience in aerospace distribution and most recently he was Regional Director for Incora (previously Wesco Aircraft), covering the Southern EMEA region.

HAECO Landing Gear Services completes inaugural Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing gear overhaul

HAECO Landing Gear Services has completed the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner landing gear overhaul. The gears have been released by HAECO Landing Gear Services under the authority of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB).

The company is the first MRO to be approved with full overhaul capabilities for Boeing’s 747-8 landing gears. As a specialist in landing gear overhaul, HAECO Landing Gear Services’ capabilities cover the full series of Boeing 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, 787 and Embraer E190/E195 aircraft.

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Nordic Aviation Capital delivers one new Embraer E190 to HOP!

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has delivered one new Embraer E190, MSN 19000773, on lease to HOP!, the regional airline of the Air France group. This is the final aircraft to deliver as part of a seven aircraft lease agreement.

Regional aircraft lessor NAC is serving approximately 75 airline customers in over 50 countries. NAC’s current fleet of almost 500 aircraft includes ATR 42, ATR 72, De Havilland Dash 8, Mitsubishi CRJ900/1000, Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jet family aircraft.

The first Brazilian Gripen has flown in Brazil

The first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, concluded its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft flew from the airport in Navegantes to Embraer’s facility in Gavião Peixoto. The official presentation of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the Aviator’s Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day ceremony in Brasilia, celebrated on the October 23.

“Gripen's arrival in Brazil and its first flight are major milestones in the Brazilian Gripen program. We are proud of this journey alongside so many qualified and committed professionals from both countries,” said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab. “We are following the delivery schedule for the aircraft and we continue to maintain our long-term commitment to Brazil.”

The flight test program will be expanded to include the Gripen Flight Test Center at Embraer in Gavião Peixoto, which will be fully integrated with the test program already running at full phase at Saab in Linköping since 2017. Activities in Brazil will include testing of flight control system, environmental control system as well as aircraft tests in tropical climate conditions. In addition to the testing that is common for the Gripen E Program, unique features of the Brazilian aircraft, such as weapons integration as well as the Link BR2 communication system - which provides encrypted data and voice communication between the aircraft - will be tested in Brazil.

The production aircraft will be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force, at Wing 2 in Anápolis (Goiás State), by the end of 2021.


BARIG endorses EU Commission's reform plans for European airspace

The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), the association of international and German airlines operating in Germany, expressively endorses the European Commission's plans to reform the European airspace as announced last week. The "Single European Sky," an endeavor that has long been advocated by BARIG and other international aviation associations, as well as a more efficient, uniform air traffic control in Europe may finally be achieved with this reform.

In the current practice, aircraft in Europe usually cannot fly a direct and straight route; due to an inefficient system, they have to take unnecessary detours to reach their destination. The envisaged standardization will eliminate such excessive zig-zag courses ­– with positive consequences in various areas. Experts assume that the shorter flight routes will reduce CO2 emissions by several million tons per year. In addition to that, flight durations are lowered and system-related unnecessary delays, as well as waiting loops can be avoided.

BARIG Secretary General, Michael Hoppe, comments: "We welcome the project of EU Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean as it revives the dynamics of this important topic for climate protection and efficiency. The course has been set, now the EU member states must finally take the actual steps to follow these announcements. Today's anachronistic system of a ‘patchwork quilt in the sky’ must be replaced as soon as possible by a Single European Sky and the respective enhancement of air traffic control – for the sake of climate protection, as well as for the efficiency and cost reduction that are more urgently needed than ever in the air transport industry.”

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