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Monday, October 19th, 2020

General Atomics Europe intends to take over RUAG Aerospace Services

General Atomics Europe GmbH (GA-E), the medium-size service and consulting company with stakes in eight subsidiaries, has announced its intention to acquire RUAG Aerospace Services (RUAG), formerly part of the Swiss technology group RUAG International. This will enable GA-E to expand its product and service portfolio to include the maintenance and repair of business aircraft and military helicopters, as well as the production and maintenance of the Dornier 228.

GA-E intends to retain 450 RUAG staff that will result in the creation of a 1,000-strong technology group workforce.  GA-E will also become one of the few companies in Germany to have all the necessary approvals for the development, production and maintenance of civil aircraft.

Felix Ammann, Managing Director of RUAG Aerospace Services GmbH, said: “We are delighted to have found an experienced industrial partner in General Atomics Europe, which has the best pre-requisites to continue successfully the business activities at the Oberpfaffenhofen special airport. RUAG International’s top priority is to lead the location and its 450 employees into a secure future.”

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SAS takes delivery of first A321LR using sustainable jet fuel

Scandinavian carrier SAS has taken delivery of its first of three A321LR on lease from Air Lease Corporation, becoming the newest operator of the efficient long-haul single aisle aircraft. The A321LR is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines.

The delivery flight from Airbus Hamburg to its home base in Copenhagen uses a 10% sustainable jet fuel blend. The initiative is part of SAS’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and Airbus’ objective to contributing to the aviation sector’s ambitious decarbonisation targets. Airbus is the first aircraft manufacturer offering customers the option of receiving new jetliners with sustainable fuel. Such delivery flights have been available since 2016.

SAS’s A321 features a modern and highly comfortable three-class cabin layout with 157 seats (22 “SAS Business” class, 12 “SAS Plus” class and 123 “SAS Go” class seats). The airline plans to deploy the aircraft from the Nordic countries on transatlantic routes.

Aircraft Support Industries contracted by NAAI for design and construction of aircraft recycling facilities

Aircraft Support Industries (ASI) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI) for the development of three new dedicated aircraft recycling facilities including the facility planned at the Global TransPark in Kinston, North Carolina, U.S.A.

The other two facilities being constructed will be located at Al Ain International Airport in the Emirate Abu Dhabi, UAE and Clark International Airport in the Philippines. In providing its services ASI will rely on a phased-in project development approach. Phase one will focus on a custom-designed 30,000 m² dismantling hangar that can accommodate
three of the largest aircraft such as the A380. ASI will apply its proprietary stressed arch building system along with a 7,500 m² annex for the construction of the 100-meter span hangar.

The annex will be used to house the engineering support workshops and materials warehousing for the NAAI facility in the U.S.A. and facilities in the Middle East and Asia. Subsequent phases include for a two-bay wide-body MRO hangar and a dedicated wide-body painting hangar.

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BAA Training Vietnam receives certificates for UPRT training

BAA Training Vietnam has received the necessary certificates for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), aligned with Airbus A320 simulators from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and have already had their training instructors certified for UPRT training. Until 2021, the pilots of the Vietnamese airlines are required to undergo Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), introduced by the ICAO, and being implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).  

The BAA Training Vietnam type-related UPRT is a separate training program and it addresses the specific requirements of the relevant class on the type of aircraft. The key areas of focus of this specific type of training are an enhanced knowledge base of the factors leading to an upset condition, spatial orientation, unusual attitude recovery, and spin recognition and recovery. The form and content of UPRT training are approved by the CAAV, as the regulatory authority for the Vietnam aviation industry.

The new UPRT program launched by BAA Training Vietnam is aimed at enhancing a pilot‘s competencies as well as raising the level of flight safety, to ensure that aviation remains as one of the safest transportation industries. It is important to emphasize that the new UPRT regulations have also brought new certification specifications for flight simulation training devices which have been recently updated to include guidance on stall model evaluation. BAA Training Vietnam has already received approval for two Airbus A320 full-flight simulators (FFS).This has introduced the possibility of being confident that full-flight simulators now adequately represent an aircraft's characteristics during an aerodynamic stall.

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De Havilland Canada chooses IFS to integrate its value chain

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (De Havilland Canada) is rationalising its application landscape and replacing 300+ legacy business applications with an extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform from IFS.

IFS Applications™ will be deployed in the cloud at De Havilland Canada’s facilities in Toronto and will support operational processes including sales and order management, manufacturing, materials management, procurement and finance, and aftermarket support.

“We chose IFS because of its impressive qualifications in the global aerospace and defence sector as well as the comprehensive nature of its technology,” said Anca Preda, Vice President, Information Technology, De Havilland Canada. “By unifying our entire operations on the IFS stack we will get full control and transparency across mission-critical processes including sales, project manufacturing, materials management, procurement, finance, all the way through to aftermarket service. All using out-of-the-box, fully integrated functionality. This is a significant investment by De Havilland Canada that will help us increase efficiency and effectiveness while offering even more value to our customers.”

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Air Covers secures new Royal Air Force Typhoon contract

Air Covers, a leading specialist in the design of bespoke protective covers for the aerospace and marine sector, has won a competitive bid to provide environmental protective covers for 147 RAF Typhoon aircraft.  Air Covers also won the supply contract for the Typhoon Display Team.

Deliveries of the covers to RAF Coningsby have already started.  A total of 50 complete sets have been dispatched to date, with a further 97 to follow.  Each cupola cover is made at Air Covers’ facility in Wrexham, North Wales. 

The Typhoon fleet will be protected with Air Covers’ full convection cooling cover technology.  The cupola covers are 30% lighter than the aircraft’s incumbent covers, which were also creating a heat sink effect, raising cockpit temperatures above ambient.  The new covers have been successfully trialled and tested with three air forces (with similar combat aircraft) in Italy, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

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Honeywell acquires Ballard Unmanned Systems

Honeywell has acquired assets from privately held Ballard Unmanned Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southborough, Mass.-based Ballard Power Systems. Ballard Unmanned Systems designs and produces industry-leading, stored-hydrogen proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems that power unmanned aerial systems (UAS), particularly those used for energy inspection, cargo delivery, and other commercial and defense applications where demand for UAS services is growing.

Honeywell is acquiring the key intellectual property, inventory and equipment of Ballard Unmanned Systems. Ballard’s team of fuel-cell experts will also join Honeywell as part of the acquisition.

“Adding Ballard Unmanned Systems to the Honeywell family is another example of our commitment to invest in the growing UAS segment,” said Mike Madsen, president and chief executive officer, Honeywell Aerospace. “We can now begin producing top-quality, scalable power systems for our UAS customers and eventually adapt these systems for other future aerospace, defense and adjacent segment applications.”
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