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Monday, February 15th, 2021

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Despite record losses, Air Canada CEO optimistic over government aid talks

Air Canada has reported a net loss for the 2020 fiscal year of CA$4.65 billion, or CA$16.47 per diluted share compared to a net income of CA$1.45 billion, or CA$5.44 per diluted share, in 2019, also reporting a net loss of CA$1.16 billion, or $3.91 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, compared to a profit of CA$152 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, in 2019. In the fourth quarter, the airline burned through CA$15 million cash per day, bringing the 2020 cash burn to CA$4.67 billion.

Despite the results reflecting what he described as “the bleakest year in the history of commercial aviation,” Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said he is “very encouraged” by ongoing discussions with the federal government.“ Rovinescu said on a conference call with analysts on Friday, February 12: “In Canada, we continue to contend with a patchwork of new and ever-changing travel restrictions that are stifling travel demand, impacting our ability to operate or plan, and even preventing us from formulating reliable financial guidance.”

Rovinescu said that any deal with the government will include a resolution on passenger refunds, a return of regional routes as well as a form of support for the aerospace sector. “While there’s no assurances at this stage that we will arrive at a definitive agreement on sector support, I am more optimistic on this front,” he said.


Advance Aerospace boosting business efficiencies with WinAir

WinAir has announced that MRO, Advance Aerospace, has implemented WinAir Version 7 and is now live with the software. After concluding a seamless product implementation this past January using entirely remote processes and procedures, including completing a data migration, inventory import, and user training, the MRO is now using the software daily to track and manage maintenance and maintain inventory control. It is also beginning to identify some of the many benefits of utilizing the aviation industry's top aviation management software for companies focused on reliability, compliance, and having access to data that they can trust.

Established in 2013, Advance Aerospace operates out of Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB) in Delta, British Columbia, Canada. The company works with military and civilian operations and is a Transport Canada and EASA Approved Maintenance Organization. Since its inception, businesses throughout the helicopter industry have recognized Advance Aerospace as the “go-to” maintenance facility for the General Electric CT58/T58engine series. Over the years, the company has diversified its capabilities and has naturally progressed into providing support for all dynamic components on the Sikorsky S-61 platform. Today, Advance Aerospace continues to expand upon these capabilities by venturing into other platforms wherein WinAir serves as the foundation for incorporating additional product lines.

Lufthansa CityLine signs aircraft records management deal with FLYdocs

Lufthansa CityLine, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group specialized in European feeder services connecting Lufthansa’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs, has signed a deal with FLYdocs to automate and manage its aircraft records across its fleet of 51 aircraft. 

The five-year agreement will help the airline adopt a fully paperless approach to its records management. The FLYdocs® platform boasts an enhanced integration with leading M&E software, AMOS, which Lufthansa CityLine already uses as its core ERP system. Through the seamless interface, the airline will benefit from full digital aircraft compliance on-demand. 

Michael Lariviere, Vice President Technical Fleet Management at Lufthansa CityLine said: “Our partnership with FLYdocs will be instrumental in helping us to generate major cost and efficiency savings. To maintain our high technical standards it is imperative that we have the most accurate and compliance-driven processes for managing our assets. FLYdocs has a convincing track record of being a collaborative partner so we look forward to growing this relationship.”


Jaunt Air Mobility awarded contract for development of extreme fast charging solutions to support electric aircraft development

Jaunt Air Mobility has released that the Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the company a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract to develop Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) solutions for the development of electric aircraft for large scale production and fleet management.

“The advent of electric aviation creates a need for the development of extreme fast charging solutions to enable the next generation of electric aviation,” states Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility. “As an OEM in the design and development of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, we are pleased to be working with BAE Systems and Binghamton University on this effort. No standardized aerospace charger solutions are widely available.”

The contract is to develop a commercial XFC solution that integrates XFC power electronics, battery cooling, and smart communications with the vehicle and battery system to support both on-vehicle charging and depot-level charging needs. The solution leverages Binghamton University’s XFC research in high-power, high-voltage charging solutions with advancements to support the broad range of platform voltage, security, and safety requirements for aviation.

As the platform provider, Jaunt Air Mobility provides the platform and fleet requirements while leveraging BAE Systems’ experience in integrating and fielding over 14000 high-power, high-voltage battery systems, and power electronics solutions to commercialize the XFC solution.

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, STTR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small businesses and non-profit research institutions. STTR is to bridge the gap between basic science and the commercialization of resulting innovations.

PWI receives FAA STC approval for B200/250 window & light LED upgrade for King Air aircraft

PWI has reported that the FAA has given STC approval to the PWI B200/250 King Air window LED upgrade.

“This upgrade completely rejuvenates and refreshes the interior of the B200/250. Nobody likes sitting in a dated aircraft,” said Robi Lorik, President and CEO of PWI . “The King Air B200/250 are first-rate aircraft. This upgrade provides first rate lighting that owners of other models of King Air aircraft have already been enjoying.” More than 6,000 B200 and 250 King Air aircraft have been built since production started in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The B200/250 upgrade provides a contemporary feeling cabin. PWI’s LED upgrade will not create a buzzing noise which plagues current lighting systems, giving an overall quieter flight to all passengers. The upgrade also provides 100,000 hours of life as well as a 33% weight savings, compared to fluorescent. The PWI upgrade also requires 50% less measured operating current, and eliminates the high voltage associated with fluorescent lighting. LED’s also require less ongoing maintenance.


TAM expects recurring Saab 340 conversions to pave the way for strong 2021

Having delivered the first Saab 340 cargo conversion for 2021 in January and another already in the workshops, Täby Air Maintenance, TAM, expects 2021 to be at least as good as 2020.

With a world-wide reputation as a premier service provider for regional airliners, the current portfolio of services offered – maintenance and overhaul of Saab 340 and Saab 2000, complemented in 2020 with the
ATR72 family, extensive rebuilds, modifications and cargo conversions of Saab 340s – has proved to be the right concept.

"With an attractive mix of services, we can summarize the year 2020 as a rather good year for TAM, business-wise. The decision to include the ATR72 in our service portfolio, with the first two aircraft fully refurbished aircraft delivered to KrasAvia last November, was a right move with more ATRs coming this spring," said Pär Gulle, TAM Managing Director.
"However, apart from the pandemic, we see there is currently a strong business disturbance due to Brexit. The exit agreement between the U.K. and the EU is in place, but a number of more detailed issues connected to Brexit remain to be solved, limiting our ability to serve our U.K. customers the way we would prefer," Pär Gulle remarks.
"Still, we see with confidence to the year that lies ahead, as we have a world-wide customer base for our Saab 340 and Saab 2000 maintenance, overhaul and rebuild programs including our cargo conversion program for the Saab 340. With one aircraft already delivered in January to a North American customer, and a second in the modification line for a European cargo airline, we expect the number of conversions this year to reach an all-time high," Pär Gulle summarized the forecast for 2021.

Embraer delivers 71 jets in fourth-quarter 2020 and 130 total jets in full-year 2020

Embraer has delivered 71 jets in the fourth quarter of 2020, of which 28 were commercial aircraft and 43 were executive jets (23 light and 20 large), which represents a decrease of ten aircraft in the quarter in comparison with the fourth quarter of 2019. The Company delivered a total of 130 jets in 2020, comprised of 44 commercial aircraft and 86 executive jets (56 light and 30 large), which represents a decrease of almost 35% compared to 2019, when 198 jets were delivered.

During the fourth quarter of 2020, Embraer Executive Jets delivered the first of the Praetor 600 fleet to Flexjet, the Praetor fleet launch customer. The business unit also announced a collaboration with Porsche to create Duet, a limited-edition Embraer Phenom 300E aircraft and Porsche 911 TurboS car pairing.

In commercial aviation, the Belarusian national air carrier Belavia took delivery of its first E195-E2 jet. Congo Airways placed a firm order for two E195-E2 jets, in addition to their existing two aircraft order for the smaller E190-E2. This new firm order was included in Embraer’s 2020 fourth-quarter backlog.

Embraer Defense & Security delivered the fourth C-390 Millennium multi-mission medium airlifter to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) in the fourth quarter. All 28 units of the aircraft ordered by FAB are equipped to perform aerial refueling missions, with the designation KC-390 Millennium. Embraer also delivered the first two modernized EMB 145 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) aircraft, designated E-99, to FAB. Three additional E-99 aircraft will be modernized as part of the contract.

Embraer announced the completion and delivery of the first European conversion of a Legacy 450 to a Praetor 500 for an undisclosed customer. The conversion was performed at the Embraer Executive Jets Service Center at Le Bourget International Airport, in Paris, France.

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