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VistaJet orders ten Bombardier Challenger 350 business jets

Bombardier has confirmed that worldwide fleet operator VistaJet is the customer for a previously disclosed firm order for ten Challenger 350 business jets. Bombardier announced the sale involving its best-selling Challenger platform on December 23; it was one of the biggest jet orders of 2020.

VistaJet said in a press release that its firm order for ten Challenger 350 business jets is in response to “a growing and urgent demand” in the super midsize segment. The Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft represents the total package of performance and cabin experience. It is the ideal business jet to respond to a growing interest in private aviation amid a worldwide pandemic.

HAECO Cabin Solutions achieves TSO for Vector Light seat

HAECO Cabin Solutions, a business unit of the HAECO Group specialized in aircraft seating, interiors and cabin reconfiguration, has successfully obtained FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) certification for Vector Light, the newest member of its Vector seating line, setting a new benchmark in weight and comfort onboard single-aisle aircraft.

Doug Rasmussen, President and Group Director of HAECO Cabin Solutions, said: “Vector Light, with a weight of 7.9 kg per passenger for a fully equipped seat, has achieved significant weight savings, best-in-class passenger comfort and low-cost of ownership without compromizing on the quality and reliability, which define our Vector seating line.”

Utilizing a patent pending primary structure and making intelligent use of advanced materials, such as titanium and flexible slotted body-contouring carbon fiber, this “design-forward” seat maximizes available cabin space and enhances passenger comfort through a comprehensive ergonomic approach and offers industry-leading living space at a narrow pitch.

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Vallair widens MRO proficiency, adding A330 aerostructure repair capabilities

Vallair,  the multi-faceted aviation business dedicated to the support of aircraft operators and lessors, has increased its MRO offering to include A330 aerostructure repair capabilities. The capability will be offered at its facility in Châteauroux, France where it currently repairs a variety of parts, including nacelles, inlet cowls, fan cowls, thrust reversers and flight controls.

“We are always seeking new ways to support our customers, and by constantly assessing and reacting to the demands of the market Vallair is able to fine tune our capabilities,” comments Malcolm Chandler, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Vallair. “To date our aerostructure capability has focused on narrowbody aircraft such as the B737 and the A321, so this will be a new path for Vallair. We have upskilled our current workforce to accommodate these additional services and work on A330 thrust reversers and inlet cowls will begin this month. Currently our turn-around times for narrowbody thrust reversers are four to five weeks, with five to six weeks for outer workscopes, and we will maintain these efficient TATs the A330.”

Vallair has recently been awarded a ten-year lease for a new state-of-the-art full-service aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and cargo conversion hangar which is being constructed adjacent to its existing aerostructures repair and logistics facility. This significant project in partnership with the Centre Val de Loire Region and the Chateauroux Airport Establishment further establishes Vallair’s MRO footprint in central France, and further complements its MRO & painting facilities in Montpellier.

Vallair will introduce new repair workscopes for A330 aerostructure components in Q2, 2021.

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Singapore Airlines successfully migrates to Sabre’s advanced, next generation Crew Manager solution

Singapore Airlines has successfully migrated to Sabre’s new generation Crew Manager solution.  This latest implementation builds on Sabre’s longstanding relationship with Singapore Airlines and means that Singapore’s national flag carrier can now take full advantage of Sabre’s advanced crew planning, tracking, management, and recovery ecosystem at a time when crew management is more complex than ever before.  

Singapore Airlines, together with its subsidiary SilkAir, is now able to quickly and efficiently manage and track all crew operations from one holistic, real-time crew management system, enabling more effective communication and decision-making.  

“Crew management is one of the most complicated areas of airline operations, and that complexity is only growing as the COVID-19 pandemic means airlines are operating in an environment of constant change, new government and authority regulations, changing business needs, and dynamic crew expectations,” said Rakesh Narayanan, Vice President, Regional General Manager, Asia Pacific, Travel Solutions Airline Sales .

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Boeing selects Dukane Seacom distress tracking ELT DK-406-DT

Dukane Seacom has been selected by Boeing to supply its DK-406-DT Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) to support the new Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) regulations that go into effect in January 2023. The DK-406-DT is the latest in the AeroELT™ family of products designed and manufactured by Dukane Seacom in its Sarasota, FL. headquarters.

Dukane Seacom's AeroELT™ product family consist of integrated ELT solutions designed and tested to the current and future requirements for worldwide ELT operations. With focus on safety and high reliability, the AeroELT™ product family provides improvements in automatic triggering as well as meeting DO-227A compliance for containment of a lithium battery thermal runaway event. They utilize multi-axis MEMS technology to automatically detect impact, improving trigger reliability over traditional "G-Switch" triggers. A self-contained GNSS receiver further enhances the ability of search and rescue to quickly locate an aircraft in distress worldwide.

Robinson R66 Police Helicopter joins Polk County Sheriff’s aviation fleet

Robinson Helicopter Company has delivered one R66 Police Helicopter, serial number 1025, to Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).

PCSO’s R66 Police helicopter is the first R66 Police helicopter configured with a Wescam MX-10 EO/IR imaging system and an HD infrared sensor, a system widely used by homeland security and law enforcement agencies. In addition to a standard Spectrolab SX-7 Starsun searchlight system, PCSO’s R66 includes an optional Aerocomputers UC-6000 digital mapping system, auxiliary fuel tank, impact resistant windshield, Garmin’s G500H TXi 1060 flight display with synthetic vision, and NVG-rated instruments for a future NVG certification.

PCSO air support flies on average 1,100 hours each year. Centrally located between Orlando and Tampa, PSCO provides air support for every law enforcement agency in its 2,000 square mile county as well as surrounding counties.

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Atitech awarded integrated logistic support contract for Italian Presidential fleet

Atitech has been awarded a contract for the integrated logistic support of the A319CJ fleet of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, operated by the 31st wing of the Italian Air Force.

The contract will have a duration of four-years starting from July 1, 2021 and has a value of €28 million. Atitech
has already supported the A319CJ fleet since November 2017, previously supported by Iberia, after having won the tender announced by NATO (NSPA).

"Atitech continues to confirm itself as a reliable and expert supplier to provide high quality and reliable integrated services to military and civilian customers, taking care of everything needed to fly them safely," declared Atitech President Lettier.

CAE expands digital solutions portfolio with addition of RB Group

CAE has announced the expansion of its digital solutions portfolio with the addition of RB Group, a leading provider of fully integrated solutions that modernize the way airlines and business aircraft operators interact with their crew. This announcement further supports CAE’s expansion into digital flight crew management and represents another important milestone in the company’s goal to unite operators and crew in a single, interconnected digital ecosystem.

Following the acquisition of Merlot Aero’s crew management and optimization software in December 2020, the addition of RB Group enhances CAE’s product portfolio with powerful digital tools that further improve airline operations and crew work-life balance. The suite of applications includes a digital logbook, and the crew engagement RosterBuster app. With over 400,000 users globally and over 500 airlines currently supported, the RosterBuster crew app empowers aviation professionals with relevant and instant information and allows users to connect to their airline operations, communicate with fellow crew members, and manage their busy day-to-day lives with ease.

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FAI Technik completes extensive Challenger 604 refurbishment project

Nuremberg, Germany-based MRO, FAI Technik GmbH, part of the FAI Aviation Group, has completed its latest full refurbishment, a pre-owned Bombardier Challenger 604 (MSN 5412) on behalf of a corporate client. The aircraft which was handed over to its new Germany-based owner earlier in the month, will be operated under NCC regulations by FAI Technik’s parent company, FAI rent-a-jet GmbH. This latest project represents FAI’s first extensive refurbishment on the Challenger series.

The one-million-euro project took approximately 2500 manhours to complete and features VIP seating for 12 passengers which includes high-gloss carbon fibre veneer surfaces, soft furnishings in tasteful shades of grey, polished smoked nickel with glossy clear coat metal platings throughout and stylish white marble countertops and stone floors in the galley and restroom. The luxury interior is complemented by Gogo's Aviator 300 with intermediate gain antenna, Wi-Fi internet and Collins' Airshow 500 installation. Exterior designer paint was undertaken by Satys in Norwich, U.K., and features a VIP finish in silver-grey metallic.

The Challenger 604 refurbishment follows FAI Technik’s recent prototype installation of Collins Ku-Band Highspeed Internet System on a Challenger 850. Meanwhile FAI Technik has completed eight installations of Honeywell’s Ka-Band on Bombardier BD700 aircraft. The MRO division has also successfully installed Collins ultra-high-speed Ku-Band inflight connectivity system on Global Express and Challenger 850 aircraft and will soon commence the prototype installation on a Challenger 605.

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Japan Airlines retires Pratt & Whitney-powered 777s a year early after United Airlines incident

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced that it has taken the decision to retire its 13 Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777s a year earlier than scheduled. The news follows on from the grounding of the aircraft in February after a United Airlines 777 with Pratt & Whitney engines shed debris after what was later identified as a cracked fan blade consistent with metal fatigue.

In February, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had ordered immediate inspection of all 777 planes with PW4000 engines before further flights. In addition, JAL had a problem last December with a Tokyo-bound 777 with Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines that was forced to return to Naha Airport. “JAL has decided to accelerate the retirement of all P&W equipped Boeing 777 by March 2021, which (was) originally planned by March 2022,” the Japanese airline said on Monday in a notice on its website.

JAL will now be turning to the newer Airbus SE A350s on domestic routes to Osaka’s Itami Airport while using international planes for other domestic routes to maintain flight frequencies.
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