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Friday, June 11th, 2021

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S7 Technics’ new Russian MRO facility for Honeywell auxiliary power units now 85% complete

Russia’s S7 Technics, a leading MRO provider in both Russia and CIS has confirmed that its first Russia-based MRO facility for the repair of Honeywell auxiliary power units (APUs) has reached 85% completion, with the opening of the facility due in the fourth quarter of the year. The facility will be based at Sheremetyevo International Airport, the busiest of four major airports which serves the Russian capital, Moscow.

S7 Technics has already been appointed a Honeywell partner for the authorized services of APUs for the 131-9A/B and RE-220 types, which are installed on the world's most popular aircraft - the Airbus A320 family, the Boeing 737 family, and the Russian SSJ-100. This year has seen the commencement of the major portion of the construction work of the new repair shop, which includes the reconstruction of former warehouse premises to create production facilities. An extension will be built which will operate as the spare parts warehouse. The majority of plant and equipment has already been purchased for washing, inspections and various repair tasks, with the remainder due on completion of the building work. A fully equipped test cell for repaired APUs has also been delivered. In the newly completed repair facility, S7 Technics specialists will perform major repairs of aircraft auxiliary power units, which includes total reassembly, cleaning of parts, components and assemblies, as well as their inspection.

"The new S7 Technics production site will allow airlines from Russia and CIS to achieve the time and cost savings, as they will not need to send the Honeywell APU for repairs abroad. The expected production capacity of the workshop will be up to 50 repaired APUs per year, " commented Nikita Babkin, Director of Sales and Business Development for the repair of power plants S7 Technics. Operation of the MRO facility will be carried out under the EASA Certificate Part-145 of S7 Technics.


TrueNoord leases ATR 72-600 to Silver Airways

TrueNoord, the specialist regional aircraft lessor, has signed a long-term operating lease with Silver Airways for an ATR 72-600. The turboprop entered Silver Airways’ fleet at the end of May and is flying in Silver’s network within the southeast United States and the Bahamas.

Garry Topp, Sales Director for TrueNoord responsible for the Americas, comments: “As Silver Airways transitions its entire fleet to ATRs we’re especially pleased to provide this aircraft at a time when they are seeing rapid growth in demand. Identifying opportunities for re-marketing and successful placement of our aircraft into new markets that consolidate our growth in a challenging environment is a cornerstone of our business strategy. Aptly named ‘Silver Warrior’, and bearing new brand livery, this is TrueNoord’s first turboprop placement in North America and our first aircraft on lease with Silver Airways.”

Prior to transitioning to Silver Airways, the ATR 72-600 (MSN1038) was previously leased by TrueNoord to Nordica, the Estonian carrier. It was reconfigured to U.S. specifications at ATR Francazal near Toulouse, France prior to ferry flight to Florida.


Airbus to test A320neo with 100% SAF

Airbus, Safran, Dassault Aviation, ONERA and the Ministry of Transport are jointly launching an in-flight study, at the end of 2021, to analyse the compatibility of unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines. This flight will be made with the support of the “Plan de relance aéronautique” (the French government‘s aviation recovery plan) managed by Jean Baptiste Djebbari, French Transport Minister.

Known as VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux), this project is the first time that in-flight emissions will be measured using 100% SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

Airbus is responsible for characterising and analysing the impact of 100% SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation for commercial and helicopter aircraft and their optimization for various types of 100% SAF fuels. ONERA will support Airbus and Safran in analysing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will be in charge of preparing, analysing and interpreting test results for the impact of 100% SAF on emissions and contrail formation. In addition, Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100% SAF biocontamination susceptibility. 

The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by TotalEnergies.

From Dublin to Dallas - EirTrade Aviation expands into the U.S.

EirTrade Aviation, the aviation technical asset services and trading company, has opened a new facility in Dallas, Fort Worth. The 22,000 ft² facility will be headed by Bill Thompson who joined EirTrade in April 2021 and will complement EirTrade’s existing operations in Europe and Asia. Despite only having opened its doors last month, EirTrade shortly expects to receive its first CF6-80C2, RB211 and CFM56-7B engines into the facility.

“I am delighted to be leading EirTrade’s expansion into the U.S. especially at a time when the industry is looking for ways to extract maximum value from older assets and source equipment quickly and cost-effectively,” said Thompson. “We will be working with EirTrade’s existing infrastructure as an extension of its global activities to support U.S. contracts where a stateside warehouse will deliver improved TATs and improved opportunities for part-outs, storage and consignments. My intention is to maintain a small, focused team which will not only bring a wealth of experience across the CFM56 and V2500 engine types, but also augment our overall capabilities by giving us insight into other engine lines which EirTrade has not previously supported, such as the CF6, and RB211.”


Rex acquires Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator

Rex has announced the acquisition of a Boeing 737 Full Flight Simulator (B737 FFS) from Boeing U.S. Training & Flight Services. The B737 FFS satisfies the qualification Level D requirements promulgated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and will be used for type ratings, recurrent training and proficiency checks. It is also certified for Upset Recovery Training (UPRT) and can be configured for a number of variants of the B737, including B737-800, B737-700, and B737 Boeing Business Jet (BBJ).

The B737 FFS will continue to be housed at and maintained by Ansett Aviation Training (AAT) in Brisbane. It will later be co-located with the SAAB 340 FFS at Rex’s Simulator Centre in Sydney when the latter is ready in two years’ time. Rex will make the B737 FFS available for use by other carriers, within Australia and internationally, whenever spare slots are available.

The acquisition of the Boeing 737 FFS bolsters Rex’s position in the domestic market by strengthening its training capabilities and demonstrates Rex’s long-term commitment to domestic operations in Australia.

Fly Leasing shareholders approve acquisition by Carlyle Aviation

Fly Leasing Limited (FLY) has received shareholder approval to be acquired by an affiliate of Carlyle Aviation Partners (Carlyle Aviation), the commercial aviation investment and servicing arm within Carlyle’s US$59 billion global credit platform. Approximately 99.9% of the votes cast at the special general meeting of FLY’s shareholders voted in favor of the transaction.

Closing of the transaction remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close prior to the end of July 2021. Upon closing, FLY shareholders will receive US$17.05 per share in cash for each FLY share that they own.

Following the closing of the transaction, FLY shares will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company will become part of Carlyle Aviation.


Embraer signs contract with GrandView Aviation for Phenom 300MED

Embraer has signed a contract with GrandView Aviation for a Phenom 300MED STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) conversion. The aircraft will be converted at Embraer’s Service Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and operated by on-demand charter operator GrandView Aviation.

“We originally selected the Phenom 300 as our national fleet platform due to its flexibility and high utilization reliability. With the Phenom 300MED conversion, our aircraft can transition from a passenger cabin interior to medevac in a matter of hours, allowing for maximum operational efficiency,” Said Jessie Naor, Chief Operating Officer at GrandView Aviation. “We already operate diverse missions, and the Phenom 300MED further adds to our ability to meet a wide variety of client needs.”

The Phenom 300MED is a unique Medevac solution for the Phenom 300 series aircraft and is available through a STC, developed and certified by Embraer and umlaut utilizing Aerolite equipment. The Medevac solution, which is also available for new aircraft, is exclusively installed by Embraer’s Services & Support organization, ensuring the highest quality, reliability, and service experience, direct from the manufacturer.

West Star Aviation names Randy Miller as Technical Sales Manager (GJT)

West Star Aviation has named Randy Miller as Technical Sales Manager for the Challenger/Global division at its Grand Junction, CO (GJT) location.

Miller has over 25 years of aviation experience, previously working at StandardAero, Textron, Western Aircraft and West Star. He restores and flies antique aircraft, including a 1942 450hp Boeing Strearman and a 1946 Aeronca 7AC. He provides scenic rides and performs aerobatics via his personal Vintage Aviation business.

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