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Friday, June 18th, 2021

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389 Boeing 737 MAX jets affected worldwide after FAA issues inspection mandate

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a directive for Boeing whereby 737 MAX operators must conduct additional inspections of the jet’s automated flight control system. The directive has ensured that instructions released by Boeing in December, which meant planes with more than 6,000 hours of flight time should undergo specific electronic checks, will now become mandatory instructions.

Boeing confirmed that it "fully supports the FAA mandate "requiring functional checks at certain intervals to the digital flight control system, stabilizer trim, and the primary and secondary aisle stand stabilizer.”” The three repetitive inspections will be carried out during existing maintenance programs, the FAA said, "to ensure the continued functioning of certain systems throughout the life of the airplane."

According to Reuters news agency, the FAA also issued a notice on Wednesday called a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community (CANIC) "to highlight the importance of these inspections to other international regulators and to operators outside the United States."

The directive has impacted approximately about 72 U.S.-registered airplanes and 389 airplanes worldwide, the FAA said. The FAA said the directive is necessary because a "potential latent failure of a flight control system function" if combined with "unusual flight maneuvers or with another flight control system failure" could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. The FAA also said that all operators of U.S.-registered 737 MAX jets have already included these inspections in their maintenance programs.


Liebherr and GM to develop HYDROTEC fuel cell-based electrical power generation system

Liebherr-Aerospace and GM have signed a joint development agreement covering the development of an electrical power generation system to demonstrate how hydrogen fuel cell-based power systems could be used in aircraft application. This demonstrator will be based on GM’s HYDROTEC hydrogen fuel cell technology. The construction and testing of this demonstrator will take place in a specialized laboratory multi-system integration testing at Liebherr-Aerospace in Toulouse (France). The demonstrator will incorporate GM’s precisely crafted fuel cells, HYDROTEC power cube and fuel cell system, along with the GM’s controls and models.

GM, a leader in fuel cell technology, and Liebherr, with extensive expertise in technology integration in aircraft, are pooling their skills for this project. Lower emissions and lower noise than conventional aircraft operation: with these fuel cell advantages, among other things, both companies see a great opportunity for use in aviation. GM, through its relationship with Honda, is one of the world’s most advanced fuel cell developers in many industrial fields, now entering into aeronautics.

GM’s fuel cell business benefits from decades of investment in engineering and manufacturing expertise with high volume processes that can bring economies of scale to fuel cell production.


Fraport officially opens new passenger terminal in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Fraport Slovenija – a Fraport AG company – has officially inaugurated its new passenger terminal at Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia. Fraport invested some €21 million in the ultra-modern terminal which strategically positions Ljubljana Airport to meet the future requirements of travel and tourism. After about a two-year construction period, the new terminal will be open to passenger traffic beginning July 1.

Fraport has created an ultra-modern facility featuring 10,000 m² of area for flexible operations and increased services. Ljubljana’s terminal capacity has doubled to serve more than 1,200 passengers per hour. Along with more space and comfort, the terminal will feature a greater choice of shops, restaurants and other amenities – with over 1,200 m² available for retailing initially.

Fraport’s commitment to Ljubljana Airport goes beyond constructing a new passenger terminal. Since Fraport Slovenija started managing Ljubljana Airport in 2014, Fraport has invested more than €60 million in new facilities, such as the Fraport Aviation Academy, a new fire station and the new terminal. In addition, Fraport is looking closely at the big potential for cargo and airport city developments in the direct vicinity of the airport. Construction will start soon on a solar energy facility for the airport – part of the Fraport Group’s climate and environmental initiatives in Slovenia and worldwide.


CSAT expands base maintenance certification for customers operating Airbus A320neo-family aircraft

Czech Airlines Technics (CSAT) has started to provide base maintenance to airlines and leasing companies operating Airbus A320neo-family aircraft. The first two overhauls were successfully completed by the base maintenance division at Václav Havel Airport Prague in recent weeks. The Swedish airline Novair became the first customer of CSAT within the segment. CSAT received its new authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Czech Republic. In the first quarter of this year, the company also introduced Boeing 737 MAX aircraft base maintenance services.

On the basis of a new signed agreement, maintenance of two Airbus A32neo aircraft, SE-RKA and SE-RKB registration, was performed for the Swedish carrier Novair. The aircraft returned to operation after the prescribed work was performed to continue to be flown under the apollo brand.

Rusada embarks on major recruitment drive

Rusada, a leading provider of aviation software solutions, has announced a major recruitment drive to grow its product development division.

Despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rusada has remained in a strong financial position throughout, due a diverse customer portfolio and the signing of several important contracts.

In the last 12 months the company has agreed significant deals with airlines, helicopter operators, and MROs, for the use of its ENVISION software. Rusada also signed one of the largest contracts in its history back in August 2020, with a major government entity.

As such, it is now looking to capitalize on this position of strength and bolster its development capabilities. The company has already recruited 14 new members of staff this year, with another seven in progress, and is looking to add a further ten positions by the end of 2021. This includes software developers, both senior and junior, product owners and product testers. Many of these roles will be based out of Rusada’s U.K. office in Banbury, Oxfordshire.


Boeing, ESG and Lufthansa Technik partner for potential German P-8A Poseidon fleet support

Boeing has signed agreements with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Lufthansa Technik that outline joint efforts to explore potential areas of collaboration in systems integration, training, support and sustainment work. The signed memorandum of understanding may lead to more definitive agreements should Germany select the P-8A Poseidon as its next maritime surveillance aircraft.

Boeing, ESG and Lufthansa Technik have identified opportunities to collaborate in a number of areas and will explore these in more detail, including training and simulation, cyber security, systems integration, certification, environmental compliance, communications systems, electronic attack and electronic protect systems, aircraft and engine sustainment, component support services, predictive maintenance analysis and logistics services.

"This cooperation agreement underlines once again that we take our responsibility seriously when it comes to ensuring urgently needed capabilities,” said Christoph Otten, CEO of ESG. “As Boeing's strategic partner for the P-8A Poseidon fleet, we are pleased to be able to make the Bundeswehr a viable offer characterized by effectiveness, efficiency and the reliable delivery of services. As a long-standing partner of the German Bundeswehr and Navy aviators, ESG stands ready with its proven core competencies, solutions, services and products, particularly in the areas of systems integration, aviation certification and secure communication systems.”

Lufthansa Technik has a long history in technical support of Boeing airplanes around the world. In addition, under Boeing’s Performance-Based Logistics program, Lufthansa Technik also provides hardware support to the Italian fleet of Boeing KC-767A tankers and has facilitated outstanding aircraft availability for the Italian Air Force.

AJW Group signs power-by-the-hour contract with TUS Airways

AJW Group has secured a new Power-by-the-Hour (PBH) support contract with Cypriot carrier, TUS Airways. AJW ensured a flexible service launch for the A320 operator, initially with pool access and increasing to the full Power-by-the-Hour service contract once operations stabilize beyond the pandemic.

TUS Airways began commercial operations in 2016 with a fleet of Saab and Fokker aircraft, operating out of Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus, offering both charter and scheduled services.

The multi-year PBH contract recognizes AJW's global reputation in the marketplace and the agility with which it comprehensively supports start-up airlines with complete supply chain solutions.

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