Thursday, April 5th, 2018



European Flights back to Normal After Eurocontrol IT System Crash

Normality has returned to European air traffic after approximately 15,000 trips, roughly half of those in European airspace, were affected by the failure of Eurocontrol’s Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System (ETFMS), which took place at around 2000 BST on Tuesday April 4. It is believed that 29,500 flights were scheduled over Eurocontrol-managed airspace, out of a potential 36,000 that it can oversee at peak time.

The failure of ETFMS makes it more difficult for air traffic controllers across Europe to compare the demand for airspace in different parts of its jurisdiction, thus making it harder to take appropriate action to avoid an ‘air jam'.
According to a statement issued by Eurocontrol yesterday: “There has been a failure of the Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System. Contingency procedures are being put in place which will have the effect of reducing the capacity of the European network by approximately 10%. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.”
When the ETFMS fails, the rest of the system reacts by limiting the number of planes allowed per airport to take off to just ten per hour, implementing the restriction in stages.

Airlines were asked to refile any flight plans that were sent prior to 1126 BST yesterday morning as they were lost in the system crash.

Eurocontrol confirmed that it would keep its contingency plans in place "until we are certain that sufficient data is in the system to allow it to operate completely correctly", confirming that "safety was not compromised at any time".

Although the failure will be seen as a source of frustration to passengers on the ground, from a bigger-picture perspective, in the event of a critical systems failure, Eurocontrol's backup systems are capable of performing exactly as planned.


Boeing expands services engagement in Latin America with GOL Airlines and Aeromexico

Boeing is expanding its commercial services capability in Latin America with new customer orders from GOL Airlines to use Boeing's Airplane Health Management for its 737 MAX fleet and from Aeromexico to use Boeing's landing gear exchange program for its 787 fleet.

According to Boeing's 2017 Services Market Outlook, the Latin American commercial aviation services market is currently growing at five percent per year. Boeing expects the total aviation support and services market in the region to be worth US$530bn by 2036.

GOL Linhas Aereas S.A., Brazil's largest domestic carrier, signed an agreement adding Airplane Health Management to its 737 MAX fleet. GOL will take delivery of its first new 737 MAX 8 starting this year. Employing Airplane Health Management will empower GOL to improve MAX fleet management, especially on its international expansion.

Aeromexico, the largest airline in Mexico, operates one of the most technologically-advanced fleets in the region and is a leading regional operator of the 787 Dreamliner. It will use Boeing's Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program for 17 aircraft in its 787 fleet, as well as AOG access. Through the program, operators receive an overhauled and recertified landing gear from an exchange pool maintained by Boeing, with stocked components and supporting parts shipping within 24 hours.

Aeromexico will also start using AerData's Engine Fleet Planning and Costing tool for its Boeing fleet, which helps customers optimize engine maintenance planning, engine spares availability and budgets. Using Boeing AnalytX capabilities, the tool analyzes in hours what typically takes an airline weeks to examine using other methods.


Spirit AeroSystems celebrates Fabrication Center of Excellence grand opening at McAlester, Okla., site

Spirit AeroSystems has unveiled its second center of excellence focusing on the fabrication of complex commercial and military aircraft parts. The facility, located at the company's McAlester, Okla., site, will support current customer contracts while accommodating new work in the global aerostructures market.

"We announced plans last year to create a three- and four-axis fabrication center of excellence to support the growth of our fabrication capabilities to a billion-dollar business for the company," said Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile. "Rather than moving work to Mexico, we imported 18 new machines from a shop in Juarez, Mexico. We began producing parts for customers in McAlester last year, and the site has capacity to bring in more machines as demand increases."

The purchase and installation of new equipment began in 2017, augmenting the company's existing capabilities as one of the world's largest fabricators of aerospace parts. Since production began, more than half of the 1,000 parts scheduled for production in McAlester have been through their first article inspection.

The new McAlester center specializes in small- to medium-sized parts and will generate millions of dollars in new revenue for Spirit.

CAAC approval for maintenance work on Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s for LHT in Hamburg

Lufthansa Technik AG's Hamburg site has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) as a maintenance organization for Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft. This decision means additional order potential for the VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division, since the very popular Boeing Business Jets are based on these aircraft types.

With this CAAC approval, both classic BBJs (Boeing 737-700) and BBJ2s (737-800) can be looked after in Hamburg in the future, from simple maintenance tasks to aircraft modification and all the way to major overhauls. For instance, these aircraft can now be equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology.


Brazilian Air Force selects Rockwell Collins to support flight operations

Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE)﹘the Special Transport Group of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira)﹘has renewed its contract for Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect℠ flight support services to cover its fleet of 13 aircraft, which includes an Airbus A319, and Embraer ERJ145, E-190 and Legacy 600 aircraft.

The contract provides GTE with flight planning services that allow the group to create and file electronic flight plans anywhere worldwide﹘all while monitoring weather conditions and using aircraft performance data and the latest atmospheric forecasts for the most precise fuel burns and time calculations. GTE is responsible for the national and international flight transportation of the President of the Republic, ministers of state, and high-level national and foreign authorities.

Jet Airways signs new order with Boeing for 75 737 MAX airplanes

Jet Airways has signed a new order with Boeing for 75 737 MAX airplanes, as India's premier international airline looks to the new and improved 737 jet to power its future growth.

Jet Airways announced its first order for 75 MAX airplanes in 2015 as part of a strategy to refresh its fleet with the most modern and environmentally progressive airplanes. The newest order adds 75 more MAXs to support the airline's future expansion. Jet Airways is set to take direct delivery of its first MAX airplane later this year.


Norway’s Widerøe receives world’s first Embraer E190-E2 jet

Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, have celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer’s first production E190-E2 today at a ceremony at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new-generation aircraft seating from 80 to 146-seat E-Jets to be introduced through 2021. Widerøe’s E190-E2 is configured with 114 seats in a single-class layout.

Widerøe has contracted for up to 15 E-Jets E2s - three firm E190-E2 orders and purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately US$873m if all rights are exercised.

The E190-E2 features new ultra-high bypass ratio engines and a completely new wing and landing gear. Compared to the first-generation E190, 75% of the aircraft systems are new.

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AAR signs agreement with AMETEK for civil aerospace markets

AAR announced that its OEM Aftermarket Solutions group has signed an exclusive agreement with Power and Data Systems (PDS) of AMETEK Aerospace & Defense to be its exclusive global aftermarket distributor supporting commercial, regional transport and helicopter markets.

The AMETEK products covered by the global agreement are specifically for foreign and domestic aircraft and include power distribution units, starter generators, generator control units, primary and secondary power distribution, solid-state power controllers and relays, remote control circuit breakers, arc fault protection, brushless motors, pump motors, actuators, cockpit instruments, data acquisition units, engine interface units, bus protocol converters, and engine monitoring systems.

"We are excited to expand our existing military relationship with AMETEK PDS into a commercial market partnership as well,” said Eric Young, Senior Vice President, AAR OEM Aftermarket Solutions."

3TOP acquires one Airbus A320

3TOP Aviation Services (3TOP), a fast growing aviation asset management company specialising in airfraime, engine, and general commercial aviation aftermarket inventory support  solutions, announced the acquisition of an Airbus A320‐200 (MSN 350) to support its global  customer base. The associated engines will augment 3TOP’s expanding trading and leasing portfolio.

The airframe will be disassembled in Tarmac, France and used to facilitate strategic support programs with 
3TOP’s network of operator and OEM customers.


Skyworld Aviation partners up with PCC Aero and RESIDCO on lease of one ERJ 145

Skyworld Aviation have partnered up with Patrice Candaten of PCC Aero and RESIDCO, a Chicago-based aircraft leasing company, on the long term lease placement of one ERJ 145 to Madagasikara Airways of Madagascar. Serial number 145461 was manufactured in 2001 and had previously operated with Republic Airways. The aircraft was delivered at Kingman Airline Services facility at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on March 30,2018 and has been re-registered as 5R-AMX. It is due to ferry to Madagascar in the coming days.

Madagasikara Airways was launched in 2015 and is based in Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo. The airline started operations with two EMB 120’s and one Super King Air B200 serving domestic airports with both scheduled and charter operations. It also serves Saint-Pierre Pierrefonds on the island of Réunion.



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