Monday, June 24th, 2019

S7 Technics launches engine repair facility at Mineralnye Vody

S7 Technics, Russian provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has launched Russia and the CIS's second repair shop for the CFM56 aero engines that power Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 aircraft.

The new amenity is located at S7 Technics’ southern base at Mineralnye Vody Airport (IATA: MRV) and combines several facilities: an aircraft bearings inspection section, a dedicated zone for powerplant unit repairs, and a separate station for part cleaning of engines.

The shop is equipped with a customised increased durability overhead crane with lifting devices (telphers) for the disassembly and assembly of engines and their components. The 850-m² facility employs seven technicians and can simultaneously service up to four CFM56 engines.

The first such shop, which S7 Technics launched at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport in 2016, is able to handle two engines at a time. So with this new addition, the service provider has tripled its CFM56 repair capabilities in Russia and the CIS.

Mineralnye Vody has already won its first contract, from freight carrier ATRAN. The CFM56 engine was delivered to Mineralnye Vody by road.


Air BP and CNAF expand partnership in Chinese aviation market

Air BP and China National Aviation Fuel Group (CNAF) have signed a joint venture agreement to operate a general aviation fuel business in Southwest China, covering Sichuan Province, Guizhou Province and Chongqing Municipality.

The agreement was signed by Alan Wilson, China strategic project director of Air BP and Shi Haiping, executive director of CNAF GA Development Company.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the joint venture, CNAF Air BP General Aviation Fuel Company,
intends to support the growth and development of China’s general aviation sector – civil aviation other than commercial air transportation – with the intention to expand the scope further in future.

The Chinese general aviation sector has seen rapid growth in recent years and this is expected to
continue. China's government has said that by 2020 it expects general aviation in China will reach two million hours flown and the fleet size will exceed 5,000 aircraft.

Rolls-Royce to acquire Siemens’ eAircraft business to boost electrification strategy

Rolls-Royce has entered into an Agreement to purchase Siemens’ eAircraft business responsible for electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion. Expected to complete in late 2019, Rolls-Royce sees this as a strategic move to enable the engine manufacturer to play a leading role in the ‘third era’ of aviation. Siemens’ eAircraft business is located in both Germany and Hungary and has been
developing a range of electric and hybrid-electric engines – the two companies have previously worked together on Rolls-Royce’s E-Fan X demonstrator that is of the scale required to power regional aircraft.

Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Electrification is set to have as dramatic impact on aviation as the replacement of piston engines by gas turbines. We are at the dawn of the third era of aviation, which will bring a new class of quieter and cleaner air transport to the skies.”

“We have already made significant strides in realising our strategy of ‘championing electrification’ and this move will accelerate our ambitions in aerospace by adding vital skills and technology to our portfolio. It brings us increased scale and additional expertise as we develop a product range of hybrid power and propulsion systems. I look forward to welcoming our new colleagues into
Rolls-Royce and working with them to pioneer new technologies and solutions.”

GA Telesis

BOC Aviation delivers one A320neo to Qingdao Airlines

BOC Aviation has delivered one new Airbus A320neo aircraft to Qingdao Airlines Company (Qingdao Airlines). The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan™ engines.

Istanbul's International Flight Center signs LOI for two full flight simulators

TRU Simulation + Training has released that long-time, Istanbul-based customer International Flight Training Center, had signed a letter of intent for two new full flight simulators, a 737 MAX and A320 FFS, further growing the relationship between the two companies.

IFTC currently operates five TRU-built simulators, two A320 FFS installed in Istanbul, three B737NG FFS at split locations (two installed in Istanbul one installed in Antalya). All five FFS are Level D, EASA qualified.

TP Aerospace

German Armed Forces takes delivery of converted Airbus A319CJ

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) received one of the most modern observation aircraft for missions under the Treaty on Open Skies. In an official ceremony in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik handed over the converted Airbus A319CJ to the German armed forces.

The aircraft is intended to fly missions within the framework of confidence-building measures but can also be used for medical and conventional passenger transport.

On the customer side, the conversion of the former business jet, which was completed on schedule and within budget, was overseen by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). As the general contractor and system integrator, Lufthansa Technik played the leading role in the construction and the development of suitable solutions in cooperation with more than a dozen industrial partners based on the requirements of the German Armed Forces.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand grants airworthiness certification to SR Technics Malaysia

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended an airworthiness certificate for component maintenance to SR Technics Malaysia.

The certification was granted in May 2019 after an auditing process that SR Technics had passed and is valid for three years. It supplements the MRO supplier’s existing airworthiness certifications for component maintenance of over 800 part numbers by authorities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Under the new certification, SR Technics Malaysia can repair and certify components under Thailand’s Civil Aviation Authority. This enhances the existing repair capabilities of the regional SR Technics facility, benefitting its customer base in Thailand as well as third party customers in neighboring countries that require CAAT certification. SR Technics Malaysia provides component maintenance for a range of Airbus and Boeing products (including the A320, the A330 and the B737 families).


FACTEM and OEMServices sign worldwide AOG support agreement

Factem, an international leader in electro-acoustic products such as headsets, handsets, hand microphones and loudspeakers, for civil and military aviation applications, signed yesterday a worldwide AOG support agreement with OEMServices, leader in component, logistic and trading services for airlines and OEMs, to supply Factem’s products to airline operators worldwide.

Under the agreement, OEMServices will act as a representative for Factem products all around the
world, using dedicated global service centres based in Paris, Dubai, Singapore and Atlanta and a 24/7 AOG hotline, committed to responding to operator needs within the hour. This network access through OEMServices will allow Factem to optimize worldwide transport and repair flows with Factem’s main base in Bayeux, France.

Based on this agreement, Factem and OEMServices are working close to develop and extended
services on the upcoming release of Factem’s Part 145.

ST Engineering’s A321P2F conversion solution gains traction with new order LOI

ST Engineering’s A321 passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion programme gained traction among operators and lessors looking for a viable P2F solution in the narrowbody category when its joint venture with Airbus, Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), secured a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an A321 converted freighter from BBAM, a global leader in aircraft lease management. The LOI was inked at Paris Airshow 2019.

The A321 passenger aircraft will be inducted for conversion into a 14-pallet cargo configuration in
mid-2020, and is scheduled for redelivery in end 2020. The order by BBAM follows a launch contract that was announced in 2018.


Saft delivers first EverSky battery systems to Boeing FAL for all new 777 twin-engine airliners

Saft has delivered its first EverSkyTM batteries to Boeing as part of a contract awarded in 2018 to fit new 777 and 777X airliners with onboard rechargeable nickel-based battery systems, comprised ofULM® (Ultra-Low Maintenance) EverSky batteries combined with a dedicated charger. The new Saft battery system is designed to offer 777 operators superior performance and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by extending maintenance intervals. Customers can retrofit existing 777 airplanes with these new systems distributed by Boeing subsidiary Aviall.

The Boeing 777 battery system provides onboard power for APU (auxiliary power unit) starting and backup for critical systems. It comprises a 60 Ah, 24 V ULM battery together with a charger. Two battery systems are fitted to each airplane. The 777 contract is Saft’s first direct contract with Boeing as a first-tier supplier. Saft has been providing batteries to Boeing indirectly for more than 30 years working via integrators


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