Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Ten die in Texas plane crash

It has been reported that both pilots and all eight passengers on board a twin-engine plane, understood to be a Beechcraft King Air 350, have been killed after it crashed into a hangar moments after taking off from Dallas-Addison Airport, Texas on Sunday at 9 a.m. local time. The flight was bound for St. Petersburg, Florida.

According to eyewitnesses, the non-commercial flight was in trouble immediately after taking off and appeared to be lacking power, after which it banked to the left and instead of gaining in altitude, crashed into an adjacent hangar before bursting into flames. There were no ground casualties, though a Falcon 900 jet and helicopter in the hangar were extensively damaged.

It is anticipated that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will produce a preliminary report on the crash in approximately two weeks’ time. The airport, located some 15 miles to the north of Dallas is popular with business travelers. The Beechcraft King Air 350, a twin-turboprop aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60A engines, is often used for business trips, though it can easily be configured as a cargo plane or air ambulance. The ER version has a maximum range of 2,692 nm with a maximum cruising speed of 303 ktas and is well suited to smaller airports, requiring a 4,057ft runway for takeoff


SR Technics signs exclusive inlet cowl maintenance contract with SWISS and Edelweiss

MRO service provider SR Technics, has signed a five-year maintenance contract with Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) and Edelweiss Air. The new agreement, which covers the entire Airbus A320ceo fleet of both SWISS and its sister airline Edelweiss, goes into effect on July 1, 2019.

SR Technics has been a key partner to Switzerland’s flagship carrier SWISS since its founding as a separate MRO firm over two decades ago. In its bid for this maintenance contract, SR Technics offered SWISS operational protection, engineering expertise and proprietary repairs for the A320ceo inlet cowl.

Dedienne Aerospace signs new license agreement with Collins Aerospace for nacelle GSE

Dedienne Aerospace has signed a new license agreement for nacelle Ground Support Equipment (GSE) with the Aerostructures Division of Collins Aerospace, which includes sales, maintenance, calibration, leasing and services.

This latest license agreement authorizes Dedienne Aerospace to provide GSE and related services on the A220, E2, E190, MRJ nacelle programs, as well as legacy nacelle programs V2500, PW4000, CFM56, CF680E1/E2, CF34, RB211, Trent 700, and B737. This license provides Dedienne Aerospace the opportunity to use its engineering expertise, while working closely with Collins Aerospace, to improve legacy GSE designs as needed, bringing them up to current design standards that improve safety and offer customers reliable and user-friendly products.


Kenya Airways and GE Aviation sign digital flight operations agreement

Kenya Airways has selected GE Aviation for the Flight Operations suite of digital products across the airline's fleet of Boeing 737, 787 and Embraer E190 airplanes. Kenya Airway's fleet adds to the 15,468 unique aircraft assets that are connected to GE Aviation's digital solutions. Implementation is currently underway with completion this year.

The Flight Operations suite integrates GE's Event Measurement System (EMS), flight analytics, FlightPulse™ and fuel efficiency services. GE's EMS and FOQA systems are being used on 8,932 aircraft including flight analytics service integrating data sources like flight information, weather, navigation, flight plans, and other operational data to provide valuable insights for airline customers around fuel use and operations. Kenya Airways will add to the 57,702-airline crew relying on GE Aviation's Network Crew Optimization.

LCI Helicopters enhances advisory board with appointment of Mark Stevens and Alejandro Kerschen

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the helicopter lessor and aviation division of the Libra Group, has appointed Mark Stevens and Alejandro Kerschen to its advisory board.

The board, which was first established in 2013, is made up of senior industry executives with long and proven track records in the helicopter and other related industries. It advises LCI’s senior management team on its long term strategy, business performance, and major developments such as aircraft acquisitions and placements.

Mark Stevens previously served as Managing Director of Shell Aircraft, with responsibility for the safe delivery of the Shell Oil Group’s global aviation operation comprising 100 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft operating in 26 countries.

Alejandro Kerschen is the Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Alliance, which provides corporate finance advice, capital markets solutions, research, market intelligence and business development services. He has over 30 years’ experience working with asset managers, financial institutions, corporations, private banks, independent wealth managers and family offices.


CRP Technology welcomes cutting-edge Windform® FR1

CRP Technology has been changing the rules of additive manufacturing since mid-90’, smashing records and setting models nowadays that apply to the 3D printing technology with polyamide materials.

A clear sign of this continued performance is Windform® FR1 (FR stands for Flame Retardant), the new-born material from the Windform® TOP-LINE family of composite materials for Additive Manufacturing.

It is intended to become a game-changing material in the field of 3D printing for its uniqueness: it is the first Flame Retardant (UL 94 V-0 rated) material for Additive Manufacturing which is carbon fiber reinforced.

It is also passed successfully the FAR 25.853 12-second vertical and 15-second horizontal flammability tests as well as the 45° Bunsen burner test. It makes it suitable for Aircrafts and Aerospace applications. Windform® FR1 is halogen free polyamide-based material, that combines superior mechanical properties with excellent stiffness and lightweight

Astronics acquires Freedom Communication Technologies

Astronics Corporation has acquired Freedom Communication Technologies, Inc. (FCT), a developer and manufacturer of communication test equipment for the land-based mobile radio test market, providing innovative solutions to Long-Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed wireless communications customers globally. Astronics has acquired 100% of the equity of FCT for US$22 million in cash.

Based in Kilgore, TX, FCT was founded in 2015 and offers communications analyzers for testing and maintaining Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications systems. FCT also provides an extensive range of capabilities, including automated radio testing and alignment, coverage mapping, and interference analysis.

In 2018, FCT had US$11 million in revenue and is expected to contribute approximately US$10 million in revenue in the second half of 2019.


Dr. Thomas Wittmann takes over as one of two CEOs of Lufthansa Systems

Dr. Thomas Wittmann will take over as one of two CEOs of Lufthansa Systems as of July 1. In this role he will be responsible for all production and technology issues in the company and the close collaboration with the IT organization of the Lufthansa Group. He will lead the company together with CEO Olivier Krueger, who has held his CEO position since 2015. Dr. Wittmann is succeeding Stefan Auerbach, who took on a new position at Eurowings on May 1. 

Dr. Wittmann began his career in the Lufthansa Group in 1995 at Lufthansa Systems after earning a doctorate in physics. In his more than 20 years with the aviation group, he has held various IT management positions in Commercial Solutions and Operations Solutions as well as in technical domains. He has also overseen major IT transformations as a project manager, including the implementation of a modern passenger service system.

ATR donates flight simulator to ENAC

ATR officially presented ENAC with an FFT-500 flight simulator, in the presence of ENAC director, Olivier Chansou, ATR’s General Secretary, Frédéric Torrea, the Managing Director of the ATR Training Center, Christian Commissaire, and the teams that worked on this project. This donation consolidates the close relationships between ATR and this training school for pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in the various domains of civil aviation.

The simulator will complement ENAC’s training and research tools. It will initially be used to study human factors, and particularly to improve interactions between air traffic controllers and pilots, then in the long term to improve human-machine interactions.

After its installation in the ATR training center in 2005, this simulator was used to help train hundreds of ATR pilots before being replaced by Full Flight Simulators (FFS), the latest generation of dynamic flight simulators. This donation will give the simulator a second life. Its role is now to promote ATR turboprops to ENAC students, thereby ensuring the representation of the company and its products. It will give future generations of pilots a glimpse of the great career opportunities open to them if they choose to fly using an ATR aircraft.


China Southern takes delivery of first of 20 A350-900s

China Southern Airlines has taken delivery of its first of 20 A350-900s, becoming the newest operator of this latest generation and highly efficient twin-engine, long-range wide-body aircraft. The Guangzhou-based carrier operates an Airbus fleet of 335 aircraft, including 282 A320 Family aircraft, 48 A330 Family aircraft and five A380 aircraft (figures at the end of May 2019).

China Southern’s A350-900 aircraft features a modern and comfortable three-class cabin layout of 314 seats: 28 business, 24 premium economy and 262 economy. The airline will initially operate the new aircraft on its domestic routes from Guangzhou to Shanghai and Beijing, followed by flights to international destinations.

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