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Norwegian appoints Hans-Jørgen Wibstad as new CFO

Norwegian Air Shuttle, the Scandinavian low-cost carrier, has announced that effective June 1, 2022, Hans-Jørgen Wibstad will be its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Currently Wibstad is serving as  EVP & CFO at Multiconsult ASA, having accrued more than 20 years’ experience from various CFO and management roles within industry, shipbuilding, shipping and offshore, including CFO in Kongsberg Gruppen. He also has considerable experience in financial markets, including working as a senior corporate banker for several years.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity. Norwegian is a market leading low-cost airline with a strong brand and loyal customer base. As the aviation industry begins to return to normality, I look forward to building on my competence and experience and working with a dynamic and solid leadership team to build a strong Norwegian,” said Wibstad, who holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. He will replace Geir Karlsen, who serves as both CFO and CEO.


Brazilian Navy takes delivery of first ever naval combat H225M helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H225M helicopter in naval combat configuration to the Brazilian Navy. Stationed at the naval base in São Pedro d'Aldeia, the aircraft will boost the Brazilian Navy’s mission capabilities including anti-surface warfare and maritime surveillance.

Developed by the engineering team at Helibras (the Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters), this naval version of the H225M aircraft is the most complex configuration that has ever been produced for this multirole helicopter. The aircraft’s embedded systems include the EWS IDAS-3 (countermeasure system), MBDA Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles, the APS143 tactical radar and the naval mission system N-TDMS (Naval Tactical Data Management System) developed in partnership with Atech and Airbus Defense and Space, which is responsible for making the command and control of all embedded systems, including the missile system.

The naval H225M helicopter is part of the contract signed by the Brazilian government in 2008 and which includes 50 H225Ms to be operated by the three-armed forces. So far, 39 H225Ms have been delivered to the Brazilian Armed Forces, all of them assembled locally by Helibras.

PZL Mielec to manufacture major assemblies for Global F-16 programme

PZL Mielec, a Lockheed Martin company and one of Poland’s longest established aircraft manufacturers, is to be a manufacturing partner for one of the most successful fighter aircraft programmes. Beginning next year, PZL Mielec will build components and assemblies for the latest generation F-16 Block 70/72, sustaining around 200 jobs, with approximately 60 new jobs being created.

This development marks a significant new milestone for PZL Mielec, which was last involved in the production of fighter aircraft in the 1960s. Beginning next year, PZL Mielec will manufacture the rear fuselage, centre fuselage, cockpit structure, cockpit side panel and forward equipment bay for new production F-16s, exporting the aerostructures to Lockheed Martin’s final assembly line in Greenville, South Carolina.

With orders already secured for the F-16 Block 70/72 from five customers, global interest remains high for new-build production aircraft and for F-16V upgrades.


EFW starts first P2F conversion in the US for GTLK Europe

The first passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion conducted in the US has started with the slot-in into the hangar at ST Engineering's airframe maintenance and modifications facilities in San Antonio, Texas. VT San Antonio Aerospace (VT SAA) has a strong reputation for highest-quality MRO services for cargo operators and commercial airlines for nearly two decades. Together with the support of Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) the companies' OEM solution for A321-conversions will be realised at VT SAA.

As one of many more to come, the first ‘made in the USA’  A321P2F aircraft will be re-delivered to customer GTLK Europe. GTLK Europe is a top-tier global leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, and has a fleet of over 70 aircraft. The first freighter converted in the US will be operated by SmartLynx with entry into service (EIS) in summer 2022.

The A321P2F is the first in its size category to offer containerised loading in both the main (up to 14 full container positions) and lower deck (up to ten container positions). EFW’s A321P2F solution has a generous and proven gross payload of over 28 metric tonnes, with further upside potential in future conversions. The solution, which comes with optimised weight distribution to enable empty flights and random loading, accords high flexibility for operators, in particular express carriers. The fact that EFW’s programme is the only OEM solution for A321P2F in the market also ensures lifecycle value, given its superiority in quality, reliability and ease of maintenance.

Affinity Flying Training Services adopts Rusada’s ENVISION

Affinity Flying Training Services, a key partner of the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS), has gone live with Rusada’s web-based maintenance solution ENVISION.

Affinity supports the fixed-wing element of UKMFTS for elementary flight training, basic flying tasks and multi-engine training using a fleet of 42 aircraft including Grob 120 TPs, Beechcraft T6s and Embraer Phenom 100s.

Holding Part 145 and Part M certifications, Affinity manage and maintain the aircraft at RAF Barkston Heath, RAF Cranwell and RAF Valley, enabling some 21,000 hours of training per year for trainee service personnel.

Rusada’s platform was selected in 2019 and following a phased implementation process Affinity is now fully up and running on the system. UKMFTS is using five of ENVISION’s modules, including Fleet Management, Base Maintenance, and Inventory Management, to manage its complex airworthiness and maintenance activities.


Southwest Airlines commits US$10 million to Yale University to support climate change initiatives

Southwest Airlines (Southwest) has announced a US$10 million commitment to Yale University's Centre for Natural Carbon Capture (YCNCC) to research technological advancements and find new solutions to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. The pledge will also support research and educational efforts at the Yale School of the Environment to explore the current state of sustainability, strategy, policy and economics, emphasising trends related to the aviation industry and focusing on finding new ways to reduce atmospheric carbon.

"This innovative partnership gives Southwest the opportunity to support the development of crucial science to combat climate change, including fostering innovative research aimed at informing and advancing efforts to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations," said Stacy Malphurs, Vice President of Supply Chain Management & Environmental Sustainability for Southwest Airlines. "We recognise the importance of supporting initiatives that take a holistic approach to de-carbonisation in the long-term, which aligns with the US government's goal for the aviation industry to be carbon neutral by 2050."

Established in March 2021 with initial funding from FedEx Corporation and taking inspiration from natural processes, YCNCC is focused on strategies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and safely storing it within plants, soils, rocks and oceans. It also aims to develop methods for industrial carbon capture to convert carbon dioxide into useful fuels, plastics and building materials.


JETMS and INGENIO Aerospace announce new partnership for services expansion

JETMS – a provider of integrated aircraft MRO solutions for business and regional aviation, has announced a new partnership with aerospace product manufacturer INGENIO Aerospace.

With this brand-new partnership for service expansion, JETMS, a family member of the global aerospace business group Avia Solutions Group, will expand its OEM network.

JETMS, with its available services and solutions for aircraft MRO, continues to improve and grow in the global network of business aviation. The partnership agreement with Ingenio will expand JETMS capabilities and enhance its one-stop-shop services to clients.

Based in Montreal, INGENIO is focused on designing, certifying and building leading-edge products and components for fixed wing and rotor aircraft in corporate, commercial and military markets. INGENIO products offer customers a unique balance of form, function and elegance. INGENIO is a 2021 winner of two Red Dot Design Awards for Product Design. The company’s provided products complement the MRO services offered by JETMS.

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