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Thurday, February 3rd, 2022

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ATR performs successful 100% SAF ground and flight tests for one P&W turboprop engine

ATR has confirmed a series of successful ground and flight tests for 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on one PW172M turboprop engine, a pair of which power the new ATR 72-600 regional aircraft. The fuel powering the engine was Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ produced from 100% renewable waste and residues raw materials, such as used cooking oil.

This test is part of collaboration between ATR, Brathens Regional Airlines and Neste to obtain 100% SAF certification. A further demonstration flight for the ATR 72-600 is anticipated for later in the year, and the target is to achieve full certification for the use of 100% SAF by 2025. Operating on 100% SAF in both Pratt & Whitney engines the aircraft will be able to reduce its CO2 emissions by approximately 82%.

Stefano Bortoli, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer said: “As the regional market leader, our aim is to lead the change to decarbonisation. Already emitting 40% less CO2 than similarly sized regional jets, ATR turboprops are the ideal platform to offer significant advances in the reduction of CO2 emissions. The achievement of this great milestone shows that we are fully committed to making the use of 100% SAF possible and helping our customers meeting their objectives to provide even more sustainable air links – not in 2035 or 2050 but in the coming years.”

Spain takes delivery of upgraded Chinook helicopter

The first re-manufactured CH-47 Chinook helicopter was delivered to the Spanish Army at a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Spanish Army Airmobile Forces in Colmenar Viejo, Madrid. The aircraft is the first of 17 that will modernize the Spanish Chinook fleet, upgrading its existing CH-47D-model aircraft to the newer CH-47F model.

The CH-47F features a digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to meet the Spanish Army’s modernization needs for increased operational capacity, while ensuring interoperability with allied nations.

The Spanish modernization effort coincides with its European counterparts across the region. The Netherlands recently retired its last CH-47D Chinook in favor of the F-model configuration, while the United Kingdom purchased additional aircraft to upgrade its fleet.


Daher acquires the Stuart aerostructures business from Triumph Group

Daher has entered into a definitive agreement with the Triumph Group for the acquisition of its metallic aerostructures production and assembly business located in Stuart, Florida, USA.

The Stuart operation specializes in the assembly of large, complex metallic structures such as wing- and fuselage- assemblies and has approximately 400 employees. The Stuart business is located on a historic site for North America’s aerospace industry on the southeast coast of Florida, 90 miles south of Cape Canaveral and 40 miles north of West Palm Beach. The site is strategically located near epicenters for all shipping modalities: rail, air, sea, and ground transportation.

"This acquisition is perfectly aligned with Daher’s ‘Succeed Together’ strategic plan, including the goal of significantly developing our North American activities across all of the company’s divisions”, said Didier Kayat, the CEO of Daher. “We strengthened our aircraft manufacturing business by acquiring Kodiak in 2019, and also have achieved significant organic growth in our services activities. With this acquisition, we strive to strengthen our industrial business. This significant transaction enables us to position ourselves globally as a key aerospace player.”

Canada Jetlines and CAE sign five-year pilot training agreement

Canada Jetlines Operations (Canada Jetlines) has signed an exclusive five-year pilot training agreement with CAE. Under the agreement, CAE will train Jetlines pilots on the CAE 7000 XR Airbus A320 full flight simulator (FFS) at its Montreal training centre. Jetlines anticipates its inaugural flight in the spring of 2022, offering Canadians more selection and more economical options to fly to sun-destinations in the southern United States, Caribbean and Mexico.

Canada Jetlines has selected the Airbus A320 as its fleet standard due to the aircraft’s best-in-class operating economics, customer comfort and fly-by-wire technology.


Barfield names Luis Giacoman Accountable Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations and Quality

Barfield, a subsidiary of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) in the Americas, has appointed Luis Giacoman as Accountable Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations and Quality for its Miami, Doral, Phoenix and Louisville facilities. He will oversee day-to-day company operations, develop and implement operation processes and monitor company operational performance to meet Barfield customer expectations. Giacoman will work closely with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure Barfield complies with the agency’s regulatory requirements.

Giacoman joined Barfield over 11 years ago as Director of Strategic Purchasing and Subcontracting. He previously held the position of Director of Technical Services and Director of Supply Chain at Aeroman. He also held several managerial positions at TACA International and Aeroman for a 19-year span, providing him extensive airline and MRO experience in engineering, flight operations engineering, procurement, inventory planning and logistics and quality management.

Wencor announces strategic channel partnership with Novaria

Novaria has selected Wencor as a preferred strategic aftermarket channel partner supporting products for the commercial and defence markets. The agreement includes precision component and specialty hardware products supporting airframe and engine platforms which will boost Wencor’s material solution offerings to the aerospace and defence market segment customers.

“We are excited to partner with Novaria and its market leading products. Its diverse product and engineering capabilities, combined with our extensive portfolio and value added services will enhance opportunities to the commercial and defence markets. We pride ourselves on being able to provide innovative solutions to our customers that enable reliability, material availability and cost efficiencies.” said Wencor President of Distribution, Hunter Mitchem.

Novaria Group is a privately held business focused on precision component companies that deliver optimum performance and sustainable growth within the aerospace and defense marketplace.

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